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 Dr. Kamal Sayid Qadir become a historical phenomenon

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Dr. Kamal Sayid Qadir become a historical phenomenon 24.1.2006
By Vladimir van Wilgenburg, Journalist - Netherlands

Dr. Kamal Mirawdeli:”PKK leadership failed to follow simple logical reality”

January 24, - Dr. Kamal Mirawdeli (probable a false name) wrote that Dr. Kamal Sayid Qadir, the Kurdish intellectual who has been sentenced for 30 years in prison, for “espionage and plot against the safety and security of state” has become a historical phenomenon:” the voice that challenged and overcome corrupt power”. According to Kamal there is a lot that can be said and written about this historical break in Kurdish politics and thinking.

Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has decided to grant the jailed Kurdish lecturer Dr Kamal Said Qadir a free pardon , several government aides said on Saturday.

Dr. Kamal Mirawdeli especially praised the intellectuals who defended Dr. Kamal Sayid Qadir. But he especially praised the “glorious and honourable role” played by Kamal Sayid Qadir’s two sisters in Germany: Awaz and Galawej. Thanks to them a campaign started. Dr. Kamal Sayid Qadir's case is similar to that of Orhan Pamuk’s case. Both trails faced political pressure, both writers faced political taboos and both will eventually walk free and will be hailed as the new Kurdish/Turkish intellectual "voltairic" heroes. They prove again that words are even more powerful then governments, but only when those words are used wisely and in the right political situation (Not under the rule of Saddam).

By Vladimir van Wilgenburg
Journalist - Netherlands

Dr Kamal Said Qadir, Austrian citizen, an international legal expert, writer and human rights activist

But is not MY intention to talk about this. If you want to read the full article, you can read it here.

The most interesting part of Dr. Kamal’s article for me was, that this Kurd from South-Kurdistan blames the PKK leadership for the lack of logical reality. He compared Öcalans trial with that of Sayid Qadir, although these cases are totally different. But the lack of historical awareness is shown in his comparison of Dr. Qadir’s case, whom was imprisoned, with that thousand years old case of the Greek philosopher Socrates, who voluntarily faced his death, while he could have fled. But it’s clear his article is only meant for provocation and exaggeration.

Not only Dr. Kamal Mirawdeli isn’t all too good in history, (I heard somebody stating that Apo studied history, which says nothing) but also mister Öcalan compared himself with the grandchildren of the Greek god Zeus, which is a clear form of no respect for the autonomy of the past. In his book “From the Sumerian Clerical State towards Democratic Civilisation”, Öcalan wrote that his punishment is no different, then with “legendary Prometheus being nailed on the mountains of Caucasia”.

Also Turkish history isn't without flaws, as stated by the Turkish intellectual Ismail Besikci. He wrote:"For example, Turkish universities which follow the official ideology give up scientific truth and deny the reality of the Kurdish nation."

But to go back to my point, Dr. Kamal Mirawdeli wrote the following:”Here I cannot resist the temptation of comparing this attitude and sound judgment of Dr Kamal's sisters to that of PKK leadership after the abduction and conviction of Abdullah Ocelan. Dr Kamal's sisters have rightly assessed the fact that because Dr Kamal is captive and has no free will and right of free expression then any thing said by him which contradicts his beliefs or said on his behalf is void and nil and cannot be projected as truth.

The same principle was right and should have been applied in the case of Abdullah Ocelan. But PKK leadership due to their own lack of free will and the cult of leader worshipping failed to pay any attention to this simple logical reality. They continued to rule their party according to statements made by a leader who was captive, deprived of his free will, put under various psychological pressures and probably the effect of drugs. Most of the times the statements have been made by his lawyers who have been allowed to go in and under the continuous rigorous surveillance of Turkish intelligence who obviously allowed Ocelan's real or alleged statements to go out only to control PKK's strategy through controlling the mind of their leader and through it the engine of the party leadership. How shameful that PKK leadership failed to be as intelligent and careful as two proud Kurdish women”.

So according to Dr. Kamal Mirawdeli the PKK is following the strategy of the Turkish army/intelligence now. Is this what they [EU politician Joost Lagendijk, HAK-PAR leader, Veteran Kurdish politician Şerafettin Elçi) mean with deep state? Is the PKK working for the Turkish army without knowing it? Is this why Öcalan reacts against the AKP in his statements or?

For those mainstream "historic populists", who talk about history and historical phenomenon’s; first read the book "The Pursuit of History" by John Tosh. After this we can talk further. This book can easily be handled for those, who are open for new forms of political and social need, while the dominant approach in historical scholarship is to value history for it's own sake. (And not to compare oneself from the Sumerian civilization till the present day democracy).   


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