Friday, 2 July
By Sedat Laciner
The United States invaded
as it kept a group of terrorists. After refusal of the
Taliban with regard to the extradition of
Osama Bin Laden, the U.S. decided to invade Afghanistan.
According to Americans, Afghanistan was now a source of
terrorist attacks like 9/11 were carried out by those who
came based in Afghanistan. As a consequence of preemptive
approach, the U.S. intervened to Afghanistan and pushed other
allies to come to the country behind herself.
It can be definitely said that the U.S. was not successful in
the past nine years: Currently, Afghanistan turned into a bigger
source of terror and has made her neighborhood resemble herself.
Despite her definite and clear failure, the U.S. has maintained
her military-based policies in Afghanistan and expects
international society to support herself with no hesitation.
By following the same logic, Turkey has to invade
immediately: There are 5,000-6,000
PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, and they regularly cross
the Turkish border in order to attack Turkey and return to Iraq.
Places where all terrorists stay are evident. Unlike Bin Laden,
they do not live in unknown caves. The coordinates of their
camps are known by several states' security agencies. Moreover,
Al Qaeda, they live in the Kandil Mountains, which can be
besieged easily. If logistic support to the Kandil Mountain is
prevented and crossing paths are controlled, it is clear that
the PKK will be in trouble. Furthermore, hundreds of PKK
terrorists leaving the camps move around in Iraqi territory. In
other words, terrorists pass across areas already patrolled by
U.S. soldiers and Barzani's Peshmergas, also under the control
of U.S. air forces and satellites towards Turkey. Just after
carrying out terrorist attacks, they return to the Kandil in
front of the same eyes.
The PKK killed more than 5,700 civilians so far. The number of
children killed by the PKK is over 370. In other words, if the
PKK is not a terrorist organization, then who could be a
terrorist? The PKK is enlisted as a terrorist organization by
the U.S., Britain, Germany, France and many other states. Like
the former U.S.
President George W. Bush, the
Barack Obama declared the PKK as a 'common enemy'.
American presidents said there is no difference between Al Qaeda
and the PKK. Despite the situation and rhetoric, the PKK has
managed to survive in Iraq, which everyone has known for years.
In addition, from the
2003 Iraq War
up until today, the PKK has multiplied its number almost three
times under the wings of the U.S. forces.
Under these conditions, it is necessary to ask, should Turkey,
just like the U.S., invade Iraq to stop terrorists' maneuvers?
In the same way, should Turkey, likewise the U.S., seek help for
counter-terrorism assistance as it is cited in Article 5 of the
NATO alliance's agreement in case of being attacked by
terrorists from outside?
Our American friends, in the face of these criticisms, present
the difficulties of geography in Iraq, armed PKK militants etc.
as an excuse. But in vain, it is strange that the U.S., a
country that has taken the risk for many years to fight in
Afghanistan, hesitates to involve in fighting against the PKK in
a relatively easy geography.
Moreover, at this point it is necessary to ask how many PKK
terrorists have been neutralized in Iraq by the United States
since 2003. Let us ask our questions in a simpler way, since
2003, has a single PKK terrorist been harmed by the U.S. forces?
Zero. The number of PKK terrorists who were captured, killed or
harmed by U.S. forces is zero. In the last 7 years none of the
6,000 PKK militants was captured by the American friends.
think the U.S. supports the PKK against Turkey. All surveys,
studies and observations clearly prove that there is strong
mistrust among the Turkish people against the U.S. PKK policies.
Unfortunately, the statements we have described above reinforce
these perceptions. Even some American journalists wrote that the
U.S. provides financial assistance, ammunitions and training for
the branches of the PKK.
The U.S. declares Syria and Iran on the lists of countries that
support terrorism. Should Turkey prepare a similar list and
includes the U.S.? Has the U.S., which has declared anyone as a
terrorist, ever reviewed its own reports for Turkey in a sincere
Clearly, it would be impossible to improve the relations between
Turkey and the U.S. as long as the U.S.’s stance against the
PKK remains the same. Under these conditions, the U.S. and
Turkey can operate neither in the case of
in the fight against terrorism. In this context, the U.S.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who claims Turkey walked
away from the West due to errors of the European Union, has to
consider the American mistakes as well. Obama says the PKK is a
common enemy for Turkey and the U.S. while only Turkey, Syria
and Iran fight against the PKK.
* Assoc. Prof. Sedat Laciner is the general coordinator of the
Strategic Research Organization, or USAK.