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Posted by Sadie from D007231.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu ( on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at 4:37PM :

In Reply to: Dear Azhi posted by Sadie from ? ( on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at 10:51AM :

I don't mean for you to take offense at my questions. I actually know some Kurdish people here in Nashville (the largest immigrant population of Kurds in the States is here; see link below for a local radio program about Nashville's Kurds). I was just asking you those questions because I'm a really straightforward person, & I'm curious about your perspective. I have nothing against "the Kurds," at all. In fact, I've advocated a peaceful co-existence between Kurds & Assyrians for a long time both on this forum & on the AINA forum, & I firmly believe that Kurds & Assyrians ought to join ranks & fight for equal rights under Turkish law (though, I have nothing against Turks in general - I just have a problem with the Turks who don't grant ethnicities within Turkey equal rights). & you know, even an Assyrian I know very well who lives here in Nashville has said to me once that Kurds deserve their own state. So, not all Assyrians are like those morons at AINA; in fact, some Assyrians are sympathetic to the Kurdish cause.

That said, I wonder what you think will happen to Iraq if a Kurdish state was to form in the north & declare autonomy from the rest of Iraq? That is why I was asking those questions. I personally feel sympathetic to the Kurdish cause, but I wouldn't want a Kurdish state to form in north Iraq - I'd want an Iraqi federation. I just think that both ways will end up in bloodshed, but the latter way will at least force people to co-exist all at once. If a Kurdish state was to be created, Turkey would constantly be threatening it on one side, & there would be border disputes with the rest of Iraq, I think... & that would just prolong the bloodshed. BUT, that's just my opinion. & I will respect yours, if you want to share. : )
Nashville Kurds: A history of violence against Kurds in Iraq resulted in many of them coming to the U-S and to Nashville, which boasts the largest Kurdish population in the nation. These Nashville Kurds now watch with worry and excitement as Iraq is re-built WPLN's Terri Smith reports. Listen in RealAudio. Airs May 6, 2003.

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