by Scott Creighton
Who is going to be in charge of the biggest chunk of President Obama’s new country, Greater Kurdistan? Who will preside over the unveiling ceremony of the great statue of President Peace Prize? Someone from the Great Ruling Barzani family or someone else, some Baathist someone else? Only time and bloodshed can tell.
Watching the Kurds fight among themselves, squabble I should say, is funny. They expose themselves daily and no one is paying attention.
Take for instance what Ibrahim Biro, the head of Syria’s Kurdish National Council, said Wednesday about the PYD, the Syrian arm of the terrorist PKK group:
“They’re exploiting the [international] fight against the ISIL terrorist group to attack their opponents,” he said.
In recent months, the PYD has reportedly indulged in the ethnic cleansing of areas under its control, arbitrarily detained its political opponents and forced local residents to fight on its behalf.
Biro went on to assert that western countries tended to overlook rights breaches committed by the PYD in northern Syria — a policy he said “facilitates the group’s ongoing domination of the region”. World Bulletin, Aug. 17, 2016
How about that. Here we have a Kurd in Syria openly admitting that at least one faction of the Greater Kurdistan project is being aided and abetted by the United States as they ethnically cleanse the parts of Syria they want for themselves and as they detain and erase political opponents of their future rule. He also states that their so-called fight against ISIS™ is a crock of shit, that’s it’s simply a pretext for them to use to be able to move through Syria raiding and looting and killing local civilians so they can carve themselves a piece of the country for their own Greater Kurdistan.
Imagine that. A prominent Kurdish political leader right there in the country saying EXACTLY what Penny and myself (and WAY TO FEW OTHERS) have been saying for well over a year. Only, he goes on to threaten the Western nations that they better not support the left-leaning Kurds as opposed to the Barzani clan Kurds. Say’s we will “regret it” if we do.
It should be noted, the PYD is associated with the terrorist organization, the PKK. It should also be noted that in spite of that, the PYD claims to oppose any form of Kurdish nationalism. That’s right. As best as I can understand it, the PYD is looking to establish a level of Kurdish autonomy WITHIN a unified Syria. This is in direct conflict with the aspirations of the Kurdish National Council who wish to break off what they call “Western Kurdistan” to form a 1/4 of Greater Kurdistan (North Kurdistan = part of Turkey, South Kurdistan = part of Iraq and Eastern Kurdistan = part of Iran)
“Despite its current apparent strength in Syria, the group’s leader, Salih Muslim, claims that the group desires Kurdish autonomy within a new democratic Syria rather than Kurdish independence” ARA news, Aug. 3, 2016
The PYD appear to be a leftist Kurdish group. In fact they are described by this Barzani supporter, Ibrahim Biro, as Baathists. Ironically, as he calls to end the tyranny of Syrian dictatorships, he is trying to usher the Barzani clan into the country to rule the Kurds there like he does in “Iraqi Kurdistan”. Barzani is a corrupt neoliberal dictator described by some as worse than our former puppet dictator in Iraq, Maliki.
“The Kurds of Syria didn’t revolt against Damascus just to bring another dictator,” Biro said, vowing to “expose all the PYD’s crimes”…
“We have learned from experience,” he added. “We fought the tyranny of the Baathist Assad regime and now we reject the tyranny of a Kurdish Baathist regime.” World Bulletin, Aug. 17, 2016
Ibrahim Biro says that Barzani’s personal Kurdish death squads in Iraq, the pershmerga, will soon be coming to Syria and then warns the US that they better not continue to support the wrong Kurds… or else.
Western countries, the Kurdish leader asserted, “are using the PYD to pursue their own agendas in Syria; but it will not continue like this forever”.
“Our [peshmerga] forces in Iraq’s Kurdish region will soon move to Rojava [in northern Syria],” he added, going on to warn: “The western countries will end up regretting their mistakes.” World Bulletin, Aug. 17, 2016
The Kurds are a people who are fiercely independent and scattered throughout the lands of four separate nations. But not all of them want independence and certainly fewer than that wish to live under the dictatorship of Massoud Barzani.
