Gulf states silent on PKK executions in northern Iraq-Politics Today

Gulf states have remained silent regarding the execution of 12 Turkish citizens by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Politics Today news site reported on Monday.

The Turkish government announced that the PKK on Feb. 14 executed 13 people - 12 Turkish citizens and 1 Iraqi national - who had been kidnapped years ago and kept in a hideout in northern Iraq.

The incident sparked outrage across Turkey, with the government vowing revenge on the PKK, which has been at war in Turkey for Kurdish self-rule for almost 40 years.

“Despite the emotions running high in Turkey, no country in the Gulf condemned the PKK nor did they send condolences to the Turkish people or expressed solidarity, except for Qatar”, Politics Today said.

Politics Today cited two reasons for the indifference of Gulf states. First, Ottoman rule was simply exploitative and repressive, and hence the root cause of the contemporary backwardness of the Arab world, it said.

Moreover, contemporary Wahhabi-Salafism has accused the Ottomans of straying away from religion or even corrupting it with many religious innovations, it said.

“The overall negative view of both has created an almost unquestioned sympathy especially among the Arab ruling classes and intelligentsia towards all ethnic groups who had once been or are still under Turkish rule, in general, and the Armenians and Kurds, in particular,” Politics Today added.

Meanwhile, the co-chairmen of the Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans on Monday condemned the killing of Turkish and Iraqi Citizens by the PKK.

“As co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, we condemn the kidnapping and killing of twelve Turkish citizens and one Iraqi citizen. This event is a tragedy, and we extend our condolences to the families of those who lost a loved one. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (P.K.K.), which is a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, bears responsibility for their deaths,’’ the chairmen said in statement they released.