4 May 2010
Maybe not. Have a look at this map of the homeland claimed by the Kurds.
Some five years ago, discovering that the merchants in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar with whom my lady was haggling were Kurds, I made a reference to 'Kurdistan'. They shuffled their feet and looked over their shoulders before assuring me loudly that there was no such place.
But there is, and it does not require a degree in history to predict the most probable outcome of a people with a strong cultural identity having won a considerable degree of autonomy for themselves in one of the three neighbouring countries across which they are currently distributed.
Happily, unless some future prime minister tries once more to show how Britain can 'punch above its weight', that is one geopolitical shit-storm we should be able to stay out of.