Dear Mr. President Joe Biden,
I want to start with the words of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “When government fears people, there is liberty. When people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
I congratulate you to be elected as the new president of the United States by defeating Trump and his company, who made the human family go through 4 years of darkness and fear, damaged the democracy tradition of your country, turned your people’s peace climate into a climate of shrewdness, lowered your score in the world democracy league, and endangered your mission to lead our world. Also, I would like to share with you that you have drowned the stateless Kurds, who have a population of 50 million, with great joy by being elected as the president of the USA.
Dear President, the phrase “the best commander is the one who wins the war without a fight” by the Chinese Sun Tzu has inspired philosophers, historians, sociologists and political scientists on issues on related wars and their origins. According to the Greek philosopher Plato, the source of all wars is ambition, pleasure seeking and ignorance. Or, as Spinoza said, “If people do not fight, it does not mean they are in peace. Peace is not a state of no war, but a separate matter of virtue.”
If we take Spinoza’s above statement as a reference; we know we cannot claim the world to be in a state of peace just because there are no ongoing hot wars. Furthermore, philosophers and political scientists of our modern age paint a different war-no war panorama than Plato and Spinoza. According to them, there are two types of warfare in the modern age based on “Micro” and “Macro” war theories. The Micro War Theory takes human biology and psychology as its reference and it considers genetically-engrained human aggression as the cause of wars. Such aggression, however, is far beyond our survival instinct to seek food, shelter, and protection for family, loved ones, and the homeland.
The Macro War theory is based on history and political science. It corresponds exactly to ambition, pleasure-seeking and power that Plato points out. In other words, the theory of macro war focuses on the power and ambitions of expansionist and colonialist states. However, it is the States, not nations, that decide and determine the fate of wars in this theory of war.
Macro and Micro war theories offer us the opportunity to make a concrete analysis on the political sovereignty established by the occupying Turkish-Arab-Persian state over the Kurdish people and the occupation movement in the territory of the Kurdish country.
Dear President, as you know the concepts of “terrorism” and “terrorist” have been difficult to define both theoretically and in the context of political science and political sociology. A significant number of political scientists agree that the definitions they brought to the concept of terrorism over the course of a century were unscientific, and Machiavellian definitions in line with the political interests of nation-states.
Dear President, of course, every fact that is real for me is rational. Because when we resort to the science of philosophy, we understand that no phenomenon and things are entirely coincidental. Another thing is political science and political sociology help us understand politics and things more accurately. However, political science and political sociology deal with the study of political events in a “naturalist” manner. Because political science and political sociology never get angry with political events and things; but it tries to understand how political events and things exist (political ontology).
The concepts of sovereignty, territory, legitimacy and authority, which are all 100% interconnected, have been the main subject of political science and focus of successful politicians like you. Example: In this sense, when we look at the recent history of Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, the Balkans and the Caucasus, we see America’s strong contributions and leadership role in the emergence of free and independent nations.
As you know, when the 1965-1968 city center riots broke out in your country, the American media and academics suddenly discovered violence in America.
Likewise, while the nations of the former Yugoslav state brutally strangled each other in the 1990s, Europeans realized that they were not free from terror and violence. Every time I go to Germany, every time I look at the face of the Germans that I encounter on the streets, I find it hard to convince myself that these people have once done the inhumane deeds of the Holocaust!
The “Mayflower Agreement” and the “Boston Massacre”, which left their mark on the history of independence and freedom of the American nation, have been a source of inspiration for me. As you know, the Mayflower Agreement earned American colonies cultures of territory, self-governance, and political consciousness – it helped found the American nation and the notion of independence.
It would be a great injustice not to mention the name of Thomas Paine while talking about the history of America’s independence. Thomas Paine was a thinker who pumped the ideas of independence into the mind and heart of the 13 American colonies. He was also a political scientist who showed the path to independence to political leaders such as Samuel, Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
Mr. President, these personalities, whose names we count, are your national heroes who left their mark on the independence of the United States and established a throne in the heart of America nation! But the Kingdom of England did not think like the American people. Britain regarded your warriors, politicians and philosophers, who have left their mark on American independence as “traitors”, “evil” and “terrorist” people, and invited you to reward your “headhunters” with money for the murder of your heroes who achieved your independence you know!
