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KOBANI 'SLAUGHTER' WILL BE ON OBAMA'S HEAD

Tuesday update:

As the violence spills over into Turkey: Turkish border police checking the belongings of Syrian refugees seeking shelter

 IS forces. An estimated 12,000 Kurds are surrounded in the town, and Anne Barnard, the New York Times correspondent in Istanbul, has raised the of their slaughter by IS. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the only two foreign leaders who could possibly prevent it, continue to wring their hands and refuse to take effective action. Nobody expects anything decent from Erdogan, who hates the Kurds for campaigning against Turkey for their independence, but Obama?? Despite the US President's vow to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' Islamic State forces, he has launched a few feeble air strikes against what appears to be the main IS thrust on Kobani. American officials have said the air attacks had knocked out several IS armored trucks, destroyed an IS unit, and damaged a tank. Is this all the damage the most powerful air force in the world could inflict on IS forces in the Kobani area? 

 You don't have to be a military expert to realize what's going on; just listen to the tangled rhetoric from Obama spokespeople back in Washington. First, the State Department's Jen Psaki described the dire situation:

  'How it is horrific for everyone to watch in real time what's happening in Kobani'.

 

By the time Kerry and Erdogan stop blaming each other, it will probably be all over for Kobani.

So her boss, Secretary of State John Kerry was on an urgent mission to persuade Turkish President Erdogan to intervene with his tanks that are massed along the Turkish border just a couple of miles from Kobani. However, the perfidious Erdogan, who has allowed Jihadist volunteers from Europe to join IS, has ordered his tanks and military forces to bar Kurdish volunteers in Turkey from going to the aid of Kobani. By the time Kerry and Erdogan stop blaming each other, it will probably be all over for Kobani.

 

'Once again, we are seeing this extremist organization in the name of an otherwise peaceful religion, Islam, perpetrating terrible acts of violence against religions and ethnic minorities...'

  Over in the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama is very concerned. But Earnest appeared to be just as concerned about any Muslim blowback against the US:

  'Once again, we are seeing this extremist organization in the name of an otherwise peaceful religion, Islam, perpetrating terrible acts of violence against religions and ethnic minorities. This is something we remained concerned about'.

 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

 Is Josh Earnest really serious? But surely he would not have gone to such pains to defend Islam by such a preposterous statement unless he was instructed to do so by President Obama. It's as if the White House has never heard of Christians being banished from most of the Middle East, about Boko Haram atrocities in Nigeria, or Hamas in Gaza that equates the Islamic Day of Judgment with killing the Jews. Is there any other religion but Islam that celebrates the cult of suicide bombers? That is not to say that all Muslims are sadistic fanatics bent on murdering men and raping women, of course not, but there is a limit!

 

...Kobani is a regrettable sideshow, and the focus of the US military campaign is ISIL in Iraq. If this is the case, President Barack Obama, in no small measure, will bear the moral responsibility of what may now transpire in Kobani.

  So the White House is very concerned and the State Department is watching Kobani in horror. But it appears US policy for coping with IS is based more on realpolitik than on a sense of what's right and what's wrong. When asked if the US was committed to saving Kobani, Jen Psaki ducked the question:

  'Certainly no one wants to see Kobani fall, but our primary objective here is preventing ISIL from gaining a safe haven. The US-led coalition wants to stop the group from being able to stage attacks in Iraq and possibly plan attacks on US interests'.

 

 So, reading between those lines, Kobani is a regrettable sideshow, and the focus of the US military campaign is ISIL in Iraq. If this is the case, President Barack Obama, in no small measure, will bear the moral responsibility of what may now transpire in Kobani. Is this accusation too harsh? I would answer this way:

 

Former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta who denounced Obama's lack of action and indecisiveness on Syria. (photo credit: US Secretary of Defense)

 First, Obama's eagerness to withdraw American forces from Iraq without leaving a residual force to keep the Sunnis and Shiites on an even keel has precipitated the rise of ISIL. This is the position of Obama's former Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, who also blames the President for damaging America's credibility when he failed to keep his word about punishing Syrian President Bashar Assad for his repeated use of chemical weapons against the rebels (there are persistent reports that Assad has not given up all his hidden chemical weapons). It may be that Obama's moral failure in not doing enough to save Kobani may also have a deleterious effect on his main policy goal of forging a strong coalition against ISIL.

 

 And what of Israel's silence in the sad chapter of Kobani? Did the Jewish state not have a duty to speak out and maybe try and aid the Kurds, one way or another? Was Prime Minister Netanyahu worried about the 'people in glass houses' insinuation? Not really. Maybe he was too busy with his asinine bickering with President Obama over the Jerusalem housing issue. But probably the Israeli leader has enough on his plate with the rising tension with Hezbollah, which has been heating up the northern border with Israel despites fighting for Assad in Syria.

 

 

  

 David Essing

 

 

 

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