Nearly 30 Years Ago the U.S. Acted to Protect the Kurds — And Must Act Again Now
As gunships swarmed Kurdish towns and villages, the world watched aghast as the United States abdicated its responsibilities and enabled a humanitarian catastrophe. The German chancellor called the president and urged him to act and show “a new kind of leadership.”
But this did not happen last week, when the Turkish military swept into Syria in an assault against U.S.-backed Kurdish militias. It was nearly 30 years ago. In April 1991, the Kurds faced another threat — Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi military — and German leader Helmut Kohl wanted President George H.W. Bush to step up.