Put not your faith in princes.
Niccolo Machiavelli THE KURDS of Iraq made a fundamental political error: They trusted George Bush's clumsy, imprecise rhetoric and their own hopes of liberation more than a cold assessment of their chances to overcome Saddam Hussein's fierce desire to survive in power. They are paying for that misjudgment dearly.
But Bush should not escape all blame. Despite his protestations, the president indeed held out an unreasonable hope to the Kurds when he was rallying the world against Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. He exhorted Iraq to overthrow the dictator, with a less-than-explicit but thoroughly transparent promise that an internal rebellion would be abetted, if not rewarded. But when the rebellion came, Bush stood aside, silent.