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July 12, 2017


Martin Adamson

As usual, there's no fool like a fully-engaged French intellectual. Setting up a genuine Kurdish state may or may not be the best solution, but it's dangerous to propose it without realising that it would take a long, prolonged war to do it. It's easy to criticise Sykes-Picot, but every other alternative solution would suffer from just the same defects.

Stephen K

'a long, prolonged war'

We seem to get them in the Middle East all the time anyway, so the argument from prudence looks a bit threadbare. If national self-determination and elementary gratitude mean anything (they don't to the established diplomatic actors, e.g. the State Department will do its best to stop this) the Kurds should have their independence.

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