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It's quite extraordinary- ISIS have killed over 2,043 people - and the PKK over 40,000 civilians - largely through indiscriminate bomb attacks. The PKK/YPG's form is to take aim at school teachers and police believing them to be legitimate targets. Think about that for a second
The PKK have got it so that the people who are among the most lethal to ordinary Syrian and Turkish nationals are the most lauded, defended and praised - the spectre of IS looming so large. Both are non-state militias, both use child soldiers.But one is more lethal than the other
The one thing ISIS and YPG had in common was tacit or direct Assad support. It was @KyleWOrton who established clearly how Assad bankrolled all workers for the PKK/ YPG government, left them to it, didn't attack them and provided a lifeline in an otherwise landlocked area
@KyleWOrton For an explanation of why Turkey's Kurds hardened their resolve against the PKK/YPG - and to see how Kurds are their chief targets, you need only scroll through the hashtag #BabyKillerPKK that trends in Turkey whenever there's a suicide bomb attack. Most victims are Kurds
@KyleWOrton I'm finding it hard to respect those who believe that the PKK/YPG are blameless, defenseless heroes. They've committed atrocities, cleansed territories, bombed anyone that doesn't agree with Marxism and their agenda. They've waged cross border attacks using foreign mercenaries
@KyleWOrton PKK/YPG spent the past few years recruiting not only Greek antifa but also the nastiest, worst sorts of European white supremacists who were intent on quashing what they believed to be a Muslim agenda. These people have been killed and/or captured fighting for the PKK/YPG
@KyleWOrton We've watched as their spokespeople laid out expansionist strategies and maps of how they'd claim territory. We watched as they booby trapped ground they couldn't hold, and destroyed whatever was left behind - civilian suffering for a great deal longer than a short campaign
@KyleWOrton What angers me is that it's as thought Turkey's Kurds don't count - their losses don't count, what they've endured doesn't count - because it doesn't fit a perverse agenda or narrative that says only the PKK/YPG Kurds are real Kurds or that only their cause was worthy
@KyleWOrton I once spent a good while editing a colleague's work as she mapped the exact number in the past few years - since I had lived there - of PKK/YPG civilian casualties. The people doing this research are Kurdish, desperate for a different narrative to emerge - that of their own
@KyleWOrton The thing about PKK/YPG Marxist agitprop - is that its everywhere. It deploys the spectacular, the gurning feminists atop tankers with their insignia - all in aid of eradicating that Islam threat. It has dyed-in-the-wool Republicans like @LindseyGrahamSC rising to their defense
@KyleWOrton @LindseyGrahamSC ISIS has been 5% as lethal as YPG/PKK. The brutality and gruesomeness of ISIS turned it into a public bastion of hatred - but somehow, extraordinarily, and despite decades of civilians slaughtered in cold blood, YPG has every media pundit on the planet defending it
@KyleWOrton @LindseyGrahamSC What I want to know is why - is it the naked racism of people who see Kurds as a monolith? Who understand the PKK in crude terms as an anti-Muslim proxy with which to defeat Arabs or Muslims? Who see it as a foil, saviour against the surly bearded men of the FSA, a Muslim threat?
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