Skip to comments.Op-Ed: MIDEAST NOTES: Syria, Turkey and the Kurds Published: Friday, November
Posted on 11/18/2011 1:59:59 AM PST by Eleutheria5
The Kurds, deprived of a homeland in spite of being promised self-determination in the aftermath of World War One, are beginning to play the role of kingmakers in key countries.
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is a student at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and an intern at Daniel Pipes' Philadelphia-based think-tank, the Middle East Forum. ► More from this writer
According to a report by the French daily Le Figaro, Bashar al-Assad is apparently aiming to destabilize Turkey, which has been supporting the predominantly Sunni Islamist leadership of opposition groups to the Syrian regime, by seeking to grant greater autonomy to the Kurdish population that primarily lives in the north and north-east of Syria.
Aspart of this initiative, Assad has reportedly encouraged the opening of Kurdish schools in the north, and has allowed for a Kurdish politician by the name of Muhammad Salih Muslim- a member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) that is suspected of being affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and is apparently organizing local elections in the Kurdish areas- to return to Syria from exile in Iraq.
What are the observations and conclusions to draw from this report if it is credible?
First, that Assad might wish to use the Kurds as proxies against Turkey in a way has precedent in Syrian policy.
Bashars father Hafez had once provided a safe haven for the PKK to launch attacks on Turkish soil, and it was during those years that Turkey, sensing that there was a common terrorist threat in the region, had particularly good ties with Israel. However, in 1998, once Turkey threatened to invade Syria to take out the PKK, Hafez changed course, and the tensions between the two countries slowly began to cool down.
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We could still use this threat to end Iran's nuclear program. Stop or else! The "or else" is support Iran's ethnic minorities (50%) of the country and the threat to break Iran into pieces with the Kurds getting a piece.
Or how about just doing it. Kurdistan has a nice ring to it.
Iteresting developments thanks for the posting.
Joe Biden while running for president offered a solution to the Iraqi problem Divide it into a federation of 3 automnous states. One of which would be Kurdish.
At the time Turkey which earlier denied access to US troops was still our as well as Israel’s “friend”. Few visualized a radicalised islamic Turkey. One of the reasons for rejecting it was the poo-pooing of the growing movement towards islamization of politics in Turkey by liberals or “progressives” assigned to concern themselves with reporting and evaluating foreign political developments in that region.
This mindset solidly in place even well after 911 because the power and influence particularly by advocates and adhearants of the 2nd book of Koran. They have always been underestimated and when discussed never intimate a reducing of their influence through sundry methods because of Political Correctness ..
There is a defacto quasi automunity in the Kurdish region in Iraq . It is cheifly because Kurds are settled in a given section of Iraq . Kurdish automony should be encouraged coupled with secular solution which accepts “Free Will” see http://www.theusmat.com/islamandfreewill.htm