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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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Title Commenter Date Thread
2Kurdish Independence [130 words]emmettOct 1, 2013 11:46210162
2Putting The Record Straight [150 words]MozereOct 2, 2013 03:26210162
2Turkish imperialism and delusions [591 words]dhimmi no moreOct 26, 2013 10:27210162
about janissaries [61 words]servet cevikOct 28, 2013 14:44210162
yeni ceri [39 words]roger spleenOct 29, 2013 06:05210162
1The Janissaries were abducted Christian boys! What a crime [229 words]dhimmi no moreNov 1, 2013 07:37210162
Added resources [9 words]David W. LincolnSep 30, 2013 14:59210152
1Question on a Kurdish State [47 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
DavidSep 29, 2013 15:01210135
4The Kurds should have their own country [138 words]dhimmi no moreSep 29, 2013 07:57210125
3do your math carefully [319 words]servet cevikOct 14, 2013 16:21210125
3The Kurds and the barbarians [321 words]dhimmi no moreOct 20, 2013 07:56210125
5facts rule over our personal ideas and wishes [393 words]servet cevikOct 22, 2013 04:24210125
4The Kurds and the barbarians part two [904 words]dhimmi no moreOct 23, 2013 07:25210125
1Empires [142 words]Kemal TarikOct 25, 2013 18:00210125
3Exposing Turkish propagandists [48 words]dhimmi no moreOct 27, 2013 07:33210125
8a turkish saying goes "such amount of ignorance is only possible by special training" [1247 words]servet cevikOct 27, 2013 20:33210125
And there is a Kuffar saying: The Turks murdered millions of Armenians and Greeks and Syrians and they still deny it [65 words]dhimmi no moreOct 29, 2013 08:28210125

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