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December 13, 2008
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Toward a Continental Union

Kurdishaspect.com - By Kay Azadabeen

Not occupation, aggression, and corruption but independence, innovation, and change have made America the leader of the world. Change is inevitable and is not an invention by President Elect Obama. However, Obama's motto for change at this historical time and Americans' response to it is encouraging other parts of the world to make progress, follow suit, and welcome change.

While Syria refuses change and still does not recognize the existence of the Kurds, Persia has always accepted the Kurds as an Iranian group without changing the discriminatory linguistic and educational policies in Iran. Turkey needs to be congratulated for its courage to become the second Islamic country after Iraq to welcome change and accept the Kurdish identity and opening an official Kurdish TV chaneel. The change would likely lead to further flourishing of the cultural heritage of both nations in Anatolia.

While Syria refuses change and still does not recognize the existence of the Kurds, Persia has always accepted the Kurds as an Iranian group without changing the discriminatory linguistic and educational policies in Iran. Turkey needs to be congratulated for its courage to become the second Islamic country after Iraq to welcome change and accept the Kurdish identity and opening an official Kurdish TV chaneel. The change would likely lead to further flourishing of the cultural heritage of both nations in Anatolia.

Opening a Kurdish TV channel in a country that has insisted on the Turkishness of all its citizen is a major change and a step toward true democracy in Anatolia. It is an acknowledgment that non-Turkish citizen of the country have no longer to be proud of something they are not. It is a sign of overcoming fear, insecurity, and hatred. It indicates an official recognition of the identity of 25% Kurds in Turkey.

Some skeptical Kurds might see this change as another assimilation policy. Some insecure Turks might see it as a step toward splitting the country. Regardless of a potential and transitional assimilation and splitting outcome, the change is a step forward. Neither the skeptical nor the insecure members of both sides might recognize that this change is reflective of the development of both nations and a preparation for a voluntary unity in the long run. The unity might even gradually spread and encourage Southern Kurdistan to join Anatolia and together join European Union.

Since after centuries of colonialism, wars, and violation of other people's rights the members of the EU have evolved to accept equality and peaceful coexistence, it is reasonable for developing nations to join them and move toward a Continental Union or CU in the future. In such a union Kurds might no longer have to ask when will we be free or kay azadabeen?



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