In this sense, the whole human family knows that for half a century, Kurdish fighters and Kurdish politics have been waging a struggle against the Turkish-Arab-Persian state for the territorial and political domination of the Kurds. Especially in this half century, we witnessed that the Turkish state did not refrain from using the biggest terror and terror methods of a century against Kurdish politicians and Kurdish patriots.
Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran have occupied the Kurdish country in the name of “Islamic brotherhood.” Thjey have divided it into four parts among themselves, and slaughtered the barefoot people with the most brutal methods. And then they label Kurdish people, politicians and fighters as terrorists, who responded with rebellion against such systemic occupation and who do not condescend to any method of violence other than legitimate defense methods to regain their homeland and political sovereignty.
However, the efforts of the Turkish state to suppress the national struggle of the Kurds and to terrorize it in the world league of states have not worked. By carrying out an aggressive and threatening policy towards Armenia, Greece, and other neighboring countries of the region and European states, Turkey could not avoid gathering the reactions of civilized and democratic states.
Mr. President, political scientists use this old saying a lot: “One’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter.” So, there are always strong reasons behind every violent movement. While the Basques are fighting against the Spanish state, the Tamils against the Sri Lanka state, the Irish against the British state, the Kurds against the Turkish-Arab-Persian states for their political sovereignty, these occupying states do not want freedom loving nations to be free; on the contrary, they prefer to suppress their legitimate struggle for a decent life!
Dear President, I would like to remind you that we have the opportunity to reveal the fact that Kurdish fighters are the only ones who comply with the “Geneva War Convention” in the history of world war through the scientific research of the United Nations. Your military units and the intelligence units operating in Kurdistan know very well while YPG wages a war against Islamist terrorist organizations in the lands of Western Kurdistan they do not carry out a single action against civilians.
What is even more important is that Kurdish fighters have never been engaged in a single act of violence in any countries; not in Turkey, Europe or anywhere else. Because it is known by your intelligence units that the Kurdish freedom movement embraces a secular life and bases all its references on science, democracy, and human dignity. In addition, the Kurds have no problem with the US and the Israeli state, the Jewish and Christian people. Kurds are the oldest and most secular nation in the Middle East. A nation with a culture of democracy, a nation in which the Israeli state and the Jewish nation can be the only neighbor, and a nation that will work in harmony with the United States in the Middle East and establish the sincerest friendship!
In particular, this point is very interesting: the Kurds have not carried out a single hijacking, a single sabotage and a single assassination act against the United States since the history of the national liberation struggle! Most importantly, the Kurds never tolerated the nose bleeding of a single American soldier, single American police, or a single American citizen!
With this practice, Kurdish politicians, Kurdish fighters, Kurdish intellectuals and the Kurdish nation have proven that they regard the USA as a world leader and friend. But we cannot say same thing about the terrorist state of Iran and Turkey. I am sure your intelligence agencies have plenty of intel to inform you of the hostilities by Iran, Turkey and Erdogan against you personally and your country!
I would also like to mention the following paradox for civilized and democratic states: Mujahideen Erdogan and his occupying generals are invading the country of Kurdistan, taking away the political sovereignty of the Kurds, banning their language, riddling Kurdistan cities with unprecedented methods in history, demolishing their graves, and destroying the 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf. They are murdering Kurdish women brutally, exposing their bodies naked in the middle of the street, brutally murdering Kurdish youth, dragging dead bodies on the ground by tying them to armored vehicles, killing nearly a thousand Kurdish children by firing bullets over them, taking politicians, MPs and mayors as prisoners. No civilized state has resisted these atrocities by Turkish security forces. In 2016, the Turkish Army shelled and destroyed half a dozen town in Southern Turkey. Now, Erdogan says that it was FETO (the cleric in Pennsylvania) who did that. That is not true. It was Erdogan. You know what kind of a man he is. You stated that he was supporting ISIS. But now he is trying to make it up with you. I know you will resort to diplomacy and try to reason with him, but as the most pro-Kurdish American President please do not be tricked by his lies. He boasts that he has outlived Presidents Bush, Obama, and will even think of outliving you. You must not allow him to fool America.
While the Kurds were experiencing these pains in their countries, who represented the Kurds, Mr. President, and who allowed them to be brutally murdered in their country? Of course, colonial parliament and colonial courts! Mr. President! We were killed, slaughtered and raped because we were Kurds! This is how Europe and the world left us Kurds alone in our hardest and most painful days!
