What about the Kurdish People’s Protection Units?


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What gives me any credibility in what I’m talking about here? How about the fact that I’ve been obsessed with the region since the late nineties and have friends from there. Which is a much bigger effort than the standard American has. Of course, back in 2001 – 2002, I was mistaken for a ‘terrorist’ due to my skin color and still, on occasion get unfavorable treatment. Yes, it’s hard to tell a Mexican from an Middle Easterner (allow me to generalize).

Before I get all worked up about that, let me get to the point. If anyone has ever had any doubts as to whether the Kurds would have any problems with ISIL, let me put you at ease with this brief discussion I had with a friend of mine:

Am I correct in the following ? I am curious about the YPG/the People’s protection Units/ Yekîneyên Parastina Gel; Arabic: وحدات حماية الشعب[5] Wihdat Himayah ash-Sha’ab . A Kurdish originated social and militia-movement, they are by their ideological platform secular, leftist and by practice also multicultural and they practice gender inclusion in the militia-large amounts of women, Kurdish and Arab serve in the front lines. They have have significant numbers of Arabs in their fighting unit especially the young and they are growing, as well as Assyrians, Armenians and many non-Kurds. Various practices of Islam are represented, from Shi’a, Twelver, Sunni, as well as atheism, Christianity-three types I have notices- and of course, Yezidism. They organize their militias in a democratic fashion,much as the Durrutti anti-fascist did in the Spanish Revolution of the 1930s. I think their economic platform is not capitalist, but socialist. I believe that are anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist. They are one of the few on the ground fighting forces that have not received funding from outside powers. To me it sounds an awful lot like Zapatistas. Am I missing something? I could be wrong, but, I am just curious to know more,and know that I could be subject to misinfo or disinfo or my own wishful thinking or ignorant of actual events.

Yes, but I also know that there is tons of disinfo and that I could be getting my information wrong .Or could find out that something is so damned contradictory, like, say. funding the occupation, mass murder, expulsion and slow-starvation of Palestinians (Gaza is mount Sinjar in a way) and then somehow supporting Kurds? This play one against the other make me realize just how much propaganda is at play, so I am always trying to exercise critical thinking and consistency of ethics when I have made time to look into this (I should at least take coffee breaks to self-educate).

IF they are connected to the PKK; the screwed up thing is that the US and Europe as labeled the PKK as a terrorist organization. I still remember the capture of Ocalan when I was a teen.

But we’re not talking about internal conflicts here. It’s reasonable to believe that Iraqis and the world agree that Maliki — along with ISIL, should be the fuck gone! (It was just a matter of time before the Kurds got tested)

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