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Abandoning the Kurds in Syria is a Bad Idea

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So, how would the US like to be remembered among the world powers? As one who abandons their allies or supports them during the darkest hours?

Well, as you all know by now, the United States had formed an alliance with Kurdish rebel forces in our multi-year battle against the Islamic State terrorist organization who sought to create a Caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Now that President Trump wants to withdraw US troops from Iraq and Syria because he believes that ISIS no longer poses the existential threat to Western culture as it did when it first made its appearance on the political scene some years ago, it appears that he has given the green light to Turkey to finish the job.

On Sunday night, the White House issued a rather sudden and startling statement saying that US military personnel would immediately abandon northern Syria to the Turkish invasion.

The move would also place America’s steadfast allies in grave danger. The Kurdish fighters stood shoulder to shoulder in the protracted battle against Islamic State terrorists. Turkey has gone on record as calling the Syrian Kurds “terrorists” and have promised on countless occasions to vanquish them from existence.

We can tell you this, however. Turkey is under the leadership of one of the world’s chief terrorists and his name is Recep Tayyip Edrogan. This Turkish leader has crafted a legacy of jailing and torturing journalists who dare oppose his draconian views.

Erdogan holds palpable malice and visceral animus towards Israel as was evidenced in the Mavi Marmara affair in which supplies were to be smuggled into Gaza for the express use of Hamas terrorists, who objective is destroy Israel.

It was Erdogan who transformed Turkey from a bastion of secular democracy to a radicalized Islamic state in a region that can aptly be called a tinderbox.

Erdogan and Trump have agreed to meet at the White House next month to discuss the creation of a so-called “safe zone” in northern Syria, according to the AFP news agency, quoting the Turkish presidency.

This weekend, Erdogan had warned that Turkey could launch a cross-border offensive “as soon as today, tomorrow.”

The White House said in a statement that:

“The United States Government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused. The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer. Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial “Caliphate” by the United States.”

This clearly spells great danger for the Kurds and even more to the point, it is possible that because of massacres of the Kurds by Turkish forces, the US will somehow get thrown back into the Middle East imbroglio and find itself in the midst of a war that they never dreamed of fighting.

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