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April 7, 2011
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You are shedding crocodile tears for the Kurds again Mr. Rubin!

Kurdishaspect.com - By Habib ATARODI

I read your article “To the Freedom Protestors in Sara Square” published in the 05/04/2011 edition of the KurdishMedia.com; and it forced me to write a few words in response to it. 

First of all, because I know you so well and because what you have said and written about the Kurds in the past, now even if like Moses (peace to be upon him) you come down from the mountain with a tablet and the whole world start listening to you and following you, I will still do not believe a word that you say.  The whole content of your current article is also nothing but shedding crocodile tears for the Kurds, whom, time and again, you have shown to hate.  It is an attempt on your part to help Turkey by weakening the Kurdish leadership and their political institutions in Southern Kurdistan.

Secondly, you wrote in your article that:

“The United States should be angry with your rulers. When American forces helped liberate Kurdistan in 2003, we did so for freedom, rule-of-law, and justice. We did not spend billions of dollars and sacrifice more than 4,000 Americans to enrich Masud Barzani and Ashti Hawrami. We did not seek to replace a big Saddam with a little Saddam, a Qusay with a Masrour, or an Uday with a Mansour. “

That is an insult to the intelligence of every educated Kurds both inside Kurdistan and out.   Are you telling your readers that George W. Bush and his gang invaded Iraq to liberate the Kurds?   Sir, you are an educated person.  You know better than anybody else in the world that what you say in this regard is nothing but a bunch of B.S.   George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and the rest of the new-cons did not spread lies and manufacture evidence against Saddam Hussein to justify an invasion of Iraq because they wanted to liberate the Kurds.  Nobody believes that to be the case.  As a matter of fact, the Bush Administration (like all other American Administrations before and after it) did not give a damn about the Kurds.   So, please…. do not put the bill for Americans’ loss of lives and treasure in Iraq to the doorstep of the Kurds.   We the Kurds had nothing to do with American invasion of Iraq.  Also, you are not a “commentator” working for the FOX Television.   As a scholar and a member of the intelligentsia, you are expected to show some intellectual integrity and to be honest with your readers.   Give them the facts; not propaganda!

Thirdly, after everything that you have said and done in the past against the interests of the Kurds, you now pretend to care about them.  Well…, despite my own better judgment, I am ready to give you the benefit of the doubt.  But, in exchange, I have a challenge for you.  I want to give you a chance to proof your sincerity.  I want you to put your money where your mouth is.  I want you to prove that you do, indeed, have changed your opinion about the Kurds; and that you now honestly care about them and you wish them well.  Here is my challenge to you:

As you know perfectly well, there are 40-50 million Kurds living in the Middle East, whose homeland (thanks to the policies and actions of your European and American ancestors after WWI) has been partitioned among four hostile countries (Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria).  The Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without a country of their own.   I want you to do something positive for the Kurds to compensate for the sins that your ancestors committed against them.  I want you to write a series of articles or a book and to deliver a series of speeches in which you come out fair and square and without any ambiguity defending the rights of the Kurds to have a united and independent country of their own.   I want you to recommend to the American Government to do for the Kurds what Britain did for the Jewish People almost a century ago.  I am talking about issuing the Balfour Declaration of 1917, in which Britain recognized the rights of the Jewish People to have a homeland of their own, and adopted a policy to make that a reality.  I challenge you to urge the American Government to issue a similar declaration and to recognize the rights of the Kurds to have a homeland of their own.   If you truly care about the Kurds, I challenge you to do something like that; otherwise, stop shedding crocodile tears for them, and do not try to weaken their leadership and political institutions in order to help Turkey.  

Respectfully,

Habib ATARODI





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