History has some turning points and adopting a correct stance at such moments conveys people and political parties into the future. But when one stands on the wrong side, history does not forgive.
Particularly over the course of the recent year, the PKK and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which claims to be in politics on behalf of Kurds, has adopted a new stance and took a position that contradicted the natural course of history parallel to the developments in the Middle East. This was a deliberate choice.
To understand why such a choice was made, it is necessary to look at the place of the PKK-HDP line in Kurdish society.
There are two main lines that engage in politics as part of this society. The first is the civilian line represented by Northern Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KEG) President Masoud Barzani and his Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and the second is represented by PKK violence.
The PKK's fight with Turkey and alliance with Russia and Iran take shape on these two lines. Neither the attitude of HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş nor the trench operation of the PKK leadership in Northern Iraq's Qandil Mountains, which dehumanizes towns, is a bare coincidence. They are the outcomes of a deeply rooted fight in Kurdish regions extending from the past to the present day.
Recall that the PKK leadership or Demirtaş fight not only Turkey but also Barzani too, and the question of why the PKK fights Barzani gains significance. What kind of benefit can Kurds gain from that fight?
The answer to this question explains why Demirtaş went to Russia and why the PKK leadership backs up the Russia-Iran-Syrian regime alliance. The answer is that the PKK leadership is directly dependent on Iran and Syrian President Bashar Assad. Otherwise, it could not survive in the region.
There is also another genetic code that leads them to such dirty relations. The PKK-HDP line is not the product of a democratic base. It does not favor competing in democratic conditions, as we all saw when it ruined its electoral success. Its choice is a single party regime in which dirty relations and violence prevail.
Now, it resorts to irrationality since it could not implement this system after confronting the alliance between Ankara and the KRG. This is the new version of the Turkish-Kurdish alliance, which has a history dating back to Alpaslan and Selahattin Eyyubi and continued with İdris Bitlisi and the Turkish War of Independence. And this is the junction where the anti-Turkey motivations of global and regional forces and the PKK's stance against Turkey and Barzani come in. They all collaborate to prevent this historic alliance, and PKK's main concern is hindering it. The question of whether Barzani or imprisoned PKK founder Abdullah Öcalan is the leader of the Kurds is meaningless and artificial in this respect.
Barzani has stood up by embracing the strategic partnership with Ankara and thus ruining all their plans, despite all the attacks and pressure. Retaking Sinjar and deploying troops to the Bashiqa camp are also signs of this cooperation.
Currently, it is highly likely that this cooperation will evolve and enter a new period. Iraqi Kurdistan is to hold a referendum on independence that was brought to the agenda last year but was postponed. Subsequently, the decision of maintaining strategic cooperation with Ankara in a new form is expected. The U.S. and EU allegedly regard this step positively. The situation is likely to change the balance in the region. This development invalidates the step to be taken in Rojava by Russia, Iran and the PKK, but also caused some concerns. Demirtaş's visit to Russia will not change the result.
But still, one must be ready for surprise developments. A provocative step may be taken at any moment. The PKK leadership, which led its proponents to death and turned them into refugees, to say the least, only acts with violence. I do not need to add anything for Assad. Russia and Iran also cannot compete with him in terms of violence.
While history is being written in the region, it is crucial who allies with whom and who stands where.