By Harem Karem:
There is a saying among the Kurds: ‘The reason that an axe can cut a walnut tree is because its handle is made of walnut tree itself’. It came as a surprise to many of us when Abdelbasset Sida, who is a Kurd, was recently elected as the new leader of the Syrian National Council (SNC). At the time, details of this process were murkier than the Syrian Sabkhat al-Jabbul lake.
As the trajectories unfold, however, the real reason behind Sida’s appointment is coming to light. The US and Turkish warmongers might not be able to end the current Syrian regime militarily, while the Russians and Chinese are refusing to back down, but they have an alternative – taking advantage of their right-hand man Masoud Barzani’s naivety as the axe’s handle.
Barzani is clearly undermining Iran and, as a consequence of his action, he is once again jeopardising the safety and security of millions of Southern Kurds for his Kurdistan Democratic Party’s small gains in Western Kurdistan through getting involved in Syria’s internal affairs.
The preliminary signs are that the USA, Turkey and other powers’ alternative way to topple the Syrian regime is by arming and directing the rebels to liberate the north of Syria – ‘West Kurdistan’ – through the Kurdistan region, using similar tactics to those deployed during the Libyan revolt. This Kurdish-populated area could then become as a safe haven for Syrian National Council members, rebel commanders and Western secret services.
Aside from this, the safe haven would be entitled to protection from the UN Security Council while the rebels could work to bring down the Assad regime. As a result of this plan, the SNC leader Abdelbasset Sida is expected to meet with Barzani soon to discuss details of the SNC’s next step in its attempt to gain Barzani’s additional support in using the Kurdistan region as a gateway to receive aid from outside players.
On the other hand, the local media reports on Arab opposition attempts to move its armed rebels to the north where the Party Krekaren Kurdistan (PKK) opposes this, asserting that Kurds have their own armed forces to defend themselves and will not permit any Arab armed forces to enter the territory. According to a New York Times report, the CIA is organising the supply of weapons to the Syrian opposition while Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar pay for this.
Barzani is licking honey from a thorn. He has already divided the Kurds in Western Kurdistan and he is using his influence to please Turkey against the PKK, without any consideration of the incalculable damage Iran can cause him and his nation as a direct result of his actions. The trouble is, he is not smart enough to support all Kurds in Syria equally and discreetly, like others do by supporting their Sunni and Shi’a groups. He has instead chosen to repeat past mistakes by becoming the axe handle in the hands of Turkey and the USA.