Kurdish representatives Zubeyir Aydar (left) and Rahman Haji-Ahmadi (right) with BrigGen(ret) Dieter Farwick in Brussels: "As a dreadful dictator Saddam was extremely harmful for the Iraqi people particularly to the Kurds"After WW I and the demise of the Osman Empire the European powers France and United Kingdom redesigned the “Middle East” disregarding ethic-religious, historic and cultural factors. On the drawing-board they created new states like Jordan, Iraq and Syria with new artificial boundaries.
They “forgot” to create one state: Kurdistan - as the homeland for then about 30-40 million Kurds.
This new design triggered multifaceted tensions and conflicts between and within the states in the Middle East until today.
Most of the current conflicts in North Africa and the Gulf region have their origin in the aftermath of WW I.
The Kurds have been a renowned high-culture nation in the Middle East.
Without a homeland about 40 million Kurds live mainly as minorities in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey and they have been fighting for human rights and autonomy for about 90 years....
More than one million Kurds fled the conflicts to Scandinavia and Central Europe. It is less known that about 800 000 Kurds live in Germany.