H. Haci Ehmedi

The co-chair of PJAK (Free Life Party of Kurdistan), Mr Ebdulrehman Hacî Ehmedî, recently participated in a tv program on NewrozTV, where he highlighted the important impact of the Kurdish situation in the Middle East and the Global crises such as Islamic States of Iraq and Syria, ISIS. He noted that “The reason behind these crises has always been due to Western political economy and self-interest of Western powers, particularly because 56% of all global oil fields are located in Middle East. But this time the situation is different in comparison to the Cold War era where the Soviet Union’s failure led to the rise of America’s new hegemonic leadership role; a role that produced a so called New World Order and policy plan towards the Middle East. This plan has not been successful, but it has nevertheless also served to create a bi-polar and a still deeply divided world.

He stated further that although “the American interference and invasion in Iraq and Afghanistan were successful militarily, they failed politically on a number of fronts. Moreover, these military activities toppled Saddam Hussain and the Taliban, a plan which played right into the hands of the Iranian regime as there were two of the biggest barriers against Iranian aspirations for the region. We can clearly see that Iran has gained significant benefits from the American involvement in the region. It is increasingly obvious that Iran is actively involved in and interfering in Syria and Iraq in order to control the outcomes of the current ongoing conflicts.”

Hacî Ehmadî further stated that “the western powers used the Arab Spring as an excuse to intervene in Syria. ISIS was produced and created in this region as a result of the plan to topple the Assad regime particularly through the objectives of the Turkish regime; which also aimed to also bring the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwān al-Muslimūn) into power. These powers were not successful in this project, largely because there were much resistance, particularly on the part of the Kurds to this plan- not so much the idea to topple Assad but the plan to encourage the rise of Turkish objective and goals through its relations with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Kurds have since formed the system of Democratic Confederalism in Rojava and Syria, a system based on democratic self-rule and self-defence. At the same time Turkey has disappointed the US and the West by supporting ISIS terrorists, as well as those who participated in the terrorist attack against the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. The terrorists escaped from France through Turkey, and for this reason the prime Minister of France greeted the Turkish representative Ahmed Davutoglu in a rather cold manner during the global protest. The contrast in the warm greeting with other world leaders in attendance was stark and obvious.”

It is also evident that the creation and objectives of ISIS was planned through evidence revealed in a meeting in Amman ’Jordon’. It was planned that the ISIS dominated territory would expanded in the Mosul area and from there to other predominantly Kurdish dominated places. But ISIS was forced to change its plans after attacking the Kurdish dominated areas in the region, a move that angered America significantly- leading to military support for the Kurds. Therefore, to prevent these terrorists from gaining more ground and momentum the US adopted a policy to contain these terrorists, largely because Hewlêr is a very strategically important area for the USA. Particularly because the US intends on creating a military base in the Kurdish dominated north.

Mr. Hacî Ehmedî stated that as a result of the impacts of the Kurdish resistance, the world realised that they could no longer produce policies in the Middle East without direct Kurdish involvement. The Kurds, on the other hand, should learn from past lessons from its previous failed experiences. Experineces which were the result of lack of awareness and political naivety, and work to build a bridge with others to reach a historical success. Therefore, the Kurds need a National Union and form a united army to fight against these terrorist groups. Through this process, the Kurds will gain significantly more strategic power in Middle East and the ability to negotiate their own interests.

Hacî Ehmadî also pointed out that “we found the KODAR (Free and Democratic Society of East Kurdistan) as a system and PJAK (Free Life Party of Kurdistan) as a political party struggling for the democratisation of society and economics in Rojhelat and Iran. Other parties are, of course, also welcome to join this system; but we should still have a united army in Rojhelat (East Kurdistan) to prevent the continued genocide of our people, as well as those against the Kurdish identity and self-determination. We should match the model in the North of Kurdistan and Rojava (western Kurdistan), where they have established a united army and political system. Because of this unity, they recorded a great historical victory against ISIS.

In relation to the relationship with other parties in Rojhelat, Hacî Ehmadî stated that “we attempt constantly to build good relations with all parties in order to understand and support each other. We have reached a level of success with the opposition parties in Iran. We also have a strong link with non-Kurdish nationalities living in Iran and their organisations. Instead, if the Kurds are provided with their political rights, we will no longer need to resort to military action against the regime. However, if the regime does not accept our basic human rights and endeavours to continue to impose a cultural genocide on us then we have every right to protect ourselves. The right to fight for your life is a universal right. Our project in Rojhelat and Iran is ‘Democratic Confederalism’, whereby any nation and party, regardless of its ideology, can participate in this project within Iran. The nations in Iran with various religion, languages and believes have the right to live together in peace and in security. This is our main objective.”

Hacî Ehmedî ended his interview by asking that all Kurdish parties come together in order to establish a National Congress. Further, he condemned the receiving of the man responsible for the murder of Dr. Ebdulrehman Qasimlo (a Kurdish leader from Rojhelat, Asssassinated, by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and National Security in Vienna, year 1989) in south of Kurdistan as an unrespectable action to Kurds and Rojhelat. He stated that “those who welcomed this man warmly and laid red carpets for him must learn a lesson from the past when they supported Khomeini, Saddam and Turkey. Currently, the Kurds have reached a higher level of influence in the region, therefore, we assess our policies carefully and do not intend on forgiving or forgetting the historical mistakes of the past.”

At the end of this interview, Hacî Ehmadî reiterated his support for the Kurdish prisoners in Urmiye and said, “for the first time the Iranian Government acknowledged the human rights of political prisoners.” Hacî Ehmedî also asked the Kurdish youth, especially in Rojhelat to struggle against the Iranian regime’s policies to destroy Kurdish culture through the distribution of drugs and to form self-protection organisations to defend their culture and communities.