Monday, July 27, 2009

Imprisoned Marxist Kurd leader Abdullah Öcalan to present 'road map' to solving Turkey's 'Kurdish question'

The Hürriyet Daily News announced on July 19, 2009 that Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed PKK terrorist organization, has set August 15, 2009 as the date he will present a four-step "road map" for solving Turkey's "Kurdish issue."

According to reports, Öcalan's road map suggests that Turkey establish a "strategic alliance" with the Kurds and adhere to a full cease fire between the PKK and Turkish military forces. His plan will also include a call for replacing the September 12-coup Constitution with a "democratic constitution." His PKK group had been waging a guerrilla war against Turkey, in which 40,000 had died, for 25 years as Turkey engaged in a campaign of cultural genocide against the Kurds.

Öcalan had been captured by Turkey in 1999 with help from U.S. and Israeli intelligence while under Greek diplomatic protection and sentenced to death, but this was commuted to life in prison after Ankara dropped the death penalty as a concession under its bid to join the European Union. Since then he has been the only prisoner on the island of Imrali, although plans are now underway to rebuild the prison and add additional prisoners.

The Jeremiah prophecy of doom on Babylon describes the three "great nations" of the Medes, "Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz", which correspond to the Turkish, Iranian and Iraqi factions of the Kurds, as aligning in a military campaign against Iraq and achieving a decisive and bloody victory over its army. At present, only the Iraqi and Iranian factions of the Kurds are allied under the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, while the Turkish Kurds remain embroiled in conflict with and under the suppression and authority of the Turkish government.

In order for Jeremiah's prophecy to come true, the "kingdom of Ararat" -- the Turkish Kurds -- will need to join their Iraqi and Iranian brethren in the Kurdish alliance in some fashion. The movement to create a "road map" towards solving the "Kurdish problem" in Turkey may be the start of such a shift in the power structure of the Kurds, who are to be infused with the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" by God so as to develop into a coalition of the "hordes of great nations of the north."

It seems so improbable. And that is what makes the prophecy so fascinating.

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