An informative and guardedly optimistic piece on developments in Iraqi Kurdistan. David Hirst, the author, is one of the more intelligent and well informed journalists covering the Middle East (he generally writes for the Guardian
). Unlike, say, Jeffrey Goldberg
, Hirst's perspective is impeccably pro-Arab, anti-"imperialist," anti-Israel, and (generally) hostile to American policy. So the convergence in what the two writers have to say is significant; and it accords with a number of other things I've read on the subject.