The Socialist Workers’ Party cheerleads for the Kurdistan Workers Party (aka the PKK), and calls for the freeing of its leader, Abdullah Ocalan: imprisoned by “a key US ally“, Turkey.
The Socialist Workers’ Party is similarly exercised by the fate of Iran. Indeed, its front organisation, the Stop the War Coalition, organises rallies and public meetings under the slogan “Don’t Attack Iran“.
Imagine how confusing it would be for the Socialist Workers’ Party if Iran joined Turkey in attacking the PKK.
Who would they support?
Well, that’s precisely the predicament in which the Socialist Workers’ Party finds itself.
Turkey and Iran have dispatched tanks, artillery and thousands of troops to their frontiers with Iraq during the past few weeks in what appears to be a coordinated effort to disrupt the activities of Kurdish rebel bases.
Scores of Kurds have fled their homes in the northern frontier region after four days of shelling by the Iranian army.
Some displaced families have pitched tents in the valleys behind Qandil Mountain, which straddles Iraq’s rugged borders with Turkey and Iran. They told the Guardian yesterday that at least six villages had been abandoned and one person had died following a sustained artillery barrage by Iranian forces that appeared designed to flush out guerrillas linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who have hideouts in Iraq.
So, who should the Socialist Workers’ Party back?
Vote now and help them decide.