This chap is committing the secular sin of having a go at the Kurds, or at east their suitability as recipients of military aid and support. It seems a bit churlish in the circumstances.
The Kurds have to do a lot of ducking and diving in their self-presentation, seeming to be a number of contradictory things at once. Kurds are rugged and self-reliant. At the same time, they are vulnerable and in constant need of help. Kurdish Peshmerga must be seen as basically invincible. Yet if they perform too well, no one will feel the need to supply them with arms. They are very much their own men – and women, too! At the same time, they are representatives of Western values in a hostile part of the world – we may be war weary, but they are on 'our' front line, despite being dedicated anti-imperialists. Or perhaps becauseof that. Their claim to nationhood is based on cultural and historical values and identities. At the same time, it is faultlessly modern and secular in outlook. The Kurds are simultaneously on the verge of statehood, at the edge of oblivion, and the least dysfunctional part of a multi-confessional Iraqi state. They are both the forerunners of a truly modern Middle East and What We Can Salvage from this Horrible Mess.
You have to sympathise. They need us to meet their objectives and we demand so many different and often incompatible things from the Kurds that we're effectively forcing them to live permanently inside a Tony Blair speech. Still, it seems to be working. A bit.
Note: title robbed and recontextualised from here.