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 A reply to Michael Rubin's propaganda

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A reply to Michael Rubin's propaganda ‎ 15.7.2012 
By Alan Abdulla
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July 15, 2012

Few days ago I read on few Kurdish sites the news about Kurdistan military budget been greater than of the United States military budget, the article was originally written by Michael Rubin who is well known for his anti Kurdish government rhetorics.

Let me ask Mr. Rubin, why doesn't he write on the facist state of turkey which is oppressing 15 and over million Kurds? why doesn't he write about the Roboski Massacre? what does this guy want from the only "official Kurdish region" in the ME !? Wont he agree that Kurds have struggled for so many years they have only got a "region" !? while the surrounding states are oppressing ,killing and occupying our lands! while he is "worried" about corruption in the only "freed Kurdish region" !?, We have the opposition parties who are taking care of the corruption so there is no need for outsiders. By the way I am an independent writer I do not work for any party or government and I never will but I will express my opinion if I see something that is not right and fair.

I think any reasonable person can not deny the fact that Kurdistan Regional Government KRG has wide spread corruption within its Administrations, despite the promises by the President of the region, Massoud Barzani to implement reforms. But let us not forget that the Kurdish government has really been established since 2003 properly as before from 1991 and onwards after it got the region cleared of The Baath party due to the uprising and the no fly zone imposed by NATO, the region was suffering an international embargo as well as one from its 4 neighbors including Iraq.

I urge the Kurdish sites to do their own research before they publish such propaganda news, which will only serves the interest of our enemies, for example after the 2011 demo in Sulaimaniyah, many Turks and Arabs used those videos which were uploaded on the Kurdish opposition party websites, they used these videos against me to support their arguments, on few political forums when i was accusing their fascist governments regarding oppressing their Kurdish citizens while they would reply "your own government is oppressing you so what do you think we would do to you?" and then they would post those videos.

Based on the information Rubin has published, supposedly KRG has allocated a budget for its security forces that is 20 times greater than of the American military budget. Now lets look at the information taken from "Wikileaks" as well as "US defense department" about the yearly military budget of United States:

US Budget for 2010

"For the 2010 fiscal year, the president's base budget of the Department of spending on "overseas contingency operations" brings the sum to $663.84 billion.

When the budget was signed into law on October 28, 2009, the final size of the Department of Defense's budget was $680 billion, An additional $37 billion supplemental bill to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was expected to pass in the spring of 2010, but has been delayed by the House of Representatives after passing the Senate".

Here we can see the US military budget for the year 2010 was $663.84 billion and $37 billion alone was spent on Iraq and Afghanistan, so how is it that the KRG's military budget is 20 times greater than US military budget? how is it some $300 million KRG has allocated even comparable to $600 billion US military budget!!?? . Therefore i urge our Kurdish websites and citizens to be careful about what they publish next time without doing their own homework, since KRG is not a recognized state with its flag in UN, we have to be very careful what we publish, despite the wide corruption KRG suffers from, it is better than been ruled by Turks Persians and Arabs, if not then those who disagree can go and live in north Kurdistan (turkey's Kurdish region) and eastern Kurdistan (Iran's Kurdish region) or even live in Baghdad which many southern Kurds specially some from Sulaimaniyah surprisingly support Maliki against Barzani, and let's see how long they can last living there?.


Alan Abdulla, an independent Kurdish thinker and activist currently residing in Sydney, Australia, he is a regular contributing writer and columnist for

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