Instability in the Middle East is not the Kurds’ fault

Source: Aljazeera

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The major crises destabilising the Middle East today have been ongoing for over 100 years. Some of the major factors that have caused and have fed them include: the drawing of the Sykes-Picot borders, Western interventions, Persian-Turkish-Arab rivalry, Arab-Israeli conflict, sectarianism and religious extremism.

The Kurds have not been party to any of these issues and, in fact, have had to pay a heavy price for problems they did not create.

Yet some analysts and observers have claimed recently that the Kurdish desire for statehood is a major destabilising factor in the Middle East. Such claims willfully ignore realities on the ground and decades of history.

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