The Treatment of Iraqi Turks Since the Aftermath of WWI
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The Treatment of Iraqi Turks Since the Aftermath of WWI
A Human Rights Perspective
Published:
7/17/2012
Format:
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages:
268
Size:
6x9
ISBN:
978-1-46694-605-7
Print Type:
B/W
The legacy of colonial power in many undeveloped countries (in the aftermath of the First World War) is closely linked with the many problems that those countries are now experiencing. These problems are used as a smokescreen whenever the dominant countries of the world wish to further their interests; these poorer nations can be manipulated through religion or nationalism, or any other factor of expediency. What has happened throughout history (i.e., before, during, and after WW1) was not through happenstance. But rather logic dictates that a sophisticated political plan has been in place, and the long-lasting cold war between the Eastern and Western Blocks, driven by their contradicting beliefs over a universal political system, has had the sole aim of gaining control over the vast oil and gas reserves of the region. Such machinations were evident in Central Namibia, where genocidal crimes were committed against the Herero population by the German dictator; his solders and other ethnic groups were manipulated for the above purpose. This also happened in Algeria where the colonial power was France; the French supported a military junta who committed genocidal crimes over decades in the name of maintaining stability and control over Mediterranean Sea. The Turkic descendents in Iraq have been subjected to similar methods (i.e., ethnic cleansing since the aftermath of the WWI) and for the same purpose. The main objective of this research therefore has been to develop an in-depth analysis of the treatment of Iraqi Turks following WWI, arguing that the above systematic ethnic cleansing in Iraq has links with the colonial era. If Iraqis continue to ignore this fact and continue to blame each other, ethnic cleansing will continue, and it may affect other groups as well. Yet the new world order and financial system is designed in such a way as to serve those aims, and international law is too feeble to counter those plans. The ethnic cleansing in Iraq will remain unchanged as long as the political elite in Iraq continue to serve the aims of the great powers.

The primary intention of this work is to unveil truthful aspects of the history of the Middle East that the authors of other textbooks are unwilling to reveal. The objective is to conduct an in-depth analysis of the suffering of the three million Iraqi Turkic descendants. The book highlights the fact that the systematic ethnic cleansing against the Turkic descendants began following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after WW1 and the recent emergence of the Iraqi borders. Both national and international performers have been among those responsible for these policies. Some of the reasons behind the political motivations to take these actions are related to the Mosul question, business, international relations, and the emergence of the nationalist movements in the region. This fact is supported by evidence in the form of documented policies and violent acts, especially those committed against the Iraqi Turks and other Iraqi natives such as Iraqi Jews, Chaldean-Assyrians, Shahbag, and Yazidis.

This book addresses the breaches of international law that have occurred and explores the contention that successive Iraqi governments have attempted to conceal the forensic evidence of the systemic crimes and ethnic cleansing committed against the Turkic descendants of Turkmeneli. Nevertheless, further crimes continue to be committed, and manifold evidence demonstrates that the Iraqi governments and the Kurdish regional government bear responsibility for these crimes against Turkic descendants. 

While writing this review on August 15, 2012, eight more Turkic youth and children were killed. They were selected by gunmen from out of a group of youths who were all cooling themselves from the heat of summer in a river near their villages in the district of Mandaly. The Turkic youth were indiscriminately handcuffed and killed, one after the other. The only reason for this crime was the ethnicity of the victims in comparison to the others. The kidnapping of Turkic individuals and their children has also increased.

In the long term, the systemic progress and implementation of these political plans is threatening many other Iraqi communities and affecting their existence, as has occurred with the Turkic descendants. These people, like many other Iraqi groups, are abandoning their native cities, which are then being systemically occupied by Arab or Kurdish settlers, who aim to accomplish a similar result as was achieved by the Jewish community. These actions have therefore led to concerns among the Iraqi Turks that the political manoeuvres implemented to cause unrest in Iraq are also concealing a programme of systemic ethnic cleansing against them. 

Yawooz Ezzat is a founder and director of the charity "For a Better World", which aims to increase educational, health, employment, and civic support to disadvantaged people/communities in the UK and abroad, and reduce poverty and inequality, thus improving understanding of diverse communities and challenging discrimination through various methods. He also works in education and translation. In addition to English he can speak, read and write in Arabic, Kurdish and new and old Turkish languages. He has published several short articles in Middle Eastern journals and websites. Yawooz graduated with an LLM International Law and Financial Markets and BSc Psychology from the University of East London. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples, awarded jointly by the Institute of Family Therapy and Birbeck College, University of London. 

Yawooz Ezzat has expanded his knowledge and experience of teaching in the UK by joining the Gate-2-Teaching programme and completing a "Refugee into Teaching course: Communication Skills for teachers programme" at Middlesex University, and several other short courses and programmes designed to help overseas teachers who want to teach in the UK. He has also worked in creative and innovative ways with young people in both paid and volunteer roles in the UK. He has recently been working on his new article, "Would Iraq benefit by joining the WTO?"

 
 


 

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