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 Turkey Puts its Nose in Everybody’s Business!

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Turkey Puts its Nose in Everybody’s Business!  14.7.2012  
Dana Berzinjy 

Dana Berzinjy, Sydney - Australia

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July 14, 2012

Turkey has been begging for help for a long time and has repeated itself over and over again to the United States of America in order to crack down on the PKK Freedom Fighters. Even Israel has been supporting Turkish militarily against the Kurds in North Kurdistan for a long period of time. I believe this is a historical mistake made by the Israeli Government against the Kurdish nation and against human rights. But the Israeli Government is very keen and would punish Turkey for its support for “Hamas, the Terrorist Organization” and the bad behavior against the Israelis.

The United States is thinking about the Turkish demand to base Predator drones there to manage a fight against Kurdish PKK Freedom Fighters. The Washington Post reported sometime ago. Citing unnamed senior US military officials, the newspaper said a decision to deploy the drones could strengthen the US-Turkish diplomatic alliance but pull the United States into the conflict.

The US military has flown unarmed predators from Iraqi bases since 2007, sharing their surveillance video with the Turkish government as part of a secretive crackdown against (PKK) Freedom Fighters, the report said. According to The Post, the US government has not yet made a decision on the Turkish demand. Last year, the US government offered Turkey its support in the fight against PKK fighters after they declared their responsibility for the deaths of eight Turkish soldiers and eleven others were injured in the attack. The ambush that happened in the Cukurca region of Hakkari province. Turkey depends highly on the Predators, U-2 spy aircraft and other US intelligence sources in its campaign against the PKK Fighters, The Post mentioned. The Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK has been fighting the Turkish state since 1984, but the Kurdish rights are still denied under the Turkish constitutional.

The United States of America is an active member in the United Nation, and USA should try its best in order to spread democracy over the world not put obstacles against democracy, as it is doing so now in Turkey. The USA should promote human rights in the world and especially in Turkey. Due to the lack of democracy and lack of human rights in Turkey in particular in the Kurdish region.

I believe strongly that USA should not involve deeply in the Kurdish and Turkish conflict, because this conflict is not about Kurdish and USA conflict, this is about the Kurdish rights in Turkey, which has been denied for such a long time by the recent Turkish government and the previous governments.

The United States of America has given $100 millions of dollars to the Palestinians including Hamas Organization in Gaza; even this organization bombards the Israeli government so often and kills innocent people of Israel. If you compare this organization with the PKK organization, which has never injured or killed anyone from Israel or from the USA. If this is the case, why does USA show its hostility against the Kurds in Turkey? Is this policy not racist or unfair by USA? This kind of policy is against human rights and abuses it whilst paralyzing democracy in the world all for the sake of the Turkish government on the account of the USA citizens.

The Turkish government should grant Kurdish rights and create an Autonomous Kurdish Region in Turkey (AKRT) and recognize the cultural rights for the Kurds. The Kurds have made the greatest minority in Turkey; its population is more than 20 million. The Kurdish people particularly in Turkey have sympathy towards the Kurdish PKK Freedom Fighters in Turkey and the Kurdish nation in general, because this conflict is about the existence of the Kurds and the struggle for their rights and for the Holly Lands of Kurdistan (HLK).

The Turkish government should lift the ban on education in the Kurdish Region, and release 10s of thousands of the Kurdish detainees in Turkey and promote democracy in Turkey and stop abusing human rights and apply its racist policy. Turkey declines to accept Kurdish population as a separate minority. It has granted some cultural rights such as a very limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with some pressure from the European Union, but the Kurdish people have expected better and more fruit full measures, and the Turkish measures have fallen short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, but this should be vice versa because they have occupied and stolen our land and freedom. That’s why PKK will continue to struggle with the support of the Kurds and it will continue to become stronger and stronger day after day in order to fight the Turkish Racist Government (TRG) for the sake of our land and our freedom for these indigenous people on our land. In the end, I want to say that the racist attitude, lack of democracy of the Turkish government made PKK to be born in order to protect the existence and the rights of the Kurdish people in Turkey.

According to an article which was published in 2011 it said that Jerusalem fights back the Turkish hostile to the state of Israel, Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman had many steps in order to give response to Turkish government, Israel to cooperate with Armenian lobby in US, and might offer military aid to Kurdish PKK Freedom Fighters. Lieberman has also planned to organize meetings with the leaders of the Kurdish Freedom Fighters group PKK in Europe in order to collaborate with the fighters and to boost them everywhere. For sure the Kurds may ask Israel for military aid in return. The Foreign Ministry has decided now to go a head with his decision to issue a travel warning urging all Israeli military veterans to refrain from traveling to Turkey.

Another plan Israeli can cooperate with Turkey’s historic rivals, the Armenians. During Lieberman’s visit to the United States a few months ago, the foreign minister is planned to meet with leaders of the Armenian lobby and propose anti-Turkish cooperation in Congress. The consequences of this plan is to assist in promoting international recognition of the Armenian holocaust, this measure would seriously harm Turkey.

However, Ankara is violating human rights. And I believe strongly that, this diplomatic campaign where Israeli missions worldwide will be instructed to join the fight and report illegal Turkish moves against minorities. There was an allegation by Israel’s Prime minister and said that “steps were being taken against Turkey, through cooperation with the Kurds” But Hewler Iraq’s Kurdistan Presidency has denied press reports.

Iraqi Kurdistan denies cooperation with Israel against Turkey 12.9.2011
Israel to ‘punish’ Turkey, may offer aid to PKK 12.9.2011 
By Shimon Shiffer, Ynetnews, Israel

Dana Berzinjy, a freelance writer from Iraqi Kurdistan, living in Sydney/Australia, is a longtime and regular contributing writer and columnist for eKURD.NET © All Rights Reserved. You may reach the author via email at: [email protected]  

About the Author: Master in TESOL from University of Western Sydney in 1995. Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) Faculty of Education {University of Western Sydney macarthur} 2001-2002. Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Education (Teaching English of Speakers Other Languages) Faculty of Education {University of Western Sydney macarthur} 1999-2001. Postgraduate Diploma in Business ( Employment Relations Law) Faculty of Business ( University of Technology Sydney) 1997-1999. Bachelor of Business (Commerce and Human Resource management) ( Southern Cross University) 1992-1996 Lismore.

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