Kosovo to Gaza and Beyond II
Earlier this month, 2 million ethnic Albanians living in the province of Kosovo – representing some 90 percent of the entire Kosovo population, declared their independence from Serbia-Montenegro which is majority ethnic Slav. The declaration is unlikely to be reversed, even though other ethnic-majority Slav countries are unlikely to diplomatically recognize the new country.
Or consider Armenia, one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Worldwide, there are approximately 8 million ethnic Armenians, but most of these live outside the small modern territory in the Caucasus called Armenia. Only an estimated 20 percent of the total Armenian population still resides in that small part of their ancient homeland.
If a distinctive cultural, linguistic, religious, artistic, and racial group of 2 million in one place or 8 million world-wide can have their own homeland, a fair question is why cannot 15 million? That’s the general consensus about the number of ethnic Kurds living in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria.
And there is the seemingly intractable confrontation in Palestine.