In an unexplained turnaround, Ismail Besikci visited Massoud Barzani in Erbil without consideration for the welfare of the Kurdish people in South Kurdistan, stating, "I am glad that my first trip outside Turkey was to the Kurdistan region, at a seminar organized by the Barzani Charity Foundation. The Kurdistan region is at an important stage of Kurdish history,' he told an audience of about 200, only 11 of them women. It is a shame for him and others who have so long claimed to be friends of Kurds to support corrupt politicians like Massoud Barzani.
Kani Xulam wrote in October, 2013 that, "Mr. Barzani has become a peace activist. He doesn't believe wars can win the Kurds anything. When I fought, or my dad did, ours was to assert our very existence. The existential war is won now. No one, not even the most implacable Turk, questions the existence of the Kurds. What we need to do from now on is to sharpen our pens and our tongues, and make use of all the tools of forensic science to win the world to our side. A genuinely fearless and proud Peshmerga paying homage to peace is beyond me to put into words. You should have been there to witness it, or perhaps called on Shakespeare to write it out for you.
Then I caused a bit of a stir as well, even though that was the last thing on my mind. I introduced myself like other Kurds and added: "I was asking my question as a Kurdish intellectual. I said Americans, those who pass as our friends, often complain about one thing about the Middle Eastern leaders and I wanted to express it today. George Washington was the first president of the United States. He served eight years. He strengthened the national institutions of his country and relinquished power voluntarily. Boris Yeltsin of Russia did the same. Kurdistan, I know, is not exactly free. Dark clouds still hover over its skies, but if it were, and its institutions strong, would you, Berez Barzani, be willing to tell this Kurdish audience that you too would consider relinquishing power voluntarily, just like they did?'
"You have to put up with me for a year and a half more,' he said. At least 500 hundred Kurds were in the room. I am hoping he will not renege on his word."
When Kani Xulam asked the question he almost got beaten up by Barzani supporters and he now knows very well that such questions in Erbil, Kurdistan can certify his murder. But after that question Kani Xulam's writings appeared in the Rudaw publication of the Barzani family, begging another question. Is he one of those selling out Kurdistan or not?
His article, " Turkish Iron Kettles and Kurdish Clay Pots,' commented on Xulam's article above and the Barzani family's reputation for buying and selling Kurds. The Rudaw publication's business buying Kurds for Nechirvan Idris Barzani is evidenced by Kurdish propaganda's claim that his family buys out Kurds to make them put their heads down instead of objecting to Barzani's unjust rule in Kurdistan. After Xulam objected to Massoud Barzani's unjust rule in Kurdistan and began writing for Rudaw, observers can now probably answer the above question in the affirmative. It is understood that other famous Kurds such as Leyla Zana and Shvan Parwar have also been bought.
Although Abdullah Ocalan may not be regarded as a democrat, he has been in prison for the Kurdish people's causes for the last 14 years, while Barzani has used his freedom to acquire wealth gained on the back of the Kurdish people's poverty and deprivation to line the pockets of supporters, whom goes free. Apart from the obvious ethical problems involved, surely this should raise policy-warning bells for John Kerry.
The Secretary of State's knowledge the debacle caused by US' support for corrupt leaders in Vietnam against their own people should warn him that ongoing US support for Barzani and his legions will lead to significant loss of power and influence for the US in Kurdistan. With the Kurdish people united against their corrupt leaders and poised to assume control of the rest of their ancestral lands, only Abdullah Ocalan's wise deputies are keeping them from shedding more blood to gain the territories, rights and wealth they have been denied for 2500 years. Cited by human rights activists as a model for post war reconstruction, Rojava (Syrian West Kurdistan) is living example of Kurdish military, political and social ingenuity accomplished with little or no outside aid. If the US doesn't acknowledge and act on these facts, instead of denying them by supporting the inevitable losers, it could soon find some of its interests in the Middle East compromised.
And here is the rejection by Rudaw publication. Friend of mine published comment in facebook for me.
Dear Hamma Mirwaisi
Please note that your comment on the topic Turkish Iron Kettles and Kurdish Clay Pots, posted on: 01/07/2014 has been rejected by the Rudaw team
because it is not in conformity with Rudaw comments guidelines.
In short Kurdish people must be careful with those who are pretending to be friend of Kurdish people but some are in business to buy and sell Kurds. Barzani and Talabani have been doing that for over fifty years. Abdullah Ocalan is giving Kurdish people hope to be free from tribal leaders, religious leaders and those who are willing to join them for making money.