Ocalan kidnapping condemned
"It is with deep indignation that the Communist Party condemns the kidnapping of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK)", said General Secretary Peter Symon in commenting to The Guardian on Ocalan's seizure last week in Kenya. "It is the Turkish authorities who are the terrorists having waged a genocidal war against the Kurdish people living in both Turkey and Iraq. "The Kurdish people want autonomy, the right to use their own language and exercise their own culture, human rights and the opportunity to live in peace. "It is the Turkish authorities which have killed tens of thousands of Kurdish people, erased their villages and homes for the last 15 years. They have repeatedly invaded Iraqi territory allegedly in pursuit of Kurdish supporters of the PKK. "The kidnapping of Ocalan in Kenya is a flagrant violation of international law and is reported to have been carried out with the assistance of the Israeli secret service Mossad, the American CIA as well as the complicity of the Greek and Kenyan Governments. "We equally condemn these governments for their participation in this conspiracy on behalf of the military-fascist Turkish Government. "We call for Ocalan's immediate release, the cessation of military action against the Kurdish people and the recognition of their right to autonomy within the Turkish state", concluded Peter Symon. The long arm of the US in the "snatch" operation is confirmed by a statement by US State Department spokesman James Foley who said: "The United States did not apprehend or transfer Ocalan or transport him to Turkey." But, he was gleeful about "the apprehension of this terrorist leader. We have [undertaken] extensive diplomatic efforts to bring him to justice", said Foley. "I can't get into the nature of our diplomatic exchanges, but ... this has been the case ever since he [Ocalan] turned up in Italy some months ago." The Turkish authorities were also bragging about the operation saying that "Turkey has very good special operations people — state of the art. This is one of the biggest things they've ever done." Turkey's "special operations people" usually undertake car bombings and assassinations of activists abroad, which are then loudly blamed on "rival factions", to discredit the Kurdish or Turkish resistance and to foment discord within these movements. If Turkish agents pulled Ocalan from his car in Nairobi, Turkey alone could not have organised it. Only one superpower has the capacity to monitor electronic traffic between countries, and especially coded foreign embassy traffic, to meticulously track the movements of a human "target" all over the world, and to manipulate governments into co-operating in an inhuman act. That superpower is the USA. Turkey is a close US ally and member of NATO. US planes use bases in Turkey for operations against Iraq. Turkey also has a close relationship with Israel and an agreement of "strategic cooperation" in actions against Arab countries. It is the Turkish Government which should be in the dock for its aggression and violation of human rights and its barbarous suppression of the Kurdish people. The Kurdish people were promised an independent homeland after WW1 but the western powers betrayed their promises and divided Kurdish territory between Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria. There are about 30 million Kurdish people who have never given up the struggle for self-determination and a recognition of their just national rights.