Kurdistan Referendum: the end of Sykes-Picot legacy?

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Kurdistan Referendum: the end of Sykes-Picot legacy?

Postby John Galt » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:27 am

Kurds in Iraq are holding a referendum for independence on monday

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2 ... -kurdistan

some kurds oppose it simply because the kurdish government is dysfunctional to begin with (the kurdish parliamentary body did not meet for two years because the speaker of parliament, a minority party, has been blocked from entering the building), they are an in economic crisis (regarding oil, shares of money from baghdad, and supposed (probably true) illegal sales of oil from kurdish region of iraq), not to mention the war with ISIS

only one foreign state supports the referendum: Israel. the neighboring nations think it dangerous. and it is. the syrian kurds will immediately declare for kurdistan i'm sure but this could draw both iran and turkey into a larger conflict

still, i think Sykes-Picot was one of the most damaging legacies of the Great War and it does need to be undone. and independent Kurdistan would be a first, important step

also

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/us/p ... ml?mcubz=3

Paul J. Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Trump who is at the center of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is working for allies of the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region to help administer and promote a referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq.
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Re: Kurdistan Referendum: the end of Sykes-Picot legacy?

Postby exploited » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:46 am

The Kurds must have independence. The West shouldn't be propping up these amalgamated, weak states. And say what you will about their government, at least they actually f**k fought against ISIS, unlike the disloyal f**k who cut and ran in the Iraqi Army.
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Re: Kurdistan Referendum: the end of Sykes-Picot legacy?

Postby Saz » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:44 am

Give it to them. They fought well against ISIS and our friends get nice things. Would be our final f**k you to Iraq though lmao
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Re: Kurdistan Referendum: the end of Sykes-Picot legacy?

Postby Kane » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:33 pm

It's more of a f**k you to Turkey and Erdogan but to that I say f**k 'em. Erdogan has turned his country back so far and so much.
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