They’re used to it. Since an abortive independence offer after World War I, Kurds have known plenty of betrayal. Now they suspect Washington, having ok’ed a recent Turkish assault into Syria that pushed back against Kurdish gains, is done with them. Western officials say the Kurds are highly effective at thwarting ISIS, yet Ankara prefers to label Kurdish fighters as terrorists. While one Kurdish leader says “we don’t need world powers to survive,” this ethnic group fears that American officials may be selling them out to play nice with Turkish allies.