Repeated deception

TheworldhardlyrememberedthemillionsofKurdishpeople,

whountilthenhadnostatehoodandweredividedbetweenTurkey,

Syria,IranandIraq,beforetheSyrianconflict.

TheescalationofthesituationinnorthernSyriaistheresultoftheArabSpring,

whichwaslaunchedbytheUnitedStatesin2011.

HowdidithappenthatSyrianKurdswereonthebrinkofconfrontationwith

the militantsoftheIslamicState?

The questionisnoteasy.Tounderstandit,weneedtorememberhistory.

InSyria, Kurdsliveinnorthernandnorth-easternofthecountry.

In Kurdishlanguagetheirplaceofresidenceiscalled”Rozhava”-

“West”, because Syrian Kurdistanoccupies the west ernpart of the Kurdishlands.

AlthoughSyrianandIraqiKurdshavelinguisticandritualdifferences,

the yhavealwaysperceivedthemselvesasone,albeitdividedpeople.

TheterritoryofRozhavaisdividedintothreecantons.

Eachofthemhasitsownexecutiveandlegislativecouncilsofself-government.

The flagofRozhavaisayellow,redandgreentricolor,

andthreelanguagesareusedinofficework-Kurdish,

ArabicandAssyrian (Neo-Aramaic).

The governmentrefusedtograntofficialstatustoKurdishandAssyrianlanguages.

Until2011,therewereabouthalfamillionKurdslivinginSyria,

almost 300,000 of whomhadno Syriancitizenship.

Thishadanimpactontheirsocialandeconomicsituation.

Thus,SyrianKurdshavetraditionallybeeninoppositiontotheGovernment of Bashar al-Assad,

asIraqiKurds,havebeeninoppositiontotheGovernment of Iraq.

SincethebeginningofthemilitantinvasionofSyria,

the Kurdshavebeenoneofthefewnon-governmentalorganizationsthatwereabletoresisttheinvasionof ISIS.

Thiscouldrevivetheideaofcreatingastateofitsown.

In2012,theheadoftheSyrianKurds, Masood Barzani,

triedtoorganizeareferendumonindependencenotonlytorealizethecenturies-olddreamoftheKurds,

butalsotostrengthentheirownpositionsintheIraqiKurdistanregionandincreasetheirauthority.

NowitisknownthattheU.S.providedMasoodBarzaniwithallpossibleassistance,

hopingthatthepublicunrestinRozhavawillacceleratethefallofthegovernmentofBasharal-Assad.

The referendumdidnottakeplace.

Partlyduetothefactthatin2012theU.S.activelyassistedthelegitimategovernmentofIraq,

whichwascategoricallyagainstthereferendumamongtheSyrianKurds,

fearingthespreadofthewaveofindependenceintheIraqiKurdistan.

Then,in2012,Barzaninotonlylostitsauthority,

but alsoprovokedaconflictwiththeclansofTalabaniandthe

“PatrioticUnionofKurdistan”headedbyhim.

7 yearslater.

The rearefightsagainsttherestofISISinSyria.

Assad’sgovernmentremainsinpower.TurkeyhasseizedlandofRozhavaandisnotgoingtogiveitback.

Moreover,TurkeyandtheU.S.createabufferzoneinnorthernSyria.

And intheseconditions,theU.S.onceagainremembersthefailedreferendum.

Doitwanttothankthe SyrianKurds for theircourageandsteadfastnessinthefightagainstISIS?

Let’snotbesonaive.TheUnitedStatesthanksonlyitself.

Andtheydon’tneedKurds.TheyneedoilandatreatywithTurkeytodividetheoil-bearingregions,wheretheKurdswillnotlive,believeme.

And the referendumis for distractiontoputupwith the Turkishoccupation.

Referendumwillnottakeplaceagain,andtheKurdishpeoplewillbecheatedonemoretime.

KurdscouldnotmaketermswithBasharal-Assadbeforethe”ArabSpring”.

Whoknows,maybethetimeiscome.

ToexpeltheTurksfromtheSyrianterritorytogether,

toagreeonthestatestatusoftheKurdishandAssyrianlanguages.

Andtherewewillsee.

The reseemstobenoo the rroad.

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