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BLUE PILL OR RED PILL?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2006 by Mizgîn
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”
~ Morpheus, The Matrix.

Mehmet Ali Birand wants to know if Kurds will remain silent while Turkey burns.

He seems to think that Kurds have “important responsibilities” regarding the fact that Turkey is burning. Well, actually, to be honest, he never says that Kurds have “important responsibilities,” but that “citizens of Kurdish origin”–whoever the hell they are–have the responsibilities. Now, this would hold true if Kurds were equal citizens of the fascist Turkish Republic, but the fact remains that Kurds are not even considered to be human beings by the fascists, much less are they equal citizens. In fact, Kurds have been enslaved by every state that divided them, aided and abetted by Western supporters of those states.

A slave has no responsibilities whatsoever, because a slave has no freedom whatsoever, and as long as Kurds have no political rights, no rights to the unique, Kurdish identity, no cultural rights, no human rights, then they have no responsibilities. Responsibility is a function of the privilege of being free, of being accorded the dignity of one’s humanity. Under the fascist Ankara regime, such dignity has never been extended to Kurds. Since this is the case, there are no responsibilities for Kurds to “shirk.”

Let’s not imagine for so much as a nanosecond that the phony rights on paper have anything more to do with reality than the fantasy, “Alice in Wonderland,” has anything to do with reality, especially now that there is a new “anti-terror” law, which does nothing but nullify all the phony rights that were written specifically to pacify European and American hypocrites.

Let’s also not imagine that those so-called Kurds who sit in Parliament are truly Kurds. They have achieved their positions at the expense of total assimilation. They have accepted denial and are, therefore, privileged slaves of their masters, while those who refuse to assimilate are hounded by the state–such as DTP, or sympathizers of PKK. The assimilated creatures are no longer Kurds, yet they will never be Turks. They are twisted freaks of their own self-hatred.

Let us not be fooled by the threats of clashes between Turks and Kurds harming everyone, because there have been clashes between Turks and Kurds since the founding of the state, about which no one has given a damn, even while Kurds have been butchered in the tens of thousands. Those would-be friends of Kurds want Kurds to offer their throats to be sliced by the fascists because these would-be friends of Kurds are poisoned with the disease of pacifism. At the same time, these same would-be friends of Kurds do nothing as Turkish panzers crush the people of Amed, Turkish security forces bomb the people of Şemzînan, or Turkish artillery blasts the people of Bahdinan. When it comes to the shedding of Kurdish blood, those suffering from the disease of pacifism are suddenly silent.

Those would-be friends also believe, deep in their little diseased hearts, that the proper state for Kurds is the state of slavery.

Let us not be fooled by the imagined concern for the banning of legal Kurdish parties under Turkish occupation. Never has anyone uttered so much as a peep when Kurdish parties and politicians are banned from “participation” in the “democratic” Turkish political process, even though every single legal Kurdish political party in the history of the fascist Turkish state has always come to this end. It will happen to DTP as well; the process began in Amed, when Ozel Timler attempted to attack Osman Baydemir.

In the long run, the closure of yet another Kurdish political party is meaningless because we all remember what happened when four Kurdish politicians were elected to Parliament–they were imprisoned for speaking Kurdish.

Then we have a proposal from PKK for a political solution to the entire situation, but the US says it doesn’t, won’t talk to PKK. Moreover, a State Department spokesman made these remarks after Turks accused the US “of planning to force Turkey to negotiate a political solution with the terrorist group.” The State Department was also questioned about why a soldier, and not a diplomat, was named as Washington’s “special envoy.”

The answer to this question seem to be obvious: The US has no intention of supporting a political solution for Kurds under Turkish occupation, even when every point of PKK’s offer is one or more points that have previously been endorsed by human rights organizations, or as lip service by the EU. America is an enabler of genocide and has no genuine intention of promoting democracy for anyone but Americans or to protect its own economic interests. In other words, the US call for PKK to lay down its arms and call a ceasefire is a farce.

If anyone ever needed it, the American response to Turkey’s fear of being forced to negotiate a political settlement to Kurdish oppression, is further proof that everyone in the American administration is an idiot. The proper response to Turkey’s imagined fear would be to point out that the US itself sat down with negotiators for the Iraqi resistance last year, from Britain’s The Independent:

American officials are talking to negotiators from the anti-US resistance in Iraq, whom they have denounced in the past as foreign fighters and remnants of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Insurgent leaders and Pentagon officials have confirmed to Time magazine that talks have taken place for the first time in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.

The Sunni guerrillas want a timetable for a US withdrawal, first from Iraqi cities and then from the country as a whole. American officials aim to see if they can drive a wedge between nationalist guerrillas and fanatical Islamist groups.

Abu Marwan, a resistance commander, is quoted as saying that the insurgents want to “fight and negotiate”. They are modelling their strategy on that of the IRA and Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland. This means creating a united political organisation with a programme opposed to the US occupation.

In the meantime, and in order to rub salt in the wound of hypocrisy, the Iraqi government recently has also been negotiating, from RFE/RL:

Insurgent groups in Iraq have posted a number of statements to the Internet in recent days rejecting Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s national-reconciliation initiative. While some statements contain an outright objection to the initiative, others are more convoluted, and either lay down preconditions to talks, or reveal concerns that members of some insurgent groups may be defecting to the government side.

Western press reports this week speculated that the following groups had expressed an interest in the reconciliation initiative: the 1920 Revolution Brigades, Muhammad’s Army (Jaysh Muhammad), Heroes of Iraq (Abtal Al-Iraq), 9 Nisan (April) Group, the Brigades of the General Command of the Armed Forces, and the Al-Fatihin Brigades.

Both the US and the Iraqi governments negotiate with groups they consider to be terrorists, and both of these are examples to the fascists in Ankara. However, when it comes to the question of justice for Kurds, everyone–the US, Iraq, Turkey–refuses to walk down the political path. The hypocrisy of this refusal is patently obvious.

