HISTORICAL agree­ment!” our Reis is going over­board to pass off as a vic­to­ry what is noth­ing but the total mess he has added on the Syr­i­an border.

Français | English

Although he was noth­ing but the pawn of the twit­ter mani­ac and the con­quer­ing Russ­ian, he need­ed con­vinc­ing to get the inva­sion map he was show­ing a while back to agree with the one that will emerge fol­low­ing the con­sen­sus. Espe­cial­ly since, if I under­stand cor­rect­ly, Turkey’s beard­ed aux­il­iaries won’t be part of the patrols. We can trust them to tor­ture a few civil­ians any­way in the pre­vail­ing chaos…

So, final­ly, what are those HISTORICAL achievements?

They begin with a men­tion of “pre­serv­ing Syr­i­a’s polit­i­cal uni­ty and ter­ri­to­r­i­al integri­ty.” So those who were bawl­ing loud­ly “we are at home here” when speak­ing of North­ern Syr­ia while wear­ing Mustafa Kemal’s hard-bris­tled bon­net must be dis­ap­point­ed. In Putin’s eyes, the Turk­ish stamp on the zone is pure­ly tem­po­rary. And if Syr­i­a’s polit­i­cal uni­ty may mean that both the Kurds and the oppo­si­tion that let its beard grow will have to put down their weapons for the con­tin­u­a­tion of nego­ti­a­tions in Astana, the local killers hired by Erdo­gan will have to go back to Idlib. Unless the Reis pass­es them off as Syr­i­an refugees he intends to set up in camps with­in the zone.

For Rojava’s project, “polit­i­cal uni­ty” could mean a dra­mat­ic stop, just as Turkey’s inter­ven­tion put an end to peace for mil­lions of peo­ple. Erdo­gan, far from find­ing the “source of peace” has re-awak­ened the monsters.

Then there’s the ques­tion of breadths and widths where only Rojava’s fight­ers, bare­ly men­tioned by their name, must evac­u­ate, with or with­out weapons from spe­cif­ic local­i­ties to a depth of 32 kilo­me­ters with­in Syr­i­an ter­ri­to­ry. I can imag­ine the con­fronta­tions, should this this mean stop­ping right smack in the mid­dle of a district.

Turk­ish and Russ­ian patrols will be put in place, this time to a depth of 10 km. I sup­pose the emp­ty spots will be filled in by the regime’s army, since Rojava’s fight­ers must pull out. This will pre­serve the uni­ty of the gruyere. HISTORICAL, no?

If what they mean to say is that it was his­tor­i­cal, back in the days when I was­n’t even born, to draw with knives and rulers the fron­tiers of the States in that area, then it is indeed HISTORICAL. The caus­es for wars have been preserved.

In the short term, this means that human lives will be saved for a time. But that was not the Reis’ project since he want­ed an exchange of populations.

And there is also the mat­ter of the refugees. But what idiot will want to bring his lit­tle fam­i­ly into that area, leav­ing Turkey where he had migrat­ed? Unless, as was done in Afrin and as was done with the prop­er­ties of Arme­ni­ans after the geno­cide, incom­ing peo­ple are giv­en title to prop­er­ties where this is con­sid­ered advan­ta­geous. In that case, best of luck with the com­pe­ti­tion they will encounter from the few Turk­mens who refused to be part of Rojava’s polit­i­cal process and who wear revenge like a badge of honor.

At the moment, the Syr­i­an regime’s army is inca­pable of cov­er­ing any­thing far from its base in Dam­as­cus, not to men­tion the vari­eties of beard­ed ones on the loose and regain­ing strength. The Turk­ish army, so dear to our local fas­cists, can’t do the job in the long-term either, even if it is a mem­ber of NATO.

Plus, the chaos cre­at­ed by the exo­dus away from the zones of com­bat, from the bombs and from the gangs will require a min­i­mum of admin­is­tra­tion. And in order to admin­is­ter this chaos, who bet­ter than those who had pro­vid­ed peace, because they were the ones who pushed back ISIS, as needs to be recalled all the time.

Because, when you look at it close­ly, every­one pre­tends to for­get that the pop­u­la­tions that are suf­fer­ing, those that were pro­tect­ing them and that are now being dis­armed, are at home, on their land, and did not sim­ply appear there one day as did the coali­tion, the Rus­sians or the Turk­ish army.

Once again, bar­ring a total geno­cide, it will have to be acknowl­edged some day that, even when betrayed by every­one once again, Kurds exist.

I would like to add some­thing that is not part of the agree­ment. I don’t have the right? You are cor­rect. In this morass, what is right and law­ful is buried, just as the recent vic­tims are, and the ones to come. War crimes will be kept under cover.

The use against civil­ians of weapons euphemisti­cal­ly described as “uncon­ven­tion­al”, the use of mer­ce­nar­ies for assas­si­na­tions, tar­get­ed or not, sup­pos­ed­ly blind bomb­ings that hap­pened to hit “strate­gic” knots where the pop­u­la­tion was bur­rowed, well, “that’s war”, it’s dirty but that’s how it goes. You can’t raise “sources of peace” out of the ground with­out sop­ping up blood, yes?

For those liv­ing on these lands, for slight­ly con­scious humans the world over also, a fresh les­son in geostrate­gic betray­al has just been deliv­ered. This one will have his­tor­i­cal con­se­quences we can’t even begin to foresee…

Translation by Renée Lucie Bourges
Vous pouvez utiliser, partager les articles et les traductions de Kedistan en précisant la source et en ajoutant un lien afin de respecter le travail des auteur(e)s et traductrices/teurs. Merci.Kedistan’ın tüm yayınlarını, yazar ve çevirmenlerin emeğine saygı göstererek, kaynak ve link vererek paylaşabilirisiniz. Teşekkürler.
Ji kerema xwere dema hun nivîsên Kedistanê parve dikin, ji bo rêzgirtina maf û keda nivîskar û wergêr, lînk û navê malperê wek çavkanî diyar bikin. Spas.
You may use and share Kedistan’s articles and translations, specifying the source and adding a link in order to respect the writer(s) and translator(s) work. Thank you.
Por respeto hacia la labor de las autoras y traductoras, puedes utilizar y compartir los artículos y las traducciones de Kedistan citando la fuente y añadiendo el enlace. Gracias.
Mamie Eyan on FacebookMamie Eyan on Twitter
Mamie Eyan
Ten­dress­es, coups de gueule et révolte ! Bil­lets d’humeur…