INTERVIEW: Kurdish Leader Stresses Independent Kurdistan Can Halt Islamists
Thank you Dovi for bringing this to us.
Its amazing how the Yazidis, Christians and others fled to the Kurds for safety. This is the moment the Kurds have been looking for. The article below tells what they propose if they cannot have their own country...its a good idea.
Just discovered FIVE pages of History on the Kurds, attached . . . . the Hand of the Lord is upon those people but they have had to fight for survival . . . They are 'GOD'S REMNANT, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM!!!!
CYRUS THE GREAT was Kurdish, the grandson of the Median King Asyagus. The Medians are the forefathers of the Kurds. Cyrus freed the Jews to GO BACK to Jerusalem to build the Temple (II Chronicles 36:23 Let him 'Israel' go up). The Lord called Cyrus "his anointed." The blessings God spoke over Cyrus, in Intercession, must be claimed and decreed over the KURDS and THE KURDISTAN OF TO-DAY.
KURDISTAN to-day is blessed because of Cyruses treatment of the Jewish people.
Use: ISAIAH 44:28 and ISAIAH 45:1-3 God gave Cyrus the gift "TO SUBDUE THE NATIONS, TO OPEN BEFORE HIM THE TWO LEAVED GATES (of Babylon) Verse 45:1b . . . and the gates shall not be shut; 45:3 Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
GOD TO USE KURDISTAN TO REVEAL THE GOD OF ISRAEL TO THE ARAB NATIONS. (but see below):
INTERVIEW: Kurdish Leader Stresses Independent Kurdistan Can Halt Islamists
Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, called for an independent democratic Kurdish state in Syrian and Iraqi Kurdistan. This country will respect minority rights, be pro-American, and an ally of Israel. He stresses giving the Kurds independence is the only way to halt the expansion of ISIS and Iran.
Aug 08, 2014, 10:52AM | Rachel Avraham
Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria
Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, stated that he prefers that “Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan will be an independent nation. The second best option is the federation if an independent Kurdistan is not permitted.” Abbas explained that the main reason why the international community objects to Kurdish independence is because after the Sykes-Picot Agreement, spheres of influence were created. Even though the Kurds clearly have a common language and distinctly different culture, “the 22 Arab countries plus Iran and Turkey have relations with many countries and they want to maintain international stability by keeping the present borders.”
“There are a lot of oil interests at stake. You have weapons interests, businesses those countries have with the Middle Eastern nations and they don’t want to risk that,” Abbas explained. “But they need to look at the threat of radical Islam. ISIS is worse than Al Qaeda. How come they don’t do anything about ISIS? That threat of radical Islam is much larger today than those interests with those countries. We should demand our rights, go ahead and do what is right for our people. The international community will come around because they only accept facts on the ground. They are accepting ISIS. If they are accepting ISIS, why not accept a democratic Kurdistan that is not threatening the west?”
“The Kurds have no animosity towards Jews, Christians, or others. They are always tolerant. They have shown it since Cyrus the Great, who was Kurdish (According to Herodotus, he was the grandson of the Median King Asyagus. The Medians are the forefathers of the Kurds). He freed the Jews. Saladin, who was also Kurdish, permitted the Jews to come into Israel. They are tolerant to minorities. Our beliefs and interpretation of Islam is different. We are against fighting people of the book. We teach that Jews have more rights to Israel than anyone else and fighting against them is against G-d. We need to believe in Christianity and Judaism to be a Muslim. The Kurds can be a positive influence on this region and can be a buffer to radical Shia or Sunni groups. This can force many nations to change by rearranging the Middle East.”
When asked to explain how an independent Kurdish state could contribute towards regional stability, Abbas stressed that people should look to Iraqi Kurdistan as an example of what an independent Kurdish nation would look like: “Iraqi Kurdistan is not a nation yet and it is under threat, including the Maliki threat and the ISIS threat with little or no support from the international community. Yet, they have a democracy. They built everything from zero after Sadamn destroyed our region. Many countries like Syria could not match this success yet.”
“We are friendly to the west, love Americans and want a good relationship with Israel,” Abbas noted. “We have Christians, Yazidis and Sunni democrats rushing to Kurdish regions. We are an element of stability and change in the Middle East. We are not a threat to stability. There is no regional stability. There is no peace. We have more bombings, killings, destruction every year committed by radical Islamists. For this stability, you are not permitting the Kurds to have a nation? We need to find a different way and that is the Iraqi way. It can be duplicated in Syria. We cannot allow this to be maintained. What you are seeing with ISIS is only the tip of the iceberg.”
