Background Of The Occupation Threat Towards Rojava
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International Bulletin / Issue 194 / January 2019

The Erdoğan dictatorship perhaps applies to symbolism more than any other government in the history of the Turkish Republic. Erdoğan announced that they will embark on a new occupation of Northern Syria or Eastern Euphrates (of course they don't use the word Rojava) in a couple of days, at a military industry symposium on December 19 th, which is the anniversary of the prison massacre and the Maraş massacre [1]. It is about the message that Erdoğan wants to give all the revolutionaries of these lands by this announcement on such a symbolic day, in a country which now faces one of the deepest economical crises of its history.
Erdoğan is in need of writing his own story as a conquerer with this occupation for consolidation and legitimacy of his political power, but he also needs this for the persistence of the dictatorship he built through the politic-islamist ideological transformation of the state. This also provides him an ease to fend off the social or political blows which will hit at hard times in the future. He is aware of the fact that his power cannot move on the next step without social legitimacy, although throughout his 16-years-long governance, a long distance has been taken in this power accumulation. That is why he benefits from the ideological transformation, the colonialist yoke over Kurdistan which also brings racism, misogyny, hostility to nature, a language of hate and a militarized social base all along.
The war is directed against the revolutionary struggle, which is the main threat for Erdoğan's dictatorship. With its size and historical develop-ment, the Kurdish national liberation struggle comes first in these struggles. Communists, who take their place in this over 40 years-long PKK led national liberation struggle in Kurdistan as socialist patriots, participate both with armed and unarmed forms of struggle. They build the connection between the revolution in Kurdistan taking place now and the socialist revolution that will be brought off.
The politic-islamist boss Erdoğan imagines that he will occupy the whole Rojava border easily with the confidence gained during the Afrin occupation. This self-confidence leans on the jihadist gangs numbering tens of thousands and the amenity of a rope-dancer who bets the conflicts between US and Russian imperialisms. However, USA's decision to retreat their military forces from Syria and Afghan-istan and despite this decision, the ongoing relations with SDF and the speech of John Bolton, consisting that they will not let Turkey attack Kurds, decrease the chance of Turkey's bet for this imperialist conflict.
Erdoğan constantly makes propaganda that says Northern Syria are Arab majority lands. Through the activities of the intelligence agency MIT , they try to provoke Arab nationalism, as they just can't stand that peoples live in peace together. Kurdish national liberation struggle, which had started in North Kurdistan and has been spreading now over all Kurdistan, took a step forward towards transforming into a regional revolution. The advance of national liberation towards a construction of democratic revolution has become more apparent with the dynamics of Rojava revolution such as women's liberation, self-governance on the basis of equal representation of nationalities and communities, commune system, self-defense forces and so on. A ground has been created to flourish the freedom and socialism ideas in this bloody Middle East lands. What fears the four reactionary and colonialist states which share Kurdistan among each other is this democratic libertarian character of Rojava. It under-mines their foundations.
Leaning on the resisting will and self-power which were gained throughout the long years of exposure to the massacres of Assad regime, the peoples of Rojava, especially the Kurdish people, have shouldered this construction process with huge sacrifices. Also when considering the historical fact that Turkish state attacks the gainings of Kurdish people whenever possible, Rojava has still managed to protect itself from all kinds of attacks in the last 6,5 years. It started as Rojava revolution and expanded towards North and East Syria. It has achieved the participation of other nationalities to the revolution, especially the Arabic people. It resisted against the ISIS gangs, Al-Qaida and Al-Nusra in the name of FSA, and against the direct aggression of Turkish army by leaning on its own forces. It learned lessons from the resistance, undertook the task to overcome the shortcomings of the revolutionary construction through these lessons.
Erdoğan's claim to start the occupation in a couple of days was a strong one. The fascist Turkish state tried to prove the seriousness of this claim by amassing military forces to the border, then by bombarding Makhmour and Shingal. Right after Erdoğan's war declaration on December 19th, Trump announced a sudden decision of retreating from Syria. Together with this retreat decision, one could expect the start of the occupation right away, but it turned out that Turkish state didn't expect this decision either; which means that US retreat decision is not a success of Turkish diplomacy or whatsoever, but rather related with the USA policies in the region.
First of all, USA slowed down the application of this decision, stating an indefinite time limit. Secondly, US military forces transferred to a newly established military base in Iraq, which proves that USA didn't give up its military plans in this region. Trump's sudden decision was actually set on the rail after the slowing down of the retreat and after the resigns of Mattis and McGurk. Nevertheless, even its army forces were transferred to Iraq, USA military pundits, consultants of big monopolies, representatives of war industry will keep on running around in Syria anyway. Lastly, both Erdoğan and Trump talking about the joint struggle against ISIS after the retreat decision was just cover up for the real purposes. For once, ISIS has no direct contact to Turkish border right now and Turkey sees the autonomous region in between as an enemy.
Here, we can see that USA/Trump is trying to impose Turkey/Erdoğan a deal in which proposes Turkey ‘if you support my Syria-Iran policies, I will grant a permission to you for abrading the gainings of Kurdish people as much as I let you', and on the other side, it is trying to impose Kurds a threat which means ‘if you don't approach to the line similar to Barzani and if you negotiate with Assad regime without my permission, I will open the path for Turkey'. Having no other alliance in Syria except the Kurds, USA had to support the Kurds since the beginning, by following its traditional policy that "if you don't defeat, then join" after the Kobanê victory. Otherwise, USA has no reason not to prefer its NATO-ally Turkey to act together. These back-steps from the rapid retreat also show that USA is still in a compulsory situation. Arabic countries and among them, UAE and Saudi Arabia plan to bring some military forces to build a new army also by pulling some Arabic forces inside SDF. This plan will test the strength of the revolution to unify the peoples. But the statements of Arabic forces inside SDF, that underline the will to resist against Turkish state, remark that they will stand by the side of revolution.
The occupation attack to Rojava is expected to be carried out one way or another before the March 31st local elections in Turkey. As the military mobilization continues at the border zone, Turkey will take the chance whenever possible. Until that moment, each negotiation, each statement of the North and East Syria Autonomous Administration should be understood in the context of protection of people and gainings of revolution against this threat. Also, the attack to Manbij with the fast mobilization of FSA gangs was deflected by SDF leaving the outskirts of the city to Syrian army control. The gangs didn't risk a hot war directly with Syria/Russia in Manbij. Rojava autonomous administration, on the other hand, left a piece to protect the whole. And the last explosion again in Manbij in which four US officials died is also related with the Trump's retreat decision as it is the first time ISIS made an attack in the region after a while. It is possible that Turkey is trying to convince USA for the ‘safe zone' which they control together. But, this is still an immature offer for USA as there is nothing to get it from this deal other than losing their only physical contact, the Kurds, on the ground.
There is no need to explain more what Rojava means, historical facts prove themselves. Of course, this reality put some certain duties before the Middle Eastern revolutionaries.

