Kurds took a step towards autonomy by declaring plans to create a transitional government in north east Syria. One Kurdish official told The Independent:
Although the spokesman said the administration was a temporary solution to run the Kurdish regions of Syria while the war was ongoing, he added that it would continue to be managed autonomously regardless of who eventually emerges as the victor.
“The Kurdish people will govern themselves democratically alongside other ethnic minorities in the area. It will not be affected by whoever will run Damascus. Assad cannot enter our area again. We are protecting our area. We are not attacking anyone.”
The move deftly advances Kurdish nationalism while distancing it from the foreign jihadis who hijacked the Syrian revolution. It’s sure to set off alarm bells in Turkey, Iraq, and Iran, which all have sizable Kurdish populations overlapping their borders. But somewhere out there, Henry Kissinger’s smiling: He argues that the best way to defeat Assad is to break up Syria.