Kurds, in Syria’s Conflict
For the last 2 years , and the Syria’s conflict has become more serious and bloody disaster ,and now its totally out of Control , the peoples in majority Kurd areas has remained relatively insulated. Keeping a lower profile, it has been spared the brunt of regime attacks , security forces withdrew to concentrate elsewhere. Kurds situation in Syria , is unlike Iraqi Kurds , they inhabit lands close to the Turkish and Iraqi borders, though several cities in other parts of the country, in particular Damascus and Aleppo, also have large Kurdish constituencies. Strictly speaking, theirs is not a region, whether politically unlike their Iraqi counterparts, they have not gained autonomy under the Baathist regime or geographically: even majority-Kurdish areas in the north east are interspersed with mixed areas also comprising Sunni Arabs, Assyrians, Armenians, Turkomans and. As things stand, one cannot speak of a contiguous territory. Moreover, and unlike the situation of the Kurds in Iraq .
The good thing could be reaped, yet cannot be taken for granted. Kurdish aspirations remain at the mercy of internal feuds, hostility with Arabs evidenced by recent clashes, and regional rivalries over the Kurdish question. For Syria’s Kurds, long suppressed and denied basic rights, prudence dictates overcoming internal divisions, clarifying their demands and even at the cost of hard compromises agreement with any successor Syrian power structure to define and enshrine their rights. And it is time for their non-Kurdish counterparts to devise a credible strategy to reassure all Syrians that the neworder vision of the state, minority rights, justice and accountability is both tolerant and inclusive. Partly co-opted by the regime, which developed its own Kurdish clients by tolerating some political and paramilitary activism (as long as it was directed against Turkey) and criminal activity (mostly smuggling), Syria’s Kurds also have seethed under systemic discrimination and repression. Among the more egregious forms of inequity, about half million of them remain stateless, living in a legal vacuum and deprived of fundamental rights. these quickly were crushed. The result has been a largely quiescent population. changing. As occurred in Iraq after the gulf war, the current acute crisis presents Kurds with an opportunity to rectify or at least start rectifying what they consider an historic wrong They appear determined to seize it, though hobbled by competing visions about how best to do After the revolution , many young Kurds joined in, echoing calls for the downfall of the regime, traditional Kurdish political parties took a somewhat different view. They feared fierce reprisal against their people if they decisively joined the opposition; nursed resentment at Arab indifference during their own protests and subsequent regime crackdown in last ten years , saw more to gain by remaining on the sidelines; and worried that newly empowered activists would challenge their role. Meanwhile, hoping to avoid a new battlefront and banking on Arab-Kurdish divisions to further muddy the picture, the regime for the most part left Kurds alone. As a result, most Kurdish parties opted to remain in the shadows of Syria’s broader conflict.