That brings us back to the question: “Will Kurds remain silent?” But I propose the question: “Should Kurds remain silent?”

Yes. Just as our Rojhelatî brothers and sisters overwhelmingly boycotted the manufactured political spectacle that installed Ahmadinejad in power, so the Bakûrî should overwhelmingly boycott the next manufactured Turkish political spectacle. There is nothing to lose anyway. CHP and AKP are in the process of maneuvering DTP out of legal political participation as I write, and no amount of paper penned by the likes of Mehmet Ali Birand will change that.

The US continues to embrace the Deep State–in the form of Joseph W. Ralston–while negotiating with the same terrorists who have racked up over 2,500 American dead in Iraq or encouraging the al-Malliki government to do the same. Turkey invites HAMAS, which is on the EU and US List®, to Ankara and gives it support, while transporting arms and ammunition to Hezbollah, also on The List®. All of this means, of course, that the US, Turkey, Iran and Iraq view Kurds as pawns in thier dreams of regional hegemony.

While the blood of 100,000 Bakûrî şehîds cries out from the earth for justice, the only one who hears that cry is the big, bad PKK.

But then, you can hear everything much more clearly from deep inside the rabbit hole.

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DEEP STATE IN AMERICA VS. PKK

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2006 by Mizgîn
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
~ Frederick Douglass

In the comments to the previous post, a friend asked if I had heard about the former NATO commander who’s been appointed to act as the US special PKK coordinator to the fascist Ankara regime. This friend was thoughtful enough to provide an URL to the State Department website which carries an article on this “special envoy” who is supposed to “coordinat[e] U.S. engagement with the government of Turkey and the government of Iraq to eliminate the terrorist threat of the PKK and other terrorist groups operating in northern Iraq and across the Turkey-Iraq border.”

But, if you do a little digging, you come up with some darker dirt on the new American “special envoy.” It would appear that retired General Joseph W. Ralston, USAF, is deeply connected to the deep shit of the Deep State, through the person of one Marc Grossman. Grossman was named in Sibel Edmond’s allegations as being in connection with the Turkish lobby in the US. At the end of July, I had this to say about Marc Grossman:

Another interesting guy is mentioned in connection with the Turkish lobby and Edmonds’ allegations: Mark Grossman. Following the link at the Deep State article, we find the following from Grossman’s bio:

In 1994, President Clinton appointed Ambassador Grossman U.S. Ambassador to Turkey. In Turkey, he promoted security cooperation, human rights and democracy and forged a vibrant U.S.-Turkish economic relationship. Ambassador Grossman had previously served as the embassy”s Deputy Chief of Mission from 1989 to 1992.

He worked in the US Embassy in Ankara for eight years during the height of the Dirty War against the Kurdish people and he failed in promoting everything except “security cooperation.” He left in 1997, the year after Susurluk; the year of the soft coup. Imagine how much Kurdish blood is on his hands? Or on the hands of his friend, Ambassador Joe Wilson, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Baghdad from 1988 to 1991? What did he know about the Anfal operations? Old Joe has also been working for Turkey, at least through 2003, through a consultancy called Corporate and Public Strategy Advisory Group. Check out their “Press Coverage” page. Do any of the names of the newspapers and magazines look familiar?

A little help from our friend, Google, with the search term “Joseph W. Ralston,” turned up a connection to Marc Grossman at a webpage on a series of papers by the experts on the future of NATO. Scroll down the page and you’ll find Douglas Feith was also a contributor. Douglas Feith is also on the take with the Deep State in America. A google of the search terms “Marc Grossman Joseph Ralston,” turns up a much closer connection betweent the two, at The Cohen Group. Take a look at the listing of “Team Members” on the left side of that page and you will see both Grossman and Ralston listed.

What is The Cohen Group? Take a look, from SourceWatch:

The Cohen Group is a Washington D.C. lobbying company headed by former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen.

The company which was launched in January 2001 “with the objective of helping multinational clients explore opportunities overseas as well as solve problems that may develop”.

On its website The Cohen Group states that it has a “strategic alliance with DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, a global law firm specializing in business, real estate and technology, empowers The Cohen Group with the unique ability to provide our clients with truly comprehensive tools for understanding and shaping their business, political, legal, regulatory, and media environments.”

Here’s an op/ed by Grossman from 2005, and carried on The Cohen Group website:

The last three US administrations have promoted the advantages of Turkish EU membership and that should remain America’s goal. Why has the US put such effort into this? There are several reasons.

First, because Turkey has already taken significant steps – such as loosening the government’s grip on the political system, improving relations with Greece and freeing its economy – in pursuit of EU membership. Second, because Turkey in an EU embrace is a beacon for others aspiring to democracy and economic success. And third, because the EU’s own future success depends on shedding the image of a “Christian club”.

The fact is that the Ankara regime has done nothing to loosen “the government’s grip on the political system,” with the reference to “government” being a euphemism for the pashas and the Deep State they created. The Cohen Group manufactures lies to protect the Deep State’s business, a natural conclusion of the fact that The Cohen Group is run by the Deep State’s agents in the US.

Then we have The Cohen Group’s own mission statement:

“A truly successful America will not only be strong domestically, invest in the best defense and keep allies and make new friends, but will be a nation which successfully competes in the global marketplace. Maintaining our competitiveness in international markets is a broad challenge; it includes improving education, committing to a domestic society of innovation, compassion and success and supporting a business community willing and able to meet the challenges of a globalized world. I formed The Cohen Group, and have chosen the magnificent TCG team, to provide enterprises large and small the help they need to compete and succeed in the global market place.”

Compassion? Hehehe. . . good one! And all of that compassion is just oozing out of the likes of former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, former Ambassador to Turkey Marc Grossman, and former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe–and now US Special Envoy to the Ankara regime for the genocide of the Kurdish people–Joseph W. Ralston.

