— The Erimtan Angle —

Archive for the ‘Kurds’ Category

Council on Foreign Relations Propaganda: The Time of the Kurds

‘This video is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ InfoGuide Presentation, “The Time of the Kurds”: The Kurds are one of the world’s largest peoples without a state, making up sizable minorities in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Their history is marked by marginalization and persecution. Yet some Kurds may be on the verge of achieving their century-old quest for independence in a Middle East undergoing the convulsions of Syria’s civil war, Iraq’s destabilization, and conflict with the self-proclaimed Islamic State (4 June 2015)’.

The Zionist Council for Foreign Relations is doing its bit to support the Saudi-Israeli nexus, that could very well be joined by the AKP-led Turkey soon: “The Kurds are one of the indigenous peoples of the Middle East and the region’s fourth-largest ethnic group. They speak Kurdish, an Indo-European language, and are predominantly Sunni Muslims. Kurds have a distinct culture, traditional dress, and holidays, including Nowruz, the springtime New Year festival that is also celebrated by Iranians and others who use the Persian calendar. Kurdish nationalism emerged during the twentieth century following the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the formation of new nation-states across the Middle East. The estimated thirty million Kurds reside primarily in mountainous regions of present-day Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey and remain one of the world’s largest peoples without a sovereign state. The Kurds are not monolithic, however, and tribal identities and political interests often supersede a unifying national allegiance. Some Kurds, particularly those who have migrated to urban centers, such as Istanbul, Damascus, and Tehran, have integrated and assimilated, while many who remain in their ancestral lands maintain a strong sense of a distinctly Kurdish identity. A Kurdish diaspora of an estimated two million is concentrated primarily in Europe”.[1]

[1] “The Time of the Kurds” CFR. http://www.cfr.org/middle-east-and-north-africa/time-kurds/p36547?cid=otr-marketing-use-Kurds_InfoGuide#!/.

Advertisements

Saudi Arabia and Israel: A Secret Affair???

‘Saudi Arabia and Israel are engaged in a campaign of covert diplomacy against Iran. According to media sources, Saudi and Israeli officials have held at least five secret meetings since the beginning of last year [2014] to discuss their mutual interests in the face of Iran. The covert campaign was revealed for the first time on Thursday [, 4 June 2015] [by] the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in Washington. The rare public meeting was held between Dore Gold, the incoming director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and Anwar Majed Eshki, a retired Saudi general and ex-adviser to Prince Bandar Bin Sultan. Tel Aviv and Riyadh say they’re worried about what they call Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East (05 June 2015)’.

Bloomberg View’s Eli Lake explains that “representatives from Israel and Saudi Arabia have had five secret meetings [s]ince the beginning of 2014] to discuss a common foe, Iran. On Thursday, [4 June 2015] the two countries came out of the closet by revealing this covert diplomacy at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.Among those who follow the Middle East closely, it’s been an open secret that Israel and Saudi Arabia have a common interest in thwarting Iran. But until Thursday, actual diplomacy between the two was never officially acknowledged. Saudi Arabia still doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist. Israel has yet to accept a Saudi-initiated peace offer to create a Palestinian state. It was not a typical Washington think-tank event. No questions were taken from the audience. After an introduction, there was a speech in Arabic from Anwar Majed Eshki, a retired Saudi general and ex-adviser to Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Then Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations who is slotted to be the next director general of Israel’s foreign ministry, gave a speech in English. While these men represent countries that have been historic enemies, their message was identical: Iran is trying to take over the Middle East and it must be stopped”.[1]

Lake goes into more detail as follows: the Saudi general “Eshki was particularly alarming. He laid out a brief history of Iran since the 1979 revolution, highlighting the regime’s acts of terrorism, hostage-taking and aggression. He ended his remarks with a seven-point plan for the Middle East. Atop the list was achieving peace between Israel and the Arabs. Second came regime-change in Iran. Also on the list were greater Arab unity, the establishment of an Arab regional military force, and a call for an independent Kurdistan to be made up of territory now belonging to Iraq, Turkey and Iran. Gold’s speech was slightly less grandiose. He, too, warned of Iran’s regional ambitions. But he didn’t call for toppling the Tehran government. “Our standing today on this stage does not mean we have resolved all the differences that our countries have shared over the years,” he said of his outreach to Saudi Arabia. “But our hope is we will be able to address them fully in the years ahead.” It’s no coincidence that the meetings between Gold, Eshki and a few other former officials from both sides took place in the shadow of the nuclear talks among Iran, the U.S. and other major powers. Saudi Arabia and Israel are arguably the two countries most threatened by Iran’s nuclear program, but neither has a seat at the negotiations scheduled to wrap up at the end of the month. The five bilateral meetings over the last 17 months occurred in India, Italy and the Czech Republic. One participant, Shimon Shapira, a retired Israeli general and an expert on the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, told me: ‘We discovered we have the same problems and same challenges and some of the same answers’. Shapira described the problem as Iran’s activities in the region, and said both sides had discussed political and economic ways to blunt them, but wouldn’t get into any further specifics”.[2]

As always, timing is of the essence. On Sunday, 7 June, the Turkish electorate seems poised to ensure that the Kurdish HDP will enter Turkey’s parliament (TBMM) and in the following weeks and months, it seems very likely that the HDP and the AKP will cooperate to bring the Saudi-Israeli plan to fruition. Israel’s support for the Kurds is well-known,[3] as is the AKP’s proximity to the Wahhabi Kingdom . . . Will the creation of an independent Kurdistan be one of the outcomes of a Turkish-Israeli-Saudi collusion???  Only time will tell???

[1] Eli Lake, “Israelis and Saudis Reveal Secret Talks to Thwart Iran” Bloomberg View (04 June 2015). http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-04/israelis-and-saudis-reveal-secret-talks-to-thwart-iran.

[2] Eli Lake, “Israelis and Saudis Reveal Secret Talks to Thwart Iran”.

[3] C. Erimtan, “Real ‘Battle of Iraq’ is only beginning” RT Op-Edge (03 July 2014). http://rt.com/op-edge/170204-real-iraq-battle-beginning/.