It seems that this has been going on for a long time now, although of course different sources call the strikes ‘against militant terrorists’, ‘freedom fighters’…well, you know how it goes. The tweets below are about Kurds in SE Turkey and now Kurdistan, but Akbar Shahid Ahmed at www.huffingtonpost.com brings context from last fall in Syria:
“ISTANBUL – Last fall, Islamic State fighters launched a coordinated, large-scale assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani on Syria’s northern border with Turkey. Fresh from victories that granted them an aura of invincibility, the extremists were about to remove the single irritant on a wide swath of the border they otherwise controlled.
The world watched in resignation. The lone superpower said it would not help. U.S. officials grimly predicted the city would fall. Yet the small band of Kurds held on for days, then weeks. The U.S.-led coalition against the self-described Islamic State began to help, first with a smattering of airstrikes then with daily assaults. And by January, in a stunning turnabout that has been called a contemporary Stalingrad, the Kurds won.
In succeeding, the Syrian Kurds defended not just a strategic outpost in the Middle East, but also a utopian idea of government they’re putting into practice — what they talk about as a space where decisions are made at the neighborhood level, where gender equity and ethnic inclusion are legally mandated, and where barter is becoming more important than currency.”
In his ‘Syrian Kurds: Governance Without Hierarchy, Patriarchy Or Capitalism’, Ahmed tells a bit of the story of Kurdish leaders basing their social experiment on the ideas and a long engagement with Murray Bookchin, ‘who fused Marxist and anarchist ideals into a vision of a world where citizens’ assemblies supplant state bureaucracy and environmentalism is king’. He expands at length on Bookchin’s version of Utopia; it’s seriously interesting.
Now in a propaganda war with so many ‘sides’, he seems in thrall to the US hegemon, and takes this ‘Good Kurds v. Bad Kurds’ tack:
“Washington sees the Syrian Kurds’ success defending Kobani — and other parts of Rojava – as the chief example of how U.S.-led air power and partnerships with forces on the ground can effectively defeat the Islamic State.
But this is an especially odd partnership. The Syrian Kurds’ ties to Ocalan and the PKK, the designated terrorist organization he leads, enrage Turkey, the most important U.S. ally in the region. And the Rojava vision is dramatically at odds with the more feudal nationalism of another group of Kurds who are used to being Washington’s favorites — those in Iraq. The Syrian Kurds’ growing autonomy and unwillingness to launch an all-out offensive against Assad has also upset the Syrian Arab nationalist rebels that the U.S. has courted for years.”
Yes, over a hundred of those outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) terrorists have been killed in this latest iteration of civil war:
“A two-and-a-half year ceasefire between the two sides broke down in July, giving new life to a war that has raged across the region for the last thirty years. The PKK first launched its insurgency fighting for an independent Kurdish state in 1984. Since that time, over 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict. In recent years the PKK has been pressing for greater autonomy and rights for the Kurds, Turkey’s largest minority.
The offensive is by far the largest of its kind since the beginning of the ceasefire. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has continually vowed to wipe out the PKK, a group that the Turkish government and its allies, including the United States and the European Union, consider a terrorist organization.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu gave a speech to the supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) where he vowed to eliminate the PKK’s threat.
“We will not get tired,” Davutoglu said. “We will fight day and night until all mountains, cities, districts and neighbourhoods of this country are cleansed of terror centres.”
The fighting mainly took place in the predominantly Kurdish cities of Cizre and Silopi in Sirnak province and inside a neighbourhood in Diyarbakir. Conflict between the PKK and the Turkish state has continued in spite of the continued war against the Islamic State, in which the PKK plays an active role, as previously noted by Inquisitr.”
(three hours ago)
(a dissenter replies below another twitter pic)
Of course I was curious to see what the US State Department was saying about their glorious NATO partners in peace, so I got on their (and Kerry’s) account and found:
@NSCPress @POTUS why doesn’t President Erdogan stop attacking the Kurds? We can see through this hypocritical veil – placed on the West.
@POTUS did he tell the Turks to stop marketing ISIS black market oil? Turkey is complicit with funding of terrorism
@POTUS it is concerning to humanity you won’t call Turkey’s bluff & their motives for obtaining oil via ISIL
Some were kinda funny in a way, like:
@POTUS He couldn’t say something about the attack against the #Kurds in #Turkey ? You can loose the kurds to #Russia
Meanwhile, I’m seriously not amused if what Pepé Escobar is saying is so in his ‘You Want War? Russia is Ready for War’: that Putin has threatened launching nukes if, if, or if…. scenarios.
“Since mid-2014 the Pentagon has run all manner of war games – as many as 16 times, under different scenarios – pitting NATO against Russia. All scenarios were favorable to NATO. All simulations yielded the same victor: Russia.
And that’s why Erdogan’s erratic behavior actually terrifies quite a few real players from Washington to Brussels.”
He then takes readers on ‘a missile cruise’, and oh, my.
At any rate, my heart goes out to the Kurds in general. The Empire has been selling them out in massively hypocritical perfidy since the First Gulf War, urging them to revolt, then failing to help them as promised. Like Charlie Brown and Lucy’s football funnies, they fell for it again at least twice, as I remember it.
But lest we start believing that the Empire isn’t satisfied waging endless war against brown and black people around the globe, at least the administration has its eyes on the Most Important Big Prize for ‘the little people’.
The election results from Spain were in last night; Podemos in fact did better than earlier projections, and good on them and the voters.