The Cohen Group was also featured at the opening session of the ATC Conference this past March, even as the Ankara regime was busy murdering Kurdish children in Amed. We all remember who the head of the ATC is, don’t we? Brent Scowcroft. Coincidentally, Scowcroft was also a USAF general officer and held positions in the US Joint Chiefs of Staff–just like Joseph Ralston.

What a tight-knit little group. No doubt Ralston will work hand-in-glove with that other Deep Stater, Yasar Buyukanit.

These guys only have one little fly in the ointment–the big, bad PKK. Unfortunately for them, 4GW is not about military action, per se. It’s about the crisis of the legitimacy of the state–a crisis that the TC has had since its founding. It is the “political, social and moral revolution” that the TC has never tried to come to grips with. Also, as was explained in the previous post about the three new levels of 4GW, the moral level is decisive. None of the Deep Staters have any footing at all on the moral level, neither do they have any “strategic center of gravity,” from the 4GW Draft Manual:

These changes point to another of the dilemmas that typify Fourth Generation war: what succeeds on the tactical level can easily be counter‑productive at the operational and, especially, strategic levels. For example, by using their overwhelming firepower at the tactical level, Marines may in some cases intimidate the local population into fearing them and leaving them alone. But fear and hate are closely related, and if the local population ends up hating us, that works toward our strategic defeat. That is why in Northern Ireland, British troops are not allowed to return fire unless they are actually taking casualties. The Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld argues that one reason the British have not lost in Northern Ireland is that they have taken more casualties than they have inflicted.

Fourth Generation war poses an especially difficult problem to operational art: put simply, it is difficult to operationalize. Often, Fourth Generation opponents’ strategic centers of gravity are intangible. They may be things like proving their manhood to their comrades and local women, obeying the commandments of their religion or demonstrating their tribe’s bravery to other tribes. Because operational art is the art of focusing tactical actions on enemy strategic centers of gravity, operational art becomes difficult or even impossible in such situations. This was the essence of the Soviet failure in Afghanistan.

The Soviet Army, which focused on operational art, could not operationalize a conflict where the enemy’s strategic center of gravity was God. The Soviets were reduced to fighting at the tactical level only, where their army was not very capable, despite its vast technological superiority over the Afghan Mujaheddin.

The Deep State has two choices. The first is to accept all the steps necessary to begin a bilateral ceasefire, as offered by PKK. The second is to figure out how to get rid of 20 million Kurds, because the only way to destroy the PKK is to genocide 20 million Kurds under Turkish occupation.

Let’s all have a round of applause and a hearty, “Sieg Heil” for the new special envoy.

4GW AND THE KURDISH CAUSE

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2006 by Mizgîn
“When I was a young officer, I was taught that if you have air superiority, land superiority and sea superiority, you win. Well, in Vietnam we had air superiority, land superiority and sea superiority, but we lost. So I realized there is something more to it.”
~ Col. John Boyd, USAF.

There have been reports in the last few days of Turkish F-16’s bombing South Kurdistan, while, Iran continues to use artillery against unarmed Kurdish civilians in South Kurdistan. All of this is allegedly an attempt to knock out the PKK. Unfortunately for these two Islamist states, air power and artillery never managed to hold terrain; the only thing that can hold terrain is infantry.

From the Draft Manual on 4GW War:

America’s greatest military theorist, Air Force Colonel John Boyd, used to say:

“When I was a young officer, I was taught that if you have air superiority, land superiority and sea superiority, you win. Well, in Vietnam we had air superiority, land superiority and sea superiority, but we lost. So I realized there is something more to it.”

There’s a hell of a lot more to it, as mentioned a later in the same reference:

At the heart of this phenomenon, Fourth Generation war is not a military but a political, social and moral revolution: a crisis of legitimacy of the state. All over the world, citizens of states are transferring their primary allegiance away from the state to other things: to tribes, ethnic groups, religions, gangs, ideologies and so on. Many people who will no longer fight for their state will fight for their new primary loyalty. In America’s two wars with Iraq, the Iraqi state armed forces showed little fight, but Iraqi insurgents whose loyalties are to non‑state elements are now waging a hard‑fought and effective guerilla war.

The fact that the root of Fourth Generation war is a political, social and moral phenomenon, the decline of the state, means that there can be no purely military solution to Fourth Generation threats. Military force is incapable, by itself, of restoring legitimacy to a state. This is especially the case when the military force is foreign; usually, its mere presence will further undermine the legitimacy of the state it is attempting to support. At the same time, Marines will be tasked with fighting Fourth Generation wars. This is not just a problem, it is a dilemma– one of several dilemmas Marines will face in the Fourth Generation.

and:

While the classical three levels of war carry over into the Fourth Generation, they are joined there by three new levels which may be more important. Colonel Boyd identified these three new levels as the physical, the mental and the moral. Further, he argued that the physical level – killing people and breaking things – is the least powerful, the moral level is the most powerful and the mental level lies between the other two. Colonel Boyd argued that this is especially true in guerilla warfare, which is more closely related to Fourth Generation war than is formal warfare between state militaries. The history of guerilla warfare, from the Spanish guerilla war against Napoleon through Israel’s experience in southern Lebanon, supports Colonel Boyd’s observation.

This leads to the central dilemma of Fourth Generation war: what works for you on the physical (and sometimes mental) level often works against you at the moral level. It is therefore very easy in a Fourth Generation conflict to win all the tactical engagements yet lose the war. To the degree you win at the physical level by pouring on firepower that causes casualties and property damage to the local population, every physical victory may move you closer to moral defeat. And the moral level is decisive.

Correct. The moral level is decisive and this is why Turkey, Iran, the US, and the West generally, ignores the atrocities inflicted on the Kurds of Turkish-occupied Kurdistan while trumpeting the atrocities inflicted on Bashurî Kurds–as we see now in the trial of Saddam’s Anfal atrocities. The US is also beginning to trumpet the atrocities inflicted on the Rojhelatî Kurds. This sudden concern for Bashurî and Rojhelatî has less to do with actual concern for Kurds per se, and much more to do with the US attempting to justify American policies, thereby creating a perception of success on the “decisive moral level.”

