The latest Russophobic frenzy by Washington and its Western allies over Russia’s particular operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine with increasingly anti-Russian sanctions imposed every passing day, makes one involuntarily marvel: why then doesn’t the West react in the identical technique to one other particular operation – the one Turkey is conducting on Iraqi territory?
And the way, the truth is, are the 2 particular operations totally different of their worldwide remedy?
As you understand, Turkey launched one other (sic!) army particular operation in Northern Iraq on April 18, hanging the hideouts, bunkers, caves and warehouses of the Kurdistan Employees’ Celebration (PKK). “We’re decided to avoid wasting our noble nation from the scourge of terrorism,” mentioned the nation’s Minister of Protection Khulusi Akar, including “Our wrestle will proceed till the final terrorist is neutralized.”
The Kurdistan Employees’ Celebration is among the main political forces of the Kurds, a individuals who stay in a number of Center Jap international locations: south-eastern Turkey, north-western Iran, northern Iraq and northern Syria. The PKK requires making a Kurdish autonomy in Turkey, for which the Turkish authorities have declared the group “terrorist,” however that is solely Ankara’s place.
The Turkish-Kurdish wrestle has been on-again, off-again, with one other flare-up in 2015, when Turkish troops occupied northern Syria “in a particular operation” below the banner of preventing Kurdish militias, which Ankara known as terrorists. Based on Turkish President Recep Erdoğan, greater than 6,000 PKK members inside Turkey and 6,900 exterior Turkey had been killed on the time.
One other spherical of confrontation occurred in 2020, when Turkey carried out a brand new particular operation in opposition to the Kurds in Iraqi territory. Nonetheless, Ankara has not declared warfare on Iraq (because it did on Syria beforehand), stating that it is just concentrating on Kurdish militias. The Turkish Armed Forces periodically goal websites in Iraq the place the group has camps, hideouts, command posts and arms dumps. The army is sanctioned for such cross-border operations by the Turkish parliament, which has been renewing the mandate for a 12 months in recent times.
Turkey’s actions had been then condemned by the League of Arab States (LAS). They mentioned the marketing campaign violated Iraq’s sovereignty and mirrored Ankara’s expansionist ambitions. Baghdad additionally condemned Ankara’s actions. Nonetheless, given Washington’s “silence,” there was no lifelike means for the Iraqi authorities to forestall Turkey’s strikes. Washington didn’t impose any sanctions regime on Turkey for the particular operation.
After the beginning of one other particular operation on April 18 this 12 months, the primary footage of it emerged from the press workplace of the Turkish Ministry of Protection. The plane bombed Kurdistan Employees’ Celebration websites and targets in northern Iraq within the areas of Metina, Avaşin-Basyan and Zap. Earlier, particular forces items of the Turkish floor troops had landed there. Based on the web site of the Ministry of Protection, Turkey launched Operation Claw-Lock to forestall terrorist assaults in northern Iraq and guarantee its safety.
On April 19, the Turkish Ministry of Protection commented on the primary days of the army particular operation in Iraq, indicating that the Turkish military had eradicated some 30 PKK fighters in lower than a day:
“The targets recognized within the first section have been captured. Our operation is continuous efficiently as deliberate. Areas are combed for terrorists. All hideouts and so-called “headquarters” of the militants, in addition to the caves the place they’ve been hiding, will probably be destroyed… The terrorists should understand that they’ve nowhere to run and should give up. We’re decided to take away the specter of terrorism from Turkey’s agenda.”
4 Turkish troopers have been wounded through the operation.
The one official response to the Turkish particular operation in Iraq up to now has been that the Iraqi International Ministry summoned Ali Riza Güney, Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad on April 19 in reference to the actions of Turkish troops within the Arab republic and was handed a observe of protest calling for “a direct finish to provocative actions in opposition to Iraq.”
In addition to, the Kiev regime has proven its grave concern concerning the declining curiosity of the Western public within the battle in Ukraine due to Turkey’s particular operation in Iraq. “With out the fueling of curiosity within the Ukrainian disaster, we are going to lose relevance, and in lots of international locations the home agenda and the worldwide financial disaster, plus meals and useful resource shortages, will win out,” the Kiev-based on-line useful resource First concluded. And a ballot performed by Morning Seek the advice of, the most important US suppose tank, on reactions to Western financial stress on Russia in various EU international locations and Turkey over Moscow’s particular operation in Ukraine, confirms this.
