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Submitted by servet cevik (Turkey), Oct 14, 2013 at 16:21

trying to carve out a nation state in a landlocked geography from areas of the 4 surrounding nation states does not sound like a wise thing to do for none of the parties involved.

1. historically kurds have always fought on the side of and together with turks therefore both societies are highly dissolved within each other. in turkey there are 2.5 million turkish-kurdish families (where one of the spouses is of kurdish origin) which roughly totals a population of 10 million people who can neither identify themselves as turkish or kurdish

2. if ever this independent kurdistan is established it will be surrounded with four extremely hostile neighbours (since having lost land to this new state) and such a political entity is higly unlikely to survive for a long period.

3. kurds in turkey are not concentrated in a single zone but rather all around the country (for example istanbul is the biggest city in the world with the highest percentage of kurds (18% of istanbuls population if kurdish) so a geography based seperation does not really look possible.

4. historically kurds have been either islamist or marxist but newer pro western and never pro christianity. therefore do not bet on the wrong horse. i know my father in law who curses on anything about USA and Israel nearly 500 times per day. (he is extremely leftist/communist) sometimes he even gets furious at me when i defend USA and Israel on logical terms. Islamist kurds are also the same they hate US and Israeli existence in the area even more than leftists.

5. I believe the best solution for Turkey is reaching a really very high and satisfactory level of human rights, personal liberties and democratic standards to please most if not everyone.

6. any steps to distort the already weak stability in the area (at least in the turkish side) wont be beneficial to anyone.

servet cevik

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