Monday, 10 August 2015

Will the West betray the Kurds once again?

I don't pretend to be completely knowledgeable about events in the Middle East and lets face who is.

Its Orwellian  nightmare where allies become the enemy and the enemy allies overnight 

But the case of the Kurds is one that shows the West are not interested in democracy in that reason but their own interest.

At the moment the Kurds are portrayed as brave and democratic allies with progressive views as they combat Islamic state.

Then when the West gets a response from the aly the West really wants the Kurds are betrayed as Turkey claims to be attacking IS but are using this to atack Kurds who seek autonomy from Turkey

A friend just returned from Canada a give me a Canadian Newspaper "The Globe and Mail" to lok at and there was the following article  its by Desmond Butler and Suzan Fraser of  Associated Press so it would probably have appeared elsewhere.

"Just when it seemed Turkey was getting serious about the fight against the Islamic State, it has turned its military focus to pounding its old foe: the Kurdish rebels.
In Turkey’s Kurdish heartland, the government’s renewed military onslaught against the rebels has left many people crying treachery — with suspicions rife that Turkey used a brief offensive against the Islamic State as a cover to launch a broad attack against the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. Many Kurds also are venting frustration against the United States, accusing Washington of turning a blind eye to Turkish attacks on the Kurds in exchange for logistical support on Islamic State.
‘‘We are used to this. Kurds have witnessed betrayal for centuries’’ said Axin Bro, a musician. ‘‘National powers use us for their own ends.’’
The United States had welcomed Turkey’s air assault last week on the Islamic State, along with its decision to open air bases for American sorties, as a sign that Turkey had dropped its reluctance to fight the extremist group. Since then, Turkish jets taking off from this city in Kurdish-dominated lands have been hitting PKK targets in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey, as the militant group has targeted military and police in Turkey.
Turkish jets again pounded PKK targets in northern Iraq in an operation Thursday that lasted 2½ hours, a government official said. He said the latest airstrikes were in retaliation for an attack on troops stationed near the border with Iraq earlier in the day that killed three soldiers. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules requiring prior authorization to speak to journalists.
The United States has said Turkey has a right to defend itself against the PKK, which Washington, like Turkey, considers a terrorist group. The PKK is affiliated with, but separate from, Syrian Kurdish fighters allied with the United States in its fight against the Islamic State. Turkish officials say the Syrian Kurdish group is not a target of Turkey’s operations.
Of the 1,300 people the government rounded up in a nationwide antiterrorism sweep, the overwhelming number has been Kurdish. That may reflect the PKK’s greater presence in Turkish society, but Kurdish politicians charge that the government’s objective is to curb the rising political power of the Kurds. 
The mayor of Diyarbakir said distrust is growing toward both the government and the United States. ‘‘People here see that there have been several weak operations against IS while there have been repeated operations against Kurds both politically and militarily,’’ Gultan Kisanak said in an interview.
She said many constituents are asking whether there was a tacit deal between Turkey and the United States — for the United States to look the other way on Kurdish operations in exchange for access to Turkish air bases. The White House has denied such assertions.
The Turkish government has cast the simultaneous moves against the Islamic State and the PKK, as well as the arrest of members of a leftist group, as decisive steps to protect the public and Turkish democracy. 
On Thursday, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the spike of violence by the PKK had forced Turkey to act against the Kurds, just as it was considering what to do about the apparent Islamic State bombing last week near the border with Syria, which killed 32 people.
On Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc gave a breakdown of the terrorism suspects rounded up in the nationwide police operation, saying that of the 1,300 detained only 137 were suspected of links to the Islamic State. Some 31 have been charged so far, while 18 were released. In contrast, police detained as many as 847 PKK suspects. A total of 142 have been charged so far, while 120 were released.
All fifteen Islamic State suspects, including 11 foreign nationals, detained in raids at a low-income Ankara neighborhood this week were released, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The Haci Bayram district was the focus of media attention last year because some Turkish Islamic State recruits came from the neighborhood.
Kurdish activists and government critics believe the government’s crackdown on the PKK is a tactic aimed at strengthening the ruling party ahead of possible new elections in November. Davutoglu’s Justice and Development lost its parliamentary majority in the June 7 elections after Kisanak’s pro-Kurdish HDP party made huge gains, and passed a 10 percent minimum vote threshold to be represented in Parliament. The ruling party has until Aug. 24 to form a government before new elections are called."
I suppose it is indicative of the UK media at large  that it took a Canadian Newspaper to alert me to the West betrayal of the Kurds for the use of airbases in Turkey to atack IS.

Mind you of course the reason that the Kurds  do not have a homeland as when they carved out the modern borders in the Middle East and saw no reason to create a Kurdish state.

When IS is defeated don't expect the people who have made the greatest sacrifice in combating them to get any sort of reward .

Indeed the West wil stand by as the Kurds are attacked by the National Governments who they had just saved from extinction. 

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