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  •  The Kurds have changed their strategy (10+ / 0-)

    True, you can't set up a country without a lot of bloodshed.  But I think the Kurds have decided not to insist on independence, but at the same time, to make it economically and militarily impossible not to more or less recognize them as a de-facto state.  One of the most interesting things over the last five years has been the extent to which the Iraqi Kurds are becoming allies of Turkey and not adversaries.  Erdogan needs Kurdish votes in SE Turkey, SE Turkey needs economic relations with Iraqi Kurdistan, and everyone in Turkey is suspicious of the Shia' dominated Iraqi government.  So a Kurdish border state that is highly dependent upon the Turkish economy serves Turkey's interests quite well.  Iraqi Kurdistan is a fact.  The question is whether Turkey can continue to pursue a moderate policy toward Kurds within its own borders. I am cautiously optimistic about that.  The record of the last decade has been far more positive than I ever thought possible, particularly compared with when first I visited SE Turkey and there was a full insurgency.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 02:41:20 PM PDT

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