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Kyle Orton @KyleWOrton
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Even when getting people to the point of admitting that the U.S. is supporting the #PKK and that's a problem, there has been a tendency to then speak as if it's a political problem for U.S.-#Turkey relations, rather than PKK being of itself a problem.
The #PKK was on the other side in the Cold War. It's doctrine is anti-Western at its core: its campaign against #Turkey is framed as one where the state is illegitimate because it is the imprint of Western imperialism. The PKK has the same view of #Israel.
The PKK fled Turkey after the coup in 1980, and was nurtured under the Asad regime, acting as a cut-out for the Soviet Union. After training at the Palestinian terrorist camps in Lebanon, the PKK launched its war against Turkey, a frontline NATO state, and was harboured in Syria.
Beyond the anti-Western doctrine of the #PKK, its conduct - financed by narcotics, human trafficking, and other gangsterism; murders anyone who doubts the cult of its leadership, Kurds especially; suicide bombings; etc etc - is not quite the apex of Western values, either.
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