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These fair-weather friends appear to want to see ISIL fighters crush the Kurdish resistance as a favour to Ankara. With friends like these, freedom needs no enemies.

Kurds must mournfully ask: Is this indecisiveness now the official policy of coalition forces as well?

The international community has tolerated the atrocities of Middle Eastern dictators for years under the pretext of respecting the sovereignty of states - nevermind that these tyrants were ruthlessly raining bullets or poisonous gas on innocent civilians, as Saddam Hussein did on the Kurds of Halabja in 1988 and Assad senior did to protesters in Hama in 1982.

Today, these states have become the incubator of ISIL, whose tentacles stretch far beyond the region. And Kurds, as always, are tragically trapped in the middle.

Syrian Kurds tried to help the forces of freedom during the Arab Spring by declaring autonomy from Damascus over three northern Syrian regions with Kurdish majority populations. They drafted a constitution and held free and fair elections. This experiment in self-rule naturally caused consternation in Ankara, which has tried to undermine it ever since.

In Turkey, where nearly half of the world s Kurdish population lives, the Kurds took to the streets and demanded an immediate halt to what they claim are Ankara s deceitful dealings with ISIL. Turkish police responded with brutal violence - killing 31 protesters and declaring martial law in six cities.

This is what Bashar al-Assad did in Syria and Hosni Mubarak did in Egypt. Yet Turkey still shamelessly peddles the same old lie that it is a country of laws and Kurds have as much rights as Turks do.

Are the Kurds - the most dependable fighters against ISIL - to now be sacrificed upon the altar of political expediency?

Despite little or no help from the outside world, Kobane s Kurds have no intention of fading away from the scene. Their cause has galvanised Kurds throughout the region and beyond.

The same old lie

Unfortunately, many in the West buy the nonsense peddled by Turkey now.

Across the Syrian border in NATO-ally Turkey, one high-ranking Turkish civil servant recently told Turkish journalist Ahu Ozyurt: [ISIL] are like us, fighting against seven great powers, [as we did] in [our] war of Independence.  

Another one peevishly added, Rather than the PKK, I would rather have ISIL as a neighbour.

If Kobane falls, the unnamed Turkish civil servants will have their ISIL next door - and I am afraid something even worse than their seven great powers - that s how Turkish nationalists describe the allied powers of World War I.

The fight to the last drop of blood that Polat vowed to wage, rages on. The Prime Minister of Kobane, Anwar Moslem, asked for international help on October 8: I want everyone to know that the fall of Kobane would be the fall of humanity. I therefore appeal to everyone to stand up for Kobane and stand with us in these very difficult days.

That clarion call has yet to reach its intended target. Let s hope it will do so soon, and Kobane will be remembered as a modern-day Stalingrad.

Kani Xulam is director of the American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN) in Washington, DC, and a commentator on Kurdish affairs.

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