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Repeating history with innocent Kurds
by Thanos Kalamidas
2007-12-29 09:55:06
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There is something going on at the north borders of Iraq that seems like nobody gives the necessary weight. The victims at the moment are between the innocent and they count only to tens and the refugees to just a few hundred but the situation is escalating fast and soon it will look like an open wound in an area that has too many… some of them lethal.

At this very moment, it doesn’t matter the excuses or how we like to call it, Turkey is invading Iraq killing innocents and driving others into refugee status and that’s the reality. Turkey has a past of militaristic acts like that and has already created a status quo with the indigence and sometimes support of the international community in other places. Turkey once more in her history commits an international crime and the rest of the world is just watching.

Before I start getting comments or mails - Greek talking, hates Turks and the rest that usually don’t help the argument - I want to make something clear, I have nothing against the Turkish people, I have travelled a lot around Turkey and I think the Turkish people are equally victims of the military dictatorship that works behind the curtains for decades. Whether they like it or not, Greece and Turkey are neighbours and they are going to be next to one another for ever. Perhaps Greece would wish to neighbour Switzerland and Turkey would feel more comfortable neighbouring Saudi Arabia but …this is the reality.

They are one next to the other and they have to learn live one next to the other; after all, prosperity comes with unity not in a conflict and the faster they both understand it the better it will be. At the same time Zimbabwe is not Greece’s neighbour and I do often attack with my articles Zimbabwe’s dictator Mugabe and I do the same with the Iranian dictators, with Pakistan’s Musharaf and a number of others. This has nothing to do with neighbouring but with principals.

It has to do with democracy and the shadow dictators of Turkey that have ruled the poor country since the beginning of the 20th century behind or in the front of the curtains, the officers that keep the average Turk back in the dark ages, poisoning them with nationalism, their paramilitary fascist groups like the “gray wolves” will find me opposite till they vanish or I die. And this has nothing to do with me being Greek and them Turks, this has to do with principals if they can understand the word.

What is going on the northern borders of Iraq is devastating and despite all the warnings from the local authorities and the Iraqi politicians nobody seems to be willing to do anything. Turkey has a double target. One target is the Kurdish organization PKK and the other is the oil, using the excuse of a small minority of Turkish who live in the Kurdish area. I think the first target is there as a cover up for the second and they work on it slowly and methodically. It is too easy nowadays to call somebody terrorist but the question remains, who is terrorist and who is liberator?

Was Yasir Arafat a terrorist or a liberator? His organization was responsible for the massacre in the Munich Olympics; still nowadays the very same organization is the only credential negotiator for the Palestinian problem. Mr. Arafat was awarded the Peace Nobel Prize and was invited often in the White House. Still the very same man was informed and led series of terrorist hits all around the world including suicide bombers and skyjackings. Israel never stopped considering him a terrorist and wishing his death. What’s the difference with the Kurdish PKK leader Mr. Ocalan? How can the Turkish government excuse their agreement into a creation of a Palestinian state inside Israel and the demand of an Israeli withdraw while they reject exactly the same thing from the Kurds?

But as I said before the Turks do all that because they keep an eye on the northern Mosul oil fields, some of the richest in Iraq and with the Kurds in control. What will happen if the Americans keep their hidden agenda with the Kurds for their help in the war against Saddam and they help them to build a Kurdish state? A state that will be totally independent if not rich with the help of these oil fields, a state that can be the beginning of a new situation with the Kurds who live in Turkey and Iran. A state that will endanger the plans of the Turkish army in the area. The truth is that Erdogan, the Turkish PM tried, and he tried hard to modernize Turkey and move the army back to their barracks instead of the conspiring back rooms. But just like everybody before him he had to withdraw in front the army’s plans for his survival and when it comes to Turkey we are not talking only for his political survival but for his physical survival also. So the PM and the government one more depend their survival on the wishes of the army and in extent they are just following their orders which in this case are, invade Iraq.

Iraq is defenceless and this is a fact and the Iraqi leaders know well that the Americans are not going to help so they try to survive the crisis with the minimum coast. The Turkish army didn’t invade Iraq to hunt a few hundreds of PKK members, they invaded Iraq to take over and promote their main plan and the timing is perfect with the situation internationally, in USA regarding Iraq and Iraq itself. They have done it before. They have illegally invaded Cyprus, an independent country and thirty years after they negotiate with the invaded like equals. And all that with the US blessing, why would it be different this time?

The Turkish army and their paramilitary allies inside the Turkish society have long worked their wind into the people’s minds and they have brainwashed them to believe that the Kurds are evil. They have already started working their way into vanishing the language and the customs of the Kurdish population inside Turkey; hunting them now as terrorist abroad they might give them the same end they gave to the Armenians who lived ones in the Ottoman Empire.

But as I said in the beginning despite the Turkish army secret agenda, putting aside the controversy case of the Kurds and all the terrorist talk there is the reality of women getting killed in northern Iraq from the Turkish army, there is the reality of hundreds of Kurdish families, women and children’s that started moving from their houses to the south looking somewhere to survive the Turkish airplanes bombs and the Turkish army, and of course just like it happened thirty years ago in Cyprus, the world is …just watching!

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Emanuel Paparella2007-12-29 10:47:15
Indeed. And one ought not to forget the Armenian genocide which continues to be officially denied. That having been said, it seems to me that the issue that keeps the generals influential in Turkey still needs to be analyzed. The issue has to do with secularism vis a vis Islam. What the generals have been successful in promoting and selling to the Turkish people is the idea that they are the champions of secularism and modernity in Turkey. With that argument they can play with democracy as a magician can: now you see it, now you don't.

Thanos2007-12-29 13:50:44
Even the secular state, Mr. Paparella is an excuse for the Turkish army and their paramilitary clone, the truth is …money! The army has invested huge funds anywhere in the Turkish economy and that’s the main reason nothing can move them from there. But as you say they use democracy and secular state like …magic!!!

Emanuel Paparella2007-12-29 16:42:49
Indeed Thanos, money and oil are pretty much interchangeable and equally vital to the real-politik Machiavellian world in which we presently live. Undoubtedly oil interests are the not so hidden agenda partly explaining what is going on presently in northern Iraq, as you aptly point out in the above article.
Here is another piece of news from another part of the world but perhaps related by the global oil nexus: the beginning of an article just out yesterday in Reuters, by Gordana Filipovic:
“BELGRADE (Reuters) - A Russian bid to gain control of Serbia's NIS oil monopoly for 400 million euros ($588.4 million) is indecent and unacceptable as far as the Economy Ministry is concerned, Minister Mladjan Dinkic said on Friday.”
That certainly goes a long way in explaining the anxiety in the EU over Kosovo’s bid for independence. One cannot but wonder how long will it take before those Machiavellian real politik considerations eventually trump not only the ideals of the founding fathers of the EU, distributive justice around the world, but democracy itself. Ought we in the West not give serious consideration to privileging Aristotle’s will to truth over Nietzsche’s will to power?

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