The Kurds are one of the oldest cultures. From prehistoric times they inhabited their mountain ranges in the Taurus and Zagros areas. This was always called Kurdistan -Land of the Kurds. These fair-skinned people speak an Iranian language and have been reknowned for being fiercely independent . They became Muslims in the 7th century but even their brand of Islam is different. For instance, their women have traditionally enjoyed much more freedom than those of other Muslim countries.
After WW I , Kurdistan was supposed to have been granted a political identity within its natural borders by the Treaty of Sèvres, However,the Kurds were well and truly shafted. Turkey,Iran,Iraq,Syria and even parts of what later became Soviet Armenia split up Kurdistan among themselves. Kurds became minorities in all these countries. In Turkey especially it became an oppressed minority. It has always been their desire to unite again in a homeland in the Kurdistan.
In Iraq, under Saddam Hussein,the Kurds were massacred by chemical weapons of mass destruction that we had given Iraq to use against Iran. Turkey was not at all dismayed.
Recently,Kurds have been successfully governing their own region in Iraq but which happens to border on Turkey. Turkey has long had designs on this extremely OIL- rich area. Turkey has long wanted the excuse to put down Kurds and possibly get a foothold in these ancient Kurdish lands.
Just as Turkey attacked Greece in the 1970's, even though Greece was our staunch NATO ally,it will attack the Kurds when it feels like it.
In spite of Turkey's behaviour, we continue to try and placate Turkey with $$$$ in aid and arms and we don't have the courage to say out loud in our Congress that Turkey commited genocide against the Armenians. We never reprimanded it either for what it did to Greece. No wonder Turkey laughs at us,takes our money and goes its own way!
It is true that there have often been rebellious movements of the Kurd minorities in all the countries where they now live,including Turkey. These rebellions have resorted to violence and have been crushed by violence. It is part of the Kurds' wanting to reunite as one nation in their traditional homeland -the Kurdistan,land of the Kurds.
· 1 decade ago