The mere mention of the name Kurdistan evokes a lot of passion. For Kurdish nationalists, who for centuries have nourished the notion of an independent nation-state that will bring together all the world's persecuted Kurds, it is an ideal to be pursued. For the countries where Kurds are minorities (Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran) and have for centuries lived under the spectre of oppression, Kurdistan is not a notion to be entertained. Sample this: One of the authors, while crossing into Iraq from Turkey, had his laptop computer impounded by Turkish border guards. The guards then meticoulsly erased all references to the name Kurdistan in all the documents they could find.