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Erdogan agreed #turkstream 2 pipeline for Russian okay to Bomb Afrin
Just 24 hrs before they started blasting the only progressive forces in the Middle East with US planes and German tanks the ‘Turkish Hitler’ Erdogan gave permission to Russia to build the 2nd #turkstreamgas pipeline through Turkey into Europe. (see Jan 21 2018 Gazprom receives construction permit for second string of TurkStream)In return Russia was probably blackmailed to criminally okay the bombing.
(Russia controls the air space and was able to stop Turkey and Turkstream when they downed a Russian fighter in 2015).. One word ..NYET from Putin could have paralysed the invasion and the likely loss of thousands of innocent lives. (see.. #Putin is powerless to defend Syria against #Turkey because it needs the #Bosphorus and #Turkstream)
We’re used to blaming the USA as the king of predator capitalism but Russia is just as bad. Modern nation states degenerate into repressive corrupt mafias, and that’s why the Kurdish Revolution is in principle not even demanding a new State . (see..Rojava Revolution.. A Utopia at the Heart of Syrian Chaos)
By agreeing the Turkstream 2 pipeline and bombing the villages of US allies Erdogan has slammed the door on the USA imperialists. …Great?! … But only to implement an equally capitalist as well as racist, jihadi, hierarchical and ultra misogynist police state. (see also:Turkish Terrorist Erdogan orders Bombing of Afrin in new Outrage)
It’s not just the Turkstream 2 pipeline, a second and third are planned if permission to enter the EU is obtained. Erdogan will get cheap gas to aid his nightmares of Empire and SE Europe will get locked into 50 yrs more of climate-lethal fossil fuel gas now shown to be as bad as coal due to leakages…Then there is the nuclear power plant, and the Russian arms and anti aircraft system and… (see alsoFrack Gas’, now proven ‘Much Worse Than Coal’)The ‘Turkish Hitler’ got to power partly by cynically sabotaging the advanced peace process and playing the traditional nationalist card of racist paranoia and pogroms against the 18 million strong Kurdish minority. (see also.. Nusaybin surrenders after 74 days ..in total ruins and deafening silence)
However it remains to be seen whether he can defeat the SDF/YPG/J in Rojava. Already the invasion seems to be getting bogged down despite the immense Turkish superiority in numbers and armaments. It seems that Erdogan cannot use his own infantry of unwilling drafted soldiers for fear of mutiny, and must rely on mercenaries recruited from the dregs of failed Syrian militias, who are happy to take Turkish salaries but understandably unwilling to give their lives. (see alsoTurkish op in Afrin leaves ‘grim tally’ of children killed, ‘fleeing families’ in Syria – UNICEF)
“Work has already started at the construction site of the receiving terminal in Turkey. Today, we received a permit to lay the second string in the exclusive economic zone and territorial waters of Turkey,” Miller said on January 19, 2018.
International volunteers join mass mobilization to defend Afrin
The international volunteers of YPG announced that they would join the mobilization to defend Afrin. The fighters have arrived in Afrin to join the resistance. The fighters from all over the world, who joined the fight against ISIS for years, announced that they would respond the call to mobilize by Afrin local administration. Fighters stated that they will not stay silent while Afrin is being attacked by Turkish occupation army. “We’ve been fighting against ISIS terrorism for years. No one should expect us to stay silent.