He stressed that the Kurds are mobilized to fight against ISIS: “The Kurdish region that is under our control is completely safe. Only the area of Iraqi Kurdistan under the Iraqi control is under attack and we are looking for options to get weapons and help. KRG have not received any assistance because the Maliki government would not permit the importation of weapons to the Kurdish government. No assistance has been given to the Kurds, only to Arabs and Islamists. A quarter million Kurds left that region. Kurds moved for the situation is desperate. There is an embargo by the nations, Maliki, ISIS, etc. and its changing the demographics in the region.”
In response to people within the Israeli establishment and others within the international community who are hesitant to support regime change in Syria due to fears that it will actually strengthen ISIS, Abbas emphasized: “The international community fell asleep while Iran penetrated north of Israel, infiltrated Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc. Iran knows how to move around. They are very clever. They are able to develop nuclear weapons and to build coalitions with the Sunnis. ISIS is what Iran and Syria use for the Americans. They want to kill off the minorities. That is the devil’s cause. These ISIS will be in a different form controlling a larger area. You are being encircled. An Independent Kurdistan is the only way to get rid of ISIS and to have an ally in the region that has the same values that you do.”
Historical Events in their History below:
August 9th, 2014
KURDS AND KURDISTAN
lördag, december 24, 2005
History of the kurds
Evidence dating back to 6300 BC shows that the Hurrian people were among the oldest of Kurdish ancestors to inhabit the mountains of Kurdistan.(Today, the Hurrian name is survived by the present Kurdish region of Hawraman.)
Indo-European tribes begin migrating in small numbers and settle across the Zagros mountains of Mesopotamia.
Hurrians expand and establish the Kingdom of Mitanni in Kurdistan.
Indo-European tribes begin migrating in very large numbers. The tribes are comprised of Medes, Persians, Scythians, Sagarthians and Sarmathians.
Hurrian Kurdistan is dominated by the Indo-European tribes. Although a significant amount of the Hurrian culture remains, the Indo-European language is adopted by the people of Kurdistan. Many ancient civilizations, such as the Assyrians, refer to all the people of Kurdistan as Kardu or Kordu.
Revolts by the Median Kurds and Babylonians leads to the fall of the Assyrian Empire.The Median Empire, known as Medya, is established in 728 BC. Zoroastrianism is founded as the religion of Medya. The Medes celebrate the new year (Newroz) at the beginning of Spring after Medya is liberated.Under the rule of Cyaxares in 626 BC, the Median Empire expands.
A revolt is initiated by a former Median General, which leads to the fall of the Median Empire. The General and the Median people give support to the leader of the revolt, Cyrus the Great, in overthrowing the King. In 550 BC, Cyrus establishes the Iranian Empire (later the Persian Empire). The tribes are given rights to self-rule under Cyrus.
The Sasanian Dynasty is established and rules Persia until AD 642. The Kurds take part in ruling the dynasty, and due to their ancient warlike traditions, are able to provide significant military assistance against the Greeks and Romans.
In the 7th Century, Islam is established and spreads throughout the Middle East. Arabia expands and conquers parts of Kurdistan.
Kurdish warrior, Saladin, becomes the Sultan of Egypt and Syria and unites the Islamic world. Saladin defeats the Crusaders and reclaims Jerusalem. He establishes Peace Treaties with the West and rules till his death in 1193.
The Roman Empire (Constantinople) falls, and shortly after, the Ottoman Empire is established. The Ottoman Empire begins the invasions of tribal Kurdish kingdoms in Kurdistan. Some tribes are granted limited self-rule in their regions.
Following the fall of the last Kurdish kingdom, a united Kurdish nationalistic revolt against the Ottoman rule begins under the Xoybun leadership of Sheikh Said.
At the end of World War I, the European Powers draw the Treaty of Sèvres in a Paris Peace Conference, which guarantees Kurds the right to independence.
The Turkish Republic is founded from the remnants of the Ottoman Empire. The Treaty of Sèvres is abandoned and the Treaty of Lausanne is drawn, which does not include Kurdish rights to independence. The Kurdish revolts are suppressed by Turkey. In the following decades, Turkey destroys thousands of Kurdish villages and begins a long campaign to eliminate Kurdish identity.
Kurdish leader, Sheikh Mahmoud Barzanji leads a revolt in Southern Kurdistan and declares an independent state in which he is appointed King. The revolts are suppressed by British forces and Sheikh Mahmoud is exiled.
A former royal family of Northern Kurdistan, the Bedirxans, are exiled to Syria and establish the Kurdish National League. The Bedirxans introduce the first Kurdish literary and patriotic publications and a variation of the Kurdish Latin alphabet.
Persia becomes the nation-state of Iran in 1935 and is occupied by the Soviet Union some time after.The Kurds take advantage of the occupation and declare an Independent Kurdish State. The Kurdistan Republic of Mahabad is established under the leadership of Qazi Mohammad. Mustafa Barzani establishes the Kurdistan Democratic Party with goals to establish a larger independent Kurdistan and provides military assistance to the Mahabad Republic.
