Where’s the outrage when Iran targets Kurds inside Iraq?

Iran needs to stop getting a free pass on killing Kurds simply because it is having bad relations with the United States.
Saturday 20/07/2019
Deafening silence. A Kurdish man sprays red paint at holes in a wall made by shrapnel from an IRGC rocket attack in Koysinjaq, 100km east of Erbil, last September.(AFP)
Deafening silence. A Kurdish man sprays red paint at holes in a wall made by shrapnel from an IRGC rocket attack in Koysinjaq, 100km east of Erbil, last September.(AFP)

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has carried out deadly strikes against what it described as “terrorists” across its shared border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

In early July, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) deployed rockets, drones and artillery to strike at alleged terror camps but instead hit farmland. Rather than killing terrorists, the IRGC, blacklisted as terrorists by the United States, killed a woman and wounded two members of her family who were working the land.

The IRGC had the temerity to call on the people of Kurdistan to “distance themselves” from areas they gave no warning they would strike.

I am astounded whenever Iran kills Kurds or commits atrocities against minorities but those actions are met with deafening silence. This criticism can be levelled especially at leftist activists in the West who tend to react in justifiable outrage whenever Kurdish people are oppressed, killed or subjugated in Iraq, Syria or Turkey.

However, when it is Iran doing the oppressing, killing and subjugating of Iranian Kurds, those activists seem to have very little to say on the matter.

It is not as though Iran’s record on oppressing Kurds and other minorities is not well-documented, preserved and easily accessible to anyone with an internet connection and the desire to learn about the Kurdish liberation movement in Iran.

While Iranian authorities do control access to Twitter and other social media, there is more than enough information through the work of Kurdish activists as well as human rights monitors for activists without selective morality to take a firm stance against the mullahs and call them out on their abysmally racist attitudes.

Kurds in Iran have suffered extreme forms of discrimination for more than a century and this intensified following Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s revolution and seizure of power in 1979.

After the new Iranian regime took power, the Kurds revolted, seeking to establish an autonomous entity away from the oppressive power structures of the various authorities in Tehran. The Khomeinist regime’s response was absolutely brutal, with a crackdown on Kurds that led to the death of 10,000 people and the forcible displacement of 200,000 others.

To this day, Kurds are routinely prevented from connecting with their language, culture and heritage as Iranian authorities seek to Persianise Iran’s diverse and multicultural population.

The Kurdish people lack employment and access to economic opportunities afforded other groups. They are discriminated against in the housing and rental markets and are distanced from accessing education. Worse are the routine arrests, torture and brutal mass executions of political activists and Kurds who simply seek to express their opinion and ask for a better standard of living and to not be discriminated against.

Despite the evidence against the Iranian regime, however, activists in the West are as silent as the grave. Why?

I believe the answer is that they are torn between their leftist ideology’s double-speak. On the one hand, they claim to champion human rights and minorities. On the other, they are “anti-imperialist” and therefore do their utmost to ignore any and every atrocity Iran commits for the simple reason of “because America.”

Such a juvenile outlook on world affairs is not only idiotic, it is hypocritical because it cannot be moral and just to support Kurdish rights in one place while ignoring those same rights in another simply because it conflicts with their world view.

Iran needs to stop getting a free pass on killing Kurds simply because it is having bad relations with the United States.

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