By Alison Buckley and Hamma Mirwaisi
According to information obtained by BasNews, US attacks on Syria will pursue three targets: the Syrian regime's forces; forces belonging to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is regarded as the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) wing in Syrian Kurdistan; and the al-Nusra Front, which has been accused of committing terrorist acts in Syria and is closely linked to the Islamist organization al-Qaeda.
Zagros Hiwa, spokesman for the KCK (Group of Communities in Kurdistan), the political wing of the PKK, recently said that, "In light of these reports the group would not support Washington's military intervention in Syria' (1).
The Kurdish people under the leadership of the KCK (the umbrella organization for the PKK, PYD, PJAK, and PCDK and others) are not against the interests of the US in the Middle East. Their control of the oil, gas, and commercial gateways to Europe for over 500 million people from Pakistan to Turkey and from Kurdistan to the former Soviet Union countries necessitates prudence and co-operation in their international relationships; approaches which they would be more than willing to put into practise if given half a chance.
In a recent interview, Kurdish leader Cemil Bayik discussed possible wider roles for the organization in the region. He indicated that the KCK is ideally placed to mediate as a religiously neutral, yet knowledgeable, influence, should tensions rise between powers such as Iran and Turkey (2). But these possibilities could be discounted by negativity in US attitudes to the Kurds. The fact that the PYD is also seeking peace for the Kurds in Syria, and has never shown signs of being anti-US interests in the region, raises questions about the legitimacy of categorizing it with the Syrian government and Islamic terrorist organizations.
Fierce competition for advantageous political partnerships in the Middle East might explain this anomaly. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Massoud Barzani of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq are trying to use US power to strengthen their interests in the region. At the same time Saudi Arabia and Israel are looking to the US to protect their interests against Iran, while the Prime Minister of Turkey and his partner in the oil business, Massoud Barzani, want to second US military might against the KCK's military arms (PKK, PYD, PJAK, and PCDK) in Turkish, Syrian, Iranian, and Iraqi Kurdistan.
But with such a range of non-Western powers looking to the US for stability and a degree of certainty in the region, why is the super-power siding against the Kurdish KCK, whose essentially Western European-based ideology and policies have clearly not opposed US interests in the Middle East?
Meanwhile, in a desperate battle to avoid becoming sex slaves, Kurdish women in Syria are fighting Islamic terrorist organizations such as the Jabhat al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām, all of which killed American soldiers and civilians in the Iraq the war. But while the peace-seeking Kurds have been targeted by the US, none of these three notoriously aggressive organizations are listed as marks for its proposed military action in Syria. Amongst the bravest women in the world, surely the female Kurdish warriors deserve the support of the world's greatest democracy in their struggle for safety and freedom of choice?
While his wife and two daughters, like other American women, live under the privileges afforded them by western democratic laws, surely President Obama must abhor the enslavement of women. Assuming this is so, why is his administration not supporting those women fighting the Islamic terrorist organizations listed above, which clearly defy all that the US stands for ideologically and morally?
No matter how the US responds, we implore women's organizations around the world, and their members reading this article, to speak out on behalf of Kurdish women in Syria.
(1) US attacks on Syria to include Kurdish PYD forces and Islamic-Jihadists: PKK