Trump and the Kurds

By Dr David Laing Dawson

Western powers meddling in, invading, colonizing, any of the middle east Nations has seldom if ever resulted in something good. I must leave this as “seldom if ever” because the history of such meddling, colonization, invasion, corruption is too long and complicated to review. Even the fact there is no Kurdistan but rather populations of Kurds in three adjacent countries is the product of Western meddling, of arbitrary boundaries drawn up after European wars.

But then we arrive rather suddenly in the last months of 2019 and even though, albeit through much tragedy and failed foreign policies, we are at a point of relative peace and success (defeating ISIS), and an opportunity for Western powers, this time mostly the US, at a relatively small cost, to stay with just enough presence to prevent more war and genocide, to provide the Kurds with some defacto autonomy, to prevent Erdogan’s Turkey from exercising its genocidal impulses, to prevent a resurgence of ISIS…. and now, with a rare chance of doing great good with minimal cost the US cuts and runs.

Not the US actually, but Donald Trump. Supposedly after a little quid pro quo phone call with Erdogan.

Such an irony. The most foolish inept corrupt president the US has ever suffered is given an opportunity to have success, and to save lives, and preserve peace by simply doing nothing and he blows it. Over the next few weeks and months we can all watch how this unfolds, causing more suffering and more de stabilization of the region.

But why is this happening? Even Trump’s acolytes know it is a bad move and are speaking out.

I think we are hostage now to Donald Trump’s rather severe personality flaw. As bombastic and ruthless as he appears to be with ordinary mortals he lapses into a craven sycophant seeking approval whenever one on one with a man who holds true life and death power over his own tribe.

As the drums of impeachment beat louder he will seek and need this kind of approval more and more, from both chanting crowds and one on one from those he perceives as powerful men.

5 thoughts on “Trump and the Kurds

  1. There will be no intervention on behalf of the Kurds. Trump cannot admit he was wrong and backtrack now. No diplomatic solution will happen as Turkey will not compromise on its territorial autonomy. Europe will back off because Erdogan threatened to send 3.5 million refugees their way if they interfere. I feel sorry for the Kurds — a courageous people. The only thing they can do now is head for the hills, fast. Leave Syria to the Syrians and the Russians — not our fight.

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    1. And what about the imprisoned Isis fighters who have been guarded by the Kurds up until now…. and will no doubt be let lose on the rest of the world to cause more trouble? Hard to ignore the threat! And Trump is wilder by the minute !

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      1. Russia is supporting Syrian government. They are also concerned about ISIS. I think they will have to step up and take over those prisons — can’t afford to unleash ISIS again in Syria. Even Turkey would not want that.

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