“We are on the verge of a new cold war, and the PKK, like a state, is an international actor among states,” writes Veysi Sarısözen for Yeni Özgür Politika.
An analysis was written yesterday by Can Kasapoğlu, Director of the EDAM Security and Defence Studies Program. His article reflects the views of the military. The article in question deals with the developments in the weapons inventory of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The author refers to the Turkish Minister of Defence Hulusi Akar’s statements regarding “missiles delivered to the PKK” by other countries. More importantly, the Turkish armed forces (TSK) claims that the PKK has American-made PANPADS missiles. He says that in the near future, the fourth generation missiles of this weapon will also be given to the PKK by some states, and this system will pose a threat to planes and helicopters.
The author also adds that the PKK uses “mini drones”. As a result, Can Kasapoğlu says, “The current stage points to a very critical and dangerous threat to Turkey’s national security.”
Murat Karayılan often mentions ”the guerrilla of the 21st century”. The article mentioned above actually reflects the 21st century guerrilla and the fear of the new weapon potential of the 21st century guerilla. The guerrilla is rising to a new stage.
We are on the verge of a new cold war, and the PKK, like a state, is an international actor among states. Global powers try to develop alliance systems against each other. The West is currently taking advantage of the deep crisis of the Turkish state and trying to bring Turkey to its side in the new cold war. Erdoğan is ready for this. There are two conditions in the bargain: “Do not touch my government” and “Do not interfere with oppression on Kurds.”
The PKK and Turkey are at war. Some believe that the PKK is an ordinary organisation and accuse it of establishing relations with “foreign powers” for nationalist reasons. Those who support the idea that it is normal for states, but not for the PKK, to establish alliances with each other, even if they are enemies, are trying to destroy the PKK’s effort to break up the enemy front and gain the widest possible support.
The Turkish state is a “foreign power” for the PKK. It is an occupying power in Kurdistan. The roots of the Kurdish Freedom Movement are, of course, not in the state; it is not a party depending on any state, but a movement playing the role of a state actor in the international arena. It is almost a “non-state state”. With its political party, with its population in four parts of Kurdistan, with its army, with its diplomacy, this movement is equal with the states, while being completely separate from the mentality of a state. So just as the state parties seek to form new alliances – either permanent or temporary – on the eve of the cold war, so does the Kurdish Freedom Movement for the liberation of Kurdistan and the Middle East.
When it comes to the differences with the Turkish state, the way the PKK moves is the “third way”. The PKK rests primarily on its own strength in its relations with other states. This power has not been defeated for half a century against international conspiracies and the assaults of the Turkish state. Turkey was defeated in the third world war. Its self-power has been shattered.
In it relations with states, the PKK depends on the forces of peace and democracy above all. The regime has won the hatred of humanity. For this reason, Turkey will be under the command of global powers, and it has collapsed inside and outside. The PKK, on the other hand, will not be controlled by anyone, thanks to the support of its own people, the international public and Öcalan’s programme. This is the result of the third way.
This article fully reflects my personal views. You may claim the right parts to be yours and leave what you find wrong to be mine.