By Hamma Mirwaisi and Alison Buckley
Democrat John Kerry inherited the job of Secretary of State from Hilary Clinton. As President of the United States her husband Bill Clinton helped Turkey kidnap Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan in 1999. Unfortunately Ms. Clinton continued with her husband's anti-Kurd policies in favor of Turkey.
John Kerry is the son of an Army Air Corps veteran and enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966. From 1968--1969 he served an abbreviated four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge (OIC) of a Swift Boat. For that service, he was awarded combat medals that include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Securing an early return to the United States, Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans against the War in which he served as a nationally recognized spokesman and as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War. He appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed United States war policy in Vietnam the cause of "war crimes.'
John Kerry knows very well that the US used many South Vietnamese leaders against Ho Chi Minh and because of that the US lost the Vietnam War. The Clintons did not have any first-hand experience of the Vietnam War but John Kerry as the US Secretary of State has.
Repeating the failure of Vietnam, the US, Israel and the EU decided to replace Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan with Massoud Barzani in Kurdistan (the land under occupation by Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Armenia and Azerbaijan). While his father, Mullah Mustafa Barzani, was reputed to be illiterate, but Massoud Barzani claimed authorship of one book most likely with the help from several people. However, Abdullah Ocalan has written forty books. Is it any wonder that the entire Kurdish people are following him, while only a small number of Kurds are following leaders such as the Barzani and Talabani families in the interests of improving their fortunes?
It is easy for observers to blame Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan for his negotiations with Turkey. First they are not responsible for the Kurdish freedom fighters' welfare and the Kurdish people. Second they are dealing with the corrupt Massoud Barzani who is renowned for ordering the murder of Kurdish investigative journalists and abusing the Kurdish people from which an average of four women are "honor' killed each day.
P rominent Turkish sociologist and Kurdish people's hero Ismail Besikci's statements against the Kurdish leadership in Turkey, especially against Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and an article by Kani Xulam from the American Kurdish Information Network in the USA along the same lines indicate both men have one thing in common - they are promoted by Barzani and the Turkish media.
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.