31 December 2015   Leave a comment

Many of the current political problems in the Middle East stem from the artificial boundary lines drawn up by the British and French after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I (the British and French actually agreed on the lines in 1916 before the Ottoman Empire collapsed but kept their agreement secret).  The contesting parties–Sunni Mulsims, Shia Muslims, Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, to name a few–are fighting over boundaries that divide their own groupings.  We don’t know how the final boundaries will be drawn, but one can imagine a Middle East with ethnic and religious boundaries quite different from today’s lines.

Reimagined Middle East

 

One of the groups that has been fighting for many years to be able to draw its own boundaries is the Kurds.   There are about 30-32 million Kurds in the world, making them one of the largest nations without a state.  They also have expanded the area in Syria under their control considerably during the current fighting.  Their success has frightened the Turks, who fear losing some of their territory to an independent Kurdistan.  That fear has led to a sharp increase in military attacks on the Kurds in southeastern Turkey and a frightening increase in civilian casualties.  It is difficult to see how the conflict in Syria and Iraq will be resolved without some major concessions to the Kurds.

 
It’s New Year’s Eve!! For your listening pleasure, listen to Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale play “After Midnight” Rock On!

 

Find the Panda in this Image  (I found it in one minute)

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Posted December 31, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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