Kurdistan

Discussion in 'World Events' started by ddddd, Jan 16, 2022.

  1. ddddd

    ddddd Well-Known Member

    Anyone here know much about the Kurds?
    Should they have their own country (Kurdistan)?
    Regardless of your answer to the above, is it possible to form such a country? (Would Turkey and others be enough of a deterrent)?
     
  2. ddddd

    ddddd Well-Known Member

    @charley is this something that falls into your expertise (if so, I would think you might have quite a bit to say).
     
  3. StankyBoy

    StankyBoy Well-Known Member

    I met a Kurdish boy through the Boy Scouts once. He was hardened and stone-cold, guess you have to be with that type of ethnic hatred.

    But yeah. I'd say Turkey wouldn't really let that fly. It's not just about forming a country.. you need to but leadership in place that ideally is sustainable and use diplomacy (soft power) and a backup if that fails - hard power in the form of militaristic pressure to set the foundation of what is necessary to found a nation. Not cheap.
     
  4. GeneWright

    GeneWright Well-Known Member

    It's possible, but probably not a good idea and would require another country propping them up for the foreseeable future. For examples of what it might look like and the struggles they may face, see Israel.
     
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  5. StankyBoy

    StankyBoy Well-Known Member

    Harder than Israel. Smaller population of Kurds as compared to Jews, and I’d assume you would need a Kurdish migration back into the region. I’m sure quite a few are already well-established elsewhere.
     
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  6. GeneWright

    GeneWright Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Reading a bit into it, it seems Kurdish states have been attempted a few times in the early-mid 20th century. Most of the recent attempts though we're by the USSR to establish it as a puppet state.
     
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  7. ddddd

    ddddd Well-Known Member

    The population seems sizable enough:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdish_population
    There is around 30 million in fairly close proximity. Israel is under 10 million. And Israel is a good example of how the Kurds could thrive. They tend to be more moderate compared to others in the Middle East. Plus they have military experience and have been fighting to keep their territory. So there would be an opportunity for another stable democracy in the region.
     
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  8. StankyBoy

    StankyBoy Well-Known Member

    I sure hope so. However I just think it will never happen. Unless they get widespread support from the West. Unlikely unless there is a flashpoint to spur on worldwide support.
     
  9. ddddd

    ddddd Well-Known Member

    That's probably true. It's unfortunate in many ways as I believe Kurdistan would help bolster the region.
     
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