Politics are confusing especially if you are a Kurd

Kurds in northern Iraq/Kurdistan helped the United States to invade Iraq.  Kurds made it clear, that their enemies included both Sadaam Hussein and the government of Turkey.  I wonder how many Turks were killed with United States made ammunition?

The Turkish offensive across the Iraqi border included helicopter gunships, ground commandos and fighter jets, authorities said.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan canceled a foreign trip and labeled the operation a legal “hot pursuit” of terrorists operating out of Iraq’s Kurdish region. The overnight attacks were blamed on the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers Party, which has long used mountain bases in rugged northern Iraq to stage guerrilla-style attacks into Turkey, Erdogan said.

The PKK, which seeks what it calls equal rights for Turkey’s Kurdish minority, and Ankara have been locked in a decades-long struggle that has left tens of thousands dead and has recently heated up anew. Public anger in Turkey about the escalating violence has been mounting, putting pressure on Erdogan and other leaders for a robust response.

via Turkey pushes into Iraq after Kurd militant raids kill 24 troops – latimes.com.

Lets put this in context.  I suggest you learn from David Rovic’s folk song: “Good Kurds, Bad Kurds.”

Lyrics:

Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurdish people
Killed thousands in a single day
And twelve long years later
Uncle Sam said “you can’t treat your Kurds this way
“And furthermore all Kurds are freedom fighters
“Who’s resist this Iraqi tyranny
“And Uncle Sam will give them guns and maybe sometimes ammunition
“So the brave Kurds can fight until they’re free”

Meanwhile in southeastern Turkey
The Turkish Army had a unique plan
We’ll go in and burn down three thousand villages
Get rid of what they call Kurdistan
Well some of these pesky Kurds decided
That they would rather fight instead of die
So Uncle Sam said, “You are terrorists
“Because Turkey is our ally”

Geopolitics is confusing
In fact, it can be quite absurd
Especially if you value your freedom
You live in Turkey and you are a Kurd

Yes, when Iraqi Kurds are massacred
We say this is genocide
OK, we armed the Army through the eighties
But now we proudly take the Kurdish side
But in Turkey it’s an internal matter
And for us to get involved would be wrong
So we’ll sell some tanks and ‘copters to Ankara
And hope these poor folks can get along

Yes, geopolitics is confusing
And you can’t take the Yankees at their word
At least that’s distinctly how it looks
If you live in Turkey and you’re a Kurd

So when they talk about American interests
And it somehow seems that they’re not yours
Going all over the world
Bombing countries and starting up wars
You’d better leave it to the experts
Go on back to your Playstations
‘Cause our foreign policy only makes sense
To CEO’s of multinational corporations

‘Cause geopolitics is confusing
And if you feel like you’re not being heard
Just imagine how much worse it could be
If you lived in Turkey and you were a Kurd

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