It seems that these “in favor of anti-Russian sanctions, even when they result in larger costs” are fewer in all places than those that suppose firstly of themselves. On this regard, the media and psychological operations facilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces started to work extra intently on new “data messages” to “maintain Europe and America in an anti-Russian tone of thoughts.”
It needs to be recalled that the historical past of Iraqi Kurdistan’s autonomy dates again to 1970, and for the reason that Nineties it has been taken below the “wing” by the US, which then wanted a land bridgehead for the “Gulf Conflict.” In 2003, Iraqi peshmerga items helped Anglo-American forces overthrow the Ba’athist regime.
Nonetheless, even regardless of the “US safety” of the Kurds, Washington didn’t formally protest Ankara throughout Turkey’s earlier particular operations in opposition to the Kurds residing in Iraq, nor after the brand new particular operation began on April 18. Nor had been there any sanctions, both by the US or the “united West.” Which is outstanding on condition that, by and huge, Erdoğan’s purpose for attacking Iraqi Kurdistan is considerably much like that of Russia’s particular operation in Ukraine.
At any charge, Ankara claims it desires to demilitarize Kurdistan Employees’ Celebration (PKK) militants who’ve “crossed the purple line.” Isn’t Moscow’s formally acknowledged purpose of the particular operation in Ukraine to equally demilitarize and denazify the Kiev regime, which has established blatant terror in opposition to the Russian-speaking inhabitants of the nation and its japanese areas, posing a direct menace to Russia, amongst others?
Turkey commonly “demilitarizes” Kurds not solely in Syria but additionally in northern Iraq, the place the PKK has army bases and coaching camps. The realm in query is Sinjar and the mountainous border with Turkey, the place Ankara has already performed its Claw-Eagle and Claw-Tiger particular operations. Nonetheless, no worldwide sanctions regime has been imposed on Turkey by the West. Not in previous years, not now.
Furthermore, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, at a morning briefing on April 19, in his regular Russophobic method, refuted journalists’ assumptions that the missile and bombing assaults by the Turkish air drive on members of the Kurdistan Employees’ Celebration positioned in Iraq had been army aggression. Based on Blinken, Turkey acts in strict compliance with the rules-based world order, so in the meanwhile, the US sees no purpose to impose sanctions in opposition to the Turkish authorities, nor to isolate Turkey in any means on the worldwide stage.
The Secretary of State famous that the Turkish Air Drive solely strikes army targets, avoiding the bombing of civilian cities. Nonetheless, Blinken mentioned that the US had no data of whether or not the strikes had really taken place or the details about it was a Russian propaganda stunt. If this model is confirmed, Russia might face more durable sanctions and full isolation. How about that?
Thus, as soon as once more, the US formally confirmed its blatantly Russophobic coverage by abandoning its Kurdish “allies” to their destiny (for the umpteenth time, by the best way!). And by demonstrating blatant double requirements in assessing worldwide occasions, they’ve really tried as soon as once more to defend their “worldwide guidelines,” based on which any aggression by NATO, or any NATO nation (as, specifically, is going on as we speak with Turkey’s particular operation in Iraq), is an effective factor and can proceed to be so.
It could subsequently not be stunning if, as a substitute of sanctions in opposition to Turkey, Washington had been to actively help the proposal by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Improvement Celebration (AKP) to appoint Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the Nobel Peace Prize, which has already been introduced by Turkey’s Hürriyet. Certainly, is Erdoğan much less deserving of this Peace Prize than American President Obama, who has the blood of civilians in lots of Muslim international locations on his palms and who has already “obtained” such a prize?
Alas, the world has lengthy since modified. As has the world’s angle in the direction of the US, which, along with its Easter-bunny-fearing president, has grow to be an outright laughing inventory and has misplaced all status.
Valery Kulikov, political knowledgeable, completely for the web journal “New Jap Outlook”.