Syria is established and a Ba'ath Regime assumes power. The Regime denies citizenship to the Kurdish minority.
The Soviets drop their support for the Kurds in Iran and the Shah invades the Mahabad Republic. The Shah orders members of the Kurdistan government, including Qazi Mohammad, to be arrested and executed.
Iraq is declared a kingdom in 1932, and then a republic in 1958. Mustafa Barzani and his Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) begin one of several revolts against the oppressive Iraqi government.
The United States provides financial support to the PDK in an attempt to weaken the Iraqi government. After some limited autonomy is gained by the Kurds in Iraq, the PDK begins to attack Iraqi forces to take control of the Kurdish province of Kirkuk. The United States abandons the project, and the Kurdish revolts are suppressed by the Iraqi Ba'ath Regime. Mustafa Barzani dies in 1979.
Jalal Talabani, a former member of the PDK, establishes the second largest Kurdish party in Southern Kurdistan, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
Abdullah Ocalan establishes the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Northern Kurdistan demanding human rights for Kurds in Turkey.
The Islamic Revolution begins in Iran. Several Kurds in Iran are arrested and major cities in Eastern Kurdistan are bombed. Kurdish revolts begin but are quickly suppressed by the new Islamic Republic of Iran.
The mayor of Diyarbekir, Mehdi Zana, is imprisoned for ten years in Turkey for authorizing Kurdish poetry and advocating human rights for Kurds.
Under the leadership of Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK begins an armed struggle against the Turkish government.
Iraq's Ba'ath Regime launches a campaign called "Al-Anfal" (Spoils of War) in an attempt to alienate the Kurds. Thousands of Barzanis are executed and thousands civilian villages are destroyed. The campaign includes displacement of Kurds from their cities in the Kirkuk province. The Ba'ath orders several chemical bombings on Kurdish cities including the most infamous in Halabja, which kills 5,000 civilians alone.
Dr. Qassimlou, leader of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), meets with Iranian officials in an attempt to finalize the PDKI movements for the rights of Kurds in Iran, but he is assassinated. The Islamic Republic of Iran denies allegations for their involvement in the assassination.
Following the United States' Persian Gulf War against Iraq, the U.S. and the United Kingdom establish a "no-fly zone" over most of Southern Kurdistan in Iraq. The PDK, under the leadersip of Massoud Barzani, and the PUK, under Jalal Talabani, take control of the provinces lying within the no-fly zone.
Turkey continues large-scale operations against the PKK, which include moving over 30,000 troops into Iraqi territory.
The successor to Dr. Qassimlou of the PDKI, Dr. Sadegh Sharafkandi, is assassinated while holding a meeting in Germany. The Islamic Republic of Iran is convicted in the German court for the assassination.
The PDK and the PUK begin fighting one another after disputes erupt over the control of Southern Kurdistan in Iraq. After four long years of war, a peace treaty is signed between the two parties.
PKK is declared a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States after pressure from Turkey. Abdullah Ocalan is captured a year later, imprisoned and sentenced to death. Ocalan sends a message to the PKK to stop violence.
The United States begins Operation Iraqi Freedom and with the help of the PDK and PUK, overthrows the Ba'ath Regime in Iraq.
PKK ends their ceasefire and resumes their struggle against Turkey.
After nearly ten years of imprisonment for her work as a Kurdish Rights Activist in Turkey, Leyla Zana becomes the first Kurd to receive the Sakharov Human Rights Prize in Europe.
Kurds in Western Kurdistan celebrate new Iraqi Transitional Administration Constitution, and Syrian officials order the arrests of several Kurds. Human rights organizations declare unfair treatment. Turkey begins one of the final stages of talks with the European Union for their EU entry. However, several obstacles remain from eligibility of EU membership, including Turkey's unfair treatment of Kurds.
Kurds participate in the new government of Iraq and the PDK and PUK, along with several other smaller Kurdish parties, unite under one Kurdistan Alliance list. However, polls show that the population in Southern Kurdistan still desires independence from Baghdad.
Jalal Talabani, leader of the PUK, becomes the first democratically elected and Kurdish president of Iraq. Massoud Barzani, leader of the PDK, becomes the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Southern Kurdistan.
(1) Izady, Mehrdad R. The Kurds: A Concise Handbook. 1992(2) Kiepert, Heinrich. A Manual of Ancient Geography. 1881
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At 1:38 em, Anonymous History of the Kurds said...
Check out this introduction article on History of the Kurds:
2.Kurds under the Arabs
3.Ottoman and Safavid period
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