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IS TURKEY'S EROGAN PLANNING GENOCIDE ON THE KURDS?

Is Turkey planning a massacre of Kurdish rebels in the wake of US President Donald Tump's surprise decision to withdraw the remaining two-thousand American troops from Syria? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not hiding his intention to punish the Kurds once and for all for their territorial games and drive for independence during the campaign in Syria against ISIS. For years, Turkey and the Kurds have been engaged in a brutal struggle over the Kurds' historic desire to establish an independent state. The Kurds, estimated to number some 30 million, live in a region known broadly as Kurdistan which is a contiguous spread over four separate states - Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran. How come this landlocked area with such a large indigenous population was simply left out of the New Middle East that was carved out by Britain and France during WWI? 

The huge Ottoman Empire of the Turks was divvied up by two diplomats. The Brit was named Sykes, and his French partner was Picot - hence the Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916 where the two world powers dominant in the region sat down with a map and two sharp pencils and proceeded to draw a new map of the Middle East. Obviously, their primary purpose was to preserve their imperial desires. To make a long story short, Sykes and Picot either forgot or were totally ignorant of the Kurds and their right to some form of national status; no less than the Turks, Iraqis, Syrians, and everyone else. The Kurds were simply left out in the fold. (By the way, another outcome of WWI was the Balfour Plan that envisaged a Jewish National Home alongside the Arabs).

They believed fervently that their sacrifice and contribution to the war effort would be recognized by the international community and pave the way to their drive of an independent state of Kurdistan.

But back to the Kurds and their present plight. Kurdish forces have played a major role in defeating ISIS. They have a proven reputation as very brave fighters, and this includes Kurdish women. (In fact, ISIS terrorists reportedly feared to fight Kurdish female warriors believing that if they were killed by a Kurdish woman they would be barred from entering paradise). In any case, the Kurdish forces, fighting as separate units from Turkey and Syria, routed many of the ISIS hoards. They believed fervently that their sacrifice and contribution to the war effort would be recognized by the international community and pave the way to their drive of an independent state of Kurdistan. This despite the ferocious opposition of Turkish president Erdogan. But apparently, this is not going to happen. As the war winds down against ISIS, Erdogan has brazenly declared that he categorically rejects the Kurds' renewed demand for national independence. Moreover, he vows openly to make the Kurds pay for their renewed rebellion against Turkey. This is no empty threat - Erdogan is massing forces for a major assault on the Kurds.

Trump's precipitous decision to withdraw the last two-thousand American troops from Syria has lent impetus to Erdogan's threat. Reportedly, the US leader decided to bring the boys home in a telephone conversation with Erdogan. Apparently, Erdogan asked Trumps why the US needed two-thousand soldiers in Syria, and Trump replied on the spot, "You know, you're right!" This, despite the advice of former defense minister, Gen. Mathis, who resigned on the spot.

And why was that? Granted, the US troops in Syria are not even in combat roles - they are acting more as military advisors. However, their presence is a strong American symbol that the US is not relinquishing its international role as a World Power, no less than Russia. Obviously, Israel, which is currently facing both Iran and Russia and neighboring Syria, was alarmed by Trump's step. A somber Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu declared that Israel has never depended on American troops to defend it or to face Iran or ISIS. "Israel always has and always will be ready to defend itself by itself." But of course, it is fair to say that Russia has a different story.

The US leader is now trying to tone down his initial statement by saying that the troops will not be withdrawn all at once but over a period of time.

The US leader is now trying to tone down his initial statement by saying that the troops will not be withdrawn all at once but over a period of time. But this is small comfort if the US is ultimately handing over the keys to Putin. In any case, with or without Moscow's approval, Israel has again bombed Iranian military sites in Syria. As for Trump's pullout, this is actually following in the footsteps of President Barack Obama. The former American leader took the moral high ground when he warned Syrian President Assad that there would be "consequences" if Assad again dropped chemical weapons on Syrian rebels and civilians. Assad paid no heed and dropped even more chemical weapons. And indeed, there were consequences - Obama simply pulled out and also handed over the keys to Putin.

At present, Erdogan is making preparations to teach the Kurds a lesson. And when it comes to brutality, Turkey has a well-earned reputation. The Turks carried out what several countries, including the US, Britain, France, and even Russia have described as a genocide, massacring an estimated 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children. In fact, some experts contend that the failure of world public opinion to react to the Turkish genocide of the Armenians paved the way for Adolf Hitler to carry out the Holocaust.

(Click here to read more on the Amenian Genocide.)

Although some 28 countries have officially recognized the Turkish Genocide of the Armenians, Israel has declined to do so. This has to do, again, with international politikim. Before the hostile Erdogan era, Israel enjoyed strong and even military ties with Turkey. It was known as the "Silent Alliance". Among other things, Israeli pilots even trained at Turkish airbases, with all that implies. Bear I mind, although the Turks are Sunni Muslims, they are not Arabs. However, when the ambitious Erdogan rose to power he had visions of Turkey becoming the leader of the Arab-Muslim world. This naturally required him to adopt a virulent anti-Israel stand. He even went along with the plan to send a private Turkish ship to try and break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza, implemented to prevent Hamas from smuggling in more rockets to launch at Israel.

The Turkish leader knows what he is talking about when he warns that he is about to stamp out the Kurdish rebellion that has been smoldering for decades.

The bottom line - the Turkish leader knows what he is talking about when he warns that he is about to stamp out the Kurdish rebellion that has been smoldering for decades. If Turkey is permitted to implement such atrocities now against the Kurds, as they did in the past with the Armenians, this inevitably will also be on Trump's plate in the same fashion that Barack Obama shares culpability in Assad's continued use of chemical weapons in Syria against civilians.

And in the same context, has the time not come for Israel to speak out and officially recognize the Turkish genocide perpetrated on the Armenians. Below are the following countries that have already recognized it. Israeli should also stand up and be counted.

Countries that Recognize the Armenian Genocide


 

 

Political Analyst David Essing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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