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Disguise Hate Speech

Writer: Ibrahim Khalil
It is pretty rare to read an aggressive political statement that does not proceed from a presumed grievance, even if it instantly attacks a peaceful party on the verge of being attacked by the author of the statement himself. Likewise, that “grievance statement” could be exposed to a party the entire world agrees to its historical grievance, consequently it attempts to depict it as the aggressor, the oppressor, and the war criminal, as is the case with the Syrian opposition with the Syrian Kurds today.
On June 7, this month, a group called “Syrian Figures and Formations in the Eastern Region” issued a statement displayed for signature, addressed to the public opinion and signed by about 800 people with attributes and titles ranging between doctors, lawyers, political analysts, activists, revolutionaries, merchants, citizens, poets, feminists, livestock dealers, former officers, former school directors, and former prisoners…. etc. The statement revolved around only one concept, namely, the rejection of the Kurdish-Kurdish political rapprochement that was launched recently under direct American auspices.
Subsequent to the usual revolutionary ornamented preambular with the vocabulary like “democracy, citizenship, freedom, law, free and dignified life,” the statement literally reads; “The leaked information on the understandings between the Kurdish National Council and the Democratic Union Party militias indicates a consensus between the two parties on retaining the forcibly imposed Self-Administration on Syrians as a de facto situation in order to develop it into a federation or an autonomy that threatens Syrian unity.”
Regardless of the irrationality of issuing a political statement based on "leaked information,” the carefully and cautiously stylized words could not hide the hostile guarding tone of the Syrian people as "a herd that has no opinion and has to await its new guardian" and the Kurds as "the people of discharge" who took advantage of the preoccupation of "the Caliph” with the "Roman War." “Therefore, they sought for autonomy with their states far from the center.” This is a tone that Syrians have been familiar with for more than half a century.
Anyone with eyes can effortlessly sense the shadows of the “Muslim Brotherhood” organization behind the Arabic bodged lines and the fingers of their promised Ottoman Caliph, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which almost every letter in the statement represents the aspects of his nationalist-Islamic party and exposes his expansionist historical ambitions that he no more needs to hide.
The logical paradox here is that many, and perhaps most of the signatories and the fleeing with their "revolution” against "the tyrant of Damascus," live today in democratic or federal states of which federalism do not threaten their unity, as the demand of the Kurds for democracy and federalism pose a threat on the unity of “Syria” which the statement writes down with the letter “Ta’a Marboutah (ة): a character in the Arabic alphabet that spells as ‘A’” according to the Republican Decree issued by former President Hafiz Al-Assad in the nineteens and generalized by a law on all official Syrian publications.

The statement provokes, by using terms such as “the forcibly imposed on Syrians” Self-Administration and Kurdish militias “which have usurped oil and bled the country dry” and “committed war crimes and civilian crimes against humanity ignoring the role of the majority of Arabs, Syriacs, Assyrians, Turkmen, Armenians, and Circassians,” which is a general Syrian antagonism against their Kurdish citizens, whom the regime has implanted in the Syrian subconscious as an alien cancerous tumor to the Syrian Arab Republic. Thus, the statement associates "federalism and autonomy" with the phrase "threatening Syrian unity,” triggering the same delusional unitary chord that the fascist Ba'ath party has survived with for more than half a century. It also, committed the defeated Syrians in a manner to which the mere thought of a Syrian choosing his ruler, his deputies, or even a mayor of his neighborhood, as a form of separatism and fragmentation.
The statement continues that these understandings “in general impact the interests of the Syrian people and threaten in particular the existence of the rest of the region components, their security and their coexistence,” therefore, “we denounce these understandings and reject their outcomes.”
The writers of the statement assume that the Kurds are not Syrians; as they are, in terms of citizenship and political geography at least, and are not from the components of the region as if their acquisition of autonomy or federalism, which is their least legitimate right, will threaten the security of the country and endanger the coexistence. The coexistence intended, of course, is that under a tyrannical regime. The writers of the statement aspire to get rid of this regime and take the same seat and the same powers and authorities. This is exactly the reason for their rejection of this internal Kurdish rapprochement, meaning to say, they want the whole undiminished legacy.
One objective concept can be noted for the aforementioned statement is that it does not link this rapprochement with Israel, Zionism, global imperialism, Masonic constituencies and the enemies of the Arab nation on the ground and in other “galaxies.”
Some of the distinguished personalities and organizations whose names were mentioned in the statement, denied that it had signed the statement, immediately after it was issued. As a result, this revelation alone, is sufficient to strip the statement and its writers of any credibility.
On the Kurdish side, the "Kurdish National Council" response was delivered on 10th of the same month, namely after only three days of the statement issuance, with a counter-statement in which it affirmed its participation in the Kurdish-Kurdish rapprochement negotiations with the "Democratic Union Party," calling on the writers of the statement, who most of them are its coalition partners organizationally or intellectually, that “hostility of Kurds and rejection of the Other based on a hateful elitist nationalist logic” is a response that is to say the least appropriate.
It is disappointing to find the names of some liberal, leftist and legal figures from public opinion leaders among the statement signatories of the Syrian figures and formations in the eastern region, such as Burhan Ghalyoun, Haytham Al-Maleh and other civil society and human rights organizations officials. For they had been conceived as grounds of hope, until recently, to sort out the Syrian political discourse of dogmatic, racist and authoritarian blemishes and to purify the Syrian thought from the remnants of the Tahrani nationalist mentality of which "Ba’ath" was founded upon. As those figures were expected to legitimize human rights and lay the righteous scientific foundations for coexistence between Syrians who are religiously or nationally different. However, it is obvious that having lived for a long time under the control of the regime of tyranny from 1963 to 2020 does not only make the citizen forget the sense of freedom rather also, makes him a copy of his oppressor who despise him and operates against him on the surface. As that is his ultimate Oedipal aspirations which is killing him in order to be psychologically liberated from him and not to exceed him as a system and a phase.
It is unpleasant to slip into the category of the tyrannical regime against a libertarian segment of the Syrian people who rejected the tyranny of the regime and its corruption and at the same time fought against terrorist organizations for years and did not issue a single behavior that imply hostility towards any of the other Syrian components.
Undoubtedly, the Kurdish-Kurdish consensus is a step on the path to public Syrian reconciliation. As for such a speech, it will not provide help at all in sustaining the “forced integration” that the regime wanted, nor will it help the “voluntary integration” that the opposition wants, as much as it will support the separatist tendency to grow in among the Syrian Kurdish public opinion and reinforces the status of the strong at the expense of the weak.
The most ironic point regarding the entire issue is that the list of signatories covers a description of the personalities and formations of the eastern region, along with the names of Ghalyoun and Al-Maleh, who have never been to the eastern region, in addition to other names such as “Qunrash, Gubehno, Kutanvan, Gemari Qirej, Sergu ...etc,” which, for whom does not speak the Kurdish language, are not names rather nicknames and attributes that refer to unspeakable meanings. As it seems that some “wise” Kurds have outsmarted those responsible for the campaign and signed those fake names to further ridicule the statement and its people.

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