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    • Axel
    • 13.08.07 | 23:16 (IDT)

    "Can I guess why there is such a big gap in attitude, Her Axel?" You can guess, but probably miss the point. First, many countries have ethnic/religious minorities (even Germany, FYI). The usual solution is that such minorities have full civil rights and more or less autonomy with regard to culture, language etc. Applicable to the Palestinians? Obviously not, as Israel would not give them full civil rights. An independent Kurdish state would have to be cut out of the territory of existing states, quite problematic against the will of said states. Nearest to this option is Iraqi Kurdistan, but as we all know regarded as a casus belli by Turkey. He who advocates this option must accept responsibility for another ME war, and if its outcome would result in independent Kurdistan is highly speculative. Quite different, the envisaged Palestinian state would be formed out of occupied territory, without reducing any existing state. Instead of starting a new war, it would end an e

    from the article: Kurds build an island of calm in the inferno of Iraq
    First published 00:00 13.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 13.08.07
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