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January 20, 2008

Bravery of Kurds in War

Broadcast 19 January on Iranian state satellite TV (IRINN)

[Off-screen announcer]: The people of the Kurdish lands, who were on the front lines during the attack by the Ba'thist enemy, with minimum resources and equipment showed in the fight against an enemy that was armed to the teeth that all the ethnic groups in Iran are more concerned with the national interest than anything else.

Broadcast 19 January on Iranian state satellite TV (IRINN)

[Off-screen announcer]: The people of the Kurdish lands, who were on the front lines during the attack by the Ba'thist enemy, with minimum resources and equipment showed in the fight against an enemy that was armed to the teeth that all the ethnic groups in Iran are more concerned with the national interest than anything else.

During the eight years of imposed war, zealous Iranian Kurds presented tens of thousands of martyrs and wounded pwople to the Islamic revolution and demonstrated their loyalty to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Commander Karamollah Khalkhali: Our dear Kurdish people who live in the Kurdish areas have supported the revolution since the time of its first victory. When the revolution was first victorious our enemies tried various plots to disrupt our unity, and this region experienced crises. There were people who got orders from outside the country to disrupt order in Kordestan. For this reason they created trouble in Kordestan right from the beginning of the revolution.

Separatists were calling for achieving the rights of the Kurdish people and were saying externally acceptable and ultimately good things but the truth of the matter was that enemies who were terrified by the triumph of the revolution, were trying to undermine cooperation from Iran's ethnic groups including the Arabs in Khuzestan and the [sunni] Muslims in Azerbaijan. However with the alertness of the dear Kurdisn people these plots were thwarted one after another.

However this required that the Kurdish people get more seriously involved with the system. Commanders such as Martyr Borujerdi, Martyr Chamran, Martyr Sayad Shirazi and Martyr Hemmat made much effort in this region. We must note that these dear ones made much effort to create unity throughout the country and especially in the Kurdish regions.

The sworn enemies of the Islamic revolution made a serious effort to separate Kordestan from Iran, but the Kurdish people, with the information made available to them due to the political freedom obtained by the revolution, they were all able to think and make decisions about their own destiny. They Kurdish people decided to participate seriously in the victory of the revolution and in the solidarity of the Islamic homeland.

[Off-screen narrator, field bakery footage]: The sight of commanders baking might be unusual, but it is very beautiful, because performing service is more difficult than anything. One must walk for a day to please God, fight again the next day, and on the third day one must often bake. For me there is no doubt that this bakery is the price of war before God.

Tomorrow the soldiers will be going into operations. As Mehdi has predicted, Iranians have taken up the flag of resistance.

[Researcher Dr. Yadollah Havas, seated in a studio decorated with "bunker" paraphernalia]: A sign of the bravery of the Kurdish Muslims who have supported the Islamic revolution and the Islamic government in this region is the martyrs the Muslim Kurdish people have presented to the revolution. If we go to Sanandaj, to Paveh, to Divandarreh, to Mahavat and to any of the cities in the Kurdish areas and see the graveyards of these martyrs, we will see that as in other parts of the country, the Kurds also have presented many martyrs to the revolution. In Kordestan many of these martyrs died fighting the plots of counterrevolutionary groups.

Of course in the sacred defense and in the fight against the foreign invasion the Muslim Kurdish forces played a great role and some of these forces were martyred fighting the Ba'th Party and the Iraqi army. Overall one can say that in Kordestan the Muslim Kurdish people, the revolutionary people and those who believe in the revolution were fighting on two fronts. One was on the domestic front against the forces of the counterrevolution who were seeking in some way to separate Kordestan from Iran and were paid from abroad, and the second was the fight against the foreign invasion by Iraq's Ba'th Party and the Iraqi army, and they played this role along with Iran's other combatants.

[Off-screen announcer]: There is no doubt that Kurdisn resistance throughout the period of the sacred defense was a golden page in their epic struggle in the history of Iran's Islamic revolution.

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This Iranian government propaganda piece is an element of its internal battle for legitimacy. It is obviously intended as a response to a long history of violent conflict between Iran's central government and the Iranian Kurdish opposition, which has been prominent and particularly intense since the first days of the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Crossposted to The Satellite News.



Posted by John at January 20, 2008 8:29 AM





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