The Middle East is full of complex social problems. I am not a politician, activist or sociologist. I am just a man who wants to be a good friend to my Kurdish and Turkish neighbors. Many Kurds are desperately trying to establish their identity in the eyes of the world. Kurds are distinct from Turks and Arabs. The existing nations that they call home each wish they would simply assimilate into the culture of that nation. Those who have refused to assimilate have a culture that sets them apart from the others in language and tradition. There is fault on both sides and a long history of conflict, torture and terrorism. Even now in Turkey many Turks refuse to acknowledge the Kurds and simply call them “mountain Turks”.