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Worried for Kurds in Syria, abandoned by US? Here’s an obvious solution but it will make Washington hawks MAD

By Nebojsa Malic | RT | October 7, 2019

US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out US troops from northern Syria has been met with bipartisan outrage, calling it a “betrayal” of the Kurds. Wait till the regime-changers hear the obvious solution to keep them safe.

As some two dozen US troops stationed in northwestern Syria began to withdraw on Monday, reports began coming in of Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish targets. Ankara is apparently calling the operation “Fountain of Peace.”

Officially, the goal is to establish a “safe zone” along the border to resettle some of the 3,6 million Syrian refugees. Oh, and also to set up a buffer zone between the Kurdish militias in Syria – YPG and YPJ – from their PKK kin in Turkey, designated terrorists by Ankara.

Trump’s detractors in Washington have denounced his decision as a “betrayal” of the Kurds, accusing the president of abandoning the force that the Pentagon has used as boots on the ground against IS in eastern Syria. Recall that it was the Kurdish-led “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) that liberated Raqqa – “capital” of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) – in October 2017.

Thing is, the Obama administration sought to create some kind of parallel government in those territories, in line with its policy of demanding regime change in Damascus and the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

If Kurdish leaders thought this would somehow translate into support for statehood, or dominion over traditionally Arab-majority territories, they were dangerously deluded. Trump has made it clear from the beginning of his presidency that he had no interest in “nation-building” anywhere, and has tried to put that info effect despite constant push-back from the US establishment.

What happened in August 2016 should have also been a clue – and offers a possible way out of the present conundrum. Back then, Turkey invaded from the north in ‘Operation Euphrates Shield,’ attacking the Kurds from the rear just as the SDF was launching the major push against Raqqa. The US did nothing to stop this. Only when the Syrian Arab Army – accompanied by Russian observers – stepped in to create a buffer zone between the Turks and the SDF, did the invasion stop.

While Ankara thinks nothing of attacking the Kurds, it is hard to imagine it would dare open fire on Syrian troops – or the Russians fighting alongside them. The obvious solution for the Kurds is to make a deal with Damascus and secure the protection of the Syrian government that the US could never provide. This would keep them safe, while keeping Damascus happy and Ankara without grounds to object.

The only ones displeased by this would be regime-change advocates in Washington – but that’s their problem.

October 8, 2019 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Listen:

    Comment by tsisageya | October 8, 2019 | Reply

  2. Gee, back to where we started – what a great idea. Obama and the CIA could have done that pretty easily – just forget the damn pipeline

    Comment by GGH | October 8, 2019 | Reply

  3. Countries have no friends; have interests…

    Comment by Paulo Henrique | October 9, 2019 | Reply

  4. It is wrong to feel any sympathy for the Kurds in Iraq and Syria who for decades have betrayed the people of their host countries and for too long colluded with Israel as did the Barzani Tribe amongst others. These Kurds have NO right to create a Kurdistan on Lands stolen/Usurped from northern Syria, northern Iraq which have been sovereign territories belonging to ancient lands of the aforementioned nations.
    Kurdistan never existed in history as Kurdish Tribes [descended from the Khazarian/Turkic Empire who had always been nomadic and settled in these countries who allowed them to assimilate with the Arab hosts and given certain amounts of autonomy within their communities
    But the lands within which they domiciled belonged to Syria, Iraq, and even Turkey.
    Kurds like the Barzanis, Talabani, should feel shame at their treasonous actions that involved Terrorism against Arabs on behalf of some of their Jewish/Israeli brethren. They colluded with Israel, America and even Turkey and worked alongside their Terrorists ISIS/DAESH etc. This is something the late brave Lebanese Journalist discovered Serena Shim [Press TV}] whose exposure cost her her life!!
    Turkey contrary to all the political theatre, has been working closely and covertly with Israel to destroy the Arab world especially in Syria and Iraq! Just because they claim to be a ‘Muslim country doe snot make them true Muslims as is the case with the Judaic House of Saud who pose as phony Sunni Muslims!
    Turkey, Kurds, Saudi and Emirati Tribe along with the Hashemites can never be trusted due to the long standing collusion with Israel, America and Britain

    Comment by maisoon | October 10, 2019 | Reply


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