World’s Democracies Must Support Kurds in Rojava Now!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed:

How often do not the Turkish president Erdogan and his prime minister Ben Ali Yldirim lift their forefingers to threaten Kurds and repeat: We are not allowing a Kurdish entity on our border?

As a matter of fact, Erdogan, especially after the collapse of his neo-Ottoman dreams of occupying Kurdish lands and “liberating” Jerusalem, has sworn to sabotage any success the Kurds achieve. The state of Turkey is explicitly against any kind of Kurdish achievement, no matter where in the Middle East. Any Kurdish gain is seen by Turkey as encroaching on “Turkey’s national sensitivity”.

This racist ideology grew not under AKP governance, but rather it incubated during the Cold War when Turkey became a member of NATO and started to belong to Western Europe. In return for that Turkey got a green light and license to exterminate Kurds as long as it did so in a “proper” way.

Killing thousands of Kurds, imprisonment of tens of thousands, deportations, displacements, burning at least 4,500 Kurdish villages, confiscating the lands of Kurds, bombing and burning Kurdistan to ruins, daily and systematic harassment, every kind of discrimination and abducting Mr. Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan liberation movement, has been done either with the direct help of the USA, NATO and EU or with their unconditional political and military support to Turkey or at least by contributing to the matter with silence and thus acceptance.

Promoting, encouraging and supporting Turkey in this barbaric and seldom seen sort of racism is probably the biggest case of moral failure for the Western Democracies’ and the UN’s advocacy for the rights of people to national and democratic rights.

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