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Historical Facts about Kurds

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Nowadays, there are many articles about Kurds because a few years ago they sided with the Western countries of UK/USA to advance their hegemonious aspirations in West Asia. This was not the first time that Kurds have sided with invaders.

For individuals who still use the incorrect term 'Middle East,' the proper term is ''West Asia.' The term 'Middle East' has no historical basis or value and was invented by imperial powers that came to our region for the main purpose of depleting natural resources and creating new countries such as Bahrain and UAE for their bases in the Persian Gulf. See for details:

People in Iran have lived with Kurds for several thousand years, some estimate it to be 7000 years. They eat similar food, and we have had similar celebrations for New Year (Nowruz) for thousands of years. Iranians consider Kurds Iranians. We understand their dialect. They are emotional people similar to many of us in West Asia. They have suffered, as have many of us in West Asia.

Growing up in Iran, one sees news about Kurds and their leaders many times. They have attacked non-Kurdish villages inside of Iran and killed many Iranian soldiers.

Kurds wanting to have their own country, but it will not happen because of the geographical location limitations where the majority of them live. In Iran, people consider Kurds 'Iranians', as they consider Azeri, Gilack, and many other groups as Iranians. Iran has always been a country where many ethnicities and religions have lived together in peace. There is an intersection in downtown Tehran (near Hafez Street) where holy sites for four important religions which have co-existed together for thousands of years. A Synagogue in less than hundred meter from a Zoroastrian temple and a Church, and a Mosque. Nowhere in the world could one observe such a gathering of religions for thousands of years in walking distance from each other where worshipers pray and practice their religion in peace. Nowhere is this peaceful co-existence mentioned in the Western media: Iran has been a center for all religions and beliefs since the inception of history.

Kurds have been promised their own country. The military equipment that they use indicates which groups and countries have supported them in this quest. Kurds have made big mistakes in the past for example, by waving other countries flags thinking that these countries will come to their support.

Kurds have been used to achieve hegemonies in West Asia. Kurds have often sided and helped the wrong groups for several hundred years.

Going back to the Ottoman Empire period, Kurds were used in two major events by Turks (1) to separate most of present Iraq territory from Persia (1600-1800), (2) During the Pasha ruling time, Kurds were used in fighting and killing Armenians. ( In the Armenian genocide of 1915-1923 more than one million Armenians were killed. Because of WWI, the world neglected to recognize this genocide at- the hands of Turks).

Turkey has been a culprit of many conflicts using ISIS to purchase Iraq-Kurdish area oil which actually belonged to Iraq under market prices. Turkey profited hugely by selling this stolen Iraqi oil to European countries. Western countries watched this happen for more than three years and did nothing to sanction Turkey.

Many Kurds, to one estimate, half of the Kurdish population of 30-35 million, have lived in Iran in peace. They have been free to celebrate their religion, rituals, and participate in their growth. Many Kurds were killed when Western countries' sanctioned Saddam Hussain to attack Iran in 1988. Saddam Hussein also used Western manufactured chemicals to kill Iraqi and Iranian Kurds (i.e. the Halabja chemical attack that killed 4,000-5,000 Kurds and injured more than 12,000, some of whom are suffering today in Iran and Iraq). The Western countries of Germany, USA, and UK have tacitly ignored this use of chemical weapons and similar sufferings through their sanctions of Saddam Hussein.

Iranians consider Kurds Iranians, therefore Kurds have a country and it is called Iran. Kurds should put down their arms and live in peace wherever they are, be it in Iran, Turkey, Iraq or elsewhere.

 

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Iran, pronounced Eeran NOT Eye-ran...".> Hint: Italy: Eetaly not Eye-taly. Iran has been in the region properly termed 'West Asia' -- not the 'Middle East' for thousand of years. It is heart-warming to see more and more (more...)
 

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