TURKEY: 659 Disturbances

About all that many people know about Kurds is contained in the lines of Hilaire Belloc:

The dromedary is a cheerful bird: I cannot say the same about the Kurd.

These wild-eyed tribesmen scattered in mud huts through three countries—Turkey, Iran, Iraq—have had battle lust for 3,000 years, have never knuckled under to non-Kurdish governments. From Istanbul last week came news of probably the biggest riot of Turkey's Kurds since the War. Operating from Dersim about 200 miles south of the Black Sea, 300 miles west of the Turkish-Iran border, Kurdish tribesmen...