You know that President Wilson, about 6 months before the end of World War I, at the joint session of the US Congress on January 8, 1918, made his post-war views to the American and world public opinion in the form of a 14-point text called “Wilson Principles”. When we refer to historical documents, we see that President Wilson especially expressed his opinion in favor of the withdrawal of the occupying soldiers from Belgium, Romania and Serbia, for Poland to become an independent state and for the Kurds living under the occupation and rule of the Turkish state to be granted autonomy or full independence.
Mr. President, as you know, the Americans declared that they were fighting for independence with Britain between 1776 and 1781, rather than a struggle for terror and revolution. So, we know that the problem between America and Britain is not a matter of social, economic and acculturation rights, but of political sovereignty altogether!
At this point, by your permission, I would like to briefly touch on the subject of self-determination of nations: It is a concept accepted and supported by both the UN and all international legal institutions. In other words, the legality of the armed and political struggle of the colonial nations like the Kurds to gain their independence by using their “Self Determination” rights in order not to live under the rule of the colonialist states.
Dear President! As you know, your country is the strongest and most rational in the world league of states. A country without power can be compared to a leaf that cannot stand against the wind, being thrown into the air. Of course, power does not mean one hundred percent evil. I do not think that the concepts of power and violence mean the same thing. Power is military, political, economic, information and psychological departments.
In this sense, as the Kurds do not have a military, political, economic and psychological power, they are thrown into the air by the Turkish, Arab and Persian states as the wind blows a weak leaf in the air! Yes, Mr. President! We Kurds, with a population of 50 million and a land area of 530,000 square meters, want to live freely with our dignity!
Especially, we do not want our children to be killed by more bullets than their ages, our youth to be martyred in the war, our people to leave their villages and cities to migrate, and our leaders, politicians and writers to be imprisoned.
We Kurds are a nation left barefoot on earth! We want to be the masters of our own lands like every nation! Like every nation, we want to receive education and training in our mother tongue! Like every nation, we want to have a flag and a passport!
If they ask us as a nation; what is the worst thing no doubt we call it slavery! As a nation, we know very well that fighting and war are at least are as terrible as slavery! Because we are a peace-loving nation and we do not want to fight anyone! Despite everything, as a nation, we want to extend the hand of peace to our enemies again!
Dear President! On May 19, 2015, as the Vice President of the US, you assured Mr. Barzani of a brighter future by saying “Dear President, cheer up. We both will see an independent Kurdish State before the end of our times.” These words have never been forgotten amongst us the Kurds and they have made you a hero in our eyes. Now, time is on our side and you have the support of both American and Kurdish people to bring the occupying tables to the table for a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue in the Middle east. Rest assured that many Kurds in America supported your campaign wholeheartedly. I know of one scientist in Update NY who worked tirelessly and contributed to your campaign multiple times.
As you know, you held a meeting titled “Kurdish issue” in Istanbul exactly 5 years ago, in January 2016, and invited Kurdish parliamentarians from all parties to the meeting.
The Turkish government has expressed its dissatisfaction with your meetings and objections. Despite their objections, you once again renewed your determination to support the PYD and the oppressed Kurdish people to fight ISIS in Syria, and you gave the Kurds a great excitement, hope and confidence! Here I wrote this letter, taking courage from your honorable and just stance.
Dear President! Therefore, a great duty falls on the United States of America and yours! I am aware that your mission is tough as you rule your country and the world! In order to put an end to this terrible war, I suggest you personally invite all the parties back to the peace and negotiation table, share the conversation with the Kurdish public, allocate an international passport to the Democratic Syrian Forces General Commander Mazlum Kobanê, let PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan meet with his lawyers, act as a mediator and arbitrator under the guarantorship of the United States, ensure the removal of terrorist labeling from Kurdish groups, and request the release of HDP former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and the continuation of the peace process!
Dear President! Your democratic and peaceful initiatives will lead to the end of this terrible war, and will win the admiration of the world nations and the Kurdish nation! Yes, you have the power to make it happen! If you do this favor to the Kurds; the consciousness of history will honor your name and country, and the human family will applaud you and your state.
Kadir Amaç – Author and Social Scientist