Enough is Enough

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Honar Os­man

Nowa­days, the pic­tures from the Shin­gal re­gion are rem­i­nis­cent of the pic­tures of the mass ex­o­dus two decades ago. In 1991, thou­sands upon thou­sands of civil­ian Kurds fled Sad­dam's mil­i­tary campaign that in­tended to re­venge against them be­cause they, ac­cord­ing to ev­ery in­ter­na­tional laws, reg­u­la­tions, stan­dards, tried to breathe the air of free­dom and liberty. The scenes from that ex­o­dus are so heart­break­ing that even af­ter so many years we can­not look at them with­out shed­ding tears of sor­row, bit­ter­ness, frus­tra­tion, anger, fury and aban­don­ment.

Why the Kurds? The ques­tion has puz­zled me since I was a child. What kind of stan­dard is this? Why has the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity turned a blinded eye to the plight of this peo­ple? Why such a hypocrisy and dou­ble stan­dard when it comes to the hu­man rights and free na­tions in the world? Why is my peo­ple forced to suf­fer racism, ex­ter­mi­na­tion, an­ni­hi­la­tion, eth­nic cleans­ing and geno­cide time af­ter time af­ter time? When will it end? The tragedy of Hal­abja will live in the psy­che of each Kurd for as long as hu­man be­ings roam the globe. What racist Arabs did in this small city was worse than the Ar­maged­don and the Dooms­day. But why? Thou­sands upon thou­sands were gassed, they died in­stantly; the sur­vivors are still tor­tured by the af­ter­math of the poi­sonous gases. What an­swer can we give to a vic­tim who has lost his eyes? Is there any sin­gle soul in the world who is not guilty of this heinous, bar­baric, in­hu­mane and atro­cious crime? I think ev­ery­one bears some moral re­spon­si­bil­ity af­ter all.

The mass ex­o­dus I men­tioned in the be­gin­ning was a catas­tro­phe that had Bib­li­cal pro­por­tions. Thou­sands of ba­bies and small chil­dren died of cold, hunger and star­va­tion. The el­derly and less ca­pa­ble in­di­vid­u­als per­ished like flies. Where was world's con­science? Why such an­i­mal­is­tic and sadis­tic in­stinct to kill in­no­cent souls? Only be­cause they were Kurds?

What is go­ing on in Shin­gal at this mo­ment is geno­cide, point. It is quite dif­fi­cult to grasp why such bar­barism against a peo­ple who em­brace the old­est reli­gion in the Mid­dle East. The peace­ful Yazidis have in­tro­duced the idea of good and evil to us all. In­stead of pro­tec­tion they face ex­ter­mi­na­tion. The evil power of some morally bank­rupt Arab fas­cists has de­voured the in­no­cent Yazidis. The men are killed and their women are taken as war pil­lage to be sold as slaves later. Is it some­thing we can un­der­stand? Isn't there nay bound­ary for hu­man cru­elty? And my rhetor­i­cal ques­tion again: Why the Kurds? Enough is enough.

Is it some twisted irony of fate that the Kurds are, time and again, in the front line to ex­pe­ri­ence such ex­cru­ci­at­ing and trau­matic events? Where have all th­ese warped bar­baric and mur­der­ous in­di­vid­u­als come from? Why wag­ing a war of an­ni­hi­la­tion against us Kurds? The most vi­o­lent beasts the world has ever seen with their poi­sonous ide­ol­ogy have gath­ered on our bor­ders and threaten the very life of ours. They shun noth­ing to in­flict pain and sor­row upon in­no­cent peo­ple. They seem to have spe­cial­ized in per­pe­trat­ing bru­tal mas­sacres of civil­ians. Now, the brave and hon­or­able Kurds fight a war on be­half of the World Com­mu­nity. For it is be­yond any doubt that th­ese bar­bar­ians are void of any de­cent stan­dard which char­ac­ter­izes the fact of be­ing a hu­man be­ing. When you in­ten­tion­ally do not dif­fer­en­ti­ate between right and wrong then you go berserk and wipe out any trace of hu­man­ity on your way like what the ISIS is do­ing. Their bar­baric acts are def­i­nitely be­yond de­scrip­tion.

We re­it­er­ate that it time to scream "enough of tragedies." My gen­er­a­tion has ex­pe­ri­enced noth­ing but war, death and de­struc­tion. Why? The Kurds have the same right like any other na­tion mem­ber in the UN to have their own home­land. The di­vided great Kur­dis­tan must be re­u­nited again. Our peo­ple should have their home coun­try to pro­tect them against racist and chau­vin­ist cul­tures that sur­round and per­ma­nently threaten us. We have had enough.

This time, I have to ad­mit that we can dis­cern a dif­fer­ence. The World's re­sponse to the calls of the well-tried and tested Kurds has been some­what quick. It seems that the In­ter­na­tional Com­mu­nity has com­pre­hended the dan­ger th­ese blood­thirsty beasts can pose. Peo­ple's con­science hope­fully has been aroused. The readi­ness of the World to face a com­mon en­emy has ig­nited some glim­mer of hope. This ac­cen­tu­ates the fact that there are some lim­its which no one ac­tu­ally should be al­lowed to cross. An­other light which can give the Kurds some future hopes is our na­tional army of Pesh­marga that cer­tainly guar­an­tees that the Kur­dish flag will fly and flut­ter freely even in the future on the peaks of mag­nif­i­cently high Kur­dis­tan moun­tains.

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