Kamal H. Artin
August 9, 2004
Recently there has been rumor about an alliance between Kurdistan
and Israel. Instead of promoting this idea to become a reality,
surprisingly some Kurds feel guilty as if such an alliance would
The people in the Middle East have been paying a tremendous price
for their persistent unresolved conflicts. Needless to say that
any conflicts needs at least two self-centered parties. The main
conflicts in the Middle East seem to be rooted in the lack of tolerance
for those with a different ethnic and religious background or a
different viewpoint. Denial of the peoples rights in the region
seems to be the rule rather than exception.
In some countries with a fundamental religious rule, if not all,
at least half of the population is banned from even choosing its
own clothing let alone freedom of expression. In some countries,
ruled by a dominant ethnic group, many people have no right or
opportunity to even learn their native language.
In some countries
led by deluded fanatics many are convinced they are special and
chosen by god; they seem to be unaware of or resistant to accept
the fact that "god given" or genetic superiority is equally
distributed among nations and that the differences are related
to environmental influences.
In the Middle East dictators with
such a fixed and deluded believe system have been running the
show and created an atmosphere of domination, force, wars, and
The region resembles a jungle in which even ethnically related
groups try to eliminate each other. One would expect that nations
or ethnic groups with a common origin would defend the right of
their cousins and do everything
to preserve their heritage.
Surprisingly even some people of common origin such as Arabs
and Israelis (Semites) or Persian and Kurds (Indo-Iranians) are
deluded to the point that they believe they are superior to their
cousins; those with such a mind set would do everything to make
sure their opponents can not live in peace and prosperity!
not know how to describe such an attitude except for sociocultural
pathology led by psychopaths! Israelis and Kurds have suffered
heavily because of the attitude and behavior of many violent
psychopaths. Creation of Israel has been a thorn in the eye of
would rather eliminate the Jewish state.
Creation of a Kurdistan as a country is still a taboo and has
been referred to as a potential second Israel not only by fascists
but also by some progressive groups. Such groups ignore the fact
that Israel, despite the brutal behavior of its extremists toward
the violent extremists of its counterparts, is still the most democratic
country in the region and has not named the country the Jewish
Republic of Israel!
One could argue that the Jewish community has
pride in other achievements and values than in a private matter
such as religious belief. While many countries in the Middle
East only reluctantly recognize the right of the Israel to exist
a nation, Israel seems to be more tolerant and accepts the existence
of a Palestinian state.
Similar attitude holds true by those
who can not see the existence of a Kurdish state, even if the
Kurds respect the existence of their counterparts. Those Kurds
such a jungles law in the Middle East are called dangerous
traitors, even if they are among the most peaceful people.
Having gone through a similar experience, an alliance of Kurds
and Jews is quite natural. Contrary to a possible assumption that
only the Jewish state, the Kurds, and the US would benefit from
such an alliance, it might in fact be an evolutionary stage that
could be beneficiary to all involved party in the Middle East,
once they see that sincere mutual respect and recognition of each
others rights can lead to peace and prosperity.
Such a potential
alliance, which would be based on shared values of civil societies
rather than on national or religious background seems to be one
step forward and deserves support of progressive intellectuals
and leaders of every nation.
Kamal H. Artin, MD, is from the Kurdish-American Education Society
in Orange County, California.
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