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Eric jensenPoli Sci Third World Politics112796History of Turkish Occupation of Northern KurdistanSince 1984 and especially the last few months the domestic problems of amajor NATO Middle Eastern and American ally state have come to theforefront of the international news scene That state is the Republic of Turkeyand its primary troubles stem from the past seven decades of acrimoniouspolicies directed at the indigenous ethnic Kurds The main problem now is theKurdish popular insurgency on its hands in Turkish occupied NorthernKurdistan The Kurdish question has long been covered up and denied by thestate of Turkey but recent events has forced Turkey to concede that it has aserious Kurdish insurgency on its hands Turkeys inability to deal with thissituation is the result of the past seventy years of cultural political andhuman rights abuses directed against the Kurdish population In fact thisseparatism is so out of hand that the Turkish government has incessantlyappealed to its allies and advisories alike to help counter the escalatingKurdish asperation to succeed from the Turkish republic Turkeys sputteringand deteriorating economy is directly related to the long Kurdish struggle forindependence Turkey has spent over eight billion dollars or twenty percent ofher GDP to combat the ever deteriorating predicament in northern Kurdistan andshould spend more in the futureLaber Because of the violence the onceprosperous tourist business of Turkey has now lost about 15 billion dollarsannually since 1990 Many people now talk openly of another possible militarycoup there were three major military coups during the last thirty yearsAlister These circumstances in the state of Turkey have also hurt herchances of ever joining the ever wealthy European Union and battering itsailing economic situation The depth of Turkeys domestic and ethnic dilemma isone of the many that have arisen after the end of the cold war yet the coldwar is a simple answer to a much more complex one The factors that have arisento contribute to this civil war were created far before Capitalism versusCommunism East versus West or
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