By Pie Guevara
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I thought it a bit odd that one of the comment contributors to Post Scripts who has frequently and vigorously expressed his hatred and contempt for Christians and Christian values in these pages would grieve over Turkey invading Syria ostensibly to “begin an ethnic cleansing of the Christian Kurds.”
This specious comment and Peggy’s link to an OAN interview of a former officer of the CIA prompted me to look more deeply into the Kurds in northern Syria. (A vid of that interview appears at the bottom of the page and merits a viewing. Thank you again Peggy.)
Some of this I had known before and some of it is new to me. As it turns out the situation is a complex one that involves many bad actors and encompasses not just the past decade or so but hundreds of years of hatred, resentment, animosity, and religious and ethnic tribalism.
Without going into a detailed examination which has been done elsewhere across literally hundreds of articles and much better than I can do here, I will merely list a few of the salient points of interest to me and maybe to you. Those who wish to form a deeper understanding can join me on the web and do further research of their own. There is an abundance of relevant information to be had. Those who wish to engage in a civil opinion and intelligence sharing conversation in the comments section are invited to do so. The gang of two can go pound sand and will be ignored by me. I have had enough of those two witless twits for this month.
1) Before the Syrian Civil War approximately 10% of the Syrian population was Syriac/Assyrian, Armenian or Arab Christian. Together they formed one of the largest Christian minorities in the middle east. Early in the war Christian communities were armed by Syrian and Kurdish governments to defend themselves against sectarian Sunni Islamic rebels. These sectarian Sunni rebels included Wahhabi Sunni jihadists who eventually formed the core of ISIS.
2) Around 2016 Syrian Kurds seeking to establish an autonomous political federation in northern Syria clashed with Assyrian militias in and about Qamishli. At the time Qamishli was primarily controlled by U.S. backed Kurdish Democratic Union Party and their security forces.
So, here in 1 and 2 we have Assyrian forces (including Assyrian Christian militias) battling Kurds (including Christian Kurd militias) in northern Syria and the U.S. siting right in the middle of this mess. Given that Muslims have a long history of killing other Muslims over religion and political power in this region it does not surprise me that Christians (who had a similar history hundreds of years ago) should be killing one another too.
3) The thorn in Turkey’s side for decades has not been Christian Kurds in northern Syria but the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a far left militant and political organization based in Turkey and Iraq. The PKK now has a presence in northern Syria. These are not “Christian Kurds” they are Marxist terrorists.
4) The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by several states and organizations, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and the European Union.
5) Question: So why would Ergodan seek to commit genocide of Christian Kurds? The answer he that he is not. He is targeting Kurds seeking autonomy and PKK terrorists which he believes makes Northern Syria an unstable neighbor and a threat to his regime. That northern Syrian Kurds happen to include Christian Kurds is a happy circumstance for this Islamic despot, not a policy for the eradication of Christians. Of course it should go without saying that Ergodan is also flexing his muscles to expand his own power base into Syria under the premise of politically stabilizing the area.
Whether Turkey actually seeks to exterminate Kurds the way it exterminated Armenians is a possibility but not a probability as some would have us believe. If Turkey ends up wiping out the Christian Kurdish population that will just be a happy side effect for Ergodan and Muslims in the region, not the driving force behind his move.
The pulling out of northern Syria by President Trump has been roundly condemned around the world. Why is it that now that the rest of the world has been given an ideal opportunity to show the President how to properly handle Middle East affairs there seem to be no takers? Can it be that the world community of nations is reluctant to spend their treasure and blood in this region and still get nowhere but into a deeper morass of deep seated tribal hatreds and despotic thuggery that goes back hundreds of years?
I understand Trump’s desire to get the U.S. out of this mess and whether or not it will turn into a bigger mess remains to be seen.
Moreover, Ergodan is not immune to the opinions of the rest of the world and the pressures that could be brought to bear if a few nations decide to take up some responsibility for policing peace themselves instead of relying on the U.S. to act as the world’s police force. If the rest of the world so hates us (as the left would have us believe) then why would they want us to act as their police force in the first place? (This is a rhetorical question. I already know the answer to and so should you.)
The loser in all this will likely and ultimately be the hope of any form of Kurdish autonomy in the region. For that I am sad and ambivalent about Trump’s decision.
An intriguing part of this mess is the presence of the Marxist terrorist PKK organization in northern Syria and their ties to … Antifa! This is where Peggy’s link to an OAN interview on Oct. 9, 2019 of a former officer of the CIA provides some invaluable insight —