The desire of the Kurdish people for an independent state. The novel implies that the Kurds from Syria, Turkey, and Iraq work together to force a war between the government of Turkey and Syria, with the eventual goal of being granted an individual territory.
Injustices suffered by the Kurds at the hands of the governments of the nations they live in.
Volatility of Middle-East region, both politically and ideologically
The novel was released in 1997, prior to the attack on the World Trade Center towers and the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, but after the establishment of an Iraqi Kurdistan in Iraq from the aftermath of the Gulf War.