Chomsky noted that the Kurds have “succeeded in sustaining a functioning society with many decent elements” in Syria’s north.
Chomsky’s idea was that the US hold back Turkey with control points the border patrols, as recently set up by the US after Turkey’s latest terror bombings and incursions near Kobane. As in Manbij Erdogan cannnot afford to attack if it kills US soldiers.
Trump is pulling US Troops out of Syria. I’m not in support of this . Turkey is hungry to invade and genocide the Kurds because they are liberated and want freedom from countries like Iran and Turkey. Kurdish women are the most liberated in Middle East and we need to protect them like we did the Iraq Kurds in 90’s #boycottturkey#endwar#love#feminism#freedom#endterrorism#military#unity#kurdistan#rojava#unitedkurdistan#ypg#ypj#pershmerga#humanrights#trump#wakeup#awoke#earth#peace#nowar#nowaronsyria#womenempowerment#women#womeninspiringwomen#womenrights
“The United States could, with a relatively small presence, deter attacks against the Kurds in Syria, which could destroy the one part of Syria that is actually functioning at a decent fashion,” Chomsky added.
But Trump has done his ‘Evil Deal’ with Erdogan, for a $3.5bn of Patriot missiles and ‘many other purchases’ in exchange for selling out and betraying his SDF and Kurdish allies who conquered ISIS. We can be sure that both mafia style presidents will receive untraceable kickbacks in anonymous offshore accounts.
And also abandoning with contempt and without consultation the ”International coalition” against ISIS including Britain and France.. The US has given Erdogan free rein to flood Rojava with his fast growing mercenary army of jihadi Syrian militias, including many ISIS and Al Qaeda and militias now holed up in Idlib. Erdogan is paying the terrorists 500 Turkish dollars a month and offering loot, land and power destroying Rojava. Especially evil is the promise to destroy the unique womens’ liberation movement, returning women to semi slavery under medieval jihadi rule and implicitly offering the terrorist mercenaries the right to kidnap, rape and torture the heroic YPJ womens defense militia, as is already happening in Afrin.
Erdogan has already taken over Afrin, Al Bab, Azaz, Jarablus and much of Idlib and has openly boasted he will conquer all lands once held by the Ottoman Empire …
At home he hasdestroyed Kurdish areas killing thousands and ordered the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of people on suspicion.
What can SDF and the Kurds do to protect their democratic, feminist, co-op revolution?.. International support is vital, but we see in Afrin that thousands of demonstrations round the world counted for nothing.
Direct Action against Turkish State and economy is a good option but also hardly enough to stop a fascist state with a modern NATO army of 512,000 soldiers, not including its jihadi mercehnary army the FSA..
Supporters need to work with the Turkish opposition in Turkey, revive and extend theand put on real pressure by any means, especially financial and boycotting tourism.
”One possibility would be to turn to Russia as a patron. Russia has already demonstrated that it won’t take a challenge from Turkey in Syria lying down and could economically punish Turkey severely, as Putin did in 2015 after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet that was attacking Turkmen militias in northern Idlib province”.
victims of Erdogan’s war crimes in illegal and genocidal invasion of Afrin
But Russia criminally betrayed the Kurds in Afrin and now has crucial arms, gas and other trade deals with Turkey to protect. Also it has strongly backed Bashar al-Assad and the decrepit Baath Party, who want to control and profit from Syrian Kurdish regions.
Another possibility, however distasteful, is for the Kurds to turn to Bashar al-Assad himself. The hope would be that the Syrian Arab Army might be allowed by the Kurds to establish a buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border, which might hold back Turkey.
Al-Assad rejected this overture, saying, “There never will be in Syria any armed forces other than the Syrian Arab Army.” There has been some cooperation with the YPG and SDF in the past but in Afrin Assad demanded the Kurds lay down their arms if they wanted SAA protection ”The Baath Party is a one party state and the al-Assad clan have sticky fingers”.Some negotiations are taking place, ”the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Ra’i is reporting that the Kurds of al-Hasakah are in negotiations with Damascus about just such an SAA buffer zone. The Kurds are alleged to ”have offered to let the Syrian Army have the border zone on condition that the YPG militiamen be allowed to retain their arms and their control inside Hasaka”.
It is also possible but unlikely that Trump will lose power to the US war Industry and the Pentagon who want to expand their bases and build up on the Iranian border, which would be an even worse outcome. Or faintly possible that France, Germany or the UN could intervene.
In October 2017, the US was silent and did not intervene to stop the Iraqi assault on Kirkuk – the Iraqi government’s response to the Sep. 25, 2017, referendum – leading to Kurdish anger at Washington’s inaction.
(The same thing happened with the ongoing Turkish invasion and genocidal ethnic cleansing and ‘Turkification’ in the Rojava canton of Afrin. Though in this case it was the Russians who gave Turkey air control, the US made little protest.)
According to Chomsky, the US “pursues objectives determined by power considerations, and they lead to different positions with regard to the Kurds or others at different times.”
“Shortly after, a deal was made in which [the US] sacrificed the Kurds to Saddam Hussein,” Chomsky told the Intercept, “That led to Henry Kissinger’s famous comment that we shouldn’t confuse foreign policy with missionary activity.”
Moreover, he described the Clinton administration’s support for Turkey against the Kurds in the 1990s as “enormously destructive.”
“Clinton was pouring arms into Turkey for the purpose of carrying out massive, murderous, destructive attacks against the Kurdish population of Turkey in the Southeast,” Chomsky said.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany
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.
- 154th journalist imprisoned in Turkey by ErdoganAsli Ceren Aslan, editor of the newspaper Özgür Gelecek (Free Future) was arrested on 9 February in the province of Urfa province, Kurdish southeast of Turkey. She was “officially” arrested in Urfa, near the border with Syria while following the events in Syria and Rojava Kurdistan.
Athens, Greece: Incendiary Attack Against Turkish State-Owned Company Istikbal in Solidarity with the Defenders of Afrin
”During the night of the 2nd of February we attacked the Turkish company Istikbal with an incendiary device and we torched a 7.5 tonne truck in front of their headquarters at 152 Kifissias Avenue.
Ambulance blocked by police. DBP Silopi District Co-Chair, Gülşen Özden speaking to BBC Turkish in Silopi on killings of politician women said she received a phone call around 7:35 p.m. and the voice on the other end saidthey were shot and called for an ambulance. “They phoned me again in a few minutes saying ‘We are losing blood, hurry up. We all will die if you don’t come in 10 minutes’. By the time the bodies were rescued they held 19 bullets. Daily massacres take place in Eastern Turkey (North Kurdistan) as the Turkish police and half million strong army indulge in pogroms against the Kurdish population, who demand autonomous self-rule (but not a new state).
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