Posted by: hevallo | June 13, 2008

Dr Ismail Besikci. Clarity on The Kurdish Question! Part 2.

The necessity to define the historical injustice committed against the Kurds.

It is impossible to make statements concerning the Kurdish question without defining this great historical injustice and without dispassionate and objective investigations. It is said, here in Turkey, against the Kurds, that there are about 6,000 languages on earth and that not all of them could form a state. This is a demagogic statement which obscures and distorts the Kurdish question.

The Kurdish people today account for 30 to 35 million of the population of the Middle East. More than 20 million Kurds live in Turkey alone and the geographical extent of Kurdistan is more than 500,000 kms square.

However, the Kurds do not have any political status. A comparison between peoples and nations forming an independent state and the Kurds is very revealing. Of the 184 member states of the United Nations, there are several with a population of less than one million and are even more with a population of around 5,000.

The surface area of these states is about as big as that of a provincial town in Kurdistan. Among the present 37 member states of the Council of Europe are many with a population of less than one million. Lichenstein for example is a state with about 25,000 inhabitants.

And Luxemburg with its 300,000 inhabitants is one of the 15 member states of the European Union. Thus, the opinion that it is impossible to form an independent state for each of the 6,000 language communities of the world turns out to be pure demagogy.

Furthermore, some of these 6,000 languages are spoken only by 3-5 persons. Against this background, the following questions must be asked:

What conditions apply, according to the maxims of political science and state theory, and international relations, for the foundation or non-existence of an independent state? What can be said, with reference to the Kurds, about the basic factors of a nation state, such as people, territory, economy, sovereignty, international recognition, etc?

Among the signatories of the appeal, “Die Zeit ist reif fur eine politische Losung” (Its time for a political solution), are a number of political scientists, experts in international affairs, sociologists, etc. What do professors say nowadays about the fact that the Kurds were/are left without a state, split up and divided?

If even Lichenstein with its 25,000 inhabitants is an independent state, why should the 30 to 35 million Kurds not have one? What do they lack? What are the conditions for the foundation of an independent state?

There is also the problem of what method enables a nation to qualify for recognition. Of the 184 member states of the United Nations, many were formed without one bullet being fired by its former oppressors. It is wonderful that states were founded in the peaceful way, by constitutional negotiations, but the Kurds, in spite of having sacrificed hundreds of thousand of martyrs since the beginning of the 20th century, do not have any political status.

It is self evident that the political scientists, experts in international affairs and sociologists have to investigate this question in great detail. Furthermore, the Kurds are one of the factors gaining increasing importance in the complex mosaic of social and political relations in the Middle East. The investigation of the Kurdish question is mandatory in this respect as well.

Part 3 to follow.



  1. Her bijî Ismail Besikci!Long live Ismail Besikci!He’s a real human being, he’s really courageous, he’s my Turkish brother.When I met him in Ankara in 2004, he impressed me a lot.Elîshêr

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