THE PKK is liv­ing up to its iden­tity, deny­ing peo­ple in Afrin their right to leave, us­ing them as hu­man shields and when it ties up old peo­ple and turns them into booby traps

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page - ILNUR ÇEViK

The peo­ple of north­west­ern Syria’s Afrin are try­ing to leave the city as Turk­ish and Free Syr­ian Army (FSA) close in on the set­tle­ment to end its oc­cu­pa­tion by the PKK ter­ror­ists. The city, oc­cu­pied by the PKK for the past six years, be­came a bas­tion of the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion in Syria. Its peo­ple have been forced to pay taxes to the ter­ror­ists and those who could not af­ford to pay were asked to hand over their chil­dren as re­cruits.

The PKK and its Syr­ian off­shoots, the so-called Demo­cratic Union Party (PYD) and its mil­i­tary wing, the Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG) ran the city with an iron fist. The PKK ap­pointed its own ad­min­is­tra­tors, elim­i­nated all the lo­cal Kurds who op­posed them and brought in some hard­ened ter­ror­ists from the Qandil Moun­tains in north­ern Iraq to en­force its au­thor­ity.

The Amer­i­can gen­er­als, who wanted to use the PKK/PYD/YPG against Daesh, sim­ply turned a blind eye to all the atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by these groups through­out north­ern Syria, in­clud­ing Afrin. In­stead of con­demn­ing the groups’ ac­tions, they sim­ply cre­ated a smoke­screen and pre­sented the PYD and the YPG in a sugar coat­ing to the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

Un­for­tu­nately, to­day we are wit­ness­ing footage from Afrin where the PKK mil­i­tants are block­ing peo­ple from leav­ing the city. Peo­ple try­ing to flee are turned back at gun­point by the mil­i­tants, who have set up nu­mer­ous road­blocks. The PKK wants to use these peo­ple as hu­man shields against the Turk­ish and the FSA forces.

What the PKK is do­ing is a crime against hu­man­ity yet no one in the West has lifted a fin­ger against these cru­el­ties, on the con­trary, they have al­lowed PKK/YPG/PYD sym­pa­thiz­ers stage ral­lies in Euro­pean cap­i­tals.

The PKK has been us­ing Afrin’s lo­cal pop­u­la­tion as hu­man shields since the day Turk­ish troops set foot in the re­gion. They have even tied up old peo­ple and booby-trapped them in a bid to kill Turk­ish sol­diers. It is sad that the Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers who have to bankroll the PKK due to the whims of the U.S. gen­er­als are not aware of these ugly re­al­i­ties.

But for us who know the true face of the PKK and have ex­pe­ri­enced their to­tal lack of re­spect for hu­man life, none of these come as a sur­prise. The PKK is a ter­ror­ist group bent on ter­ror­iz­ing peo­ple to sub­mit to their de­mands. They do not care whether the peo­ple they ter­ror­ize are Kur­dish, Turk­ish or Arab or be­long to any other eth­nic group.

The so-called hu­man rights ac­tivists in the U.S. seem to turn a blind eye to the fact that the PKK is ab­duct­ing chil­dren in Turkey, Iraq and Syria and turn­ing them into child sol­diers.

The PKK is liv­ing up to its iden­tity as a ter­ror­ist group when it de­nies peo­ple of Afrin their rights to leave, when it uses them as hu­man shields and when it ties up old peo­ple and turns them into booby traps.

Of course, it will be hard for some Amer­i­can gen­er­als, who have been seen kiss­ing and hug­ging the PKK ter­ror­ists, give up their ter­ror­ist bud­dies yet they have to live with the re­al­i­ties of this world. You sim­ply can­not make claims of com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism when you re­sort to do­ing so with the help of other ter­ror­ists.

With the re­al­i­ties on the ground, Turkey has to take ex­cep­tional care to not harm Afrin civil­ians, who are be­ing used as hu­man shields. Isn’t this some­thing to be ap­plauded?

A Syr­ian child looks out from a car af­ter be­ing saved by Turk­ish sol­diers from YPG ter­ror­ists as part of Op­er­a­tion Olive Branch go­ing on since Jan. 20.

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