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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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I am a native of 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...)
 

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

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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A few years ago I watched a documentary about the history of the M.E .on PBS.

After WWI, when England, France and probably the U.S., was carving up the M.E. with arbitrary borders, Lawrence of Arabia was astounded at how ignorant they were about the region.

He pleaded with them to create a separate homeland for the Shia, Sunni and the Kurds, or they would continue to be at each other's throats like they'd been for thousands of years if they were forced to live together.

Obviously, they didn't listen to him.

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Hey 911, I realize you've perhaps been a slow learner like me, but

wouldn't it be nice to M.Ala and refer to W.A.(West Asia) rather than M.E.?

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You have made several wrong assertions which demonstrate no knowledge of our region.

As Mr. Nels Wight correctly mentioned the proper name for our region is West Asia. Individuals who use the wrong term demonstrate no knowledge of the region.

For your information, the majority of Kurds are Sunni, so Mr. Lawrence of Arabia was wrong. The region was well established before he and invaders came to divide and deplete natural resources.

UK/USA/Russia have meddled in internal affairs and depleted natural resources through conflicts.

Creating countries such as UAE - Bahrain - Qatar - Israel and causing mayhem in Pakistan-India region were not enough?

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Apparently the evil ones have not finished their awful deeds yet.

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These are not my assertions, I'm just relaying what was said in that PBS show.

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THANK YOU, m. aLA, FOR THIS INFORMATIVE MESSAGE.

May we all live in peace and become good friends.

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Dr. Ala makes a good case of why there will never be a country called Kurdistan. The Kurds have never been a united ethnic group. For over a century, they have been socialized within four different countries in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, where they speak three different languages (Turkish, Arabic and Persian) with regionally distinct dialects. Their dreams of independence have been repeatedly thwarted and tactically exploited by regional and outside powers when they've periodically served the geopolitical purposes of those states hence setting themselves up to be betrayed.

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Thank you. Your insight would make a great article. The amazing Eva Bartlett has also written on this: Brief History of Kurdish Contras and their Ethnic Cleansing Campaigns; and Recent Events.

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Dear Mohammad, I completely understand and agree with your sensitivities to not using colonial names such as M.E. Another example is "Latin" America. And "America" is a continent not just a country called the USA.

Please understand if I lapse into using those misnomers it is not due to my ignorance, but because it makes it awkward for many readers otherwise. It is very frustrating for me too as a writer to have to stop in the middle of an article and explain where West Asia is, or that they don't speak Latin in South America.

Geography is not taught in the USA. As with many subjects such as history the elite want to keep the masses ignorant of their imperialism.

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The term "Middle East" is not ridiculous given that we can have East, or we can have West, and we can have a "middle" of each. When you travel towards the East from the West, when you cross the halfway point, you say you are in the Eastern half. That half can also have a Half which could be conceivably termed "Middle". Or "Middle East".


If Asia is truly defined as the continent spanning China on the East, up to Istanbul on the West, then the Middle East could be defined as Western Asia. This methodology would require that all countries to the East of Afghanistan should be called East Asia.

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Iran is made up of 31 States called Provinces. Kurdistan is a designated Province of Iran in which a majority of the population is Kurdish.


In Iran, Kurds do in fact speak Farsi, or Persian. But ALL Kurds speak their native language which is not a dialect, or variation of Arabic, or Persian, or Turkish, but a unique, identifiable, independant recognized language.


Having your own language, makes you a People.


Kurds are not an ethnic minority of Iran, Turkey, or Iraq. They are a unique and individual people who have a unique and individual native language.


They also have a National Homeland. Which unfortunately happens to span parts of modern Iran, Iraq and Turkey. But it is the Kurdish Homeland nevertheless.


While you can fault the Kurds for occasionally misguidedly using Terrorism and public bombings to help their cause, or trying to Deal their way back to their homeland, by helping the various players by doing their fighting for them, you cannot deny the fact the as an individual People, the Kurds deserve to be given their Homeland back.


Especially Americans cannot also deny that the struggle of the Kurds and their not so enjoyable tactics easily reminds us of the same violence used by a certain North American Patriot against a Red coated foe in the 1700s.


Until Trump betrayed the Kurdish struggle by unleashing Erdogan upon them, it was befitting America to help and side with the Kurds.


But then America did what America always does. Use up and spit out a Terror-using group of defiant and very creative freedom fighters, to fight an enemy the US did not want to get its hands dirty with.


- Just like Ho Chi Minh in Viet Nam.

- Just like Bin Laden (Al Qaeda) and the Mujaheddin (Taleban) in Afghanistan.

- Just like using the Sunnis against the Shiites in Iraq.

- Just like using the Shiites against the Sunnis in Iraq.


With friends like the US, who needs an Enema?


By betraying the Kurds now, the US has once again shown its racist self serving greed and absolute disdain for any sort of support for the freedom and liberty of non-American other people.


No matter how deserving and justified they might be.

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Two wrongs don't make a right...wrong to be illegally in Syria killing the people, arming terrorists and stealing their sovereignty and wrong for staying and continuing to do the same evil.

Of course the US is staying.

A foot sideways up the full spectrum dominance globalist butt is the only medicine that will cure this US disease of Syrian regime change.

As for middle east, the emerging new world order eurasians are now calling the middle east, western asia. Old maps are becoming collectible.

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