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A false expectation of the Syrian Arab opposition

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It is funny to read here and there the naive accusations from the Arab opponents of the Syrian Baath regime that the Kurds do not take enough part in the revolution. Their revolution is what they mean. And not participating should mean Kurds not being under their hierarchy, their rule.

Well, they are very true in what they observe and equally false in what they expect.

It is shameless indeed that after so much history of discrimination that the Arabs can still deny the right when Kurds organize their society in their own way. Do not they realize this ideological stance towards the Kurds put them into the same front with the Baathists? They can still imagine a world where Kurds of current Syria assume a Syrian identity as the only identity and live under supreme rule of Damascus.

Any Kurd and any objective observer of the events can say theirs is a false expectation.

One advantage of the Kurds in Syria in the current politics games with both Baathists and its opponents is the national memory they receive from their brethren across the borders. Not trusting any opposition of the regimes is one that comes from Eastern Kurdistan, Kurdistan in Iran and the faith of their struggle under the leadership of late Ebdulrehman Qasimlo.

Having sided with Khomeini in the same front before the Islamic Revolution (remember: the expectation was a democratic revolution, not an Islamic one), Qasimlo, a prominent Kurdish figure of his time, in his mind, guaranteed a federation for Kurds in Iran. Only to be disappointed by Khomeini once the power in Tehran was secured by the Islamic Revolution and the new Iranian army started its offensive against the Kurds. Just like the previous regime! Qasimlo had to accept the defeat and run to Europe where he would be assassinated in 1989 by the the new order of Islam in Tehran.

This is one of the many bitter lessons the Kurds learned throughout the history of the 20th century: do not trust the so called opposition/s of the current regimes.

Today, the Kurds in Southwest Kurdistan in Syria are busy with reorganizing their society. It is not flawless and it is not without inner tensions. Let be. After so much outside intervention into the Kurdish society by non Kurds, one should not expect a healthily and peacefully operating society to happen overnight.

It will take time for the Kurds to settle the grounds of their society. So much after the 20th century nightmare. Meanwhile, no-one should criticize the Kurds for aligning  themselves with their brethren across the fake borders of the British and French Middle East. They should reversely be expected to defend the Kurdish borders against non-Kurdish power seekers, who seek to continue ruling Kurdistan as their previous masters did.


Written by M. Husedin

29 August 2012 at 9:57 AM

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