The Forgotten People
Vol: 106 Issue: 26 Monday, July 26, 2010
It is doubtful that there is anybody on earth who has not heard the sad tale of the Palestinian people. Heartbreaking, really. Offered statehood in 1947 by the UN Partition Plan, they rejected it out-of-hand because the plan also provided for a Jewish state.
The Palestinians didn’t want a state beside Israel — they wanted a state instead of Israel. Israel turned Gaza over to them in 2005. They didn’t use their freedom from Israeli control to build a homeland. They used it to build a terrorist base fom which to attack Israel.
Despite their refusal to consider peace, their rejection of any offer that doesn’t include Israel’s destruction, their policy of murdering anyone who doesn’t share their vision, the world celebrates their culture of death even as it condemns Israel’s culture of life.
Whenever the international community is forced to take a position concerning the Palestinian terrorists that now control the territory surrounding Israel, the international community’s position is static.
Whatever the event, whether it be Hamas rocketeers shelling Israeli villages or Palestinian schoolboys strapped with bombs sent to kill Israeli civilians, the world community holds Israel responsible for the violence.
In today’s Jerusalem Post is a story about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s call for direct talks with the Palestinian side. Elsewhere in the same paper, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas was quoted saying “The entire world is asking for us to go for direct negotiations.”
So if the Israelis are ready for direct talks and the Palestinians are for direct talks and “the whole world” is for direct talks, then why aren’t they talking directly? They are waiting for permission from the Arab League. Quoting the JPost,
“The Arab League meeting is expected to rule on whether or not the Palestinians should hold direct talks with Israel.”
So it is obvious to anybody that this isn’t between Israel and the Palestinians — it is between Israel and the Arab League.
Any interaction between Israel and the Palestinians themselves is just for show.
When Palestinian terrorists attack Israel, the world immediately and unquestioningly focuses its attention on the plight of the Palestinian Arabs under Israeli ‘occupation’ and its demand that Israel lift its ‘occupation’ in spite of the fact that there is no ‘occupation’.
Turkey, Syria and Iran have led the global protests against Israel’s embargo of the Gaza Strip,claiming that the Israelis are depriving the residents of Gaza of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies. In reality, the Israelis have embargoed weapons and dual-use material that can be used as weapons.
When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, Saddam claimed he was simply reclaiming what he called “Province 19” arguing that the British carved Kuwait out of Mesopotamia at the San Remo Conference in 1920.
It is important to remember that Iraq was both ‘Mesopotamia’ and ‘Palestine’ until the British created the modern state Iraq, carving it out of a number of different Arab ‘provinces’ – there were no countries, just provinces of the Ottoman Empire.
The British completely forgot to draw borders for Kurdistan. Kurdistan is ancient Nineveh of the Book of Jonah. It occupies the bulk of the land mass with the Black Sea to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, the Caspian Sea to the east and the Arabian Sea to the south.
The Kurds (not the Palestinians) are the fourth largest ethnicity in the Middle East. According to the CIA Factbook, Kurds make up 20% of the Turkish population. (In Israel, Palestinians make up 20% of the Israeli population).
Kurdistan is ancient Nineveh, who repented after Jonah’s preaching and were spared by God from judgment. The ancient Ninevites eventually merged with the Gutti tribe, forming the Medes, who, together with the Persians, made up the Medo-Perisan Empire that replaced the Babylonian Empire.
That is how old the Kurdish people are as an ethnic nation. The Kurds can trace their ancestry back to the dawn of civilization. They played a major role in shaping the dawn of human civilization.
There is no exact figure to the Kurdish population because each state has tended to downplay the number of Kurds within its own borders. Nevertheless, according to various estimates, the Kurdish population is estimated to range between 25 to 30 million.
Out of an estimated six thousand different human languages, Kurdish ranks 40th in importance. The capital of Turkey is home to the world’s largest Kurdish population.
Several large scale Kurdish revolts in 1925, 1930 and 1938 were suppressed by the Turkish government and more than one million Kurds were forcibly relocated between 1925 and 1938. The use of Kurdish language, dress, folklore, and names were banned and the Kurdish-inhabited areas remained under martial law until 1946.
The Ararat revolt, which reached its apex in 1930, was only suppressed after a massive military campaign including destruction of many villages and their populations. In quelling the revolt, Turkey was assisted by the close cooperation of its neighboring states such as Soviet Union, Iran and Iraq, which also exist on large portions of historical Kurdistan.
In 1993 and 1994 roving bands of officially-sanctioned Turkish “death squads” were tasked with ‘disappearing’ some 3,200 Turkish Kurds in what became known as the “mystery killings.”
Leyla Zana was the first Kurdish MP to be elected to the Turkish Parliament. During her swearing-in ceremony, she added the following sentence to her oath of office in 1994.
“I take this oath for the brotherhood of the Turkish and Kurdish peoples.”
In 1995, Zana’s parliamentary immunity was lifted so she could be sentenced to fifteen years in jail but was released in 2004 after the EU warned that jailing elected members of Parliament might damage the Turkish effort to join the EU.
Kurdish politicians, human-rights activists, journalists, teachers and other members of intelligentsia were among the victims. None of the perpetrators were investigated or punished.
The Kurds are the largest minorities in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Armenia and Afghanistan. They have been persecuted and murdered wholesale since the sixth century. Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in WWI, the Allies created the country of Kurdistan, along with Armenia.
When Kemal Attaturk ordered his forces to wipe out the Kurds and Armenians, the Allies renegotiated the Treaty of Lausanne making Kurdistan part of Turkey.
It would appear that God isn’t done with the Ninevites either. Back in 2007, we noted that Nancy Pelosi pushed Turkey to the brink of war by insisting that Congress declare the Turkish massacre of millions of Armenian Kurds in 1915 to be a‘genocide’.
We noted that this constituted a violation of the Law of Unintended Consequences which pushed the Turks over the brink, driving Turkey into the waiting arms of its fellow “occupiers” of Kurdistan in Russia and Iran.
The West’s alliance with the Turks is precarious because it is politically unnatural for either side to sustain. The biggest threat to the Turkish regime comes from Kurdish separatists within Turkey collaborating with those in Iran and Iran.
Turkey’s natural allies would be Iran and an independent Iraq, whose regimes are similarly threatened by their own Kurdish separatist movements.
The problem is, America’s natural allies in the region are the Kurds in both Iraq and Iran. At the same time, because of our alliance with the Turks, we are forced to be on both sides at once.
Last month, the Turkish military bombed targets in Northern Iraq in retaliation for a PPK (Kurdish Separatist Party) attack on a Turkish military base. Note two things.
First, the PPK didn’t attack Turkish civilian targets, schools and markets — they attacked a Turkish military target. Secondly, the Turks launched a military attack against targets inside another country, to wit: Iraq.
Where is the outrage? Where are the flotillas aimed at helping the Kurds regain their ancestral homeland, stolen from them by the British and given to Turks, the Iranians and the Iraqis, the way the British ‘stole’ the Palestinian ‘ancestral homeland’ and ‘gave’ it to the Jews?
The outrage is reserved for Israel. It is like a mirror-image of reality. But nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. It’s not natural. Which leaves only one alternative explanation.