a reply to: Blue_Jay33
I certainly believe that Kurdish folk should have a place to call their own. Hell, everyone who needs a place of their own ought to damned well have
one if they want one, but the difficulties in making that happen are many fold, and an awful lot of that comes down to the history of nation building
in the last century.
As I am sure you are aware Blue_Jay33, the Middle East was shaken up and moved around in order to allow Israel to be formed, after the Second World
War. The key players in developing this solution, either knew exactly how much of a cluster copulation they were about to embark on, or were
unpleasantly surprised by how things turned out later on. Whether they were genuinely unaware of the inevitable result of telling a group of people
"this land here, it's no longer yours, it's theirs, and you are going to like it too, otherwise there will be trouble", or whether they knew and
just did not care a God damn, are questions that I ask myself all the time, but finding out is rather tricky, since the architects of that particular
mess, are all dead as far as I know.
But make no mistake, giving the Kurds land to call their very own, to fly a flag over, a border to patrol, will by necessity mean that someone's
land will change hands, and despite the fact that this is not the 1900s, this will still mean that someone loses land, in order that the Kurds can
have some. This will inevitably cause tensions, and that is putting it mildly. Then you come down to questions like:
Where the hell do we put this new nation?
How big should it be?
Should an infrastructural budget be part of the package?
Now, my feeling on this, is that the Kurds ought to be the ones to chose their nations position on the map, because damn if we shouldn't all be able
to live wherever the hell we want, all of us humans. With regard to size, we are talking about a nation which would have to provide space and living
for thirty million people. That's right, thirty million. So this nation, it would have to be a damned sight bigger than say Luxembourg for example,
which only had 543,202 residents as of 2013.
Given the volatility of the region in general, this nation would have to come about after some SERIOUS house clearing on the part of neighbouring
nations, the total obliteration of the IS movement being high on the to do list. The reason I say that, is because even established nations are having
trouble keeping the scum from their doors, so a new nation will require some sort of viable peace, in which to establish its borders, military
response potential, its industry, and its law and order systems, before they are expected to handle whatever comes their way in the manner we have
come to expect from other nations.
That said, the Kurds have been punching above their weight against IS and in general, probably because they are used to being left to their own
devices when the crap hits the fan, unless they are being gassed by tinpot dictators of course.
So in summary, yes, the Kurds, and all the free peoples of the Earth ought to have a place to call their own, and live free of dictatorial influence
of either governments which do not represent them, or religious factions which seek to dismember them. However, there are significant problems with
actually making it happen, and those problems are becoming greater, not smaller, as time goes on. I would love to see a time where the Kurds have a
place of their own though. Of all the stateless peoples walking the world these days, I can think of few who have endured hardship with as much
dignity and fortitude as the Kurds.