Who Are The Kurds?

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Recently Trump’s other daughter made a statement that went viral…..she said “Most Americans do not know who the Kurds are”………and you know what…..she is completely spot on.

Most Americans, other than us foreign policy geeks, truly could care less about the Kurds and who they are….their knowledge comes from whatever media outlet they put their trust in…..and most of that knowledge is not accurate.

The below video is a very good look at who the Kurds are and how they have been used through the last century…..

Plus a few questions answered about the Kurds and the situation developing in the Middle East…..

https://www.vox.com/world/2019/10/16/20908262/turkey-syria-kurds-trump-invasion-questions

The MSM is turning the Kurds into martyrs…..as I see it we used the Kurds as a proxy and the Kurds used the US as a benefactor in their search for a homeland…..”You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours” sort of thingy…..

“The PKK, which is a part of the Kurds as you know, is probably worse at terror and more of a terrorist threat in many ways than ISIS,” Trump said……..

Mainstream media are taking occasional breaks from 24/7 impeachment coverage this month to lambaste the Trump Administration for abandoning our Syrian Kurdish allies at the insistence of Turkey’s despotic rulers. Since the original withdrawal announcement, Administration policy has taken on a helter-skelter quality: rushing out sanctions, threatening airstrikes and deploying troops elsewhere in the Middle East. Ultimately Trump policies are producing more foreign adventurism and less freedom of commerce for American companies. But the original decision to pull out was the correct one, and consistent media criticism of the withdrawal often omits important facts that the American public needs to consider. Specifically:

  • As a member of NATO since 1952, Turkey has been a US treaty ally for as long as most of us can remember; the Syrian Kurdish forces are not a recognized state and thus cannot be an ally, a term used in diplomatic parlance to refer to states formally cooperating with one another.
  • The Syrian Kurdish forces are connected with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which was designated by the US State Department as a terrorist organization in 1997 and remains on the list in 2019.

What the Media Aren’t Telling You About Turkey and the Kurds

If one listens to the news then the world is all but over because of Trump’s decision…..On that I feel that it is being overplayed.

With that said the next question should be……should the US fight to protect the Kurds?  If so then why should we fight?

According the the Libertarian Institute……no we should not.

The Washington foreign policy outrage mob was at it again, this time wringing their hands in angst after President Trump announced that he would begin drawing down the American military presence in northern Syria and then finally ordered a full withdrawal of around 1,000 U.S. troops from the area. The primary complaint this time around from the permanent war cheerleaders was that pulling U.S. troops out of the region would expose the YPG, the Syrian Kurdish group that has fought alongside the Americans, to an attack by invading Turkey, which considers the YPG to be terrorists and condemns their allegiance to the PKK, the Kurdish militia based in Turkey that is considered a terrorist group by both Turkey and the U.S. To people like Lindsey Graham and Meghan McCain, who referred to Trump and Senator Rand Paul as “Chicken heart isolationists”, it is outrageous and immoral to even consider bringing troops home from an undeclared war halfway around the world in which there is no clear mission and no obvious interests for the American people.

Should Americans Fight to Protect the Kurds in Syria?

I have no problem with pulling our troops out of this conflict….I do have a problem with the way it was done…..

Not everybody fighting with the US is our friend….we are tolerated at best….Trump finally said something that made sense…..”We paid a lot of money for them to fight with us, and that’s OK. They did well when they fought with us. They didn’t do so well when they didn’t fight with us.” 

I want to be fair to the Kurds…..in reality they were fighting ISIS before we got to Syria…..

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mikegiglio/shatter-the-nations-excerpt-kurds-isis

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2 thoughts on “Who Are The Kurds?

  1. Good overview, chuq. It’s a complex situation, and needs to be considered in detail.
    I still feel they shouldn’t have been abandoned though. That is definitely going to boost ISIS in that region, and in others.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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