samedi 16 janvier 2016

Selahattin Demirtaş et l'"axe de la résistance" chiite

Are Kurds footsoldiers of the 'Shiite resistance'?


And are the Kurds themselves aware of this? Have they been told that they are dying so that the “Persian Empire” supported by Russian imperialism can grow? Has their agreement been obtained? Do those young Kurds aged 10 to 25 who keep shooting to kill right and left from the ditches they have dug know that they have conscripted for the “Shiite resistance”?
Cengiz Algan

The Turkish original of this article was published as  Kürtler ‘Şii direnişi’nin neferleri mi?  on 11th December 2015.

The Washington, DC visit of Mr Demirtaş, and his various statements in its aftermath, were keenly reported by the media from various angles. Thus there were those who noted his shift from blaming Erdoğan for everything under the sky, to a “Mr Erdoğan was not sufficiently informed during the solution process; they kept him ignorant” sort of discourse. The most detailed analysis of the speeches he delivered upon his return, first at an HDP group meeting and then while receiving a Syriza delegation, was undertaken by Halil Berktay [see his Bir metin serhi denemesi (Demirtaş’ı okuma kılavuzu) in Serbestiyet, 10th December 2015, which translates roughly as An exercise in exegesis (or a guide to reading Demirtaş)]. After the way Professor Berktay demolished Demirtaş with no less than 50 questions of left and right hooks, jabs and uppercuts, culminating in a final knockout, no one in Demirtaş’s shoes would dare to step into the boxing ring yet again. But of course Demirtaş will “carry on” in exactly the same way, precisely for the reason that Berktay states and which I completely agree with:

“…such demagogues, who are actually clever in a rather shallow but intellectually inadequate, can only play at home to‘their own audience,’ for deep down real intellectual confrontation scares them.” (

But it is to another statement by Demirtaş, which somehow eluded the media, that my attention has really been drawn.  These are words of the utmost importance for clarifying where the PKK/HDP stands  in the current Middle Eastern re-alignment. If it weren’t for that, I too am aware that neither Demirtaş nor his words carry any weight any longer.

While at Washington, Demirtaş took part in a panel at the Middle East Institute. What transpired during the question-and-answer session has been retold in an article by Ragıp Soylu, the Washington DC representative of the daily Sabah:

“I asked him if he had actually appeared on Lebanon’s El Manar television channel, known for being close to the Hizbollah, to say: ‘I salute Hizbollah’s honorable struggle.’ Flying in the face of the said channel’s own report, he replied:  ‘I didn’t say any such thing. I said that I salute the people’s resistance.’ When I asked him about Hizbollah’s support of Assad, I got another interesting reply.” 

This, then, is Demirtaş’s critical punch-line:

“There is no such thing as Hizbollah supporting Assad. Teheran, Baghdad, Damascus and the Hizbollah are so many names for the same resistance, the Shiite resistance. It is only natural that they should help each other.”
(Emphases mine; for the whole article, see

Thus, according to the HDP co-chair, these four foci, which are supported by Russia, the world’s second largest nuclear power, are all part of a resistance. They are, moreover, engaging in a “resistance” based on the Shiite sect. Baghdad, too, is a “resistance fighter” -- the same Baghdad who fled abandoning all its heavy armament to IS (and who thus contributed immensely to IS attaining its current power), and which now is asking Russia for new weapons -- that same Russia which is using the pretext of “fighting IS” to bomb everyone that is against the Syrian regime on the grounds that they are all terrorists, including children.

As for the Teheran régime, notorious for its Kurdish executions, let us turn to Ali Yunusi, one of Iran’s presidential counselors, to understand what sort of “resistance” it is involved in.  This is what he said in early March, and which led to a worldwide reaction at the time:

“Baghdad is the capital of our growing empire. Iran has once more become an empire whose influence extends to Iraq and beyond… Our empire keeps growing. Every region in the Middle East is Iranian territory. All peoples living here are part of Iran, and we will defend these peoples against Wahhabism, against terrorism, against extremism, against the infidels, against secularism, against  the new Ottomans, against the West, and against Zionism.”

What a “resistance fighter” Teheran is, wouldn’t you say? And so, of course, is Assad, who has been using barrel bombs, chemicals, and torture chambers to keep killing civilians day in and day out for the last five years. He has had 400 thousand people murdered, and caused 12 millions (half the country’s population) to emigrate, 5 millions of whom have gone abroad, but eh, this is to be expected when you are “resisting.” 

But so, what does this make of the PKK/HDP and the PYD/YPG, who keep getting their weapons from Assad, who assert through the mouth of Salih Müslim that “we can join Assad’s army,” who when “Biji [long live] Obama” proves ineffective shift to “Biji [long live] Putin,”  and whose Kandil warlords have been posing, on Kandil, no less, with the Iranian Foreign Minister? It does seem as if they have now become footsoldiers of the “Shiite resistance.”

If so, let them be; it is their own business. Somehow they must be ready to pay the bill. But are the Kurds themselves aware of this? Have they been told that they are dying so that the “Persian Empire” supported by Russian imperialism can grow? Has their agreement been obtained? Do those young Kurds aged 10 to 25 who keep shooting to kill right and left from the ditches they have dug know that they have conscripted for the “Shiite resistance”?

And are most Kurds Shiites? Does the road to freedom and equal citizenship for the Kurds pass through serving as footsoldiers of the “Shiite resistance”? Should Kurdish homes, schools, mosques or hospitals keep getting burned, and their cities keep getting bombed, because Cemil Bayık and Bese Hozat, Duran Kalkan and Mustafa Karasu, Selâhattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ believe that their and the PKK’s interests lie with the “Shiite resistance”?

What, then,  about the HDP’s non-Kurdish components? Those who hide their primitive sectarianism behind a mask of leftism must be happy with this “Shiite resistance.” But at least for those who still retain half their sanity -- are they aware that the leaders of the party they thought was becoming a “party of all Turkey” are now trying to drag them into creating cantons that would be no more than Iran’s satellites? Will they not pose a single question about all this to the PKK/HDP leadership -- which has heaped all kinds of abuse on Barzani for visiting Turkey to show his solidarity (and with whom we now share a common fate -- or to Demirtaş, who has now taken to insulting even his own party’s parliamentarians as “Erdoğan-lovers” or “lackeys of the AKP”?

I have been writing on this for quite a while now; the PKK/HDP leadership is taking the Kurds down the road to a complete disaster. Neither leadership has anything left to do with the Kurds’ interests. They have become apparatchiki who are able to pursue their small group interests thanks to the continuing conflict, and who have become others’ satellites in the process. I don’t know about the PKK. But if, at the HDP congress in January, the current leadership is not replaced by common sense, many will be those who keep “pouring fireinto the homes of the Kurds.
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