The US to arm the Kurds

From the BBC:

US President Donald Trump has approved supplying weapons to Kurdish forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, the Pentagon says.

Well, why not? They seem to be the only bunch out there that don’t completely hate us. If we’re going to insist on giving people weapons, might as well be the Kurds.

The US was “keenly aware” of Turkey’s concerns about such a move, she said.

Turkey views the Kurdish rebels as terrorists and wants to stop them taking more territory in Syria.

Turkey? Presumably they mean the nation whose president recently said:

“If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets.”

And whose interior minister said:

“If you want, we could open the way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow the mind of Europe”

And the same Turkey whose pro-government newspapers say things like this:

President Erdoğan is totally right to compare the situation to a struggle between the cross and the crescent. And so is Minister Çavuşoğlu arguing that holy wars will soon begin in Europe. The refusal by the West to accept the equality of Muslims and Muslim nations is the sign of a clash of civilizations.

If you have decided to clench your fists, you are getting ready for a fight; if you hit, you will be hit back.

President Erdoğan and other government officials are raising their voices since Western governments have aggrieved Turks and Muslims.

Turks are warning one last time. They are asking: “Are you aware that you are playing with fire? What on earth is going on? Are you insane?” The rest is up to the Western governments.

Turkey has chosen sides, nailing its colours firmly to the mast. And now the US is arming its enemies.

Pentagon sources told the BBC that the equipment would include ammunition, small arms, machine guns, heavy machine guns, construction equipment such as bulldozers and armoured vehicles.

And if the threats keep up, maybe a MANPAD or two. Over to you, President Erdoğan.

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5 thoughts on “The US to arm the Kurds

  1. Very anti-Turkish provocative action here and Shiite media also reporting on claims of US/UK/Jordanian troop build up inside the Jordanian side of its Syrian border, no comment yet from the west which is understandable. Remember it was the King of Jordan that was standing next to Trump when he said he had lobbed tomahawks into Syria. And has anyone got to the bottom of the MOAB motivation and troop increase in Afghanistan, I didn’t follow it.

    The North Korean “flashpoint” might have taken our eye of the ball for a moment, it’s amazing how you can still get sucked in, well I did anyway. It’s the South China Sea stupid.

    These guys just got to get their messianic end times prophecy fulfilled it seems.

  2. Tim, the Kurds were nomadic until <200 years ago.
    Probably did their share of the Armenian genocide also.
    Not exactly the Peace of Westphalia as Kissinger understands it, is it?
    Do we really want another 'stan?
    The Kurds might thank us for 5 minutes, then become like the rest of them.

    Fracking for oil & gas? Go for it.

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