In case you were still wondering, no, the islamist despot of Turkey, Erdoğan, has never been (and is not) your ally.
I may have been born Turkish but my solidarity is with the Kurds and their struggle for an independent, democratic, and egalitarian society. Sweden and Finland should be applauded for their support.
@aral so weird how people confuse where one was born/raised with political identity or cultural affiliations. It's like assuming things based on skin colour. Bizarre.
@aral What's your thoughts on Israel doing harm to Palestine. They are brutally torturing Palestine peoples. Everyone standing with Ukraine, why not supporting Palestinians? Because they are muslim?
@orionholmes @aral also israel has been good at branding itself as the "only democracy in the middle east" though it is more like a theocracy. Only Jewish citizens have rights. Also they have been good at deflecting criticism of their human rights abuses and calling any and all criticism "anti-semitism".
@aral Be careful with the Kurds. Barzanis are looking for *anything* but an independent, democratic or egalitarian society. Erdogan must meet the Kurds on better terms but the Kurds also need to deal with internal tribalism and other nasty conflicts before they can hope to establish anything resembling democracy.
@dgold The Barzanis are the leaders of the KDP and the leading political Kurdish tribe in Iraq. They basically do not care about other Kurdistans and are largely opposed to nearby rebels, who are largely PKK. Their roots go back a to a time in which which Kurdistan as a whole was largely autonomous and had more freedoms than it has ever had since the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
Erdogan's repression of the Kurds is not novel or unexpected. He's following the basic principles on which Turkey was founded by Ataturk: to create a modernized nation-state for Turks. The biggest departures from Ataturk is that Erdogan believes Islam is inherently Turkish and to force secularism upon Turkey is impossible, but also highly discriminatory. To oppose the oppression of Kurds is to oppose the state of Turkey (I agree it should be done) but most countries are not comfortable with this.
This comes back to KDP & Barzanis. They are politically comfortable staying quiet about genocide in Turkey.
A tribe of Kurdish peoples in a different country don’t do anything to help the Kurds in Turkey, so Turkey needs to be careful dealing with the Kurds.
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