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Born to be betrayed: Turkish bombing of the Kurds with US support is no surprise

100 years of being betrayed by every regional power, you would have thought that, by now, the Kurds might have learnt their lesson.

Turkey bombs the Kurds

A woman reacts as Turkish warplanes attack Kurd positions in the Syrian town of Kobane.


The Kurds were born to be betrayed. Almost every would-be Middle East statelet was promised freedom after the First World War, and the Kurds even sent a delegation to Versailles to ask for a nation and safe borders.

But under the Treaty of Sèvres, in 1920, they got a little nation in what had been Turkey. Then along came the Turkish nationalist Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who took back the land that the Kurdish nation might have gained. So the victors of the Great War met in Lausanne in 1922-23 and abandoned the Kurds (as well as the…

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