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Female Terrorist of PKK

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Submitted by Bertan Atalay (Canada), Sep 30, 2014 at 18:28

Dear Kepha,

The females that you are referring to are members of the terrorist organization PKK. Together with their male counterparts, they are responsible for outrageous murders of innocent people, including bus passengers, more than 90 teachers, countless security personnel, shoppers of all ages via bombing malls, gravely ill patients in hospitals by indiscriminate shootings and kidnaping of girls as young as 12-13 to be brought up as terrorist - that you speak of - in the northern Iraqi Kandil mountains. (Incidentally, it is bizarrely telling to read Mr. Pipes to argue against terrorists when it concerns Israel and be silent when others like Turks are concerned.)

Contrary to prevailing, unsubstantiated views here, the only sponsor of the Northern Iraqi Kurdistan in the region is the Turkish State. I have visited Erbil and can tell you there are billions of dollars spent by Turkish investors and the state. In 80s and partly 90s, Mr. Barzani lived in Turkey under 24 hours protection of the Turkish state during Saddam Hussein's reign as though he was a foreign dignitary. If the reports are to be believed, Barzani's son speaks fluent Turkish as he was educated in Turkey.

I personally believe that there are massive cultural and political divides in Kurdish population in the Middle East and to think that one can decide simply by virtue of his or her viewpoint shaped by US and western media is a big mistake. For example, in the recent presidential election in Turkey, one of the three nominees for the presidency of the Turkish State was the leader of the separatist Kurdish party. I think it is a great indication, despite the negatives, there are great things that are happening to the Kurdish citizens of Turkey, such as a former PKK militant and a separatist can run for the highest office in the country. Alas, he was not elected. He can only muster 6.5% of the votes, despite the reports that 20%-25% of the Turkey's population being Kurdish. The outcome of the election told me that there were about 4 times as many Turkish-Kurds who voted for the other two candidates; and mostly, to my disappointment, the Islamist Erdogan.

How can anyone deduce that the Kurds in Turkey are bent on separation based on the election outcome. If anything, one might argue that it should be just the opposite: Northern Iraq should vote to join a federal Turkey.

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