Tuesday, April 01, 2008


"The power of authority is never more subtle and effective than when it produces a psychological “atmosphere” or “climate” favorable to the life of certain modes of belief, unfavorable, and even fatal, to the life of others."
~ Arthur Balfour.

Apparently some Kurds from Iraq have been forcibly deported from the UK to the democratic paradise of South Kurdistan. Hevallo has the run-down on that, and be sure to check Hîwa for additional info and commentary.

Does everyone remember the video and photos from Newroz? Does everyone remember Cüneyt Ertuş getting his arm broken by fascist AKP police? Check Hevallo for more photos and videos, if your memory needs refreshing.

Okay, with those facts in mind, take a look at what the Diyarbakır AKP-appointed governor has to say about his phony amnesty-for-guerrillas propaganda program:

Diyarbakır Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu provided information on the recent attempts to get young people who had joined the PKK to leave and stressed that every person who returned home was important. Noting that efforts are being made to ensure that the peaceful environment is sustainable, Mutlu underlined that serenity and peace would be the major dynamic of economic and social development in the region. Mutlu further noted that everyone should do their part to promote brotherhood and solidarity in the region.

He added that attempts to have PKK militants return to their homes and families would continue. Recalling that they wanted to give another chance to those who had committed mistakes, Mutlu stressed that a fresh start by any person was vital.

Really, Hüseyin, old boy??! Guess what, Hüseyin, old boy, the only ones who have committed "mistakes" is the Ankara regime and its occupation goons in The Southeast. Guess what else, Hüseyin, old boy, no one in their right mind wants to give your goons--be they military or police--a "fresh start." After all, Turkish security forces are the only terrorists in The Region.

And this is the really hilarious part:

Asking whether there is anything more valuable than life, Mutlu said: "Our desire to keep people alive is strong. We are working toward this goal, this is an ongoing endeavor. To this end, every day matters for us. Everyone is valuable. Every person who returns home is important. We provide help and assistance for them following the return. … Hopefully, everybody will return home. This is our goal. Life is beautiful. We would like to see them enjoy the beauties of life. Wrong decisions are made sometimes; one can be fooled by others and there may be some mistakes, but it is also possible to make up for them. There is nothing better than returning to one's family and life. I hope that everyone will get to enjoy this feeling."

Can you believe it?? "Life is beautiful!" Oh my god! Give me a few minutes here while I pick myself off the floor and catch my breath from laughing so hard!

Seriously, the only "wrong mistakes" have been made by the Ankara regime and it is impossible to make up for them. Oh, by the way, those "100 terrorists" who returned home were the 100 commandos you sent to infiltrate PKK, right, oh happy one? I mean, they failed and they came home, right, oh happy one?

It's too late. The images of Turkish brutality have been flying around the Internet. Today, I found the information had made it into a Spanish-language blog, here and here. Through those posts, I found it in Spanish-language media, and you should check the comments. Use Google's language tools if you need help with translating the comments. The news has spread to a Japanese blog and to a Brazilian blog, in English. Check some of the commentary there:

A holocaust nearly the same grade of the one who was comitted to jews, the same barbarism have the kurds faced. And the world is quiet. The kurdish people are victims of the economical agreements between west and Turkey.

Now there's someone who calls it like it is. There's someone who's got about a billion times more correct perception of reality than the dumbass governor of Diyarbakır. You would think the governor of Diyarbakır was busily scarfing down magic mushrooms as he made his life-is-beautiful crap statement.

Somebody give the governor a urine test.

Of course, to be fair, it may be that the governor is terrified. After all, one million Kurds turned out for Amed's (Diyarbakır) Newroz celebration. They all have access, one way or another, to Roj TV. They've all seen or heard about the atrocities committed by Turkish security forces during Newroz. I'm willing to bet they're all pissed.

One million Kurds at Amed's Newroz celebration. Think about it. That's more warm bodies than the TSK has.


direniş said...

A partial transcript the Assembly of Turkish American Associations’ meeting with The Times editorial board.

Cavanaugh: If there were a Kurdish national home developed [in Iraq], would you guys take a position against that?

Block: Absolutely.

Ural: Absolutely.

