What If The Kurds Were An American Ethnic Group? Like The KKK?

Lots of people are crying how we need to support the Kurds. Yet they do so without looking into the history of this conflict.

So, let me make a comparison for you. Let’s make a hypothetical comparison of the Kurds to the KKK of the southern US states.

Imagine that the KKK, a white ethic supremacy group with a history of violence, inhabited an area like Texas in a majority. They decide that they want to be autonomous from the state of Texas and claim the resources of the Texas oil fields. Rather than holding peaceful protests, they engage in terrorist activities, attacking the Texas government. At times they join forces with other terrorist groups.

Then the US government starts offering them arms and funding, as long as they keep attacking the Texas government in hopes of overthrowing the Texas government. However, the KKK has grander ideas and also starts attacking the northern Mexican government.

Then the US government places a moderate occupational force of US soldiers in Texas against international law, bombing the Texan forces on multiple occasions. Meanwhile the US government sells advanced arms to the Mexican government at the same time they are arming and funding the KKK with smaller weapons and vehicles.

Meanwhile the Texas government is busy fighting off a larger terrorist group. Both Texas and Mexico consider the KKK to be a terrorist organization. However, both offer to hold peace talks with the KKK. The KKK refuses.

Eventually the US government decides to withdraw support for the KKK. Mexico responds by crossing the border into Texas. This is also an unwelcome invasion in the view of the Texas government.

The KKK, being beaten back and knowing they have no chance of victory against the Mexican army, the KKK agrees to peace talks with the Texas government in return for assistance against Mexico. Texas agrees, as long as the KKK helps fight back the larger terrorist group.

Remember through all of this that the KKK is still the KKK. They still consider themselves superior. They still want to claim resources which do not belong to them. They are still racist and want to drive anyone out of their claimed territory who is not white, fanatical “Christian”, male dominant and anti-gay. They object to even occupying the region with partial autonomy while still being under the laws and government of Texas or Mexico. Any peace treaty they agree to would be highly in question whether they would comply with the terms. Even if more rational moderate leaders negotiate the terms of the agreement, more radical elements still exist in the KKK populace.

Even through the withdrawal of US forces, elements in the US government want to continue making profits from the war, in addition to still having the goal of overthrowing the Texas government. These elements will refuse to mention that the KKK is a known racist, terrorist organization. So they propose legislation to maintain the illegal US military presence and extend the war. There is no stated goal. There is no suggestion of an attempt at a peace process. There is no embargo of arms sales to Mexico.

So, when you view this as hypothetical conditions inside the US instead of in some foreign land, how do you think about it? Would these conditions be acceptable to you? Would you support the KKK?

Actually, The State Department Still Considers Kurdish Militants A Terrorist Group

I have made reference in recent days to the fact that the State Department previously considered the PKK (Kurdish militants) to be a terrorist organization.

In fact, when searching for the 2014 State Dept list of known terrorist organizations, I learned something fairly surprising. The PKK was never taken off the list of terrorist organizations.

Here is what the listing for the PKK says as of 01 March 2019:

State Department Maintains Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Designation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

The Department of State has reviewed and maintained the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended (8 U.S.C. § 1189). The PKK was originally designated as an FTO in 1997.

Since designating the PKK over two decades ago, the United States has worked with Turkey and other Allies to counter the terrorist threat from the PKK. The United States maintains a strong commitment to our partnership with our NATO ally Turkey, including fighting PKK fundraising operations in Europe and elsewhere.

Today’s actions notify the U.S. public and the international community that the PKK remains a terrorist organization. In addition to its continued status as an FTO, the PKK has also been designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 since 2001.

Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate them, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and governments.

End quote.

The YPG is a subsection of the PKK. Amnesty International has this to say about the YPG:

In villages south of the town of Suluk, some residents said YPG fighters had accused them of supporting IS and threatened to shoot them if they did not leave. While in some cases residents acknowledged that there had been a handful of IS supporters in their villages the majority were not supporters of the group.

In other cases, villagers said YPG fighters had ordered them to leave threatening them with US coalition airstrikes if they failed to comply.

“They told us we had to leave or they would tell the US coalition that we were terrorists and their planes would hit us and our families,” said one resident, Safwan.

The YPG has justified the forced displacement of civilians by saying it was necessary for the civilians’ own protection or militarily necessary.

