Jun
15
2014

You may not be aware that the Turkey/Not-Kurdistan situation has calmed considerably.

Well, isn’t this an interesting little article.

Years ago, the Kurds turned away from Baghdad to Ankara, in the hopes of finding a new regional champion. And, surprise surprise, in Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, they found such a partner. In a striking turnaround from 2007, when the Turks were so afraid of Kurdish secession they positioned 200,000 troops on the Kurdish border, Turkey has more recently embraced Kurdistan as a moderate partner and an important steady source of oil, as Turkey seeks to cement itself as the oil gateway from the Middle East to Europe.

Turkey doesn’t yet support Kurdish independence, but Erdogan has been making progress to normalize relations with his own Kurdish population in the south, freeing the head of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) resistance group and recognizing Kurdish as a language. The border, once lined with troops, is now open and flowing with goods and tourist traffic that moves both ways.

Translation: the Turks don’t care if the Kurds keep Kirkuk. And they very well might not care if the Kurds take Mosul, either.  Or any other parts of Kurd-populated territories that aren’t in Turkey itself.

2 Comments

  • Luke says:

    If this is true, it’s certainly good news for the Kurds. I’d like it to be true. I certainly hope it is true. The poor b*st*rds deserve a break.
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    That said, this is the Middle East. Scorpions abound, and frogs trust them at their own risk. The Turks have been actively trying to eliminate Kurdish culture for at least 5 generations. Even with Edrogan purging the secular Turkish tribal ideal and embracing a pan-Islamic view won’t remove the desire to brutally suppress the Kurds, both because of the well-worn cultural pattern, and because the Kurds are only nominally muslim (and much of the time, not even that).
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    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • acat says:

      What simplifies Edrogan’s goal of a de-secularized Turkyie, though?
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      Letting the Kurds spend their energy trying to hold Kirkuk and Mosul and build a “lesser Kurdistan” (i.e. “Kurdistan less the Turkish part”) keeps them off *his* back, removing the attention of potential allies of the Ataturk-revivalists, eh?
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      Mew

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