Give the Kurds a State

(Jerusalem Post) Shlomo Avineri - The Kurds in northern Iraq have a right not to live under Arab rule if they so wish. There is nothing holy in the commitment to "preserve the territorial integrity of Iraq." Preserving the territorial integrity of a country makes sense only so long as the country itself remains a coherent entity. When this is no longer the case, as turned out in the last decades with the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, legitimacy disappears and other alternatives have to be sought. Turkish claims should not be allowed to trump the rights of the Kurds of Northern Iraq to a polity of their own.

2003-06-13 00:00:00

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