Turkey, The EU and the Kurds Jeffery Simpson takes up the cause of the formerly sick, now forgotten, man in Europe. Turkey is the only Musilim Middle Eastern democracy and, as such, a stick in the eye for the Islamofascists and the various dictators and potentates of the region.
The EU is leery about admiting Turkey for some good reasons - much lower standard of living, low productivity and so on - and two bad reasons: religion and size. But at this point in the evolution of the Middle East any Muslim nation which has made the secular strides Turkey has should be given some hope it will get a seat at the table in the West.
The Kurds are a more perplexing issue. Yes, a big chunk of Turkey might succede were an independent Kurdistan to emerge in Northern Iraq. So what? What the Busshies seem to have on their agenda at the moment is the complete and radically reording of a region which, to date, has not worked very well. The Kurds and an independent Kurdistan cleaved mainly from the carcass of a defeated Iraq is not at all a bad idea. The Kurdish areas of Turkey may wish to join such a state. That would not be the end of Turkey; rather it would bring international borders into conformity with ethnic ones.
At some point the legacy of WWI, the mandates and the settling of colonial scores on the map of the Middle East will have to be rectified. We can wait another few decades but that will likely lead to even greater conflict. Let the Kurds have a bit of Turkey, a bit of Iraq and good luck to them.