March 3, 2009

Are Kurds, considered as Turkish citizen?

“BROSK” The story of a hero - By Dr Hoshiar Molod (Saudi Arabia)

In the last a few days in diyarbakir the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tyyeb Erdogan, gave a bizarre speech in an attempt of wining the Kurdish votes. He stated that "This is the spirit of being a Turkish citizen. We are all the owners of our country. No one can treat others as if they are guests". In light of this speech, I would like to share the story of the Kurdish hero, Amin Brosk, with the world. Amin Broosk’s story is prove that Kurds are always been treated as guests on their land in Turkey.

Amin Brosk Naqshbandi was born in 1896 in Arzroom (Northern Kurdistan) from a Kurdish religious family. As a young Kurd, he moved to Istanbul and attended the Istanbul military school. He graduated and became an officer in the Ottoman Empire’s Army. He was appointed as the liaison officer for the palace. His duty was to communicate between the empire and the Kurdish leaders. Due to his excellent performance, he was asked to form the ottoman emperor’s special guards unit from the Kurds armed forces. He was one of the bravest men in the Ottoman Empire’s army. He gained the title Brosk (Thunder) after the bravery and courage that he showed in the World War I.

After the World War I, the Kurds joined hand with Mustafa Kamal Ataturk against the Greeks. The Kurds defended what is known by Turkey today. They played a big part in liberating Turkey and kick the Greeks out. They were promised an independent Kurdistan with autonomous rule by Ataturk. After the victorious war, Ataturk became the Turkish leader and not only broke his promise, but also started a war on the previous Kurdish alliance. Ataturk’s first job was to deny the Kurds’ right in being independent.

This act kick started the Kurdish revolution in northern Kurdistan lead by Sheikh Saied Piran. Amin Broosk joined the revolution in 1925 and played a vital role in sharing his military experience with his fellow Kurds. Unfortunately, the poor armed Kurdish forces were no match to the inheritors of the Ottoman Empire and the British forces. The Kurdish struggle ended in losing against the strong ruthless Turkish army. The Kurdish leaders were captured and executed publically. Amin Brosk was among the leader who were captured, but managed to flee the execution and left Turkey towards Syria. He lived in Syria until 1947.

In 1947 Amin Brosk was captured again in Syria, after a Turkish government’s spy spotted him. His execution rule was not expired; therefore he was sentenced again to be executed. At his last night in prison and hours before the implementation of the execution sentence, he was helped by a Kurdish army officer to flee the jail for the second time.

This time Syria was not an option for Amin Brosk, instead he chose to go to Jordan. At the beginning, he started living in Erbid under a fake identity of “Sheikh Ahmed Al-Kurdi” a Muslim cleric. His new identity of Shekh Ahmed Al-Kurdi lasted two years. Once his identity revealed, Amin Brosk decided to leave Erbid and go to Amman. He didn’t want to repeat Syria’s experience; therefore he stayed and lived in Amman with his real identity. Amin Brosk was always known for his support to the Kurdish struggle in Turkey. He decided to stay in Jordan, with a hope in returning to Kurdistan one day.

He was a figure of a hero who found the dignity in living a simple life rather than living under a brutal regime. 

Amin Brosk died in 1973 as a Jordanian citizen and not a Turkish citizen. I would like to say to Mr. Erdogan That “the spirit of being the Turkish government is to deny minority rights”


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