Time Magazine and the West’s Perception

we can only welcome any transformation in the Western perception of the Kurdish freedom movement and the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan

 

 

 

 

Cemil Bayik

The Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan was recently named as one of the hundred most influential people in the world. The accolade was accompanied by a well written passage by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Adams writes of the peaceful character and social effectivity of our leader. The timing of this accolade seems like an open statement of support for the currently on-going process of democratic solution. It should also be seen as a call to the AKP government to take positive steps forward.

It goes without saying that anyone wishing for the solution of the Kurdish question and the democratisation of Turkey will be supporting this latest process. If the process develops the way that the Kurdish people’s leader Ocalan foresees it, it will not only be the Kurds that benefit; the whole of Turkey and the Middle East will benefit. The Kurdish people’s leader Ocalan is initiating a peace process for the whole of the Middle East. The democratisation of Turkey is in essence, the removal of all barricades in front of a solution to the Kurdish question. This will also bring about possibilities for peaceful solutions to the Kurdish question in Syria and Iran. The gains in Southern Kurdistan will become permanent. Further, the democratisation of Turkey will turn it ınto a beacon for the democratisation of the Middle East.

The fact that Time magazine has included the Kurdish people’s leader Ocalan in this list is a clear sign of the rising significance and impact of the Kurdish people in the region. This has come about as a result of the Kurdish people’s leader Ocalan’s efforts. Only a couple of decades ago something like this would be inconceivable. It cannot be doubted that his change has come about as a result of the struggle of the freedom movement led by Ocalan. The situation of the Kurds of forty years ago and the Kurds of today is incomparable. The Kurds have gone through a major awakening and are now key players in regional affairs.

It is not only the Kurdish people’s political force that makes them effective in the region. Maybe the most influential characteristic of the Kurdish people is the democratic society they have built through an extensive programme of democratic transformation. This influential characteristic is not only important for the Middle East; rather, this democratic revolution has made the Kurdish people a prototypical society for the democratic future of the whole world. The level of freedom attained by Kurdish women is also being widely discussed by the women of the world. Kurdish women play a central role in the revolution of Kurdistan. Our leader Ocalan’s proactive effort in the emancipation of the women of Kurdistan is one of the biggest reasons behind the recognition of the Kurdish people’s leader’s impact in the world.

Time magazine is an outlet of Western media. There is no doubt that it possesses and distributes the mentality of capitalist modernity. The placement of the Kurdish people’s leader in this list is as much of a success of the diplomatic efforts of the Kurdish freedom movement as it is a success of our leader’s efforts in overcoming the prejudices of the West. Therefore, this article is not only a positive piece written by Gerry Adams, it is the smashing of a perception constructed by Western propaganda. We cannot be sure as to how much the West has backed away from policies that have been aimed at benefiting from a Turkish-Kurdish conflict; only time will show. However, we do want to take this publication as a sign that Time magazine support the solution of the Kurdish question through the democratisation of Turkey.

The Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan has never valued the West’s perception of himself. He has always defined himself as a defender of the East against the attacks of capitalist modernity of the West. However, we can only welcome any transformation in the Western perception of the Kurdish freedom movement and the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan. 

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