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US Stance on Legitimacy of Kurdish Independence Referendum Requires a National Vote

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The Kurdish people have held an independence vote. They have chosen time and time again to not kneel or bow in the face of death itself. Sunni Muslim men and women of the Peshmerga fought and died to keep ISIS out. When Saddam was in power, the Kurds were bombed with chemical weapons. They want democracy, they want freedom, and they obviously want independence. Whether or not the independence referendum and the results of their referendum, which were 92% in favor with ~3 million ballots cast, should be considered legitimate cannot and must not be decided by an unelected oil tycoon claiming to speak on behalf of the American people. 

The decision of whether or not America recognizes the Kurdish independence referendum needs to be a decision made directly by the American people. I urge you to call for and successfully negotiate a nation-wide vote in America to determine our nation's formal stance on the legitimacy of the Kurdish independence referendum. 

If we do not do this, we turn our backs to the very ideas that the American nation was founded upon and that our Kurdish brothers and sisters champion. As stated in our country's Declaration of Independence: 

"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

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