Saturday, October 12, 2019

Kurds Betrayed by the Yanks Again

On Wednesday, Turkey unleashed bombardments over northeast Syria and opens one of the biggest new fronts in years in an eight-year-old civil war that has drawn in global powers. 

Thanks to Donald Trump (left) who essentially gave Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan the green light with one phone call after which he pulled US troops out of harm's way. 

This was the signal for Turkey’s military to begin their offensive against the Syrian Democratic Forces led by Kurdish YPG militia. Ankara brands the YPG militia as "terrorists" because of their alleged ties to "militants" who have waged an insurgency in Turkey. 

On Thursday, Turkish police began criminal investigations of Kurdish lawmakers and detained scores of people in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, accusing them of criticizing the military’s incursion into Syria, state media had reported. 

FYI, the SDF have been the main allies of US forces on the ground in the battle against Islamic State since 2014 – and they have been holding thousands of captured IS fighters in prisons and tens of thousands of their family members in detention. 

Turkey’s Defence Ministry said 228 ‘militants’ had been killed so far. The Kurds said they are fighting back. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, the death toll numbered at least 29 SDF fighters and 17 fighters with a Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group. And some 100,000 people had fled their homes, said the United Nations.

Erdogan (left) even threatened to flood Europe with Syrian refugees who are presently in Turkey if EU countres describe his forces’ move as an occupation. Turkey already hosts around 3.6 million people who have fled the Syrian war. 

Anyway, more misery for Syria because more people are dying and more places are wrecked – but my point is, the US is not to be trusted. And if you put your trust in that country – it’s a matter of time the Americans betray you. 

Now, it’s the turn of the Kurds. Again. Not for the first time, mind you  but the eighth time! The Kurds are doomed!

If you have read Steven Cook's article "There's Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds" in Foreign Policy, October 11, 2019, you'll know the full extent of US treachery. I guess betraying the Kurds is a great American tradition.

We are gearing ourselves up for World Speech Day 2020. I repeat, next year’s edition will be bigger and better. 

[Note: For those wishing to know more about World Speech Day, kindly check the blogsite]. 

World Speech Day 2020 is extra-special because it is not just celebrated in KL and Penang, but also in Melaka. And not just because it is my hometown – but we have our neighbors from Singapore joining us there! 

#unexpectedvoices #worldspeechday

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