Barzani is a creation of George W. Bush. He installed him in the wake of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. As everything else President “CHANGE” does, he continued with the Bush/Cheney agenda when it came to supporting the Barzani dictatorship:
This past Tuesday President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with the proclaimed “president” of Iraqi Kurdistan (or “South Kurdistan” as they like to be called – an explanation of that later) Masoud Barzani to discuss handing over US weapons directly to his forces, the peshmerga forces that are currently fighting “ISIS” in Iraq and Syria.” Scott Creighton, May 7, 2015
The fact that Barzani is a corrupt dictator is not news to the Kurds. It’s only news to us and the idiots on the left who have adopted Ronnie Raygun’s new freedom fighters as their current darlings because of President Left Cover.
Fact is, everyone aside from ignorant Americans know what Barzani really is:
“The west is no friend of the people of Kurdistan, primarily because during the past two decades they did not spare any effort to fund and arm the most treacherous, the most misogynic and anti-democratic indigenous Barzani gangs to use violence and force against peaceful protesters” Ekurd Daily
“It has become evident to all of us by now that the root cause of the ongoing tragedies and miseries in Kurdistan lays in the horrific rule of the Barzani family warlords. Billions of dollars of foreign aid and public resources have been and are being ransacked by the two ruling parties in partnership with their masters.” Ekurd Daily
“Nepotism is widespread. Not only is the prime minister the nephew of the president, but the president’s son, Masrour Barzani, a scarcely-qualified 34-year-old, heads the local intelligence service. Another Barzani son is the commander of the Special Forces. And Masoud Barzani installed his uncle, Hoshyar Zebari, as Iraq’s foreign minister…
Another brother-in-law is the Iraqi ambassador in Beijing. Other Barzani and Talabani relatives have monopolized telecommunications, construction, and trade” ME Forum
It’s no wonder that many Syrian Kurds would rather live under a Syrian government, freely elected and Baathist in nature, than to dwell in House Barzani. Iraqi Kurds say life under this clan is worse than it was under the rule of Maliki which says a lot.
I have to admit, it’s hard too figure out who’s who in this Shakespearean plot unfolding in Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran right now. I guess Condi Rice would call it the “birth pangs of the New Middle East”. I call it a feeding frenzy.
Greater Kurdistan is being forged right before our eyes like Israel was and Saudi Arabia was during the previous generations … and most people don’t know a single thing about it, or that it’s happening for that matter.
Of course there will be epic power struggles taking shape because Greater Kurdistan, born in blood, will be sitting on massive LNG and oil reserves and promises to be a mega-wealthy nation instantly upon birth. Not only that, but it will pretty much end the pipeline wars in that region which has implications that stretch across the world all they way into your gas tank and your wallet.
There is currently no greater geopolitical project, none of greater import at least, taking place at this time. Even the TPP and the TTIP pale in comparison when considering the impact it will have on the geopolitical power structures of the world.
One thing is for sure, as the pressure increases in Syria on the various players in the Greater Kurdistan project, they really need to keep in mind that they don’t want to give TOO MUCH away when it comes to accusing one group or the other of various types of war-crimes and crimes against humanity lest they end up exposing what they are ALL doing over there.
And they should also be careful not to get too big for their britches when it comes to leveling threats against the West for not supporting the “right” Kurds. The lord givith and the lord takith away if you know what I mean. Just ask Saddam about that. Or JFK for that matter. Because when it comes to the New Middle East project, everyone is expendable. Everyone.
Ibrahim Biro would do well to keep that in mind the next time he figures he can threaten the hand that feeds. He just might find himself disappeared and locked away by the same pershmerga death squads he advocates for. I doubt Barzani would choose him over the masters of the universe. Not much future in it for him if you know what I mean.
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