Forwarded from Anthon #3 (Questions for Mine)
lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Wed Jan 31 06:54:45 MST 2001
A question to Mine.
Mine wrote that she would not characterize the Kurds as a colonized nation.
Would you characterize them as a nation?
I think there are good reasons to, correct me if I am wrong.
1) common language different from their neighbors.
2. common culture different from their neighbors.
3. common class and social structure different from their neighbors.
4. long term historical occupation of a contiguous piece of land.
In short the only significant aspects of nationhood they do not have are
1. a seperate country.
2. a seperate and distinct economy (as a result of not having their own
I think the Kurds are an oppressed nation. Their nation has been divided
between other countries by the global politics of imperialism - the borders
drawn in the region after the Ottoman empire was carved up between French
and British spheres of influene at the end of WWI - and refined at Yalta
and Potsdam witht he collusion of the USSR.
If I am wrong in any aspect of the above, please correct me. I haven't
studied the issue for years and am a little rusty.
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