Dear President Obama

Today, I am writing on behalf of the forty million Kurds in Kurdistan and throughout the world who would like to have you state the official position of your government towards the Kurdish people and their aspirations for independence. Should you require 10,000 signatures on a petition before your staff will respond, so be it. There are ten times that number of Kurds writing on Facebook every day calling your Administration out for its narrow-mindedness and backward stances on the Kurdish question. I will spare you their comments on you personally as they are not nice.

On numerous occasions, all of the Western media have reported atrocities being carried out by Daesh militants in our lands against our people. Your prompt efforts last year to assist the Yezidi Kurds were much appreciated, but now the hundreds of thousands of these remnants of thousands of years of Yezidi culture and life are wallowing in camps away from their farms and homes without proper medical care, education for their children and decent housing against the elements.

Furthermore, we have pleaded with the Western media outlets to report the actual news, but they merely take the view of the government of Turkey in every single instance. We have offered proof to your government that the Turks are behind much of the terror that is being carried out against our people today by the group you keep referring to as “ISIL” and yet, your government remains silent and inactive.

Yesterday, the Turkish government started bombing our people in the mountains who belong to the outlawed PKK. And yet, we wonder if you know who the PKK truly are? They are not terrorists in the Hezbollah or Hamas mold. They were, for many years, our only fighting force against the brutal atrocities being carried out daily by Turkey which the West has turned a blind eye to for lo these many years. Our leader Abdullah Ocalan wallows in a Turkish prison island, and yet I doubt you have ever read his treatises on peace or equality of the sexes. Is it because you still think he is a “Marxist?” He shifted to socialist principles some time ago—and the irony is not lost upon us that you have a man running for the American Presidency who holds some of the same views of society and government’s role in forming it. You can see the proof of his beliefs in the number of women who constitute the fighting forces of the YPG who are now engaged throughout Kurdistan in attempts to free their people from the grips of Daesh. We respectfully request that you do so now.

We also urgently request that you help free him. His trial was a sham and the charges against him were solely the work of Turkish intelligence working with the CIA. And while we are on the subject of Turkish intelligence, the “MIT” is actively involved in arming and supporting Daesh and supplies them with logistics and equipment and war materiel. In fact, Erdogan’s daughter works in a Daesh hospital. We have submitted proof to the news media worldwide and much of this information is ignored by the Western media.

Mr. President, if you truly want peace in the Middle East, it would behoove you and your Administration to revisit your definitions of “ally” and “terrorist” and know that the Kurds, who number in the millions, have the right to live in security and freedom.

By your assent to the Turks bombing Daesh positions in Iraq and Syria, you have given them the green light to attack our people and they began immediately in this endeavor. Any notion of a “no-fly zone” benefits only the Turks. They do not belong in NATO and they do not belong in American-made airplanes bombing our villages and towns when we are not the enemy. Your cooperation with the Turkish military is misguided and will have negative ramifications for the entire region. Now that the Turks have ignored you and the Pentagon and are once again bombing Kurdish civilians, even in Kobani, which has suffered enough over the past year; you should be paying more attention to your legacy as your Administration comes to a close. It cannot come soon enough for us Kurds. We deserve better from our allies. Our people have an old saying: “No friends but the mountains.” Now you see why we say it.
Respectfully submitted,

The People of Kurdistan

About the Author
Rachel Grenadier was an olah from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2003 who returned to the United States in 2015. She really wanted to stay in Israel, but decided that having family members nearby was better for her health than a bunch of devoted, but crazed, Israeli friends who kept telling her hummous would cure her terminal heart condition. She has her B.A. and M.A. from George Mason University in Virginia and is the author of two books: the autobiographical "Israeli Men and Other Disasters" and "Kishon: The Story of Israel's Naval Commandoes and their Fight for Justice". She is now living in Virginia with her three Israeli psychologically-challenged cats and yet, denies being a "hoarder".
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