I have long, and very vocally, supported the aspirations of the Kurdish people in their desire to forge a sovereign and pluralistic democratic ethno-state in the region, and for as many years as I supported that cause, I saw that the forces that were poised against their endeavor plied tactics that not only worked counter to the Kurds aspirations, but I must add that these tactics were also duplicitous, misleading and corrupt. But, as per my nature, these media and political deceptions only urged me to stronger support. Thus, I have followed the plight of Kurdish independence since at least the first Gulf War, if not earlier, and I arrived my position by way of several philosophic streams which I will go into at length later in this post.
But first, just who are the Kurds?
According to Wikipedia: The Kurds (Kurdish: Kurd, کورد) or the Kurdish people (Kurdish: Gelê Kurd, گەلی کورد) are an ethnic group in the Middle East, mostly inhabiting a contiguous area spanning adjacent parts of southeastern Turkey (Northern Kurdistan), northwestern Iran (Eastern Kurdistan), northern Iraq (Southern Kurdistan), and northern Syria (Western Kurdistan). The Kurds are culturally, historically and linguistically classified as belonging to the Iranian peoples.
Globally, the Kurds are estimated to number anywhere from a low of 30 million, to possibly as high as 45 million, with the majority living in the region they regard as Greater Kurdistan. However, there are significant Kurdish Diaspora communities in the cities of western Turkey, in particular Istanbul. A recent Kurdish Diaspora has also developed in Western countries, primarily in Germany. The Kurds are the majority population in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, and are a significant minority group in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iran, and Syria, where Kurdish nationalist movements continue to pursue greater autonomy and cultural rights.
"The land of Karda" is mentioned on a Sumerian clay-tablet dated to the 3rd millennium B.C. This land was inhabited by "the people of Su" who dwelt in the southern regions of Lake Van; The philological connection between "Kurd" and "Karda" is uncertain but the relationship is considered possible. Other Sumerian clay-tables referred to the people, who lived in the land of Karda, as the Qarduchi and the Qurti.
Many Kurds consider themselves descended from the Medes, an ancient Iranian people, and even use a calendar dating from 612 B.C., when the Assyrian capital of Nineveh was conquered by the Medes. The claimed Median descent is reflected in the words of the Kurdish national anthem: "We are the children of the Medes and Kai Khosrow." However, MacKenzie and Asatrian challenge the relation of the Median language to Kurdish. The Kurdish languages, on the other hand, form a subgroup of the Northwestern Iranian languages like Median. Some researchers consider the independent Kardouchoi as the ancestors of the Kurds, while others prefer Cyrtians. The term "Kurd," however, is first encountered in Arabic sources of the seventh century. Books from the early Islamic era, including those containing legends such as the Shahnameh and the Middle Persian Kar-Namag i Ardashir i Pabagan, and other early Islamic sources provide early attestation of the name Kurd.
Some Iraqi Christians are extremely concerned by Kurdish dominance in the region they share, but I feel these concerns are largely based on abuses which are historical in nature. I propose any bad element of cultural appropriation or religious animosity between these communities could be ameliorated over time through fellowship and inclusion in the newly proposed political apparatus.
Hemû baş, birayên û birayên Kurdistanê.