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An autonomous Kurdistan: A shattered dream

An autonomous Kurdistan: A shattered dream
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The Kurds have once again been thrown to the wolves. These nationless millions spread over several countries in West Asia have been at the receiving end of the time and history.

The Kurds have once again been thrown to the wolves. These nationless millions spread over several countries in West Asia have been at the receiving end of the time and history.

After betraying them by pulling out of Syria having all along supported the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US President Donald Trump has opened the doors for yet another humanitarian crisis.

Whether the betrayal of Trump or the attack on Kurds by the Turkish forces is more sinister cannot be easily explained. After all, Kurds have fought by the side of the US and defeated the Islamic Stat (ISIS) terrorist group.

Turkey has since long called Kurds terrorists. Trump did the policy U-turn after a telephonic conversation with Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan expecting Turkey to take custody of ISIS fighters, White House revealed.

With Trump's decision, Syria's situation has become more complex. To claim that Kurds were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to fight and hence there was nothing wrong in pulling out is, simply put, immoral.

But who expects morality from the Americans and more so from Trump, a businessman to the core. Within two days of its decision to hunt down Kurdish fighters, Turkey has unleashed mayhem on the Kurd civilian population and fighters killing a few thousands with its air raids.

Turkey claims it is attempting to create a 'safe zone' for Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey. This aggression will lead to a disaster as far as humanity is concerned in north-eastern Syria.

When the Islamic State rose in West Asia in 2015, the US sought Kurds help and the latter safeguarded the global order and yet, they have been abandoned today. The security gains achieved so far are bound to be undermined now.

Kurds have not only fought successfully against the ISIS terrorists but also captured and detained 90,000 suspected ISIS supporters in four camps across the region. Guards of these camps were promised patronage from Washington.

Would they continue to safeguard the global order now? What happens if the terrorists and their supporters released by them now in the changed scenario or while in the process of fighting the Turkish forces?

The West should realise that ISIS is not a finished business. About 35 million Kurds inhabit the mountainous region of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran Armenia and are the fourth largest ethnic group in the West Asia region.

They do not have a standard dialect and are followers of various religions and reeds although majority of them are Sunni Muslims. World War 1 end gave them a dream of an autonomous Kurdistan.

Their move to set up an independent State has always been oppressed by Turkey. For Turkey, the Kurdistan Workers Party and its affiliate People Protection Units are bigger terrorist groups than ISIS.

Turkey wants to replace the Kurd dominated regions with displaced Syrian population. It is a demographic change that is being sought.

This is a new Arabisation process in the region. Should this tragedy be allowed by the world?

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