[1] On 19 of December 2000, the army and police forces of the fascist state held a military operation against prisoners who had been protesting and resisting against the "F-type" isolation cell application in the prisons. In this operation, 28 political prisoner and revolutionary had been killed. And 19 of December, 1978 has been marked as the day of massacre in the city of Maraş, a city with a strong leftist movement, most of whom were Alevi. The massacre was carried out by the racist, nationalist Gray Wolf gangs, which were provoked and supplied by the state. It was one of the worst massacres since the Armenian genocide and Dersim massacre. Hunderds of people were killed, thousands of them were injured and forced to flee. The massacre lasted for weeks, in the end, the government declared marshall law in the city after the massacre.

 

 

 

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International Bulletin / Issue 194 / January 2019

The Erdoğan dictatorship perhaps applies to symbolism more than any other government in the history of the Turkish Republic. Erdoğan announced that they will embark on a new occupation of Northern Syria or Eastern Euphrates (of course they don't use the word Rojava) in a couple of days, at a military industry symposium on December 19 th, which is the anniversary of the prison massacre and the Maraş massacre [1]. It is about the message that Erdoğan wants to give all the revolutionaries of these lands by this announcement on such a symbolic day, in a country which now faces one of the deepest economical crises of its history.
Erdoğan is in need of writing his own story as a conquerer with this occupation for consolidation and legitimacy of his political power, but he also needs this for the persistence of the dictatorship he built through the politic-islamist ideological transformation of the state. This also provides him an ease to fend off the social or political blows which will hit at hard times in the future. He is aware of the fact that his power cannot move on the next step without social legitimacy, although throughout his 16-years-long governance, a long distance has been taken in this power accumulation. That is why he benefits from the ideological transformation, the colonialist yoke over Kurdistan which also brings racism, misogyny, hostility to nature, a language of hate and a militarized social base all along.
The war is directed against the revolutionary struggle, which is the main threat for Erdoğan's dictatorship. With its size and historical develop-ment, the Kurdish national liberation struggle comes first in these struggles. Communists, who take their place in this over 40 years-long PKK led national liberation struggle in Kurdistan as socialist patriots, participate both with armed and unarmed forms of struggle. They build the connection between the revolution in Kurdistan taking place now and the socialist revolution that will be brought off.
The politic-islamist boss Erdoğan imagines that he will occupy the whole Rojava border easily with the confidence gained during the Afrin occupation. This self-confidence leans on the jihadist gangs numbering tens of thousands and the amenity of a rope-dancer who bets the conflicts between US and Russian imperialisms. However, USA's decision to retreat their military forces from Syria and Afghan-istan and despite this decision, the ongoing relations with SDF and the speech of John Bolton, consisting that they will not let Turkey attack Kurds, decrease the chance of Turkey's bet for this imperialist conflict.
Erdoğan constantly makes propaganda that says Northern Syria are Arab majority lands. Through the activities of the intelligence agency MIT , they try to provoke Arab nationalism, as they just can't stand that peoples live in peace together. Kurdish national liberation struggle, which had started in North Kurdistan and has been spreading now over all Kurdistan, took a step forward towards transforming into a regional revolution. The advance of national liberation towards a construction of democratic revolution has become more apparent with the dynamics of Rojava revolution such as women's liberation, self-governance on the basis of equal representation of nationalities and communities, commune system, self-defense forces and so on. A ground has been created to flourish the freedom and socialism ideas in this bloody Middle East lands. What fears the four reactionary and colonialist states which share Kurdistan among each other is this democratic libertarian character of Rojava. It under-mines their foundations.
Leaning on the resisting will and self-power which were gained throughout the long years of exposure to the massacres of Assad regime, the peoples of Rojava, especially the Kurdish people, have shouldered this construction process with huge sacrifices. Also when considering the historical fact that Turkish state attacks the gainings of Kurdish people whenever possible, Rojava has still managed to protect itself from all kinds of attacks in the last 6,5 years. It started as Rojava revolution and expanded towards North and East Syria. It has achieved the participation of other nationalities to the revolution, especially the Arabic people. It resisted against the ISIS gangs, Al-Qaida and Al-Nusra in the name of FSA, and against the direct aggression of Turkish army by leaning on its own forces. It learned lessons from the resistance, undertook the task to overcome the shortcomings of the revolutionary construction through these lessons.
