While world leaders look on and do nothing, it is left to ordinary people everywhere to show the people of Northern Syria our solidarity and support.
If Turkey had only carried out an unprovoked invasion, but had not declared their intention to carry out ethnic cleansing of the Kurds, that should have been enough for the Kurds to expect international support.
If Turkey had only announced ethnic cleansing, but had not bombed civilians and hospitals and loaded weapons with white phosphorus, that should have been enough for the Kurds to expect international support.
If Turkey had only carried out war crimes, but had not used former members of ISIS and Al Qaeda as frontline troops, that should have been enough for the Kurds to expect international support.
If Turkey was only working hand in glove with brutal Islamist gangs, but the people they were attacking had not led the fight against ISIS, that should have been enough for the Kurds to expect international support.
If the Kurds and their neighbours had only liberated Syria from ISIS, with the loss of 11000 of their comrades, but had not set up a peaceful grassroots democracy that we would be proud to learn from and emulate, that should have been enough for the Kurds to expect international support.
But the world’s leaders have offered the people of North East Syria nothing more than sympathetic words. So it is up to all of us to act. We will continue to demand an internationally protected no-fly zone, meaningful sanctions on Turkey, and a full ban on arms exports. We also call for a boycott of Turkey, and especially of the Turkish Tourist industry, because a weak economy is Erdogan’s Achilles heel. And we call on everyone to help keep alive and strengthen the vision for a better world that the Kurds and their neighbours were making a reality. This should be central to our ideas and our practice. Like the Kurds we can’t give up.
Since our last blog, there have been demonstrations in Edinburgh both Sundays
and a demonstration in Aberdeen on Saturday.
We have spoken to the John Maclean Society at Edinburgh University, and at the Radical Independence Conference, where we also had a stall.
And our call to Boycott Turkey was backed by some well-kent members of Scottish civic society and published in the Sunday National. But the Turkish attacks go on, and so must our protests.