“It is critical that the US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and all other states supporting the Autonomous Administration, or co-ordinating with it militarily, do not turn a blind eye to such abuses. They must take a public stand condemning forced displacement and unlawful demolitions and ensure their military assistance is not contributing to violations of international humanitarian law,” said Lama Fakih.

I also advise reading this piece: https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/four-myths-about-the-pkk-ypg-terrorist-group-that-need-refuting-30457

Should we consider the NRA a terrorist cult?

This was originally published on Medium on 3/7/18, before I created Issues Unite. So, some of the info is dated but the point remains valid.

Recently, the NRA released a video warning journalists that their “time is running out”. Very intimidating and threatening tone.

If such a video had come from another source, perhaps we, as a people, could laugh it off. But this is the NRA. Realistically viewed, a minority group of people who gather for the near worship of firearms and appear to seek to use those firearms. They routinely use veiled threats of force and various forms of coercion to attain their ends, no matter the cost to society.

Perhaps at this point we should consider declaring the NRA a terrorist group. Or at least spark the comparison and the suggestion of doing so. Because they themselves have made it completely evident that they will not even discuss reasonable gun control measures without the use of political and legal force to bring them to the bargaining table.

For the record, I personally do not suggest the complete disarming of America. I am a veteran and a gun owner. Like so many, I only want to see steps taken in regards to stricter gun laws. Our children and our citizens should have more rights than our guns do. That’s not being unreasonable.

One has to ask why the discussion of arming teachers went directly to firearms, skipping immediately over less lethal options such as Tazers or electromagnetic locks on schoolroom doors.

Back to the subject, let’s compare characteristics of a terrorist cult with the NRA.

They basically worship firearms.
They hold large rallies to reinforce their commitment to guns.
They have their own Bible.
They consider anyone who even questions their teachings a “heretic”. 
Elitist- You are with them or you are an enemy.
They indoctrinate children to their beliefs.
They hold training camps and events involving large numbers of weapons, often in remote, sometimes undisclosed areas closed to the public and media.

They have their own media outlet. Non-members truly have to question what mentality it takes to watch gun-related media on a daily basis. They have magazines, newsletters, websites and mailing lists in addition to their meetings. 
With media coverage, they have preferred sources (aside from their own media). If not approved, media sources are treated with suspicion, contempt or simply not allowed. 
Funded by large private and corporate donors, often covertly.
They enjoy tax exempt status, just like a church. (Which should tell us that our government recognizes them as a religion. They cannot be viewed as a charity or realistically as an educational organization.)
Continuous efforts at political power with many members in elected office. This has been true since their inception.
They basically bribe elected officials via campaign donations and PAC’s. 
Members are a minority of the population, yet speak as though they represent all Americans. If you do not agree, they accuse you of not being a “true American” and make statements to the effect that you do not belong in this country.
They publicly denounce use of violence while defending a large number of violent fanatical members.
Some members are willing to engage in suicide missions and will admit to this publicly.
Some members make death threats to anyone who opposes or exposes them. Rarely if ever are such members ejected or sanctioned by the organization.

So, if using such tactics as this do not constitute terrorism, then what does, short of blatant large scale armed conflict? Is that what this will come down to? From their own words and actions, it seems that way. It is what they infer with such media releases as the ad mentioned above.

If this were a smaller private group the government would have been stepping in to place limits on them long before this point. As far as their own attitude toward the government is concerned, they claim to be completely in favor of the government while also claiming fear of the same government and ready to take up arms against the government if they do not get their way on every single thing they want.

Make no mistake. Many members of the NRA support stricter gun laws. Yet even they become oppressed and intimidated by the more radical members of their organization. It is highly notable that there has not been a general poll of NRA members to ask THEM what they think of stricter gun laws. That is because the NRA does not represent the members nearly as much as it represents gun manufacturers.

I know there are good chances that I myself will receive threats as a result of this article. Anyone who speaks out against the NRA receives death threats. This is not new. Many are afraid to speak out against them for that very reason.

No matter what threats are issued at any level, from personal to economic to political to large scale violence, it is beyond time that we recognize the NRA for what it is. A direct threat to the safety and security of the United States. They have the power to change that but none of us expect them to respond with anything but more aggression and thinly veiled threats.

So bring on the insults, the personal attacks and threats. Tell me I am wrong but present no evidence. It is exactly what is expected from cultists when their belief system is questioned.