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Dear list members, FYI. Best andreas A N U Assyrian News Watch * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Assyrian Chaldean Syriac --------------------------------------------------- Kurdish State without Kirkuk is fine by Turkey KurdishMedia.com - By R. M. Ahmad 21 July 2002 Informed Sources state that Hussein Qifriq Aughlu, a high ranking officer in Turkish army, has told Paul Wolfowitz, the Assistant Secretary of USA Defence Minister, that Turkey would interfere directly if a Kurdish State, which included Kirkuk, was established. During the meeting at Turkish Army Head Quarter, he pointed to Kurdistan City of Kirkuk on an Iraqi Kurdistan map and said: If a condition, not acceptable to us, developed in North Iraq, especially in Kirkuk as the consequences of your coming military operations, that would be very sensitive to us and I would like to inform you that we shall interfere directly in the region in case a Kurdish State with Kirkuk established.” He stressed that Turkmans, living in Kirkuk, concern Turkey a lot. He added that he, himself, was a Turkman descendant. The Assistant Secretary of USA Defence Minster was on a visit to Turkey to persuade Turks to give up their support for sources of terror and terrorism in Iraq and give up their objection to eradicate these sources of terror and terrorism through a military campaign to liberate Iraq from these sources of terror and terrorism and eradicating them. The Turks have made many demands from the USA as a price for their cooperation with the USA against sources of terror and terrorism in Iraq. It seems that the Assistant Secretary of USA Defence Minister has not agreed on all their demands like allowing Turkey to take over Kirkuk. That is why Turkish Officials now playing a different game, knocking on the door of Kurds and calling: O.K. If we get Kirkuk you can have your Kurdish State. Otherwise they directly interfere if this new Kurdish State includes Kirkuk. These Turkish Officials are really shortsighted. If Iraqi Kurds seeking separation and accepted the existing crumbs without Kirkuk, most probably Saddam Hussein would have been the first one in history who recognised an independent Kurdish State. It is Ironic that these Turkish Officials, the product of a 600-year-old empire intellect and culture, are so incapable to recognise requirements of the modern world and how incapable to comprehend that in 21st century you cannot do any thing you want because you have an extremely strong armed forces. These armed forces, Turkish armed forces, built on the back of their population and caused Turkey to become a source of cheap labour for European Labour Market and depend on the IMF and USA hand outs for its survival. This is really a good final product of a 600-year-old Ottoman Empire. A product, Turkish Republic, which take children to court for demanding to study in their mothers’ tongue or imprisoning an elected Kurdish legislator for wearing Kurdish costumes and depriving 20 million Kurds, under its control, from their basic rights. Their character and frames of mind, which are very far from 21st Century, still reflect their original Ottoman root when they contacted Europe during European renaissance for the first time. During that time, Ottoman Europeanised ruling class was mainly influenced by Germans who were very proud for being Germans because of their potential to make Germany a strong Industrialised European Country. However, this newly bred Turkish Social Class misunderstood why the Germans were proud of their being as Germans. They imitated Germans but as being proud of their being as Turks. Accordingly they corrupted the concept. The Germans were proud as Germans for an achievement, making Germany a strong industrialised country. But this newly bred Turkish Social Class became as proud Turks for no reason. But it gave them a sense of purpose in a sense that they felt superior over none Turks. In another word, they invented the concept of racial superiority. Off course, in their case, Turks were the superior race. After their invention, they discovered their nightmare, Ottoman Empire was made up mainly from none Turks and Turks represented only a small fraction of the population of the Empire. This created a sense of insecurity and paranoia as they lost in an unknown territory just like their forefathers when they lost but saved by a grey wolf. So they started to look for another grey wolf to save them and they found one, which was the forced Turkification of none Turkish subjects of the Empire to Turkish. But this time, their new Grey Wolf was not so faithful. It brought down their empire over their head. All none-Turkish Subjects of the Empire started fighting back the policy of forced Turkification and kicked out the Turkish Rulers from their lands to become independent. So their new Grey Wolf cost them their empire. The irony is that they have not yet learnt a lesson. Because of their sense of insecurity and paranoia, they are still following their new Grey Wolf. That is way they have deprived 20 million Kurds under their control from their basic human rights in the hope that they, the Kurds, will convert to Turks. But their new Grey Wolf has let them down. The Kurds didn’t convert to Turks, but converted to 20 million mountains hanging by a string over their heads. This has created their worst nightmares. Because of their insecurity from being crushed by these 20 million mountains, they have invested all their resources into their armed forces as well as joined Nato. So this product of a 600 year old Empire supposed to have prospered as good as Germans or Japanese but instead it has ended up as a provider of cheap labour to Europe and if it is not because of the hand outs of IMF and USA it will crumble to the finish because of their paranoia and insecurity. It is the duty of the free world to keep them at bay to prevent them to interfere in the affairs of Kurdistan and Iraq after the liberation of Iraq. They already represent a time bomb to breed terror and terrorism. If they put their nose into the affairs of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan after liberation, the whole region inflames creating breeding ground for terror and terrorism to threaten the peace and tranquillity of the free world. The Free World has to recognise that the complete eradication of the conditions, which breed terror and terrorism, can come about only through a free and democratic social environment and the foundation of this free and democratic social environment has already been established in Iraqi Kurdistan. Not only that, the character of Kurdish Leadership is a right character fits with the requirements of a free and democratic social environment. They are secure and have trust in themselves. This has proved through the Iraqi Kurdistan democratic experiment. Kurdish Leaders travel all over the world as the world belongs to them. Despite all obstacles and difficulties, they have recognised the cultural and political rights of all diversities in Kurdistan as an obligation not as a favour. All diversities in Iraqi liberated Kurdistan have their own publications, radios, TVs and schools in their mother tongues as well as enjoying their full democratic rights. This is a lot. When compared with a country like Turkey we see what Kurds have achieved in the field of civil society in ten years is a lot more than what the Turks have achieved in 600 years. Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Experiment is a starting point to create a civil society in the whole region as a sure guarantee against any condition which breed terror and terrorism. Accordingly it is the duty of the free world after the liberation of Iraq to ensure Iraqi Kurdistan region, as an Iraqi Federated State, includes all areas, especially Kirkuk, which were historically and are geographically parts of Kurdistan. This is especially applies on Kirkuk. Kurds have proved that they can spearhead the establishment of a civil society in the region as a sure guarantee against terror and terrorism against the free world. This quest needs resources and these resources exist in Kirkuk oilfields. In addition to this, it is necessary for Kirkuk to be included within Iraqi Kurdistan Federated State as a fair share of natural resources between new Iraqi Federated States. It is vitally important for the free world to keep Turkey at bay, not to take over Kirkuk. Turkish Ruling class are insecure and paranoiac exactly like Saddam Hussein. If they take over Kirkuk, they will inflame the region from Mediterranean to China border in a long-term turmoil threatening the security of free world. They use Turkman cause as an excuse, which is not valid because Turkmans have never had it so good within Iraqi Liberated Kurdistan since the establishment of the state of Iraq. They claim they want to protect Turkmans from the Kurds but they never came by words or deeds to protect Turkmans from tyranny and atrocity of Saddam Hussein against Turkmans. Today, Turkmans enjoy their full democratic rights in Iraqi liberated Kurdistan. But where they, Turkmans, live under Iraqi Government, their properties confiscated, their rights violated and forcefully deported to south Iraq or Liberated Kurdistan. So whom Turkey bluffs? Certainly only itself. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. 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