America: have you no dreams, faith, ideals, memories, values?
One cannot argue with the Soviet origins of the PKK — nor today it’s probable conflation with “TAK” terrorists operating occasionally in Turkey — and the long-term effects of the Kurdish-Russian relationship that is today being leveraged by a potentially genocidal (proven once — has the world to see it again proven?) Turkish and neo-Islamist authoritarian state. However, modern Kurdistan and the “Rojava Experiment” with liberal democracy may be more “western” than commonly acknowledged.
Credit Turkish President Erdogan with Soviet-style defamation when he frames all Kurds as action-producing PKK terrorists.
Credit American Revolutionary memory to with what had to be brought together to overcome an avaricious king and to mark its first steps on the road to becoming not only self-governing but uniquely so as the redoubt of freedom from all political and religious tyrannies.
The Kurdish Community may need to advance its own inter-tribal cooperation and perhaps temper the power of its own autocrats to achieve meaningful, responsible, and responsible authentic democratic governance; however, both Moscow-Damascus and “Moscow-Ankara” would seem to be working to squeeze the community back into political impotence and from there out of existence.
Followers and readers with timely information and insight into the Kurdish community’s political makeup, its arrangements with other powers — including Russia and related energy projects — and its desire for autonomy, dignity, and freedom are welcome to contact the editor through the contact page and form on this blog.
“Kurdish YPG Engages ISIS In / Near Raqqa, Syria”
Posted to YouTube Dec. 18, 2017.
Adalian, Rouben Paul. “Turkey, Republic of, and the Armenian Genocide.” Armenian National Institute, n.d.
Dominique, Callimanopulos. “Kurdish Represseion in Turkey.” Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine, June 1982:
During Turkey’s war for independence, Turkish leaders, promised Kurds a Turkish-Kurdish federated state in return for their assistance in the war. After independence was achieved, however, they ignored the bargain they had made.
Months after the declaration of a Turkish republic, Ankara, under the pretext of creating an “indivisible nation,” adopted an ideology aimed at eliminating, both physically and culturally, non-Turkish elements within the Republic. These “elements” were primarily Kurdish and Armenian.
Letsch, Constanze. “In Turkey, Repression of the Kurdish Language Is Back, With No End in Sight.” The Nation, December 21, 2017:
On the night of December 31, 2016, 94 associations, including the institute, were shut down on allegations of “connections to terrorist organizations.” A month later, the authorities confiscated all documents, course materials, and hardware—computers, two projectors, a TV—as well as the school’s furniture. The institute’s website was taken down. In theory, the institute has the right to appeal the shutdown through a state-appointed commission, but human-rights organizations such as Amnesty International have criticized it as insufficient, as more than 100,000 cases are pending review by just seven commissioners within a two-year deadline.
Ismael, Yousif. “Once again, Turkey Refuses Solutions in the Syrian Civil War.” Washington Kurdish Institute, September 21, 2017.
Mohamad, Sinam. “Once We Beat ISIS, Don’t Abandon Us.” Op-Ed. The New York Times, May 11, 2017.
Rice, Bill. “America Must Live Up to Its Own Values and Support Kurdistan’s Independence.” Washington Kurdish Institute, September 21, 2017.
Weiss, Stanley. “It’s Time to Kick Erdogan’s Turkey Out of NATO.” HuffPost, n.d.
For nearly seven decades, this combination of factors has been the potential Achilles heel of NATO: that one day, its members would be called to defend the actions of a rogue member who no longer shares the values of the alliance but whose behavior puts its “allies” in danger while creating a nightmare scenario for the global order.
After 67 years, that day has arrived: Turkey, which for half a century was a stalwart ally in the Middle East while proving that a Muslim-majority nation could be both secular and democratic, has moved so far away from its NATO allies that it is widely acknowledged to be defiantly supporting the Islamic State in Syria in its war against the West.
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