The Middle East: Menace from the Mountains

"There are only three plagues in the world," says an old Arab proverb—"the rat, the locust, and the Kurd." While Arab opinion may be biased, it is true that through the centuries the Kurds have deserved their reputation as troublemakers. Living in the grandly forbidding mountain country that straddles the borders of Iraq. Turkey, Syria, Iran and Russia, they have always been in a state of rebellion against outside discipline. After World War II, Russia happily used the disgruntled Kurds to harass the other "host" countries. Last week the Kurds were...

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