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Response to jamzrockz (Reply #21)

Fri Oct 2, 2015, 11:48 AM

24. The Kurds are as "real" a nation as any other

 

Large population with a language and distinct culture dating back centuries, currently divided among four nation-states, and oppressed by the state within all four. Their identity is ethnonational, not sectarian. (Whether that qualifies as secular is a matter of context; all the European secular states were originally ethnonational.)

One can understand why Kurdish factions engage in armed resistance against the tyrannies their people have suffered, in other words, and this resistance predates all of the current conflicts by decades. That doesn't make the armed groups automatically into good guys, of course. There is no doubt they've been employed (and abused) by Great Powers as proxies, especially by the U.S. And whether an independent Kurdish nation-state is a just and lasting solution is also doubtful, since this always raises the majority-minority enclave question. Almost makes one nostalgic for the relative harmony of the multicultural Ottoman empire, before it went rotten.

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