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Who could? The UN, the UK, Germany, France, the US, Israel, the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, Italy, the Saudis, Turkey, Quatar, Iran, Russia, Iraq, etc. - all could help easily, within hours. Who will step up today?
All they need is water, food, tents, shovels, and maybe some machine guns air-dropped to them prevent a Biblical-style genocide. Where is everybody? On vacation?
I can't see any of them helping, and least of all, Turkey. Then Iran and Iraq, Qatar, Russia. Can't see the red Cross or Crescent going into a war zone. Israelis very well might, but have own fight on hands.
Churchill lamented that when Britain partitioned the Middle East, that they made a mistake in not making a separate country for the Kurds. Unfortunately, all the countries where there are significant populations of Kurds fear a Kurdish state thinking that it will embolden them to make part of their country part of Kurdistan. That seems counter intuitive to me. If you carved Kurdistan out of Iraq, I would think it would draw the other Kurds to settle there like Israel has done for Jews.
If the world made sense, People would be clambering for a state for the Kurds who seem to be reasonable and honorable, but since we live in an anti-intellectual world, the Kurds are ignored while a lot of people want to carve a state out of Israel (another group who are reasonable and honorable) for the Palestinians, who are almost universally dirt bags.
remember those countries are all muhammedans, they think everyone thinks like themselves and is pathologically expansionist.
So yes, they think that the Kurds (and the Israelis) are out to conquer the world because that's what they themselves would do.
As to why the US hasn't helped the Kurds. Well, you wouldn't want to upset the Iraqis and Turks, would you? Or the muslim brotherhood (aka ISIS, aka AQ)... They might get angry and fly some aircraft into American buildings...
San Francisco in the 1970's I met a very nice Kurdish family. Very good neighbors, trying so hard to be American and not loose their sense of integrity.
We will go in there when we have an absolute assurance to own/control their oil. The big oil in Iraq is in Kurdish territory. Let's help these people get the freedom they have fought for for sooooo long (centuries in fact). We gave it to the Israelis, why can't we help the Kurds? Oil baby, oil.
The mountains of (present-day) Eastern Turkey, far northwest Iran, Northeast Syria and Northern Iraq have always been (for as long as the Kurds have been a distinctive group) their homeland. All of the countries in that region have had centuries (millennia?) of "experience" fighting with, or against, the Kurds, who are renowned for their fierce raiding abilities. IIRC, Saladin , who defeated the Crusaders, was a Kurd. While they may be Sunni Muslims, they are Kurdish first and foremost.
In recent times, the only country to offer them any assistance has been the US; is it any wonder that they look to us for help now? I also remember reading somewhere that the Israelis have been attempting to negotiate with them...
Something fishy about the Kurds all of a sudden losing battles, towns and turf. Long as I can remember, they were tough as nails. The Turks and Iranians could not defeat them and neither could Saddam H. Mean to tell me that bunch of fanatics called ISIS can run over them? I don't buy it. I sorta figure they are playing the game to garner external support in the form of MORE American money, weapons and bomber support.
Them Middle Eastern types are always slippery as eels. I reckon they are likely playing simple Uncle Sam for a fool. Again.