Iran and Turkey have not stopped attacking the measures taken by the four anti-terrorism countries against Qatar for financing terrorism and threatening their national security. The flow of Turkish official statements condemning the "boycott" and showing "sympathy for the brothers in Qatar" continued. But the false claims of the Iranians and Turks failed in the very first test. The referendum on the secession of the Iraqi Kurdistan came to reflect the real face of two regimes that claim defending the "oppressed" and the rights of peoples but are really just going after their objectives while harming others in twisted and malicious ways.

Set aside the objectives of the referendum, its strategic effects and political positions towards it, the point I want to address is the position of Iran and Turkey that announced categorical rejection of it and vowed to take "security, diplomatic, political and economic measures" against the referendum. Iran said it closed its airspace to the territory at the request of the central government in Baghdad, as the Iranian Supreme National Security Council announced stopping all flights to and from Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard launched war games near the border with the northern Iraqi region, threatening of political, economic sanctions and even closing borders. Turkey and Iran did not rule out military action to abort Kurdish secession. Other considered scenarios are the economic and political embargo and the closing of the territory's only port for international trade.

Geographically, the embargo that everyone is threatening Kurdistan of is a true blockade. This is different from the boycott of Qatar by the Arab quartet, which consists of sovereignty measures not a total geographical blockade as Qatar has maritime borders that ships can cross freely.

A landlocked region, Kurdistan is "at the mercy" of the bordering countries in case they decided to take punitive measures against it. The Kurdistan referendum has profound geostrategic effects and threatens the unity and cohesion of Iraq, but there is one important detail here. Some countries protect their interests through harsh measures and sometimes violate international laws, but these very countries seem to forget they have condemned others that took moderate sovereignty actions in similar crises.

Turkey considers the secession of Kurdistan a crucial issue for its national security and it has the right to, but the Turks who support the Qatari regime that threatens the national security of the GCC and Egypt, denounce these countries for protecting their national security. I bet Turkey will not like it if the Arab quartet supported the secession of the Kurdistan Region. Erdogan's government would not appreciate that troops were sent from the four countries to protect Kurdistan if it declared independence. But the four countries are politically mature and rational and focused on safeguarding regional stability, not fighting neighboring countries and interfering in sovereignty and national security.

The quarter had the option of using Kurdistan as a pressure card vis-à-vis the Qatar crisis, but they didn't go that way. The territorial integrity of the Arab country that is Iraq is something they are keen to protect.

The Kurds account for about 20% of Turkey's population (12 to 15 million people). Their exit from Turkey State would be a strategic disaster. The same is true for Iraq (nearly 20% of the population) and Syria (about 15%). In Iran, they're about 10%. 

Now, Iran is talking about the "everybody's interests" and recognizes that actions of individual countries harm regions. It was not that wise, though, regarding the Qatar issue. Now, Turkey also threatens the Kurdish people of making their region a no-fly zone. Erdogan has been talking about commitment to international agreements and human rights and claiming to defend the oppressed, until now. Change the channel.