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Monday, August 25, 2008


Halabja in the news

No, this isn't a post about gassing the Kurds. It may be an article about bombing the Iranians:
The Kurdistan Regional Government has allocated 1,500 acres of land near Iran's border [in Halabja] for the construction of a large US-financed airport.
I can't find up-to-date figures, but it seems Halabja has a population of around 100,000. San Jose, the nearest city to me, has a population of just under a million, and serves an area (Santa Clara County/"Silicon Valley") with a population of around two million (and a population which, I'm guessing based on the wealth of the area, does a lot more traveling than the population of Halabja). San Jose airport occupies approximately 500 acres, about 1/3 the size of the proposed Halabja airport.

The central government in Iraq is starting to talk openly about getting all U.S. military out of their country by the end of 2011. And with Joe "Iraq est omnis divisa in partres tres" Biden possibly on the way to power, there may be more involved with autonomy for the Kurds than there has been previously, namely, allowing U.S. military bases in their part of the country even when/if they're kicked out of the rest of the country.

Just sayin'.

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