We know this because no American administration has ever made a public condemnation of Turkish atrocities against the Kurdish people and attempts to control the massive flow of weapons to Turkey have always ended “not with a bang, but a whimper.”

On the other hand, PKK has adapted itself to the political environment over the decades of its existence and continues to enjoy support from its own population. As a result of the Semdinli bombing last November, the suspicions of the use of chemical weapons against Kurds by the fascist Ankara regime in late winter, and the brutality meted out to Kurds during the Amed Serhildan in late March, PKK’s popularity continues to soar.

In other words, the brutality of the Ankara regime, and the silence of the world in the face of it, coupled with Kurdish and PKK will to resist, ensures that support for PKK is either maintained or increases. The same can be said for PJAK, especially after the world’s silence during the serhildan last August, as well as in continued extraditions of Kurdish political prisoners between the two Islamist states (Turkey and Iran), and the continued executions of Kurdish political prisoners by the Teheran regime.

With the PKK’s adoption of 4th generation warfare methods to augment their traditional gerîla structure, the need for infantry–ultra-light infantry in particular–to hold terrain that appears to be under PKK control, becomes even greater. More from the 4GW draft manual:

As a practical matter, the forces of most of our non-state, Fourth Generation adversaries will be all or mostly irregular light infantry. Few Fourth Generation non-state actors can afford anything else, and irregulars do enjoy some important advantages over conventional forces. They can be difficult to target, especially with air power and artillery. They can avoid stronger but more heavily equipped opponents by using concealment and dispersal (often within the civil population). They can fight an endless war of mines and ambushes. Because irregulars operate within the population and are usually drawn from it, they can solicit popular support or, if unsuccessful, compel popular submission.

Light infantry is the best counter to irregulars because it offers three critical capabilities. First, good light infantry (unless badly outnumbered) can usually defeat almost any force of irregulars it is likely to meet. It can do this in a “man to man” fight that avoids the “Goliath” image. If the light infantry does not load itself too heavily with arms and equipment, it can enjoy the same mobility as the irregulars (enhanced, as necessary by helicopters or attached motor vehicles).

Second, when it uses force, light infantry can be far more discriminating than other combat arms and better avoid collateral damage. This is critically important at both the mental and moral levels.

There are a couple of keys to the employment of light infantry against PKK. The first is the terrain of Kurdistan. It is extremely mountainous and is closed off to all but the heartiest during winter, when it becomes especially treacherous due to avalanches. Secondly, PKK knows the terrain intimately and can blend in perfectly with the local population at a moment’s notice. In order to reach any kind of success, occupying forces must lighten their equipment loads to the same level as a gerîla, in order to keep up with gerîlas. They must engage in unfamiliar, treacherous terrain and, unless they are prepared to overwinter in the harsh mountain climate like gerîlas, they can only attempt to engage gerîlas during half of the year.

The last fact is that no potential occupation force has the love of the Kurdish people and Kurdistan that is necessary to sustain them for the long term in such harsh conditions. In short, unlike the PKK gerîla, no occupiers have an intangible “strategic center[s] of gravity” to sustain the will to fight. This is why they use F-16s and artillery to murder Kurdish civilians now, putting themselves squarely in the middle of one of the “dilemmas that typify Fourth Generation war:” the use of F-16’s and artillery accomplishes nothing but the creation of fear and loathing in the Kurdish population, which is already a defeat for the occupiers.

From May, 2005:

The HPG officials said that the TAF has been unsuccessful in its operations and that the HPG’s new way of actions on the basis of small groups of guerrillas with active and high action capacity led to TAF’s classical operation tactic to be in vain.

HPG officials said that as a result of this new way of action, TAF (Turkish Army Forces) had difficulties in “imposing clashes on the guerrilla under its initiative” and that the TAF military troops have become an open target for the guerrilla teams who have spread well into the territory.

[ . . . ]

HPG officials said that this was “a reflection of the strategic changes made” and that the military strategy changed accordingly”. They underlined that “actions undertaken were no longer to establish free areas” but “to force the other side to a resolution”.

They also added that guerrilla losses, as a result, decreased in comparison with past years, but the TAF’s losses increased due to a change in guerrilla movement.

HPG did not remain idle during the five-year unilateral ceasefire. In addition to the establishment of HPG Special Forces and the adoption of MOUT-style training, HPG has also decentralized its command structure, giving more autonomy to team commanders to encourage individual commander initiative and freedom of operation within the framework set forth by HPG’s mission objectives and rules of engagement. Teams are smaller, lighter, faster moving, work independently, and engage targets of opportunity at will.

After the PKK statement this last week, the criteria for the beginning of a bilateral ceasefire leading to a political settlement is out in the open. Failure to act on those criteria will extend the “political, social and moral revolution” of the Kurdish people, thereby extending the “crisis of state legitimacy,” of the Islamist regimes in both Ankara and Teheran.

SERKEFTIN!

THE RESPONSE

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2006 by Mizgîn
“Those who come seeking peace without a treaty are plotting.”
~ Sun Tzu.

Lazy journalists have characterized Koma Komalên Kurdistan’s recent statement as a cease fire offer. Of course, it’s the same lazy journalists, along with their comrades, Turkish propagandists, who continue to refer to KKK as PKK. In a concession to extreme ignorance, let’s talk about this.

All of it should sound familiar, if you’re up on old KADEK and KONGRA-GEL statements.

First of all, let’s reference the statement as published on DozaMe. The statement clearly indicates that some preliminary steps must be taken before there can be discussion of any ceasefire. Those steps are as follows:

1. The Ankara regime “must issue a statement to show the will for dialogue and solution,”

2. The Ankara regime must “cease its attacks,”

3. The Ankara regime must “end the heavy isolation conditions on our Leadership,”

When these conditions are met, KKK will immediately begin ceasefire operations. Given the history of all the past unilateral ceasefires with their calls for the negotiation of a political settlement, it is common sense that tells us there can be nothing more done unilaterally. Unilateral ceasefires have only meant sacrifice for the Kurdish side, sacrifices that no one is prepared to make any more, with no one on the other side of the table with which to discuss. At the same time, the statement indicates the continued willingness of Kurds to negotiate a peaceful settlement and search for a political solution to the suffering of the Kurdish people.

