After World War I, the Kurds came tantalizingly close to getting an independent state.

Nearly a century later, they are no closer to an independent homeland.

Kerk 3cThere are many reasons for this: regional instability; suppression of the Kurds, most dramatically in Turkey and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq; vehement opposition to a Kurdish state; infighting among Kurds; and, despite some prominent Western supporters, no viable advocate for Kurdish statehood.

These reasons were on display this week as…