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Take the PKK Off the Terrorism Lists & Support the Fredom Abdullah Ocalan

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Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Jan 30, 2015 at 10:58

Dear Daniel Pipes,

Among the masters of Statecraft and International Relations are Bismark and Kissinger.

Think what they would recommend as the appropriate strategy to defeat Islamism, especially as revealed in this analytic article by Columnist Amberin Zaman and reported in ALMONITOR, The Pulse of the Middle East:

"Kurdish victory in Kobani defeat for Turkish policy"
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/01/turkey-kurds-kobani-defeat-turkish-policy.html#

Because Arafat was the head of the Palestinian self-determination movement (at best) he was rehabilitated by the world and given the Nobel peace prize, in spite of his extensive and innovative "modern" terrorism methods and techniques. It seems to me that however you wish to document that terror record of the Kurdish movement for self determination, it is no where near the atrocities committed under Arafat. Therefore, in light of Turkey's Islamist transformation under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, we and you should support the pardon of Abdullah Ocalan who is the "George Washington" or "Herzel" of the Kurdish people.

Accordingly, his Party, and National Liberation Organization, the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers Party (Konga-Gel) should be removed, in according with your interest in Strategic Policy that's best for the interests of the United States, off the Terror List of our State Department:

"Foreign Terrorist Organizations"

http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm

Whether or not a United Kurdistan should come into existence is something which should be left to the Kurdish people to decide. To do otherwise is to be condescending, just like saying that Islamism isn't really Islam (reminder: one of the few points I disagree with you, Dear Daniel Pipes).

However, the United States must be under an illusion that the islamization of Turkey may take an about face. Otherwise, American statesmen, think-tank analysist, and diplomats, should have depanded that we not put obsticals in the way of the Third Alternative in the Middle East: neither Shia Iran, nor Sunni Turkey, but the progressive, modern, truly peace-loving Muslim, the Kurds, these people, who may establish their own soverign state of Greater Kurdistan. But lets not make it harder for them by keeping the PKK on the Terror List. Furthermore, let us recognize that Abdullah Ocalan is their own Napoleon Bonaparte, and like him, is imprisoned on an island in the Sea of Marmara by Turkey

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-21314776

If Arafat was pardoned, why is it unpalitible, dear Daniel Pipes, for you to support the Pardon of Ocalan? Recal that although Communist Cuba was effectively blocade by us, and still is, Kissinger saw the political strategic interests of the United States to become allies with the billion-populated Communist China, and that, I think you would agree, was a brilliant balance-of-power move against the former Soviet Union now embodied in the successor Russian Federation under "neo-Tsar" Putin. Don't you think that the neo-Ottoman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should be made to swallow these two "poison pills"? I know I'm stretching this last metaphor beyond its limits, so please forgive my poetic license. But Turkey's populist demagogue, in my view, is far more dislikible than Putin. I'd much prefer riding horseback shirtless in Siberia with Macho Putin over Puritanical and Self-Righteous Erdogan watching women dressed in black rags covering their faces while awaiting 72 Virgins in Paradise. Is this Islamaphobia? Well we should all fear Islam in this Clash of Civilization, as Samuel P. Huntington put it:

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/48950/samuel-p-huntington/the-clash-of-civilizations

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I agree that the same logic that made the PLO politically acceptable applies now to the PKK.

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