With the examples of the IRA and ETA, and the respective governments involved, Turkey’s hypocrisy is now in the open. Given the recent call for an abandonment of legitimate self-defense on the part of Kurds by the US State Department, American hypocrisy is also now in the open, with the use of American aircraft against Kurdish civilians punctuating that hypocrisy like a row of exclamation points. EU hypocrisy is also displayed for the world to see in the references to the will of the Kurdish people as symbolized by this year’s Newroz celebrations and by the Amed Serhildan, and all the remarks on that fact remind us of Cemil Bayik’s responses to interview questions a few months ago:

We expect Lagendijk and the EU to respect the choice and the will of the Kurdish people. On 15 February (the anniversary of the abduction of Ocalan), 8 March (International Women’s Day) and during Newroz people demonstrated their support for the PKK and Ocalan by chanting “PKK is the people”. The Kurds carried posters of Ocalan everywhere and stated that Ocalan is the representative of their political will. Mr Lagendijk who talks about democracy does not recognize that and insists to the people that “Ocalan does not represent you”. I do not think that this attitude reflects a commitment to democracy.

Speaking of democracy and the will of the people, it’s clear from the statement that it is unacceptable to engage in a “trilateral discussion” of the Kurdish situation in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan by Turkey, the US and Iraq. Nowhere, in those three entities, is the will of the people of Turkish-occupied Kurdistan represented. Without the representation of the Bakûrî Kurds, nothing will be accomplished. The best that the US or Iraq can do is act as mediators to bring Turkey to a position of negotiation with the Bakûrî.

In this, there has been one voice in Kurdistan Bashûr that has consistently spoken of justice for the Bakûrî Kurds, from the Kurdish Globe:

Mahmoud Othman, Kurdistan Alliance member of the Iraqi National Assembly, said that the decision of the government to close PKK headquarters in Iraq is wrong, a local media reported.

“Turkey does not recognize the right of 20 million Kurds in Turkish Kurdistan and that is why it is unacceptable that we should close PKK headquarters on the request of the Turkish government,” Othman insisted.

[ . . . ]

Othman called on Kurdish officials not to support the Iraqi government’s decision regarding PKK.

If the Ankara regime meets the steps leading to a bilateral ceasefire, KKK has listed six items as being first on the table:

1- The acknowledgement of the Kurdish identity and the constitutional guarantee of all identities under the identity of a Citizen of Turkey as the main identity,

2- The lifting of obstacles on the development of the Kurdish language and culture, the acknowledgement of education in the mother tongue and Kurdish acknowledged as the official second language alongside Turkish in the Kurdistan region, and with this to show respect to other minority cultures,

3- The acknowledgement, on the basis of freely practicing politics and organizing, of the right to thought, belief and freedom of expression, the lifting of all social inequalities in the constitution and laws, firstly being those of gender discrimination,

4- A social reconciliation project with the aim of mutual forgiveness of both people’s for the development of a peace and freedom union, on this basis the release of political prisoners including the PKK Leadership, and no obstacles to them participating in politics and social life,

5- The removal of forces in Kurdistan there for the purposes of special war, the abolition of the village guard system and the necessary social and political projects to be developed for the return of displaced villagers,

6- In parallel to the realization of the above articles, the initiation, with a timetable determined by both parties, of the gradual disarmament and legal participation into the democratic social life.

Not much is new here and almost everything has been at least given lip service by the EU. However, the idea of a “social reconciliation project” is something that has not been officially called for by anyone else, although it will be absolutely necessary in order to create a democracy. It should be similar to truth and justice commissions that have been used in other countries to put abusive and violent histories in the past. In the case of the Ankara regime, the risk will be that Turkish atrocities against the Kurdish people will go the way of the Armenian Genocide–into the black hole of denial–unless such a commission is established.

The second item is the proposal of the establishment of a timetable by both parties for disarmament as well as “legal participation into the democratic and social life,” which I take to mean the integration of gerîlas back into civilian life, along with all leadership, as well as the full acceptance of DTP.

Given the barbarity of the Ankara regime with its “chauvenistic outlook,” and the fact that it “has no other policy besides denial and annihilation,” there is little hope that it will deviate from its usual behavior regarding the situation of Kurds under occupation for the simple fact that it only sees “everything in terms of force in arms and violence.”

Ultimately, then, what is the point of this statement? Since we know that, at this point, Turkey is incapable of accepting any Kurdish demands, then we know this statemen is a reply to the recent US State Department call to PKK. On 15 Tebax, the US called on PKK to lay down arms and end it’s legitimate defense against America’s terrorist ally. It is also a reply to the Iraqi Government in its recent attempts to placate both the American and Turkish governments, over the will of the Kurdish people.

Ball’s in your court now, America.

BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2006 by Mizgîn
Watch out
You might get what you’re after
Cool babies
Strange but not a stranger
I’m an ordinary guy
Burning down the house
~ Talking Heads, Burning Down the House.

Since June of this year, forest fires, set by Turkish security forces, have been burning in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan and a number of trees have been cut down for “security” reasons, as reported by Bianet. The fire from that report was started on Şirnêx’s Cudî Mountain. In mid-August, Turkish security forces started another forest fire in Çewlik (Bingol) province. Again, the cutting down of trees was linked to the fires.

Lately, too, there has been a lot of news in the Turkish media about forest fires in Turkey proper. An article today from TDN gives some fairly good coverage of how busy Turkish forestry officials and firefighters have been in trying to maintain control over so many blazes, including efforts to evacuate panicked tourists from a shrine in Ephesus. Fires appear to be starting in a number of provinces, including Aydin, Izmir, Antalya, Duzce, Sakarya, Adana, and Konya.

