Look at the map of "Greece" and Kurdistan, created by an anonymous Greek jokester. This map is an insult to Turks, and I suppose to Armenians too in an indirect sort of way.
It has been 85 years since the Treaty of Lausanne, and 82 since the Treaty of Sevres. Do maps of the former Ottoman Empire still exist? Of course they do. Are there any hopes whatsoever of re-conquering any of the lands which the Empire once included? None whatsoever, even though such a short period of time has passed.
It has been 600 or so years since the collective population of Kurds has had any claim to any land, to any legitimate autonomy within recognized geographic borders. Do maps of the former Kurdistan still exist? Of course they do. Are there any hopes of re-claiming all of the land which Kurdistan once included? There certainly is.
Forgive me for asking and answering my own questions, but it seems to me that for the umpteenth time, the Kurdish cause has been given an injection of high octane fuel, this time thanks to the Bush Administration. Not only is "Northern Iraq" considered a dirty word to the Kurds, "Kurdistan", as it relates to the same real estate, is also a no-no. Whatever is taking shape in northern Iraq is being referred to as SOUTHERN KURDISTAN, and if this isn't considered to be provocative to Turkey, I don't know what is. I say: "Accept what you are given and don't threaten the north unless you can take it yourself by force, which you obviously can't". I try to be sympathetic and open-minded towards the Kurdish issues, but finding tripe such as "Southern Kurdistan" is a real buzz-kill.
At the end of the First World War, Ottoman lands which were conquered by force, fair and square (as I've said before, force is the currency of land grabbing) were diminished by 100s of thousands of square miles. The Treaty of Sevres, if enforced, would have given Turkey about 1/2 of the land which it's borders now define. The Treaty of Lausanne of course superceded this vulturous gang-bang, for lack of a better term, and we see the results by looking at any modern map of the middle east.
It goes without saying that Kurds received the short end of the stick. But it takes more than signed documents to stake a claim. If the collective population of Kurds possessed the military might to take what they could take, then it would have been so, but it wasn't, was it? There is no denying that the modern Republic of Turkey was born from more than just signed documents, it was fought for, tooth and nail, during the course of wars too numerous to mention in between 1910 and 1930.
I don't know what the next few decades will bring, if the conflict in Iraq will give rise to a wonderful democratic independent state called Kurdistan. If it is possible, then I say, let it be so, but...Does such an emergence pose a threat to Turkey? I think it does. The Turkish military certainly believes so, and monitors this situation with hyper vigilance and complete intolerance. What might become of the Kurdish-Turks living in Turkey if armed conflict is triggered? if Turkish forces intervene? As for Kurds who choose to stay in Turkey, while they have their own state next door, are they going to be wearing out their welcome? How appropriate would it be for a Kurdish Turk [referring only to those who would sooner burn a Turkish flag than salute it] to live in Turkey? I think it's going to get very ugly, very violent and very unattractive for any such Kurds, or other such ethnicities for that matter, to take residence in Turkey. "Love it or leave it" will ring loud and ring true, of this there is no doubt.
My detractors can paint me any way they like. This is a moderate view, and you are free to disagree, in fact you're encouraged to try and prove me wrong. Most Turks who I know "wouldn't waste their breath" [in their words] discussing any possible autonomous Kurdistan, in Iraq or inTurkey, or otherwise.
Since I believe that Kurds will never re-claim any Turkish land for their own state, I am hopeful that those Kurds who live in Turkey will dis-engage with the Turkish military, dis-arm completely and live in peace with all of the other ethnicities who call Turkey home. Love it or leave it. (yes for the third time).