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Which of the following facts could be best used when supporting Kurdish independence?

A. Most of the Kurdish people are not Shia Muslims, but are Sunni Muslims.

B. Outside governments have repressed Kurds harshly before.

C. Kurds were included in Iraq by the British when Iraq was formed.

B?

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    I agree.

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    Once again - C

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    I'm sorry I posted this question again, but it was only to get a second opinion.

    The reason I think B is because Kurds never had their own country, so I don't think that the Kurds being included in Iraq was relevant.

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    Damon's point, I think, was that the Kurds didn't choose to be included in other countries, but it was imposed on them by another country.

    What does your book say?

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    My book emphasizes the points that Kurds were treated harshly and that the use of the Kurdish language and culture was controlled in Turkey.

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    Thanks for the update. It looks as though we're right, although Damon's answer also seems valid. The question about "strongest" is ambiguous.

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    Thanks for the help to both of you!

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    You're welcome.

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    When the Middle East was split up into "mandates" under European countries after the Ottoman Empire was demolished, little attention was given to the ethnic or historical backgrounds of the various groups of people. Lines were arbitrarily drawn and this was called "Iraq" and turned over to the British and that was called "Lebanon" and ceded to the French etc. As a result completely diverse groups were assembled into "countries" that had no cohesion. In the process the Kurds were split between Iraq and Turkey, neither of which was friendly to them. If anyone had cared a hoot after WW1, Kurdistan would be a country and a lot of lives would not have been wasted.

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    I should have said between Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Iran.

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