Posted by: hevallo | March 30, 2010

Dark Clouds Gather over Kurdistan! War or Peace?


For those who are not able to follow the situation in Turkey and the Kurdish issue.

Very generally, the situation is not looking good. The Turkish state continue to deny the basic realities of the situation and are building up a massive military presence in Kurdistan.

There is talk of changing the Turkish Constitution but not substantially and not addressing the Kurds basic demands.
Abdullah Ocalan has opposed the changes as they stand as they do not go far enough.
The BDP are behind him as are the worldwide Kurdish Movement.
The choice seems now clearer than ever.
War or Peace?
The Kurdish side has bent over backwards in its attempts to begin a peace process.
There have already began clashes and the Turkish side are determined to push the Kurdish side into war.
Nistiman adds:
Obviously the changes do not go far enough, however, engaging the Turkish army only benefits that faction within Turkey who is bent on annihilating the Kurds.

The guerrilla should do whatever is in their power to defend themselves but no more and allow civil institutions and mass civil unrest to push for change.

Although it would take great magnanimity, the PKK should waste no time in repeating its message for a just peace in order not to marginalize itself.

The political landscape in Turkey is vastly different than how it was in the early ’90s. Internally and ideologically, the PKK has only undergo radical changes. This is the time for the PKK to shift its image while it is under the careful watch of the Turkish public opinion.

~nistiman


Hevallo asks. I agree with you but unfortunately the Turkish State seems intent on suppressing the Kurdish Freedom Movment in all spheres……..militarily, politically and economically. There surely must come a point where it is obvious that the Turkish state is not interested in voluntarily ‘giving’ the Kurds their freedoms. And I suppose it is at which point does that become evidently obvious.

I would suggest that we are very close!

Civil society has demonstrated again, and again and again. They have come out and voted but their party is shut down. Their TV is shut down. Their political representatives are suppressed. Their activists are dragged to prison. Their Freedom Movement is attacked on all fronts.

And now the Turkish Army, the biggest in NATO, with the financial and political backing of US, UK and Europe and most of the rest of the world are poised to pour in tons of military hardware into Kurdistan ignoring totally the Kurds repeated calls for peace.

My guess is that this time it would not just be a case of ‘self defence’ but of clever military strategy of which the PKK is famous for!
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  1. Obviously the changes do not go far enough, however, engaging the Turkish army only benefits that faction within Turkey who is bent on annihilating the Kurds. The guerrilla should do whatever is in their power to defend themselves but no more and allow civil institutions and mass civil unrest to push for change. Although it would take great magnanimity, the PKK should waste no time in repeating its message for a just peace in order not to marginalize itself. The political landscape in Turkey is vastly different than how it was in the early '90s. Internally and ideologically, the PKK has only undergo radical changes. This is the time for the PKK to shift its image while it is under the careful watch of the Turkish public opinion. ~nistiman

  2. Thank you, Hevallo, for addressing my opinion. I am a firm believer that the guerrilla are the guarantor's of our future in Northern Kurdistan. If it is a question of the survival of the guerrilla, no doubt every measure of legitimate armed struggle must be undertaken (with due attention not to harm civilians).I also understand that the Turkish government and the populace regard inaction, nonviolence, and restraint as weakness. We add in the fact that all political channels are slowly being collapsed for the Kurds…It is a great dilemma. But, we have been here at such a crossroads before. The cycle of violence needs to be broken and today, the political climate is better than at any time in the past. If we admit that the PKK do not seek to militarily defeat the Turkish army into submission (and vice versa) and if the PKK is firm that it will not engage in terrorism, then the options are clear. The PKK is committed into entering/initiating a political process to addressing the Kurdish question. The PKK needs to establish itself in the cities among the Kurdish people as a symbol of their yearning for civil rights and freedom. Maybe I am naive, but I am hopeful that if Kurds and Turks alike will see the real PKK, they cannot as easily become manipulated by the racism prevalent in Turkey. Until now, we had only heard the military's side of the story but now the PKK has a chance to tell its side…and I want it to be the message that we have been saying all along – Democracy is the only long-lasting cure for Turkey's ills.silaven germ u rez~nistiman


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