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Today’s post is from u/MumenRiderU7 who answers the question: “[Serious] US Soldiers of Reddit: What do you believe or understand the Kurdish reaction to be regarding the president’s decision to remove troops from the area, both from a perspective toward US leaders specifically, and towards the US in general?”
I’m Kurdish and hopefully I’m able to answer your question.
My people are separated between 4 countries: Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria. This are most definitely not your favorite holiday destinations.
This countries in a nutshell:
Iraq: shithole since day one it was created by the French and English who didn’t understand that putting 3 different people (Sunni, Shia and Kurds) wont work because of trust issues. I’ll keep the Saddam part short, but he killed +200.000 Kurds. I lost 2 brothers in the Anfal genocide.
Turkey: we have had a very long history of discrimination and massacres against us by the Turks. In an attempt to deny our existence, the Turkish government categorized us as “Mountain Turks” until the 1980s. The words “Kurds”, “Kurdistan”, or “Kurdish” were officially banned by the Turkish government. Well that’s when we took up arms and started to fuck things up, because we were facing facists and nowadays a authoritarian regime led by Erdogan.
Syria: Kurds in Syria were not allowed to officially use the Kurdish language,not allowed to register children with Kurdish names, prohibited to start businesses that do not have Arabic names, not permitted to build Kurdish private schools, and were prohibited from publishing books and other materials written in Kurdish. This was before the Syrian civil war ofcourse. We fought here, smashed ISIS and implemented democratic confederalism. Enjoyed a good time until Trump backstabbed us in a very nasty way.
Iran: most Kurds fled from the predecessor of Iran but the Kurds left don’t enjoy the same rights as Iranians do. Kurds are being hanged up almost monthly for whatever reason the regime has. I’d still say that the modern Iran hasn’t been as bad to us compared to the other 3 countries. I’d say because of the fact that Iran itself is diverse.
So we are minorities in these countries and dont enjoy the same basic human rights as the “main citizens”.
So when you guys came here and fuck things up for whatever reason, you always partner with us. It’s basically because of necessity. We’re trustworthy, loyal well experienced in fighting since we don’t have a choice other than fighting back with this 4 regimes anyways.
What also doesn’t help is the fact that we have a western mentality (atleast compared to the rest in ME) and we dream to live in our own democratic country to freely express our identity.
You see, not having your own country basically translates to not having a home. So that’s the reason for why.
Sorry if my post is too long!
Edit: wow thanks for the awards and all the beautiful messages. Your kind words are like a light in the current darkness. Please be our voice, let the world know of the atrocities! Hopefully exposure can show the world what we’re facing. And like we say in Kurdish: resistance is life!!