Posted by: hevallo | November 7, 2008

Can Kurdish People allow themselves to Hope for Change from President Barack Obama?

Message from Kurdish Freedom Movement to President Elect Barack Obama.

“Your election campaign and your calls for change, peace, freedom, equality and justice based on high moral values have been followed by our people with interest and sympathy, as they have been all over the world.

During the time of President George W. Bush our movement was placed on the list of terrorist organizations without justification.

To please Turkey, Mr. Bush declared our movement the enemy of Iraq and Turkey.

He gave Turkey high-technology weapons and intelligence support.

We are not enemies of anyone, especially not Iraq or the United States.

We have never directed our actions against the United States or the American people.

We want to solve the problem with Turkey through dialogue and in a peaceful and democratic way.

Your country has multilateral relations with Turkey. We don’t demand that you disturb those relations for us. We ask you to use your relations to help solve the problem through dialogue.”

Messages ends.

However, here are these twelve reasons from an article of a supporter of Ralph Nader, the Independent Left Presidential runner why Barack Obama is unlikely to be any real force for change.

1. Obama publicly and repeatedly promises to escalate the US military intervention in Afghanistan, increasing the number of US troops, expanding their operations and engaging in systematic cross-border attacks. In other words, Obama is a greater warmonger than Bush.

2. Obama publicly has declared that his regime will extend the ‘war against terrorism’ by systematic, large-scale ground and air attacks on Pakistan, thus escalating the war to include villages, towns and cities deemed sympathetic to the Afghan resistance.

3. Obama opposes the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq in favor of redeployment; the relocation of US troops from combat zones to training and logistical positions, contingent on the military capability of the Iraqi Army to defeat the resistance. Obama opposes a clearly defined deadline to withdraw US forces from Iraq because US troops in Iraq are essential to pursuing his overall policies in the Middle East, which include military confrontations with Iran, Syria and Southern Lebanon.

4. Obama has declared his unconditional support for the position of the pro-Israel Lobby and the colonial expansionist and bellicose policies of the Jewish state. He has promised to back Israeli military attacks whatever the cost to the US. His abject servility to Israel was evident in his speech at the annual AIPAC conference in Washington 2008. Top advisers who have long and notorious links to the top echelons of the principle Zionist propaganda mills and the Presidents of the Leading Jewish American Organizations wrote the speech and formulate his Middle East policy.

5. Obama has promised to attack Iran if it continues to process uranium for its nuclear programs. Twice, just weeks before the elections, Obama’s running mate Joseph Biden spelled out a series of ‘points of conflict’(including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and North Korea) emphasizing that Obama ‘would respond forcefully’. Obama’s senior Middle East advisers include leading Zionists like Dennis Ross, closely linked to the ‘Bipartisan Policy Center’, which published a report serving as a blueprint for war with Iran. Obama’s proposed offer to negotiate with Iran is little more than a pretext for issuing an ultimatum to Iran to surrender its sovereignty or face massive military assault.

6. Obama unconditionally supports Israel’s expulsion of Palestinians and the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the leading cause of Middle East hostility, warfare and the discredit of US policy in the region. With three dozen Israel-Firsters among his leading campaign organizers, top policy advisers, speech writers and among the likely candidates for cabinet positions, there is virtually no hope of ‘influencing from within’ or ‘applying popular pressure’ to change Obama’s slavish submission to the Zionist Power Configuration. By supporting Obama, the “progressive intellectuals” are, in effect, allies of his Zionist mentors.

7. On the domestic front, Obama’s key economic advisers have impeccable Wall Street credentials. He gave unquestioning and immediate endorsement to Treasury Secretary Paulson’s $700 billion dollar taxpayer bailout of the richest investment banks in the US. Obama has failed to challenge Paulson or the banks over the use of Federal funds for buyouts and acquisitions instead of loans and credit to producers and homeowners. Obama’s backing of Paulson and the Wall Street bailout is matched by his meager proposals to suspend mortgage foreclosures for a three-month period, pending re-negotiations of interest payments. Obama proposes to escalate transfers of government funds to mismanaged financial institutions and bankrupt capitalist corporations, in efforts to save failed capitalism rather than pursue any new large-scale, long-term public investment programs which will generate well-paid employment for workers.

8. Obama’s economic team has openly declared their embrace and practice of ‘free market’ ideology and opposition to any effort to engage in large-scale injections of government funds in publicly-owned productive activity and social services in the face of wide-spread private sector failure, corruption and collapse.

9. Obama embraces failed private sector health plans, run and controlled by corporate insurance companies, conservative medical and hospital associations and Big Pharma. He publicly rejects a universal national health program modeled after the successful Federal Medicare program in favor of inefficient, state-subsidized private for profit plans that are costly and beyond the means of over one third of US families.

10. Obama is and continues to be an advocate for Big Agro and its highly subsidized and profitable ethanol program, which has increased food prices for millions in the US and for hundreds of millions in the world.

11. Obama advocates continuing the criminal embargo on Cuba, hostile confrontation with Venezuela’s populist President Chavez and other Latin American reformers and the duplicitous policy of promoting protectionism at home and free market access to Latin America. His key policy advicers on Latin America propose cosmetic changes in style and diplomacy but unrelenting support for re-asserting US hegemony.

12. Obama has not proposed, nor do his free market advisers and billionaire financial backers envision, any comprehensive plan or strategy to get us out of the deepening recession. On the contrary, the course of piecemeal measures presented by Obama are internally inconsistent: Fiscal austerity is incompatible with job creation; bailing out Wall Street drains funds from productive investment; and pursuing new wars undermine domestic recovery.

……..Not to mention his intention to futher improve relations with

Turkey and continue to fight the PKK.



  1. hewallo i will be more then happy to see, OBAMA and JOE BIDEN make amends in coming days. As a kurdish person, i STRONGLY BELIEVE IN PEACE, AMONGST KURDS AND TURKS, I have no doubts in my mind that OBAMA is and would be better for KURDS and PEACE.. there are no reason what so ever should us kurds be more hopeful and work harder for our RIGHTS … Read moreof which they are very BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. Now in your 12 reason you have come up with few examples of how obama thinks about south america, and how was he close to israil.. is it not time we kurds start to help ourself first? are we keep going to gudge every one for not being perfect in some ways? how much of your reasons helping kurds? and in future would you please put this ideas as your own and not of all kurds?

  2. Dear Anon, I don’t think I did write anywhere in the post that these were the ideas of all Kurds, correct me if I’m wrong but I just asked the question, can Kurdish people expect change!

  3. Wasn’t the PKK on the US list of terrorist organisations long before Pres. G.W. Bush became the US President?

  4. Ahmet@PKK was added ( with several other groups) right after 9/11… i think that was when the list got ”updated”

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