The Iraqi Kurdish parliament has voted to back an independence referendum in the face of opposition from across the globe.
The Kurdistan Regional Government, sitting for the first time in two years, backed the 25 September vote on Friday.
Iraq's central government rejected the referendum as unconstitutional on Tuesday.
Iran, Turkey and the US also object to the vote, fearing further instability.
Britain's history with the Kurds has not been good with the Kurds. 100 years ago, Britain attacked them as it wanted to appease others as it had grater concerns to deal with like fighting world wars, but will Britain's attitudes towards the Kurds be any different today?
If this vote happens and the Iraqi Kurds vote for independence, this could be the trigger for the biggest war ever seen in the Middle East, not just bringing in all regional countries but Western countries and Russia too and on opposite sides.
The Sykes-Picot agreement is dead. ISIS have already removed the borders of Iraq and Syria, in effect ending those countries in their present form, but what next?
If the Iraqi Kurds get independence, they won't stop with that. They'll want to link their Iraqi territories with their hard won territories in Syria. If that doesn't provoke a response from Turkey's Erdogan, then, trying to link these territories into the Kurdish dominated areas in Turkey, will. Then there's the Kurdish areas in Iran to boot. It has all the ingredients for one massive war.
Should the West, in particular Britain, support Kurdish independence, or should we repeat history and appease others for the "greater good?" What would our response be if the Iraqi government attacks the Kurds? What would our response be if Turkey launches a massive attack on them, Turkey of course being a NATO member? Do we keep supporting Turkey headed by an Islamist leader or support the Kurds and drive Turkey into Putin's warm embrace?
Perhaps we should just stay out of it all. What do you think?