PKK, PJAK should be delisted from Foreign Terrorist
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PKK, PJAK should be delisted from Foreign
Terrorist Organizations (FTO)
By Baqi Barzani, for ekurd.net
Kurdish tussle for self-rule, democracy, human
rights antecedes the collapse of Ottoman Empire,
Iranian Islamic Revolution and Saddam’s regime
Formerly, in very part of Kurdistan, every now and
then, uprisings crystallized, resisted for a spell,
and eventually under duress were overpowered by
dictators or military rulers.
Nevertheless, such hurdles never succeeded in
undermining public firm determination to prolong
campaigning for their national identity recognition,
their consistent pursuit for equal cultural and
political rights, social and economic equality; but
in contrast, it led to the blossoming of more
resistance movements, more invigorated than the
previous time, each time.
At present, such is the enduring case with Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey, and The Free Life
Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) in Iran.
The world has often-times misperceived such
resistance forces and failed to differentiate them
with actual terrorist groups. Groups, parties,
organizations, and peoples that have no other
alternatives but to resort to armed struggle in
order to protect themselves from inflicted
perpetration of the most hideous genocides,www.ekurd.netmass
murders, and deliberate state eradication schemes.
Something that is incomparable and inexpressible in
the history of mankind and humanity.
In the elongated millennium chronicle of Kurds and
Kurdistan, there has been no modification to the
Kurdish culture of racial, religious and ethnic
tolerance, pluralistic and congruous co-existence,
generosity and exaltation for peace.
Every Kurdish political group constantly chants
peace and democracy, condemns hostilities and
stridently proclaims their conviction in resolving
today’s contempo predicaments through dialogue and
Unceasing repression, marginalization,
discrimination and most responsibly, the world
negligence toward the sufferings of the Kurds,
prodded some political parties to stand up
unassisted for their own rights. In spite of this,
Kurdish movements explicitly continued and continue
to denounce any act of committing violence.
Iran, Turkey and Syria, continue to negate Kurdish
rights and commit ethnic-cleansing against
peace-seeking and peace-adoring Kurdish nation in
the height of respect and recognition for principles
of Human Rights.
Being imposed conflicts and specifically after
realizing that the aggressor states have no
intention to participate in the peace process at
all, the Kurds in Iran and Turkey resumed their
armed struggles against tyranny and dictatorship.
Kurdish militant actions have been only directed
against aggressor regimes, not the United States,
her allies or interests worldwide.
Washington’s decision to incorporate Kurdish
political parties in the terror list lacks
sufficient established evidence and consideration of
realities. To placate Turkish and Iranian regimes,
Kurds should not be exploited as bargaining chips
for political motives.
The international community and the US government
should espouse the Kurds in their legitimate pursuit
for self-determination and democracy. The Kurds are
fighting a set of common extremist terrorist enemies
to the United States as well as to the global order
The EU, UN, NATO and US state department should
review their designation of PKK and PJAK, and delist
the groups from Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO).
Delisting Kurdish political parities will serve US
national security interests and further cement
alliance between Washington and the Kurdish nation.
Baqi Barzani is a
Kurdish citizen of Sought Kurdistan [Iraq]. He
advocates the notion of " establishing an
independent Kurdish state". He contributes to
various Kurdish media outlets, especially ekurd.net.
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