No one is sacred…Assassinations in Paris…Photos from the PKK-Turkey war…
Washington DC — On Thursday, it was reported that three Kurdish women were shot dead in Paris. The execution style slayings come as the Turkish government publicly announce talks with Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party or PKK, a Kurdish militant group. Responsibility for the killings likely belongs to elements within the Turkish state or the PKK that do not want peace.
The killings occurred not long after the announcement of this new initiative to end the conflict. The deaths tragically show how difficult any attempt at peace-making between the Turkish state and the PKK will be. Past peace initiatives have ended following spikes in violence likely meant to derail a settlement on terms that do not suit hardliners.
One of the women killed in Paris was Sakine Cansiz, a PKK co-founder. With the Turkish government relying on the involvement of Ocalan, who is still regarded as the head of the militant organization, to signal the seriousness of the new initiative, whoever ordered the killings may be trying to make a point: No one is sacred.