Advanced Hypocrisy

The Kurdish Question

Attacks by Turkey on Kurdish forces will not help the fight against IS.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    • Turkey’s belligerence toward the stateless Kurdish people is a study in state hypocrisy because the Kurds are the most potent and successful enemy of the radical jihadist IS movement and thus a critical ally to Ankara.
  • Facts


    • Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan declared it was “impossible” to continue peace talks with the Kurdish PKK political party in the wake of air and artillery attacks on Kurdish positions in northern Iraq.
    • The growing power within Turkey of the pro-Kurdish HDP contributed to a loss of 10 percentage points for Mr. Erdoğan’s AKP party.
    • Facing a common enemy such as IS offers Turkey and the Kurds a historic opportunity to pound out some kind of mutually agreeable arrangement, but only if the government takes action.
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