THE ABSURD TIMES — STILL

SYRIA AND THE KURDS

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on October 12, 2019

THE ABSURD TIMES

I;;ustration: Since a lot of religion gets missed into these issues, here is the Christian side, by Redd Foxx.

Syria, the World, and the Kurds

By

Czar Donic

I’ll start out with letting all the hyperemotional Kurd lovers a note of equal time. At the bottom of this is a long interview illustrating how poorly the Kurds have been treated over time and how we should weep for them. OK? So, scroll down and weep and feel good about yourselves. I want to talk about what is really going on.

First off, Assad bears a great deal of the blame for being too much of a nice guy. Let me tell you a little bit about Homs, or Homa, or whatever. Assad’s Dad ran the country for a long time until the Moslem Brotherhood tried to overthrow him. Here is what happened: “In response to an attempted uprising by the brotherhood in February 1982, the government crushed the fundamentalist opposition centered in the city of Hama, leveling parts of the city with artillery fire and causing many thousands of dead and wounded. During the rest of Hafez al-Assad’s reign, public manifestations of anti-government activity were very limited.” (I just stole that to avoid having to type it out again. If you know about Syria, you know it’s true. If you don’t, trust me. In other words, he stopped the crap in one month and that was that. He also helped stop a civil war in Lebanon and many other things.

So, he dies (as people do). His first son is supposed to take over and he was trained for the job and ready. He dies (as people do). The lines keep going until Hafaez (the current one) winds up in charge. Now this guy, who was an eye doctor in England, a good one, and doing well. That’s all he really wanted to be. Well, he winds up in charge and has to move there with his British wife. The last thing on his mind was running Syria on the Border with Israel and so forth. His assessment of Endogen of Turkey, live on the BBC-TV, was that he “wants to be an Emperor.” In other words, he wanted to go back to the old Ottoman Empire. (Forget I brought that up – we don’t have time for it now.)

So, during the so-called “Arab Spring,” which the U.S., Hillary was a major force, this turned into a major campaign of “Regime Change.” Sisi, the guy we have in charge, was trained by us (so was Morsi). Anyway, back to Homs: this time it is some group calling itself “democratic” and then the “Free Syrian Army” starts to cause trouble. Instead of bombing the crap out of them, Assad starts to negotiate and try to get along. Then comes ISIS (trained by us, the leader was a graduate of Abu Gharab (once a College of Agriculture under Saddam), ISIS starts to take over the Mideast. It’s a bunch of weird, nutty fanatics. They slice people heads off, auction off girls and women to each other and so on. Bashir just wanted to be a damn eye doctor! So now, he starts to get pissed. We join in, Russia joins in, Nato joins in, Turkey joins in, and the Kurds join in.

Well, now it’s time to remind you of something that sound a bit out of context. Remember the “Pirates off of Somalia?” The Blackhawk down, and so on? Why do you suppose that stopped? Well, these pirates kept stopping ships and getting ransom, one after another, until they made the mistake of capturing a Russian ship. Putin blew the whole dam thing up in the water, and we never heard about another pirate at all (except for Hollywood movies). Well, that’s what they should have done in Syria. We would never have had the problem in the first place.

Ok, so now they go on with the ISIS part of this. Everyone hates ISIS. The Kurds were supposed to get their own homeland as the west divided up the Mideast after WWI and gave a large chunk of the Ottoman Empire to them. (The Russians had already made their own deal.) Trouble is, we ignored the problem when Turkey decided to keep that chunk. The only country to give them any autonomy was Iraq under Saddam Hussein, limited Autonomy, and they just kept wanting more, and more. Iran said “no way.” Sure Saddam gassed them. Is that any worse than what turkey is doing and what we did in leaving them there? The truth is, no country wants them. The only reason they fought ISIS was that they thought they would get a chunk of Northern Syria as a result. We see what happened as a result. So, there it is.

Now, here are the Kurds talking, openly, plenty of freedom to present their opinion, as Amy can always be counted on doing for anybody:

The Kurdish side:

Turkey has launched an aerial and ground assault on northern Syria targeting Kurdish-controlled areas. The offensive began Wednesday, just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to fall back from their positions on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports at least 16 Kurds have been killed so far. Turkey is claiming the death toll is far higher. The Trump administration has faced widespread criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for abandoning the stateless Kurds who had helped the U.S. fight ISIS. Turkey is claiming the assault is needed to establish a “safe zone” in northern Syria where Turkey could relocate Syrian refugees who fled over the past eight years of fighting, but the Kurds see the offensive as part of a decades-long attack by Turkey to crush their attempts at greater autonomy. The Kurds have been responsible for holding over 10,000 ISIS fighters and their families in detention. While Trump has claimed Turkey will take control of the makeshift jails, there is growing concern many former ISIS fighters will be able to escape during the Turkish assault. At least one Kurdish prison has already been shelled. To discuss the implications of Turkey’s assault, we speak with Elif Sarican, a Kurdish Women’s Movement activist and anthropologist at the London School of Economics. We also speak with Ertuğrul Kürkçü, honorary chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party in Turkey, known as the HDP. He is a former member of Parliament in Turkey.

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