Erdoğan's claim to start the occupation in a couple of days was a strong one. The fascist Turkish state tried to prove the seriousness of this claim by amassing military forces to the border, then by bombarding Makhmour and Shingal. Right after Erdoğan's war declaration on December 19th, Trump announced a sudden decision of retreating from Syria. Together with this retreat decision, one could expect the start of the occupation right away, but it turned out that Turkish state didn't expect this decision either; which means that US retreat decision is not a success of Turkish diplomacy or whatsoever, but rather related with the USA policies in the region.
First of all, USA slowed down the application of this decision, stating an indefinite time limit. Secondly, US military forces transferred to a newly established military base in Iraq, which proves that USA didn't give up its military plans in this region. Trump's sudden decision was actually set on the rail after the slowing down of the retreat and after the resigns of Mattis and McGurk. Nevertheless, even its army forces were transferred to Iraq, USA military pundits, consultants of big monopolies, representatives of war industry will keep on running around in Syria anyway. Lastly, both Erdoğan and Trump talking about the joint struggle against ISIS after the retreat decision was just cover up for the real purposes. For once, ISIS has no direct contact to Turkish border right now and Turkey sees the autonomous region in between as an enemy.
Here, we can see that USA/Trump is trying to impose Turkey/Erdoğan a deal in which proposes Turkey ‘if you support my Syria-Iran policies, I will grant a permission to you for abrading the gainings of Kurdish people as much as I let you', and on the other side, it is trying to impose Kurds a threat which means ‘if you don't approach to the line similar to Barzani and if you negotiate with Assad regime without my permission, I will open the path for Turkey'. Having no other alliance in Syria except the Kurds, USA had to support the Kurds since the beginning, by following its traditional policy that "if you don't defeat, then join" after the Kobanê victory. Otherwise, USA has no reason not to prefer its NATO-ally Turkey to act together. These back-steps from the rapid retreat also show that USA is still in a compulsory situation. Arabic countries and among them, UAE and Saudi Arabia plan to bring some military forces to build a new army also by pulling some Arabic forces inside SDF. This plan will test the strength of the revolution to unify the peoples. But the statements of Arabic forces inside SDF, that underline the will to resist against Turkish state, remark that they will stand by the side of revolution.
The occupation attack to Rojava is expected to be carried out one way or another before the March 31st local elections in Turkey. As the military mobilization continues at the border zone, Turkey will take the chance whenever possible. Until that moment, each negotiation, each statement of the North and East Syria Autonomous Administration should be understood in the context of protection of people and gainings of revolution against this threat. Also, the attack to Manbij with the fast mobilization of FSA gangs was deflected by SDF leaving the outskirts of the city to Syrian army control. The gangs didn't risk a hot war directly with Syria/Russia in Manbij. Rojava autonomous administration, on the other hand, left a piece to protect the whole. And the last explosion again in Manbij in which four US officials died is also related with the Trump's retreat decision as it is the first time ISIS made an attack in the region after a while. It is possible that Turkey is trying to convince USA for the ‘safe zone' which they control together. But, this is still an immature offer for USA as there is nothing to get it from this deal other than losing their only physical contact, the Kurds, on the ground.
There is no need to explain more what Rojava means, historical facts prove themselves. Of course, this reality put some certain duties before the Middle Eastern revolutionaries.

[1] On 19 of December 2000, the army and police forces of the fascist state held a military operation against prisoners who had been protesting and resisting against the "F-type" isolation cell application in the prisons. In this operation, 28 political prisoner and revolutionary had been killed. And 19 of December, 1978 has been marked as the day of massacre in the city of Maraş, a city with a strong leftist movement, most of whom were Alevi. The massacre was carried out by the racist, nationalist Gray Wolf gangs, which were provoked and supplied by the state. It was one of the worst massacres since the Armenian genocide and Dersim massacre. Hunderds of people were killed, thousands of them were injured and forced to flee. The massacre lasted for weeks, in the end, the government declared marshall law in the city after the massacre.