Turkey and the Kurds
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  • Anthony

    Turkey as an important regional player contends with a border shared by Syria, Iran, and Irag plus history of tensions among parties. Thus, Turkey’s journey to east is perilous at best; such is price in 21st century geo-shifting power dynamics and assumption of regional prominence (geo-shifting dynamics appear to be spreading globally).

  • WigWag

    My question is this; why are the Albanian Kosovars entitled to their own nation after seceeding from Serbia while the Kurds of Diyarbakır and the rest of southeast Turkey are not entitled to seceed from Turkey and form their own nation?

    As bad as he was, Milosevic killed far fewer than the 30,000 Kurds killed by the Tukish regime over the past few decades. Come to think of it, Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic killed far fewer Bosnian Muslims than Kurds who were killed by the Turks, and they’re in the Hague awaiting trial as war criminals.

    Two successive American Administrations are making an enormous strategic mistake in not supporting independence for Iraqi Kurds. What better way to put a scare into two enemies, the Syrians and the Iranians than supporting the aspiration of the Kurds in those nations to have a country of their own? What better way to send a message to the recalcitrant and increasingly anti-democratic regime in Ankara that the U.S. has other options, than by supporting independence for Iraq’s Kurds?

    Why is it that President Obama is so in love with the idea of a new nation for Middle Eastern Arabs (there are 22 already) while he is so hostile to the one Jewish nation and he completely opposes a nation for the Kurds?

    This is one of the few examples where American interests and the American sense of fair play overlap perfectly. We should be supporting independence for the Kurds.

  • Kris

    @WigWag! Unlike the former Yugoslavia and Israel, the matter of the Kurds is an intra- Religion of Peace issue!

    [/sarc]

  • Kris

    WigWag, I thought I’d let you know how solicitous Team Mead is about your feelings. My previous comment, which now starts with “WigWag!”, as if I were rudely shouting for your attention, was submitted by me as “Silly WigWag!” (In the style of “Trix are for kids”.) Given that I was agreeing with you and that I even appended a “/sarc” tag, I assumed it was obvious that my usage of “silly” was facetious, but it seems one can never be careful enough. So remember, even though you strongly disagree with some of the opinions on the blog, the Mead team nonetheless deeply cares about and for you.

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