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A Phone Call and the Real Consequences

Posted in Genocide, Kurds, NATO, President Trump, Turkey, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2019 by authorcarloscardoso

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It’s been all over the news, 24 hours a day, the President of the US in a phone call with a foreign head of state weakened our national security for personal gain. The irony is that while we fixate on that call with Ukraine  in the never-ending resist and impeach movement that’s cost us over 32 million dollars for the empty Mueller investigation, we totally miss a phone call a week ago with similar circumstances and real consequences . This decision to remove US troops from Syria made impulsively during the call however was reportedly made without consulting any other officials of the US government and directly impacts national security for the foreseeable future.
A phone call from Turkish President Erdogan a man we will discuss later to President Trump on trade and defense assistance ends up with the president withdrawing all US troops from Syria so Turkey can then decimate the US allied fighters in Syria, the Kurds. These are the same people who fought with us in Iraq & Syria to defeat ISIS. Ten thousand fighters were being held by the Kurds and now will be free to regroup. Meanwhile genocide is occurring not only with us allowing it but it seems approving the move, while Trump mentions economic sanctions.
Erdogan is taking Turkey which had become a secular country back to its Islamic roots of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War I and broken into unfortunately arbitrary pieces split by the victorious allies. Iraq for example is a country without a common heritage, it has three distinct groups in three areas, the Kurds, the Shia and the Shi’ites. So, the Kurds a distinct ethnic people spread across several countries in mainly mountainous regions wanting to have their own homeland are being exterminated. A staunch, proud and warrior people whose legendary Peshmerga allied with the US defeated ISIS with an estimated loss of 10,000 men are sold out to Turkey a rogue NATO ally without a valid reason. Something here makes no sense and that’s a mystery that deserves an answer.
If Turkey dared to say that the few US troops mostly Special Forces were not going to deter the invasion to destroy the Kurds then that is tantamount to a declaration of war. Add to this the Turkish purchase of Russian made air defense S-400 missiles as a member of NATO. The alleged coup which Erdogan used to amass power and the treatment of Incirlik, a US base with reported nuclear weapons and then they want to buy F-35 jets from us? I’d say no sale your continued participation in NATO will end and an attack on our forces in Syria will lead to a Declaration of War against Turkey. Your views of an expanding and powerful Ottoman Empire will be crushed once and for all.
The Kurds are a historic people who’ve only wanted to have a home but much like the Jews have been persecuted for being different & denied a homeland. U.S President Woodrow Wilson offered a 14 Point Settlement to end World War I which included the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, that the non-Turkish nationalities of the Ottoman Empire should be assured of an absolute unmolested opportunity of autonomous development. 100 years later and instead of gaining autonomy they are being ethnically cleansed by the Turks with the US betrayal of the Kurds in Syria. We went into Libya under UN authority and deposed Qadhafi on humanitarian grounds yet watch silently as genocide is committed on a people who are our friends and allies.
Turkey must be held to account & NATO membership should be ended immediately. All Turkish troops must leave Syria and any Turkish warplanes operating in Syria risk being shot down by NATO, Russian & Syrian forces. Until such time as Erdogan has been removed from power and Turkey becomes a secular government with ties to European values Turkey will face not only military but financial consequences as well with the full force of economic sanctions designed to force Turkey to rethink its position in the world community. This phone call between Trump and Erdogan has real consequences unless we act now, we will have lost a friend, an ally and a people who just wish to be left alone. Turkey must stop immediately and the Kurds need our protection. Anything less would be unconscionable, dishonorable and a travesty of justice that imperils our national security unnecessarily. Save the Kurds now!