The concern is that with higher temperatures and lower humidity, conditions become even more favorable for wildfires, from the TDN article:

Ünal said recent rainfall in Central Anatolia has somewhat decreased the risk of forest fire. The rainfall has brought up the humidity level to 50 percent from 20 percent. The risk of forest fires [significantly] increases when the humidity level falls below 25 percent and poses a more serious threat as humidity continues to fall. It’s been announced that this week will see a new heat wave. This is of great concern to us, because the humidity level will fall below 20 percent, bringing the potential risk of forest fire to a maximum.

Ali Fuat Unal, the forestry official from Konya, reassures us that “firefighters in the area were alert and prepared for action at any time, with all training and leave canceled.” According to Unal, even ordinary citizens have an extremely important role to play in the prevention of wildfires because with the upcoming weather conditions, “even the most miniscule spark” contains the potential to unleash a veritable conflagration.

The TDN article also brings us some important information from the Turkish Minister of Environment and Forestry, Osman Pepe:

Pepe said that carelessness was the principal cause of forest fires and that 95 percent of were caused by careless picnickers or villagers burning dried wood. The best method of fighting forest fires is prevention, he advised.

Uh, yeah, it’s carelessness. Imagine the utter carelessness of those who destroy the forests! Imagine the utter carelessness of those Turkish security forces who destroy Kurdistan’s forests! Wise words indeed! People should be more careful. Our Osman Pepe is a regular Turkish version of America’s Smokey the Bear.

The Gulen Gang’s ragsheet, Zaman, has something on the fires as well:

Turkey continues to burn as 19 of 23 forest fires raging around the country had been brought under control by Tuesday morning, while fires continue to rage near the town of Kas and Milas despite a massive firefighting effort.

Nearly 600 hectares of forest has been destroyed by the fire which started yesterday and was fanned by strong winds near the town of Milas in southwestern Turkey.

Some 500 firefighters backed by helicopters and firefighting vehicles are struggling to bring the fire under control.

The fire is moving toward residential areas and houses in the region were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Isn’t that too bad? Even residential areas are threatened, and all due to carelessness. Or, maybe not:

The illegal Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for the current wave of forest fires across Turkey. A pro-PKK website has reported that the terror organization has claimed responsibility for the fires.

Unfortunately, the Islamists at Zaman are not too accurate about whom is responsible for Turkey’s sudden rash of fires. There is no statement on any PKK website. However, one can find a claim of responsibility on TAK’s website. TAK claims fires in the following regions: Istanbul, Antalya, Bodrum, Mugla, İzmir, Cankiri, Kastamonu, Karaman, Balikesir, Bolu, Amasya, Sakarya, Denizli, Karabuk, Manisa, Canakkale, Aydin.

As the fires in Kurdistan are not a result of carelessness, neither are the fires in Turkey the result of carelessness. TAK’s operations are direct retaliations for the fascist Ankara regime’s destruction of Kurdistan’s forests. It should be very clear, then, what the price for carelessness will be, and what the only prevention is.

Remember, Turkey, only YOU can prevent forest fires.

In other hot news, Persian Journal has a little mention of HPG’s spectacular Saturday-night fireworks display near Agri:

PKK Claims Saturday’s Gas Pipeline Explosion in Agri

The PKK has also claimed responsibility for Saturday’s explosion which hit a natural gas pipeline in the eastern Turkish province of Agri.

The pro-PKK Firat News Agency reported on Sunday that the PKK terrorist organization had claimed responsibility for the attack on the pipeline.

Late on Saturday, a major explosion had hit the natural gas transfer unit of the Turkish Natural Gas Pipeline Company (BOTAS), which carries natural gas from Iran to Turkey, near the village of Gecitalan. Firefighters fought for four hours to bring the fire that broke out following the blast under control. The sabotage came after the Iranian-Turkish gas aggreement. Some argues that the PKK attack targeted the Iranian-Turkish co-operation, not only the pipelines.

I’m so glad they got the message.

Saddam’s trial over the chemical attacks against Kurds during the Anfal campaign is ongoing, and I came across some garbage on that subject. If you think Americans are bad, check out this freak in the UK, from the Daily Mail. Just take a look at it and you’ll see what I mean.

The fact that the freak who wrote the Daily Mail article refers to Anfal as “alleged,” should tell you a lot. The fact that the freak refers to Saddam Hussein as having a law degree from Cairo University, and therefore knows more about law than anyone else would normally have us all rolling on the floor in laughter, tears streaming down our faces, if the juxtaposition of Saddam’s law degree with photos of the Helebçe dead didn’t infuriate and disgust instead.

The best, and most telling line, has to be this one:

Of course, Saddam was a violent dictator, but every government in that region is some sort of dictatorship.

Shut up, Kurds! Everybody has a dictator. Get over it. But ask yourself this: If it wasn’t a bunch of white boys like the freak author of the Daily Mail article who created the modern Middle East, with all its dictators, then who was it? I think the author is suffering from a severe case of “White Man’s Burden.”

In contrast, old Kurdish guys can be so cool. Check this out, from the AP, carried on Kurdish Aspect:

At Beshenki, some 50 kilometers (about 30 miles) northeast of Dohuk, the head of the village has made sure that the community generator was working.

“I don’t want to miss a moment of this trial. I’ve waited for it forever,” said Mohammed Hussein Suleiman, at 72 years one of the elders of this village of around 100 inhabitants.

“This trial is too merciful for him. The coalition are going to leave him his life but he should be dead. He does not merit still to be living.

“If you brought him here, you would see the sort of trial that we would give him,” said Suleiman.

Oh, Suleiman, you go boyfriend! That’s what I’m talking about, and it got me thinking: How hot would it be if pêşmerge stormed the court, whisked Saddam away to a secure, undisclosed location in South Kurdistan, and someone like Suleiman and company could arrange their own trial?

