I still love reading history that is well written, even when the underlying viewpoints are contrary to my faith. Indeed, virtually no one telling history today even understands the Radix Fidem approach, much less embraces it. We don’t expect much support from the wider world. We face an overwhelming wash of assumptions contrary to divine revelation, as we understand it.
So let’s review briefly some of the biblical assumptions. Mankind is fallen. I know most of the West is capable of mouthing those words, but you seldom find anyone actually taking it seriously in thinking out the implications. Politics means war, and violence is normal. Take it for granted that there will be war, and stop trying to act as if there is any way possible to remove that impulse. War is the natural state of fallen humanity; no earthly force is capable of teaching humans otherwise. God works His inscrutable plans through the human impulse to violence. This is why the Bible depicts God’s broader work among fallen humans as herding cattle.
There is a divine law, and it requires the heart-led consciousness. Short of that, the Bible does lay out a path forward via the bare outline of Covenant Law. All such law carries with it the higher calling, but it still works in some fashion without that impulse. That’s the mercy of covenant revelation. We have to accept the normality of a human race at large that seldom turns to the higher moral calling, and allow for a law-bound path that still approaches divine blessings on that lower level.
The only real issue then, is guiding the natural human war impulse into wiser channels. There is an element in Biblical Law that can make normal human behavior work toward better results than we would have without divine revelation. Let’s ditch that damned nonsense that there can be no “good war” — that comes from Satan and his denial of fallen nature as partly his fault. He claims to have set mankind free to follow the intellect, which then became a trap because it fell, too. So the issue is not good versus bad wars; it’s a matter of coming closer to the image of divine justice on the level of law without fully conscious awareness of the covenant.
And divine justice at that level is never global or absolute. It’s always a matter of justice on the small scale. The question is truly: What is in the best interests of your tribe? In our fallen condition, there can be no such thing as: What’s best for all? That’s a demonic question, because it assumes a demon-guided approach to the questions of human need. Keep in mind the lesson of Babylon, that God will not allow the rise of any kind of global vision of what’s good for humanity. It’s a sin to pursue that question itself.
So based on that review, I can still recommend this review of Kurdish history. It’s a little sketchy, but accurate enough. And the author has promised a couple more sequels to that historical review. He explains that the Kurds have never borne much of a Kurdish identity in the first place. They can pretend to have it when it suits their broader dreams of independence, but that’s only a means to their dreams of full clan independence. Kurdish clans don’t really like each other, but they dislike the rest of the world around them even more. They will not hesitate to play any large powers off against each other.
Understand this: Kurds will not hesitate to provoke conflict between enemies and their own “allies.” One aid agency sent to help the Kurds watched in horror as a Kurdish military force attacked a Turkish outpost in such a way as to provoke the Turks to fire on the aid workers.
But while this seems evil to Western morals, it is pretty much a fulfillment of God’s demands at Babylon. In Biblical Law, your family comes first, and the rest of the world be damned. Of course, the Bible includes in the term “family” a totally different meaning than most Westerners can grasp, but that’s another matter. The definition is spiritual; but on a strictly law level of revelation, the Kurds are doing it right.
So the real question is not what the mainstream media proposes, as if the Kurds as a whole are somehow a beleaguered ally. The real question is: Which Kurds are you talking about? The linked article helps to better define the issue by pointing out some of the major Kurdish identity groups and their often conflicting agendas. But even more important, the article does a great job of showing how nobody in the picture has clean hands. There is no good answer to the warfare going on there. Nobody has any moral high ground.
Thus, we can discount the propaganda completely, and on multiple grounds. That’s the real story here.