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DavidV

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What is clear is that the murder of Faisal II in 1958 created a precedent for Iraq, as each successive regime was overthrown in ever bloodier methods from which the country never recovered.
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A good article on the 1958 revolution and its ghastly consequences:
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/07/18/Iraq-60-years-on.html
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A good article on the 1958 revolution and its ghastly consequences:
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2018/07/18/Iraq-60-years-on.html

The Iraqi Hashemites oppressed the Kurds. The Iraqi Hashemites didn't make Kurdish an official language of Iraq. Qasim made Kurdish an official language of Iraq. I'm sick and tired of Western monarchists defending a monarchy, which oppressed my people. My grandfather was imprisoned and tortured by the Hashemite regime of Iraq, because he was a Kurdish nationalist. He supported the abolition of the Iraqi monarchy and he supported Qasim.
I'm opposed to a Hashemite restoration in Iraq, unless Kurdistan obtains independence from Iraq. I will accept an Osmanoglu being elected Shah of Kurdistan, but I will NEVER accept a Hashemite restoration in Kurdistan. I prefer Kurdistan obtaining independence as a republic to a Hashemite being elected Shah of Kurdistan.
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I don't believe Qasim did, actually. That appears to have been done by the Ba'ath regime after Qasim's overthrow and execution. What about the civil war between Qasim and the Kurds that started two years after he seized power and was not concluded until long after he was gone from the scene?
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I don't believe Qasim did, actually. That appears to have been done by the Ba'ath regime after Qasim's overthrow and execution. What about the civil war between Qasim and the Kurds that started two years after he seized power and was not concluded until long after he was gone from the scene?

Qasim made a major mistake by refusing to grant Kurdistan autonomy in 1961, but he rejected Arab nationalism, unlike the Hashemites and Saddam. The Hashemites have always been Arab chauvinists. They have treated their Arab subjects decently, but they have oppressed their Kurdish subjects and expelled their Jewish subjects. That's why I'm sick and tired of Western monarchists defending the Hashemite monarchy of Iraq.
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