Saddam’s lost a lot of weight while in prison, though. We’d have to fatten him up before turning him into fishbait . . . but just so that there’d be more of him to kill.

FRIENDLY FIRE

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2006 by Mizgîn
“Friendly fire (fratricide or non-hostile fire) is a term originally adopted by the United States military in reference to an attack on friendly forces by other friendly forces, which may be deliberate (e.g. incorrectly identifying the target as the enemy), or accidental (e.g. missing the enemy and hitting “friendlies”). Friendly fire is contrasted with fire originating from enemy forces (“enemy fire”). In a friendly fire incident personnel may be killed, or material assets may be damaged or destroyed. Friendly fire is one kind of collateral damage.”
~ Wikipedia.

The events described below by BBC correspondent John Simpson are the events you will see on the video. If you are squeamish, it might be better to stick with the text version that I tracked down and posted for your convenience, because the video is a graphic of a very serious business. In fact, it don’t get any more serious than this.

Many of you may remember that during Operation Iraqi Freedom there was a friendly fire incident in which the Americans bombed their own Special Forces, along with Wajî Barzanî and some of his pêşmerge bodyguards. There just happened to be a BBC film crew along for what turned out to be a very wild ride. I remember seeing a commercial on the BBC World Service satellite channel in Hewlêr on this incident last year, so when I came across the video, I knew exactly what it was about.

The BBC reporter on scene was John Simpson. Check his read of the events, which he wrote down for GlobalJournalist.org:

On the morning of April 6, 2003, my team and I, working independently of the coalition forces alongside the Kurds in Northern Iraq, were in the Kurdish-held village of Pir Daoud, between Erbil and Kirkuk. We heard that the nearby town of Dibargan had fallen to the Kurdish Democratic Party forces, so we headed along the road that had recently been relinquished by the retreating Iraqi forces. It was empty, and we were worried we might have pushed a little too far ahead of the Democratic Party.

We were then overtaken by a column of Kurdish special forces commanded by Waji Barzani, brother of the Kurdish Democratic Party president. He was guarded by his own men and by three or four vehicles containing U.S. Special Forces. It seemed safer for us to tag along with them.

At a crossroads overlooking the plain that led to Dibargan, the convoy stopped so Barzani could see the action for himself. Several Iraqi tanks were driving across the plain, and one of them fired in our direction. The officer commanding the U.S. Special Forces called in an air strike to deal with the tank.

Two F-14s streaked low across the sky, only about 500 feet above us, low enough to be able to see the orange panels on the roofs of most of the 18 or so vehicles in the convoy, showing that they were from the coalition. They were also low enough to show the pilots and navigators the outsized Stars and Stripes the U.S. vehicles were flying and the separate group of American Humvees that were stationed only about 50 yards from where we had stopped.

Maybe the navigator got the coordinates wrong and fired one of his Maverick missiles at the position which the U.S. Special Forces commander gave as his own, instead of the position the commander gave for the tank. Maybe the commander got the coordinates mixed up. It obviously didn’t help that a disabled Iraqi tank lay on the side of the road close to where we had all stopped. A careless, excited navigator might have fired off a missile in the direction of the tank before taking an instant to verify whether the group of vehicles below was Iraqi or coalition.

The missile hit the precise center of the crossroads. I was standing about 30 feet away with my cameraman, assistant cameraman and translator. The producer and safety advisor had gone back to their vehicle to get the tripod so that the cameraman could get a steady shot of the two American planes as they flew unusually low overhead. I actually saw the missile leave the plane, and a brief time later, I was aware of the huge downward rush of the missile to my right. I had an infinitesimally brief impression of something white and red, a split second before it hit the ground; a Maverick missile is usually silver with a red nose-cone.

It exploded into thousands of pieces of shrapnel, many of which hit the surrounding cars. One by one the cars went up in flames, and the bullets, mortar rounds and RPG-7 rockets that they contained, began exploding. This must have gone on for a good 10 or 12 minutes, and most of the 18 deaths (the figure later rose to 22) occurred during that time. The entire area was covered with dead and dying men, some of them burning to death. In a broadcast by satellite phone from the spot, I described it as a scene from hell; and for once the cliché seemed justifiable.

Remarkably, given that we were so close to the missile as it landed, all but one of my team escaped with light injuries: the cameraman suffered a cut on his forehead that bled profusely, the assistant cameraman had a small piece of shrapnel in his leg and I was hit by 14 pieces of shrapnel. The largest of the pieces was absorbed by my flak jacket. The second largest went into my hip, but did no serious damage. All three of us suffered perforated eardrums; in my case, the eardrum virtually disappeared. The producer was hit in the foot by an inch-long piece of shrapnel, which did no serious damage. The security adviser was scarcely touched.

Our local translator, however, was hit by a large piece of shrapnel that severed his femoral artery. Another piece almost severed his right foot. The producer and security advisor did what they could for him, and then the U.S. Special Forces medics took over and worked hard to save him. But he was probably beyond any help. Within 20 minutes he was clearly dying, and we put him on the back of a vehicle to take him to the hospital. He died soon afterward.

More is at the link.

Wajî Barzanî is effectively brain dead as a result of this attack, something which was confirmed to me in South Kurdistan last year, and which John Simpson mentions in his article.

The BBC’s Kurdish translator, Kamran, died three hours after the attack.

A WARNING FROM THE KURDS

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2006 by Mizgîn
“Turkey aims to defeat the Kurds through military aggression, isolation and repression against our movement. We have no other option but to resist such attacks. Resistance is our legitimate right. Resistance is a right enshrined under international law. As long as the Kurdish Question remains unresolved we will resort to our legitimate right to resistance. We will not accept surrender or death.”
~ Cemil Bayik.

Kurdish gerîlas of the HPG sent a fiery warning to the fascist regimes in both Ankara and Teheran, late Saturday night, by conducting a successful operation against a natual gas pipeline near Agri. More from the Washington Post:

ANKARA, Turkey — A suspected Kurdish rebel attack caused an explosion and huge fire on a natural gas pipeline in eastern Turkey, the Energy Ministry said.

