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It's not even surprising that the @WashingtonPost provides space to terrorists any more.

Cemil Bayik, the #PKK leader, has an op-ed in today's paper calling for "peace" with #Turkey. It's a skilled piece of propaganda. washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/… <thread below>
Bayik notes #PKK was "born in 1978 [and] launched a guerrilla war in 1984". In that gap, the PKK, which spent all its time in #Turkey fighting the Left and other Kurds, moved to Syria and Lebanon to be built into an army by the #Soviets, using #Asad and the #PLO as cut-outs.
#PKK leader Cemil Bayik in his WaPo op-ed skips over the return to violence by the #PKK in 2004 entirely, and then misrepresents how the second ceasefire broke down in 2015, blaming #Turkey. In fact, the PKK murdered several policemen, claiming it as "revenge" for an #IS attack.
Likewise, #PKK leader Cemil Bayik is quite right to note the grim toll #Turkey's operations in the south-east in 2015-16 took on Kurdish civilians, yet fails entirely to point out that it was his group's insane decision to seize urban centres that led to this disaster.
#PKK leader Cemil Bayik carefully offers support to the #YPG/#PYD in Syria without conceding that these forces operate under his command. And when admitting mistakes, the only one he concedes is trusting #Erdogan, which is not quite self-criticism in the traditional sense.
As written, there is little to quarrel with in Cemil Bayik's proposed solution to the Kurdish Question in #Turkey: a more democratic and decentralized political settlement. But it comes with ill-grace from as authoritarian and centralized an organization as the #PKK.
Cemil Bayik demands Ocalan be "transferred from Imrali prison to a safe house" and says he "is our lead negotiator", which provides some wiggle-room. Bayik is of the more radical, #Asad/#Iran-friendly #PKK wing that has been in charge since 2013 and is less responsive to Ocalan.
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