Thursday, 2 August 2012

Establishing Facts on the Ground in Syria

Source Rudaw in English

Kurds may react to the American opposition to Syrian federalism with a bit more surprise and dismay. Of course, they may also view the fact that the Americans see fit to declare a position on the issue as a bit ironic, given how precious little the Americans are doing to hasten the fall of the Assad regime. They shouldn’t be too surprised, though, or pay too much heed to American preferences. The United States’ pursues its own interest in the Middle East, which first and foremost centers on stability and a low, predictable price for oil. Human rights, or group rights, comes a distant second after this priority. David Romano

David Romano has been a Rudaw columnist since August 2010. He is the Thomas G. Strong Professor of Middle East Politics at Missouri State University and author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement (2006, Cambridge University Press).

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