Is a Kurdish Homeland Possible? Persuasive Essay by Nicky

An in-depth examination of why a sovereign Kurdish state would not be the best solution for the Kurdish population.
# 151470 | 2,699 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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The paper looks at the background of the Kurdish issue and why the Kurds wish to have a homeland but may not succeed in attaining it. The paper provides a brief review of Kurdish history within the nation of Turkey and looks at the negative reality facing the Kurds in Turkey today, specifically looking at the war against the Kurds in Turkey. In conclusion, the paper presents four reasons why the Kurds are not ready for their own state.

How the Kurds Ended Up Where They are Today
Why the Kurds Would Like to Have a Homeland, and Why They May not Succeed
A Brief Review of Kurdish History Within the Nation of Turkey
Today's Negative Realities Regarding the Kurds in Turkey
The War Against the Kurds in Turkey
Conclusion: Four Reasons Why the Kurds are not Ready for Their Own State

From the Paper:

"Another problem that the Kurds face in terms of them locating a sovereign homeland is the fact that, as mentioned previously in this paper, their culture is spread out in multiple nations. Indeed, Giraldi explains (p. 35) that one-fifth of the overall Turkish population consists of Kurds, and the Kurds are "...concentrated in the poor and backward southeastern corner of the country" and bordering Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Ethnic Kurds "dominate both sides of the border in the region, totally more than 30 million" (Giraldi, p. 35). And it is true that Turkey is slowly becoming more accepting of the Kurds' cultural / political needs and has allowed them into the government's political structure. To wit, the Kurds' political party (The Democratic Turkey Party) has 19 seats in parliament as of Giraldi's article in 2008.
"Complicating matters further, Giraldi explains, is the fact that the Kurds (e.g., the PKK) have launched numerous terrorist attacks against Turkey. Allegedly the PKK has bombed "tourist areas" and have also attacked civilians in Turkey's urban areas. "More than forty thousand have died" in these ongoing hostilities, and when the Turkey's military launches counteroffensives against the PKK, Turkish citizens are sometimes caught in the crossfire (Giraldi, p 36)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Giraldi, Philip. "Turkey and the Threat of Kurdish Nationalism." Mediterranean Quarterly19.1 (2008): 33-40.
  • Gorvett, Jon. "Turkish Prime Minister Says War Against Kurds Has Entered 'Very CriticalStage'." Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. 27.1, (2008): 38-39.
  • Gunter, Michael M. "The Permanent and New Realities Facing the Kurdistan RegionalGovernment: Options and Prospects." Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 28.2 (2008):237-249.
  • Ozhan, Taha, and Ete, Hatem. "A New Agenda for the Kurdish Question." Insight Turkey11.1 (2009): 97-115.
  • Rafaat, Aram. "Kirkuk: The Central Issue of Kurdish Politics and Iraq's Knotty Problem."Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 28.2 (2008): 251-255.

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