The region’s governor, Halil Ibrahim Akpinar, said separatist Kurds were suspected of carrying out an attack on the pipeline. He did not say if a bomb was believed to have caused the explosion.

The blast shook houses in nearby villages, the private Dogan news agency reported.

Gas flows to the nearby province of Erzincan were cut, Energy Ministry spokesman Bulent Ismen said.

Paramilitary police sealed off the area and firefighting teams were dispatched to the region.

Turkey has been importing natural gas from Iran through the 1,598-mile pipeline since 2001. Turkish and Iranian officials are reportedly discussing expanding the pipeline for exports to Europe.

Rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, previously have sabotaged pipelines as part of their struggle for an autonomous homeland in southeastern Turkey. More than 37,000 people have been killed since the rebels took up arms in 1984.

The group is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. Turkey is pressing the United States and Iraq to crack down on the rebels, many of whom are based in northern Iraq.

ANF reports that the blast was felt up to 40 kilometers away and a devastating fire was produced by the explosion. Flames from the blaze were seen in Kars and Igdir. The HPG operation against the Turkish and Iranian regimes is a warning to them in response to their recent joint military operations in the region, confirmed an HPG-BIM statement.

More news is available at Reuters and CNN.

As Murat Karayilan said in May, if Turkey or Iran attack any Kurdish factions, guerrilla war will be the result. From the Scotsman:

“If Iran and Turkey continue attacking the bases of the PKK or other Kurdish factions, the PKK will launch a guerrilla war against Turkey because the PKK has forces in Turkish areas,” Murat Karayilan, a PKK leader, told a news conference.

Now, if anyone thinks this operation was launched from Qandîl, go find a map and locate all the places mentioned so far. Compare them in relation to Qandîl. The fact is that HPG and PJAK are among the populations of Turkish- and Iranian-occupied Kurdistan.

Turkey and Iran have recently agreed to a joint venture to export Iranian natural gas to Europe via Turkey’s pipelines, from MehrNews.com:

TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (MNA) – The Islamic Republic of Iran is to export natural gas to Europe via neighboring Turkey, said the oil minister upon his return from Ankara late at night on Wednesday.

This, however, is not going to take place through construction of a new pipeline to deliver gas to Europe. The current Iran-Turkey gas pipeline would be a good option to this end. Both sides have decided to consider the issue in the next round of talks in Tehran, Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh added.

“During this visit, Iran’s gas export projects through Turkey were clarified and will soon be finalized,” PIN quoted the minister as saying on Friday.

“It was planned to increase the capacity of Iran’s pipeline, which is connected to the Turkish pipeline, and export gas to Europe jointly with Turkey,” said the minister without elaborating on when exports would begin.

Turkey buys gas via a pipeline from the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz to Ankara, which was inaugurated in December 2001.

“There are three options to export gas from Iran to Europe via Turkey, of which, Nabucco Project (Turkey-Austria) and the existing pipe are still on the agenda,” Vaziri-Hamaneh said, stipulating 90 percent of Nabucco’s available capacity is going to be assigned for Iranian gas export venture.

“Moreover, five billion cubic meters of existing line between the two countries is to be allocated to us to transport gas to the border point destined for Europe,” the minister elaborated, adding his counterpart expressed his respective government’s willingness to invest in energy field in Iran during the talks held in Turkey last week.

It would appear that Austria is involved in this venture as well. Austria is the main European country involved in European-Turkish plans to resurrect the Ilisu project. The Ilisu project is specifially designed to forcibly displace up to 78,000 Kurds, destroy the ancient and beautiful city of Hasankeyf, as well as all the cultural artifacts of the area. It will also destroy any evidence of mass graves of those who became victims of the fascist policies of the Ankara regime.

Europeans should think twice before engaging in the unethical exploitation of the Kurdish people, something that the Europeans have so far ignored from their own greed. If they continue with unethical policies that severely affect Kurdistan, then it is fitting that they become indirect victims of those policies.

The EU has not been transparent with regard to Turkey’s EU accession requirements especially in regard to the political, cultural and human rights of the Kurdish people under Turkish occupation. Instead, the EU has ignored the suffering of Kurds and encouraged them to accept whatever the Ankara regime wishes to grant. All of this has been done for the sake of filthy lucre; in effect, the EU has sold the Kurds in order to turn a buck with Ankara. This is not acceptable.

Meanwhile, back in South Kurdistan, the evil mullah regime continued to bomb Kurdish villages. From the NYTimes:

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Aug. 19 — Artillery shells fired from Iran have landed in remote northern villages of Iraqi Kurdistan in the past four days and have killed at least two civilians and wounded four others, a senior Kurdish official said Saturday. Dozens of families have fled the region.

The shells have been aimed at an area around Qandil Mountain, known as a base for militant Kurdish opposition groups seeking independence from Turkey and Iran, said the official, Mustafa Sayed Qadir, a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, which governs the eastern half of Iraqi Kurdistan.

“A lot of homes have been damaged and livestock killed,” he said. A shepherd was wounded Saturday, and two women were among the three people wounded on previous days, he added.

The government of Iraq is aware of the shelling, which has taken place occasionally in recent months, but has not taken an official position, he said.

The president of Iraq, Jalal Talabani, is the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. He has at times had a close relationship with Iran, especially when he sought Iranian support in the 1990’s against rival Kurdish leaders and Saddam Hussein. But Mr. Talabani is also aware of the Iranian government’s poor treatment of its Kurdish minority. Iranian officials could not be reached for comment Saturday evening.

Iranian officials could not be reached for comment because they were busy on Saturday evening watching their business deal with Turkey go up in flames.

While the Baghdad government and the KRG are unwilling and unable to give a proper response to the aggressors, HPG and PJAK move freely through Turkish- and Iranian-occupied Kurdistan to do just that.

May they go from from strength to strength.