On June 16, Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan captured the town of Tel Abyad from the Islamic State (ISIS). The Kurdish victory in Tel Abyad prevents ISIS from having a direct route for importing fighters and supplies, and puts serious pressure on Raqqa, the de facto “capital” of the Islamic State.
As Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, noted, the capture of Tel Abyad was “the biggest setback to ISIS since it announced its caliphate one year ago.”
Although this success by the Kurds must have been welcomed by people horrified at such a genocidal terrorist group, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish state in the region. “I am addressing the whole world,” he said: “We will never allow a state to be formed in northern Syria, south of our border.”
Actually, Syrian Kurds do not demand an independent state. They demand an autonomous or federal Kurdish administration. But even if they demand independence one day, they have every right to it.
If there are 21 Arab states and 6 Turkic states, why should a Kurdish state not exist?
Before the area was captured by Kurds, it had been used by ISIS as a gateway from Turkey to Raqqa, but apparently this did not disturb Turkey’s government. No Turkish official stood up to say: “We will never allow the Islamic State to rule northern Syria.”
“It is revelatory,” said Dr. Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, that the supply line to the ISIS capital, Raqqa — recently broken by the Kurds — originates in Turkey.
“Turkey also opposed the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraqi Kurdistan, and now they are the biggest trading partners and have good relations.”
“It is best for Turkey to embrace Kurdish Regional Government in Syrian Kurdistan to prevent radicals from threatening Kurds and Turks. So it is about time for the international community, Obama administration and Turkey to admit that Iraq and Syria are failed states, and thus to allow each ethnic group to go their own way.”
Apparently, for the government of Turkey, ISIS, which engages in mass murder, ethnic cleansing, mass rape and sexual slavery, is preferable to the Kurds, who resist ISIS and demand rights and liberties that have been taken away from them by the repressive regimes that rule over them.
In the parts of Syrian Kurdistan under the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) and its armed wing, YPG (People’s Protection Units), gender equality, a respect for minority rights and secularism are promoted and practiced.
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