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Monday, December 27, 2004

Are the Kurds Really Trying to Break Out?

posted by Jazz at 12/27/2004 03:16:00 PM

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Interesting set of links coming from a Kurdish blogger on an issue which I've not seen brought up recently in the MSM. This weekend, Kurdo tells us that the Kurds have turned in more than 1.7 million signatures to the UN for a referendum asking that Kurdistan be set up as a separate state from Iraq. He goes on to say the the UN has rejected it because of questions about the legitimacy of the signatures. The only references provided are a recent article from Aljazeera, which obviously might have some bias, and a "Turkish Weekly" article. (I've never heard of that source before.) I wouldn't have given this a lot of attention if it weren't for the fact that the BBC reported some time ago that they were collecting these signatures for the UN. I don't see anything today about a statement from the UN on this, though.

While we are generally forced to get our news from Iraq filtered through what the military will release, this goes against most of what I've heard. I was rather under the impression that an independent Kurdish state was to Turkey what an independent Singapore is to China - effectively an immediate declaration of war. Of course, it could be something very different, in a variety of degrees, depending on what the real situation is on the ground.

We'll have to wait and see if anything else on this turns up, or if it is Kurdish citizens trying to fire up the engines of independence when there is no popular infrastructure or support for it.