Ajamu Baraka was the founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network from July 2004 until June 2011. The network grew from a core membership of 60 organizations to more than 300 U.S.-based member organizations and 1,500 individual members who worked on the full spectrum of human rights concerns in the U.S. A summary of his article follows; read it in full here.
Background from another source:
Last year the European Court of Human Rights held Turkey responsible for the deaths of 38 people in a 1994 attack on two Kurdish villages, and ordered Ankara to pay €2.3 million in compensation. It awarded an additional 5,700 euros to the 38 plaintiffs who lost relatives or were injured, and rejected Turkish findings blaming the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the bombings. The court also found that Turkish investigators of the incident were not independent and had tried to withhold findings from the victims. Read more on this subject here.
Back to Ajamu Baraka:
Ajamu Baraka reports U.S. military spokespersons claimed that they are watching the situation and have conducted occasional bombing missions but are concentrating anti-ISIS efforts in other parts of Syria – bombing empty buildings, schools, small oil pumping facilities, an occasional vehicle and grain silos where food is stored to feed the Syrian people. He adds:
“Turkey also seems to be watching as the Kurds of Kobani fight to the death against ISIS. They are to be sacrificed because they are ‘the wrong kind of Kurds’ . . .
Kobani, the largely Kurdish district that straddles the border with Turkey, is being attacked by ISIS forces; Belal Shahin, a Kobani refugee in Suruc, told MSNBC: “Isis came into the villages. They beheaded people as well as animals. But the whole world has blocked their ears in order not to hear. And they’ve become dumb. There’s nothing to stop them”.
Baraku explains: “Masoud Barzani and the bourgeois Kurds of the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) are the “good Kurds” and the predominant force among the Kurds of Iraq. Their control of almost 45% of Iraqi oil reserves and the booming business that they have been involved in with U.S. oil companies and Israel since their “liberation” with the U.S. invasion makes them a valued asset for the U.S. The same goes for Turkey where despite the historic oppression of Kurds in Turkey, the government does a robust business with the Kurds of Iraq”.
The situation is different in the Kurdish self-governing zones in Syria. In Kobani, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) – linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Turkey-based Kurdish independence organization labelled a “terrorist” organization by the U.S. and Turkey – provide the main forces resisting the ISIS attack.
Baraka points out that the ISIS attack in Kurdish territory converges with the strategic interests of Turkey and the US in denying control of territory because Turkey wants to undermine the self-governing process among Kurds, Christians and Sunni Arabs. There appears to be an agreement that the US will not oppose Turkey taking parts of Syrian territory which could form a “buffer zone” along the Syrian-Turkey border.
He adds that this is why U.S. government spokespersons have been floating the idea of a no-fly zone in Northeastern Syria in the U.S. state/corporate media, presenting the action as necessary to protect civilians from attacks by the Syrian forces: ‘the humanitarian hustle’ again.
Baraka’s conclusion – right or wrong: “The current situation in Kobani is part of the cynical farce that is the fight against ISIS. Turkey has no interest in preventing Kobani from falling to ISIS when it suits its strategic interests to deny the Kurds any semblance of self-determination. And the U.S. is not interested in altering the balance of forces on the ground in Syria by seriously degrading ISIS militarily and undermining its primary short-term strategic objective of regime change in Syria”.