The Contradictions of Washington’s Middle East Policy

Published on, by Justin Raimondo, November 3, 2007.
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Who’s Behind the PKK? In a word: Washington

2 excerpts: … The serial numbers of arms captured from PKK fighters have been traced back to U.S. shipments to Iraqi military and police units. Responding to Turkish complaints, the Americans claim these arms were diverted by the Iraqis – presumably the Kurdish regional government – but the Turks aren’t buying it: if the large quantity of U.S.-made arms (1,260 seized so far) turns out to have been directly provided to the PKK by the Americans, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul warned, U.S.-Turkish “relations would really break apart.” U.S. diplomats immediately rebuffed this suggestion, and Washington dispatched the Pentagon’s general counsel, William J. Haynes, to the scene, where he met with top Turkish military leaders. According to at least one report, “The meeting discussed an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Department of Defense into reports that U.S. arms were being sold by U.S. troops in Iraq.

Another clue to what is really going on here is provided by the news that the FBI has volunteered to help the Turks find out where the PKK is getting its funding and weapons – and doesn’t that strike you as odd? FBI director Robert Mueller said, “We are working with our counterparts elsewhere in Europe and in Turkey to address the PKK and work cooperatively, to find and cut off financing to terrorist groups, be it PKK, al-Qaeda,” or whatever. Yet why would the FBI get involved at all, unless, of course, Americans were somehow involved? Foreign Minister Gul confirmed this to the Turkish media, stating:

“1,260 weapons captured from the PKK are American-made. We documented it to the U.S. These are of course not given directly to the PKK by the U.S. These are the ones that were given to the Iraqi army. Unfortunately some U.S. officers were corrupt. The Department of Defense informed us that a serious investigation is underway.”

Is it that a few bad apples are “corrupt” – or something else?
As Seymour Hersh has reported, the U.S. and Israel are financing and otherwise aiding the Kurdish Party of Life, known as “Pejak,” founded to “liberate” western Iran, which has a large and restive Kurdish population. Furthermore, the ties between the PKK and Pejak are more than merely fraternal: they are basically the same organization, sharing not only bases in the mountainous Quandil region of Kurdistan, but also common personnel and leadership …

… A recent demonstration by Turkish students against PKK terrorism had the protesters denouncing both the Kurds and the U.S. government: “Down with the PKK!” – they shouted – “Down with the U.S.!” In Turkey, at least, they seem to know who and what is behind the wave of terrorism that has shaken the country.

In America, however, it’s a different story altogether: the “news” media hasn’t really said anything about the FBI investigation and the possible involvement of Americans, nor do we hear much about the U.S. – or Israeli – connection to the Kurdish “liberation” groups, such as Pejak, except from Hersh and a few others. As far as the “mainstream” media is concerned, what’s going on between the Turks and the Kurds is just another of those ancient, endless Middle Eastern blood feuds. No one bothers to ask: Why is this old problem escalating now?

That the PKK and Pejak have turned themselves into pawns of the War Party is quite understandable: after all, they want to liberate their people and unite them in the age-old dream of a “Greater Kurdistan.” Like Ahmed Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress, they are ready, willing, and able to use the Americans in order to advance their own agenda. The question for the U.S. Congress, however, is whether the American taxpayers are now subsidizing terrorism directed at the Turks in order to further the War Party’s agenda. (full text).

(Justin Raimondo est le directeur du site ainsi que rédacteur au journal The American Conservative de Patrick Buchanan. Il est membre du Randolph Bourne Institute ainsi que du Ludwig von Mises Institute, deux think tanks libertariens et non-interventionnistes aux États-Unis. Proche des conservateurs libertariens, il est l’auteur de nombreux ouvrages dont la biographie du père fondateur du mouvement libertarien Murray N. Rothbard An Enemy of the State. Il a signé avec Pat Buchanan le livre Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement et Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans).

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