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 The Supercilious Kurdish leaders 

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The Supercilious Kurdish leaders  25.2.2011  
By Rauf Naqishbendi - ekurd.net







February 25, 2011

The wicked do wrong and see no wrong in their doing. When they are confronted, they attribute such to unfair provocation by their opposition. They blame everyone else while they exonerate themselves, as if they had never done wrong. The subject matter is the two egregious Kurdish leaders who have been acting with impunity and behaving kinglike. Ironically, President Massoud Barzani appeared to his people and blamed everyone but himself for the demonstration against his reign. He labeled demonstrators as trouble makers. The only tool he was acquainted with was to marshal his armed men and have them shoot live ammunition through the crowd of peaceful public demonstrators, gunning down one person and injuring scores of others.

Mr. Barzani and Mr. Talabani:
I cite the unfortunate experience of my family and my hometown people, not to solicit attention, but rather to reflect upon your atrocities and betrayal of our nation.             

Rauf Naqishbendi
Obviously, neither you nor Talabani apprehend or care about the painful tragedies the Kurds have endured during the period of the armed revolution you initiated. When revolution failed, you and your family escaped unharmed, leaving the rest of us to burden the ensuing consequences. I lived through the 1961 Kurdish revolution. We were all hopeful about the revolution and its prospect for independent Kurdistan. Then, Mr. Massoud, in 1966 your father Mustafa Barzani, sold himself to the Shah of Iran. Mr. Talabani, you became Bath’s agent. You both forfeited the Kurdish cause and, instead, you fought one another.

Halabja and its surrounding landscape turned into a theatrical battlefield. From the roofs of our houses we watched daily occurrences of bloody fighting. We witnessed just about daily delivery of dead young Kurds for burial. This continued for nearly five painful years. We realized the pain of these causalities for they were our community’s losses. It was a heartless and cruel power struggle with bloodshed not for the sake of our liberty but for a fight over leadership. It appeased Kurdish enemies; they sponsored it while our communities were torn apart as Kurds were killing each other.

In 1974, Halabja was bombarded with Napalm bombs, and more than 500 people perished, bodies burned beyond recognition. Another thousand were crippled and injured and the town was left ruined. The same occurred in the town of Kaladeza, where the university is based, where scores of young students perished and hundreds were injured. Mr. Massoud, did your father, Mustafa Barzani visit Halabja or Kaladeza,
www.ekurd.netsurveying the tragedy for himself and offering condolences to the victims? We know your father was busy deer hunting at Haji Homran. But how about you, King Massoud?

In 1976, Mustafa Barzani abandoned the Kurdish revolution for the Shah of Iran’s edification. He and his family were all taken care of, living a luxurious life provided for by the Shah of Iran in return for the services they rendered to his regime. Then, $150 million from the Kurdish revolution was funneled into Mustafa Barzani’s coffer and treated as his own. Participants of the revolution returned home. Saddam made good on his genocide plan: he let tens of thousands die in prison or bulldozed them alive.

Mr. Massoud, this is what your father Mustafa Barzani did. You wrongly inherited what was the people’s money. Delinquently, you held it as your legitimate inheritance. Afterward, you kept on looting nonstop, ravenously, as if the people’s money wasn’t enough.

Then came the chemical and biological bombing of Halabja, Saddam’s weapon of mass destruction, upon my hometown. My father was blinded. My grandfather, grandmother, aunt and uncle, along with scores of my other close relatives were among the 5,000 people who died in the first five minutes of the bombing.

Did either one of you, Mr. Talabani or Mr. Barzani, visit the survivors of this tragedy when they wearily trod a desolate journey to arrive in Iran and be housed in a refugee camp? Did it ever cross your mind that these victims wanted to hear that their leaders cared? My family was in that unfortunate refugee camp in Iran, and my father conveyed to me that an Iranian minister had personally visited him while in the camp and prayed for him, and I was told that many other Iranian high officials visited them.

Talabani and Barzani never cared for their people, and they used them as an instrument to entertain their wealth and power. They have proven to be uncompassionate, tearless and heartless men, without the slightest sense of humility. These are the detestable personal qualities that rationalize the Kurdish national call to relinquish their power. Truly they are unfit and improper to serve in any public office in any capacity.

Speaking of justice, consider the disheartening story of Kawa Muhammad reported in Hawlati, August 2008. He was a survivor of the 1988 chemical bombing of Halabja. His entire family has been devastated as a result. After enduring agonizing experiences in life, he has been left homeless and sick in Sulaimaniyah. He sought work as a day laborer to survive. Police found him sleeping in a street; he was beaten and jailed—a consequence of what has become a war against the homeless, instead of a war against poverty.

In the meantime, consider Mr. Qubad Talabani, who was an auto mechanic before the American Invasion of Iraq. Thereafter, he was appointed as Kurdish ambassador to Washington, with his only obvious credentials being the son of President Talabani, without ever having any role in the Kurdish revolution. In the meantime, it is commonplace in Kurdistan to hear deplorable stories like that of Kawa and thousands of abusive stories like that of Qubad.

Yet, Messrs. Talabani and Barzani don’t understand why people consider them moral and ethical abominations. Hopefully, when they are taken to the court of justice, they won’t be confused when their wickedness is played back to them, and it should be as such for the sake of a fair trial. Let us pray it will happen soon.

Rauf Naqishbendi is a contributing columnist for Kurdish Websites, ekurd.net and American Chronicle , americanchronicle com and has written Op/Ed pages for the Los Angeles Times. He has just completed his memoirs entitled "The Garden Of The Poets" which reads as a novel depicting his experience and the subsequent 1988 bombing of his hometown with chemical and biological weapons by Saddam Hussein. It is the story of his people's suffering. Rauf Naqishbendi is a software engineer in San Francisco Bay Area.   

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