Kurds are not Turks nor Arabs.
As You already know I come from Poland and every single day I see how hard for Europeans it is to see the difference.
Everyday, in the news, we hear about the Kurds and Peshmerga, however, not really many of audience realize who the Kurds really are.
A few days ago I even heard voices of concern that the Kurds, after defeating ISIS, will try to take control over the Arab countries next to Kurdistan, and then Europe, and then probably the world.
Well the Arab countries are the last thing the Kurds wish to have 🙂
What could I answer.
It made me a little bit angry that people are able to have such an abstract and ridiculous thoughts in their heads.
Kurds are also Christians, Yazidis, Jewish, Alevis and even Atheists.
The Kurds are not Arabs, Turks etc. !!
The Kurds are the Kurds same as Polish people are not Russians – even though still many people see no difference as I am very often called Russian
You have to remember that Kurds are the separate nation and never ever compare them with Arabs or Turks.
So who are the Kurds ?
A study of mitochondrial DNA found that Kurds, same as Armenians, show a high incidence of mtDNA U5 lineages, which are common among Europeans, although rare elsewhere in the Near East.
The sample of Kurds in this study came from northwest Iran and northeast Iraq, where Kurds usually predominate.
Same studies say that Kurds are very similar to Jews.
And here I have the most important message to all of my friends all around the world who still think that the Kurds are the Arabs.
Most of my friends, who have never ever met a Kurd, think that all of the Kurds are dark-skinned and have brown eyes and hair – that “Arab look”.
Yes, the majority is like that after years of conquests and trying to “delete” Kurdish identity via forcing Kurdish women to marry Arab or Turkish men.
But who of you, my friends, really know that in Kurdistan You can also meet blondes and redhead people?
And this is pretty shocking fact for many, because they think that Kurds have only “Arab look” and they put all of the Near-East countries into one box.
Well not really 🙂
Kurdish people are part of Indo-European group.
Even more, the word Aryan itself, is the term that drives from the old Kurdish word.
And here You have to be very careful about what you consider Aryan as !
No, it has nothing to do with World War. Don’t link it to some sick Hitler’s ideology because the Aryan race simply concerned the people of European and Western Asian heritage. They all belong into Indo-European group.
The Indo-European language and culture spread in several stages from the Proto-Indo-European Eurasian homeland into western Europe, central Asia and India.
(No, nothing to do with “white race”).
In Kurdistan You can simply meet a lot of blondes and even redhead persons with a lot of freckles 🙂
So multicultural, multi-religious, and so on …
But still so tolerant.