Block: Because of the PKK issue precisely … Turkey has suffered under PKK terrorism for about 20 years now, and more than 30 to 35,000 people have been victims of PKK terrorism within Turkey alone … Primarily 20 years ago it was … the PKK … carrying out attacks in Turkey mostly to fight for rights that they had been denied, and Turkey has come to terms with that. Many of the freedoms that were denied to Kurds in the past have been granted — the ability to speak their language, the ability to educate in Kurdish, the ability to broadcast in Kurdish — a lot of those freedoms have been granted.

So now primarily the Kurdish terrorist organizations are working in northern Iraq and operating there because the United States kind of protects them there. So they come into Turkey and carry out their attacks … primarily now to establish their own territory. So what that means that they're fighting for is their own Kurdish state, which would carve out a piece of Turkey, Iraq and Syria, and parts of Iran.

Now you'll see that the Kurdish terrorist organizations in northern Iraq are starting to cooperate more with other Kurdish terrorist organizations, for example, in Iran, because of this desire to carve a Kurdish nation out of those areas.

Ural: So it would be bad, not only for Turkey, but I think for the United States if they did create a Kurdistan.

Hamo said...

These Turkish officials should realize that not every state or media institutions work like organizations in Turkey. When Turkish officials talk about Free Kurdish Education in Turkey they need to substantiate it with the evidence such as any state schools who teaches Kurdish, when they talk about freedom of speaking in Kurdish they need to prove this by evidence, when they talk about broadcasting in Kurdish, they really need to give a single TV station broadcasting in Kurdish. Talking lies and continuously acting ignorant would not work in their favor forever (Denying of Armenian Genocide).

Turkish officials should stop acting with many faces. If you call the Kurdish Freedom Fighters 'terrorists' then they should start calling the people in Iraq who are fighting against the American Forces terrorists or Palestinians who fight against the Israel forces terrorists or Chechen fighters in Russia as terrorists too.

Soon, one way or other every single part of occupied Kurdistan will be free. Until the total Free Independent United Kurdistan Declared everybody and country will suffer from instability, Economy and of course blood shed. The sooner the occupied enemy forces recognize Independent Free Kurdistan and remove their unwanted military forces sooner they will be stable, economically stronger and in peace.

Anonymous said...

I can't stand the LA Times...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for referring to Hevallo's post on the paradise that is Southern Kurdistan.

Clearly, and sadly, neither you nor Hevallo can overcome partisan politics.

I, too, disagree with the UK measure to deport refugees to Southern Kurdistan, not because Kurdistan is not democratic or safe but that it is vulnerable to the whims of aggressor neighbouring states and the spill over violence of the civil war.

The article was pure dribble and completely biased and intended to sensationalize the issue.

Excerpt from the Article:

"A Christian whose father had worked for Saddam Hussein, he said a Kurdish guard told him on arrival that he would be killed because "you're a Christian, not a Muslim".

How ridiculous is that!!! Southern Kurds, generally speaking, are one of the most tolerant Muslims I know. I don't even think I need to waste my energy commenting on how biased the comments were.

But, I can't help but mention: What happens in other flights landing in democratic countries when you refuse to leave an airplane????

Do you get offered chocolate cake to entice you to leave? Do they whisper sweet nothings to your ear?

Anyway, thanks again for the biased news regarding all things related to Southern Kurdistan.


Mizgîn said...

irenis, ATAA is a terrorist organization, and the LATimes sat on information about Joseph Ralston's conflict of interest as the US "PKK coordinator" for Turkey.

Nistiman, Christians do seem to have trouble in South Kurdistan, particulary if they have converted from Islam.

The region’s religious affairs minister, Muhammed Ahmed Gaznayi, said people who turn to Christianity are “renegades” in the eyes of Islam.

“I consider that those who turn to Christianity pose a threat to society,” he added.

Well, the KRG religious affairs minister certainly sounds like a dyed-in-the-wool democrat to me. There was also a taxi driver in Zaxo who converted to Christianity and he was murdered by a religious nutcase back in 2005. But, you know, I'm sure the Southern leadership is as diligent about protecting and promoting religious rights as it is with protecting and promoting women's rights.

As for refusal to leave an air plane, it looks like the security forces took some lessons from Turkish security forces. As for that kind of thing happening in democracies, I read about people being beaten for refusing to get off planes all the time in Western democracies.

Unless, of course, you're referring to a democracy like America's Model of Democracy for the Middle East (TM).