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The man at the top appears to have lost his mind
Opinion: Donald Trump has decided to reward Erdogan, the anti-American, anti-Israel, Islamist leader whose refusal to fight Islamic State had pushed U.S. forces into the alliance with the Kurds in the first place, with a visit to Washington
Anyone in the Middle East with eyes in their head understands the man in charge in Washington has lost his mind.

 

 

It is clear to them they must now grab whatever advantage they can.

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quick to recognize the opportune moment, since just a little bit of pressure over the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump yielded an American withdrawal from northern Syria and the abandonment of the Kurdish Allies.

 

 U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo: AP) (Photo: AP)
U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo: AP)
 

Erdogan quickly mobilized his forces and launched his operation, named "Peace Spring."  

 

While the Kurds are fleeing for their lives fearing a massacre, the name appeared suitable in this era where lies are truths and war is peace.

 

Along with their stated goal of removing the Kurds from their border, the Turkish government expressed their intention to create a "safe zone," an annexation of territory where some of the four million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey at a high cost to the economy can be re-settled.

 

Some may call the campaign "ethnic cleansing" while others may name it "an exchange of population" replacing the Kurds with Arabs.

 

The Kurdish fighters who are notoriously brave and capable have been fighting Islamic State for years and have suffered losses exceeding 10,000.

 

They now face the Turkish forces on their own, having been abandoned by their American allies and after NATO Sec. Gen Jens Stoltenberg announced he trusts Turkey to "show restraint."

 

Trump's surprising move came despite pushback from his own political party fearing a mass liberation of ISIS fighters who may facilitate the resurgence of the Islamic State.

 

The president decided to award Erdogan - the anti-American, anti- Israeli, Islamist leader, whose refusal to fight IS had pushed U.S. forces into the alliance with the Kurds in the first place - with a visit to Washington.

 

Kurdish civilians flee advancing Turkish forces in northern Syria
Kurdish civilians flee advancing Turkish forces in northern Syria

 

The Pentagon tried to minimize the damage while leaders in Jerusalem were surprised by the move and shocked by its implications.

 

Trump stood firm embarking on a tweet storm about endless Middle East wars and promising to crush IS again if they come near the U.S.

 

Americans should be wondering why they would want to fight a war they had already won and who they might expect to fight along side them, now that the Kurds had been sacrificed.

 

It was Hezboillah leader Hassan Nasrallah who warned the Kurds months ago that their great allies would "see them sold in the slave markets."

 

The Iranians were quick to recognize, even before Erdogan, how Trump would react - or fail to - in face of their increased acts of aggression in the Gulf.

 

It is time for the most loyal Trump supporters in the region and beyond, to come to terms with the fact the U.S. can no longer be relied on as it continues to spin out of control.

 

 

 

 

 


פרסום ראשון: 10.12.19, 23:32
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