By Hamma Mirwaisi and Alison Buckley
editors note: Opednews does not have a position on this issue. The article is published in the spirit of maintaining a dialogue
Ever since Lamech, the father of the patriarch Noah according to Hebrew Bible, defied his God Yahweh, and took two wives, specific religious doctrines have sought to justify the denigration and oppression of women. Some Islamic religious laws, currently imposed on compliant or non-compliant populations, are more severe than those of other religions. In Western countries women have achieved a degree of freedom but they are yet to gain true equality. However, deep in the recesses of Middle Eastern politics, Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, the son of Kurdish peasants, has devised teachings giving women full equality and freedom, and the impetus to fight in the Syrian War.
Consequently, we are appealing to feminists, and all others who have compassion and respect for their sisters and fellow human beings to support peace for the Kurdish people, and victory for their forces in Syria and other parts of Kurdistan as they struggle against attacks, especially on women, from Islamic terrorist organizations. The desperate situation in Syria is all too familiar to the Kurdish people who, after 1400 years of oppression, will likely soon make their last stand against it, in what might become a much wider conflict.
To inform readers about what is really happening in Syria we offer the following short background history of the conflict between the Aryan Kurds and the Islamic powers.
Since the establishment of the Islamic Arab religion by Muhammad ibn Abdullah (born into the Banu Hashim clan of the Quraysh tribe of Mecca in today's Saudi Arabian kingdom), to our time, the Kurdish people have been ideologically and territorially victimized by the Arabs, Persians and Turks.
During the era of the second Caliph (or "Khalifa' meaning king or president of the Islamic Arab Empire) Umar bin al-Khattab, the Islamic army conquered Arab tribal lands and converted them by force to the Islamic religion. Refusing to tolerate any other religion, the Islamists believed theirs was the last one bestowed on humanity by almighty God. According to Muhammad's teaching, the Islamic religion was obligated to destroy all other religions and force humanity in its entirety into the Islamic religion.
Unaware that the Arab tribes originally came from Africa to conquer the Aryan peoples' Middle Eastern lands, Umar bin al-Khattab led the imposition of monolithic power on both the original Aryan owners and their conquerors. Then, mistakenly assuming that the Roman Byzantine and Sassanid Empires were the occupiers of Arab, not Aryan lands, he used Arab nationalism and the Islamic religion to politically unify the Arab tribes (1). Umar bin al-Khattab's cunning appropriation of Islamic Arab intentions to rid the land of the Roman Byzantine and Sassanid Imperial occupiers further empowered him and his movement. Throughout this process the Aryan peoples' hopes of retrieving their lands diminished.
Coincidentally, Umar bin al-Khattab formulated Islamic laws used by prophet Muhammad to eliminate Jewish tribe of Bani Quraytha to justify his fight against non-believers, claiming that his followers were heavenward bound and therefore entitled to take the lands and wives of those whom they conquered. Today there are reports that Syria's al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) are declaring that any of their followers who kill Kurds based on Islamic Sharia law are also going to heaven and therefore free to take Kurdish women as sex slaves. Additionally, according to the report, the al -Nusra Front alone has massacred 450 Kurdish civilians, including one hundred children, in northern Syria.
The Islamic Arab tribes enthusiastically joined the Islamic Arab Army in the war against the Roman Byzantine and Sassanid Empires, driving the former out of Syria and totally annihilating the latter. The Arab Islamic army killed millions of Kurds and took a similar number of Kurdish women to be sold as sex slaves in the city of Medina, the capital of the Islamic Arab Empire. Arab tribes took most of the Kurdish people's land in Iraq and Syria. They destroyed the Zoroastrian Aryan religion (which had links to Judaism and later Christianity) and forced the survivors to accept Islamic teachings (2).
Many readers may not know or have considered that the Kurdish people have suffered longer and more at the hand of Islamic Arabs than any other national entity. Even if it is not apparent to observers, the Aryan Kurds are certain they have born more Arab hatred and grudges than any other ethnic or racial group. The graveyards of many Arab leaders, killed by Kurds before they were forced to accept the Islamic religion, testify to this claim.
Tragically the Persians and the Turks have thoroughly learned the oppressive tricks of the religious domination trade; the Iranian Persians now use politicized Islamic Shi'ism to fight the Aryan Kurds, while the Turks base their anti-Kurd campaign on Islamic Sunni'ism.
But after nearly one and a half millennia of war and destruction the Aryan Kurds have survived; in fact they are very much alive and fighting under the leadership of Abdullah Ocalan. His teachings are not only uniting the Kurdish people, they are also igniting their hope as they see light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Ocalan is calling for the liberation of women before the liberation of Kurdistan. He believes that without freedom for women, Kurdistan will not be able to free itself from its occupiers.
Today millions of Kurdish women are joining his call, forming a formidable women's liberation force against aggressive, deadly male ascendancy, and strengthening the fight for the emancipation of their country from its occupiers.
Although Arabs, Persians and Turks are still attempting to use manipulative Islamic religious strictures and traditions for political gain, thanks to the teachings of Abdullah Ocalan the majority of the Kurdish people are no longer fooled by their deceptions. Instead, on high alert for treachery, lies and betrayal, they support or fight in a self-defensive war against those in Kurdistan who have chosen to remain their enemies.
Not since the era of King Cyaxares the Great (Kayxesraw of the Aryan Kurds), have the Kurdish people formed such a unified front. Abdullah Ocalan might soon be hailed as the modern successor to Kayxesraw, who in 612 BCE liberated his people from the Assyrian Empire, the equivalent of today's US. Ocalan's teachings can easily be compared to the political genius of this humane founder of ancient Kurdistan, where women were accorded the same rights and value as men.