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April 2, 2003

I have been looking for material about the Northern front, the role played by the Kurds in the war and what is happening with Turkey. To little avail. I did coem across this in The Age. I was also able to find this and this and this from an embedded American journalist from the New York Times.

The Kurds are helping the US. Will the Americans help the Kurds?

We come at this in a roundabout way.

This gives us an insight into the reaction of Kurds to what is happening in the war. This gives an insight into the Kurds relationship with Turkey. The Manifesto of the Kurdish people calls for the Kurdish nation to have its independent state.

The establishment of Kurdistan will be a test of the Anglo-American commitment to bringing democracy to the Middle East. But all indications are that they wil oppose it to appease Turkey.

The Kurds see themselves as trying to turn back their forced march into the abyss of history.They despair about the opposition to the establishment of an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq. Their reading of history is that the Kurds have often found that world opinion has always sided with our implacable foes in the sport called the slaughter of the Kurds. And this article is about a freedom loving Kurd encountering a lecture given by a US neo-con, one Paul Wolfowitz, the second in command at the Department of Defense, in Instanbul in the middle of 2002. And the lecture is not what you think it is. Kani says:

"The operative word in his lecture was expediency. He conveniently forgave the Turks for their past and ongoing sins -- the man thinks highly of himself and forgives as well as consigns entire peoples to pedestals or oblivions as he sees fit -- and hailed them as paragons of virtue, freedom, and democracy. Such pandering or begging is rare in the annals of human history. When one runs into it, it is usually in the form of a modest address from the representative of a weak nation to a great one for need out of desperation. In Istanbul, it was America that stooped before Turkey."

And the Turkish state enforces a repressive monocultural nationalism that is deeply hostile to multiculturalism or a federal state. Kania says:

"In Turkey, the tyranny of Turks over Kurds is absolute, unequivocal and abominable. 20 million Kurds have to, on the pain of death sometimes, call themselves Turks. Article 66 of the Turkish constitution has assured them of their Turkish-ness by dictate -- notwithstanding the obvious observation of many that the Kurds have nothing in common with the Asiatic Turks of Mongolia -- physically, linguistically, and temperamentally. The Kurds, an indigenous people of the Middle East, have to forgo their language and culture as well, Article 3 of the Turkish constitution dictates it, “The language of the country is Turkish and there can be no changes made to this article.”

It is highly unlikely that the Americans will push for regime change in Turkey.

After that roundabout? Will the Americans help the Kurds? No.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:08 AM | | Comments (1)


It is highly unlikely that the Americans will push for regime change in Turkey.
In fact they are going to carve up the oil goodies big time, as long as Turkey plays along and says "Whose yo Uncle" when General Powell visits tonight.
Through the very height of Turkish repression of the Kurds, who was right there along the way, providing them with $billions as a stable (i.e. easily manipulated) state in a volatile region. The Turks were like Saddam, tough men who could enforce their monocultural will on a state. The USA cruelly dangles an autonomous state and "right of return" to kurdish lands, knowing that both are politically impossible.