While the Turkish state continues to bombard civilians and PKK guerrillas with the aid of the KDP and PUK in southern Kurdistan, the long term effects of this dirty collaboration have proven to take a heavier toll on the attackers than their targets. While much focus has been paid to the Turkish economy, which is at a point of no-return, the condition of the people of southern Kurdistan is starting to show colour as they continue to live (barely) under Turkish exploitation.
An option familiar to the peshmerga: surrender
The disagreements between the PKK and KDP were always vigorous. While the KDP wants to take control of the South, the PKK wants to liberate all four parts of Kurdistan. While the KDP has established a centralised government with the title of leadership being passed down in the family like a throne, the PKK rejects this idea and promotes local governments and commune systems. Still, internal conflict has never existed in Kurdistan’s broader history; it has always focused on protecting itself from external occupiers.
The KDP was founded in 1946 in Mahabad in Rojhilat, Kurdistan. It developed as the destitute remnants of the army of Qazi Mohammed who was brutally massacred. The people, in honour of the memory of great leader Qazi Mohammed, fed Barzani and his perished soldiers for them to continue fighting. Barzani surrendered a force of 100,000 soldiers only hours after conflict begun, at which point the Soviet Union intervened, giving rise to the Kurdistan Regional Government.
The dirty collaboration of the Barzani gang and their pimp, the fascist Turkish state, dates back as far as the founding of the PKK, when the KDP aided the killing of the first cadre of the movement, martyr Haki Karer, in 1979. At this point, the PKK was in its very early stages and had only carried out a few actions against the fascist Turkish government who had illegalised any form of Kurdishness including the language.
Until now, the capitulated KDP has always aided the fascist Turkish state in its dirty war against the PKK, collaborating wholeheartedly in the murder of thousands of young guerrillas, irregarding the cause for which they are fighting. The KDP went as far as to aid the International Conspiracy, thus the abduction of the PKK Leader Abdullah Ocalan, on 14 February 1999 after the KDP and PUK, both of whom already had relations with the USA and Israel, signed an anti-PKK coalition which the Turkish Republic in 1992.
The hostility of the KDP towards the potential power of the PKK began here and continued to increase till today, bringing the KDP to the point of absolute surrender to the enemy, to be able to keep the little power it has.
Southern Kurdistan, a small Turkey
Today, Turkish intelligence walks freely in KRG areas, having established countless military bases and intelligence headquarters here. For years, the AKP regime has, under the guise of Turkish cross-border operations, settled in the area, occupying it more subtly than other parts of Kurdistan. Here, the Turkish state has carried out thousands of attacks on civilians within the region which the KDP sold to the masses as attacks against the PKK. It insists on denying that the Turkish military is killing local civilians with warplanes while under its watch.
Though Turkey is not only leaching the area militarily. The terrorist Turkish state has a habit of looting the areas it occupies to maintain its dying economy, to be able to fund the next operation, like the olives of Efrin and wheat of Serekaniye. This policy is also being implemented in the South where economic self-maintanence is at a dead-end as the biggest companies are owned by the terrorist Turkish state. Oil, the biggest source of income being drilled from the south, is handed over to exploitative hands in return for basic needs. The situation came to light again after the KDP-owned Kurdistan 24 Agency shared photos of a butcher in Hewler slicing meat for distribution to the people, a supposed gesture by the betraying Barzani family, with Turkish flags hanging on the walls of the company.
Survived genocide, committed suicide
Another example of the implications of unconstrained Turkish exploitation in southern Kurdistan is Kawa Hama Amin, who was born in Halabja at the beginning of 1980s and survived the Halabja chemical attack in 1988.
In early 1987, Saddam Hussein authorized the use of chemical weapons in attacks on as many as 24 Kurdish villages. Under an operation called ‘Al-Anfal,’ Saddam’s forces spent two days shelling the city of Halabja with rockets and Napalm, an incendiary gel that sticks to skin and causes terrible burns. All of these weapons had been confiscated from the KDP peshmergas -whether they intended to use these chemicals is unknown, nevertheless, they fled their villages and homes, leaving behind women and children.
“My End When there is no bits of tranquility in life, when I have never lived as a human being, when I was not given my human rights I deserve, why should I own this life? Therefore, life has no meaning for me anymore other than grief and pain. Down to the KDP and the PUK…
I have only one regret; I couldn’t see your humiliation and end. Finally, I call to the people. Please take care of my children so that they will not get lost.
God be with you.
Signature Kawa Hama Amin”