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Analysis of Kurdish Geopolitics Past and Present

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Who are the Kurds? Most of us have heard about them but


don’t know who they are.   Are they a race, a religion, a


country?   As we see from the following example, even


Europeans who are much closer to the Kurds still do not have


a complete understanding of the Kurds or the middle east in


general:


In the West, the left and liberal minded


people in general, especially in the Scandinavian


and Anglo-Saxon countries, have usually supported


or at least expressed some sympathy with the


struggles against both European colonialism and


U.S. policies in Vietnam.   But as soon as the


problem shifted to Biafra, Southern Sudan,


Kurdistan or Eritrea - in short, whenever the


national question   was raised within a third


world country - this section of the public opinion


has tended to remain silent and confuesed.1


This lack of knowledge about the Kurds and Middle East in


general is a major wall between resolution of the many


problems that exist in the Middle East.   I would like to


give you a better understanding of what it is to be Kurdish


by describing to you the past and present condition of


Kurdistan, the state or territory that the Kurdish people


populate.   A brief understanding of the history of the


Kurdish people is all that is needed to successfully


accretion just why we should be more involved and educated


about the current political activities surrounding Kurdistan


and the countries that infringe upon it.


The Kurdish people have the unfortunate distinction of


being the only community of over 15 million in population


that has not achieved some form of national statehood.2


This is the problem that needs addressing, people without a


country.   There Kurds territory, would be country, consists


of the   mountainous regions...

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