Kurdistan. The conflict in Kobanê is our own conflict


The conflict in Kobanê, ...Syria, concerns us all; other than Kurd militia (YPG) clashes with the fabricated terror of the Islamic State (ISIL), ongoing battles in Kobanê involve the clash of two entire worlds: our own world, the world of ordinary people struggling for freedom, social justice and direct democracy and the world of states and capital revolving solely around the quest for profit and dominance.

So, we have ISIL on one hand, which is not some sort of social power emanating from the past and contrasting with western culture, but the reversed mirror image of the ten-year terror of the West and its local observers imposed on the peoples of the Middle East; a product of the elimination of all secular powers in the region by western agents; a group fully armed with state-of-the-art weapons easily acquired after the dissolution of the corporation state established by western occupation powers in Iraq; a mercenary-type army in the like of the empire's own private armies of the operating in Iraq and elsewhere in the world; having as their sole compass the totalitarian domination over populations, ISIL imitates the methods of the neoliberal western state and capital complex in the regional areas and little by little at the heart of this empire; instead of using weapons of mass destruction such as the ones used in Gaza and Bagdad that leave mere traces of past lives hanging on the devastated walls, taking full advantage of the culture of terror, ISIL resorts to the much spectacular appalling image of decapitations.

On the other hand, there is us; all those people rising up to regain our freedom, even if this means giving our lives for it; this is the ideal incarnated by the heroic Kurd militia in Kobanê; inspired by the ideals of democratic federalism, they defend their societies against the totalitarianism of states/capital and at the same time they fight for a state-free democracy, where citizens will have the first say and federations will replace states. These struggles are contemporary and we are a part of them. The conflict in Kobanê does not signal the end, but the beginning of a broader emancipation effort by the Kurdish people and a point of inspiration and reference for all those people that fight today for another world, far from states and the capital.

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