By Rebwar Rashed:
The war in the Middle East is as fast and as furious as a forest fire. Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are just like trees. Countries like Jordan and Lebanon are undergoing a war-ready fermentation, a fragile stability that could turn into chaos in a short time.
The state of Turkey, since its foundation on 29th October 1923, has murdered thousands of Armenians, Assyrian and Kurds. The prisons have always been full of political prisoners, writers, intellectuals and democratic-minded people. Properties have been confiscated, lands have been burned, walls been built and people been separated. After almost a hundred years, Turkey is heading towards its most terrifying, horrible, political model.
The Islamic state of Iran has in the last 36 years killed, hanged and persecuted Kurds, Beluchs, and Ahwaz Arabs. Exactly as Turkey, Iran is practicing state-terrorism. Both Turkey and Iran are terrorizing their own population and use indiscriminate and disproportionate force against civil populations and noncombatant targets without the slightest restraint. They have been practicing a ruthless, scorched-earth policy simply to break the spirit of normal ordinary people.
Erdogan and the AKP government, including the fired Davutoglu (1) vowed on many occasions that they will “liberate” Jerusalem (2) and unite Kurds, Arabs, Turks and so on to (re) build an Islamic Empire, albeit AKP à la carte.
The difference between Iran and Turkey is that the first claims to represent the Shiites while Turkey represents the Sunnis. Both take advantage of the ordinary masses to encourage them to kill and hate each other and act in a fascistic manner.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Rabbi’ah sign [“the 4th”], which is a symbol for Islamic fascism and extremism and politically equals the Nazi swastika, is Erdogan’s favorite. He gives the Four-Finger 4Rabia sign proudly while millions of Turks are shouting “Allah u Akbar” to show harmonization of thoughts and the common language.
As with any versions of Islam, the difference/s between Salafism and Wahhabism are a matter of interpretation. Saudi Arabia´s Islamism is quite controversial. It exports Wahhabism which is a raw, anti-modern and anti west doctrine to the neighboring countries and into the Islamic schools and thousands of mosques in Europe, but accepts a more adjustable pan-Salafism inside Saudi Arabia.
Salafism is a version of Islam which traditionally, or originally, has a more flexible backyard for Western values, though again this also depends on which interpretation could possibly prevail at that moment of history. In Saudi Arabia, there are different kinds of Salafistic tradition for men and women and the leadership itself.
Saudi Arabia’s harshness toward its Shia Muslim population and other Shia Muslims in neighboring countries is well known. Saudi Arabia is not only exporting Wahhabism, but it also spends billions of dollars to destroy, stop or harm progressive movements in the area.
Thus, the Islamic terrorism of Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia has damaged the Middle East for quite a while. It has now started to also damage the Far East, Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA. This radical fascist Islamism is born and nourished inside the corridors of power in Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, not outside on the streets among average ordinary people.
When it comes to Kurdistan, Turkey and Iran has the same aim, that’s the destruction of Kurdish national liberation movement and its progressive style. The Saudis aim is merely to destroy the Kurdistan national movement´s progressiveness and its aspiration for gender equality, modern- and human rights values.
The Saudis are well aware of the plurality and multiplicitous nature of Kurdistan society and its religious diversity. They want to destroy that historical diversity and impose a Sunni-dominated Wahhabi-styled Islam on the people of Kurdistan. The recent coalition between Turkey and Saudi Arabia and their intervention in the Kurdistan region of federal Iraq can explain their strategy.
Iran is already occupying Iraq and has many fingers in the Kurdistan region of federal Iraq. Therefore a Yemenization of the Kurdistan region of federal Iraq is not that faraway if the USA and other Western democracies hesitate to make a constructive intervention.
Saudi Arabia´s partnership in a coalition against the Islamic state of Iran could be pragmatically justifiable as it has money to spend and has “great experience” in sectarian warfare, but it could backfire as the Shia community of the Middle East would see it as a “Sunni” aggression rather than a war of governments. Such a situation can never serve the stability of the Middle East. Fighting the Islamic Republic of Iran must not mean serving the Sunnis while excluding and alienating the Shias.
A genuine stability in the Middle East based on democratic and human rights values must be built on the ashes of Islamism (both Sunni and Shia!) and primitive nationalism.
Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are the fortresses of reactionary and extremist values that have caused lots of suffering for the majority of the peoples of the Middle East. It’s time to liberate these people and throw these corrupt theocracies, which only promote authoritarianism and totalitarianism, into the dustbin of history.
Kurdistan, with its cultural richness, its religious and multiethnic diversities and its ambition for gender equality can be a mini-India and pave the way to a democratic, stable and secure place for everyone in the Middle East.