Kurds, Screwed Again!

Iraq is a flaming wasteland…..both physically and literally…..and it does not look like it will get much better in the near future…..and then the Kurds.

Who are the Kurds….you ask……

This from Yahoo Answers……The Kurd population, stretching across at least 4 countries, with a diaspora in many more, historically has been hard to quantify. In 1987, estimates suggested that probably numbering close to 16 million kurds, inhabits the wide arc from eastern Turkey and the north-western part of Syria through Azerbaijan and Iraq to the north-west of the Zagros Mountains in Iran, represented the population of what has been referred to as “Kurdistan.” About half of all Kurds worldwide lived in Turkey. Most of the rest lived in adjacent regions of Iran, Iraq, and Syria.

They represent by far the largest non-Arab ethnic minority of Iraq, accounting in 1987 for about 19 percent of the population, or around 3.1 million, and also Turkey’s largest non-Turkish ethnic group. By 2008 Turkey still had the dominant Kurdish population in the region, with an estimated 14 million. Iraq was estimated to have a population of some 4-6 million Kurds, with another 4-5 million in Iran. Kurdish populations that represented less than 10 percent of the total population continued by that time in countries such as Syria and Azerbaijan as well.

The Kurds became famous as a tool to invade Iraq…you see Saddam put down an uprising in the Kurdish region with CWs killing thousands……then when we invaded in 2003 they were our best ally at the time and since have helped the US with its problems in the Middle East…..

When the renegade group ISIS started up it was the Kurds that were first to fight and have fought in Syria and Iraq ever since…..with some successes and some failures.

Along came Turkey, a US ally, they had dragged their feet to get involved in the fight against ISIS even when the group was on their border with Syria……for decades Turkey and the PKK (PKK stands for the Kurdistan Worker’s Party)have been in conflict….The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (Kurdish: Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan or پارتی کار که‌رانی کوردستان Parti Karkerani Kurdistan), best known as PKK (Kurdish language:په‌ که ‌که‌ and also called KADEK, Kongra-Gel, and KGK[6]), is a national independence movement militant and human rights organization that is recognized as a terrorist group by the EU, US and Turkey.

What does all this have to do with the situation?

Turkey finally relents and joins the coalition to fight ISIS….the problem is that Turkey is attacking Kurdish positions and not the terrorist group…..they are using the Coalition as cover to rid themselves of the PKK.

The US and NATO have been caught with their pants down yet again…..will they allow Turkey to continue this vendetta against the PKK?  Turkey is attacking our allies….at what point will it become a problem?

How many times can the US screw over the Kurds before they also turn their backs on us?

But wait there is more……

With all the problems that the Kurds are having with the Us and ISIS and now Turkey…..Iraq has joined into the war against the PKK and in essence the Kurds, at least in words only……for now….

In comments made at the Arab League,Iraqi central government spokesman Ibrahim al-Jaafari endorsed the Turkish war against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), saying Turkey had every right to “self-defence” against the Kurdish secessionist faction.

How much betrayal will the Kurds tolerate before they take off on their own…..apparently no one is in the mood to help them….and their long-held dream of a homeland maybe just that…..a dream.

Any ideas here?

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ISIS: Who Will Do The Dirty Work?

Do you listen or watch the news?  If so then the war on ISIS is going as planned and the Coalition is having great successes and few misses……if you are one of those people then you are sadly mistaken and maybe you should pull your head out of your butt and face reality.

There is NO one in the global community that believes a word of what Kerry and Obama has to say….the only ones that will play along are the ones that are getting their fair share of the goodies to fight ISIS.

I know that the Coalition has won the battle for Kobane…..and I know the media wants the world to believe that ISIS is bleeding from all the air-strikes….if all that is true then someone show me where ISIS is reeling……pick a spot and let it fly!

Now if the US is unwilling to do what is necessary…..then who?

Recently Jordan stepped up in retaliation for the death of their pilot……but how long will that last?  Plus Jordan, while a massive army is not capable of fighting ISIS on their own.  They can contribute but they cannot lead.

Now on to the monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula….one is ass deep in the extreme form of Islam and will be worthless for they will play both sides against the middle…..and another who does more whining that action to fight the bad guy……and the South end of the land is dealing with turmoil and rebellion…they will be useless.

How about our so-called western allies?  UK will only be a token force….so will Germany and France……Canada….well its Canada.  They will do as little as possible to fulfill any agreements made in the past.

Even the Arab League has weighed into the situation…..they offered up a statement concerning ISIS………Arab League foreign ministers agreed to take all necessary measures to confront ISIS and cooperate with international, regional and national efforts to combat militants who have overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria.

The Arab League also endorsed in the closing statement of its meeting in Cairo a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last month calling on member states to “act to suppress the flow of foreign fighters, financing and other support to Islamist extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Good statement.…but this group has all the authority of me over my daughter…..NONE!  They are a non-player in this drama.

Who does that leave to do the heavy lifting?

It boils down to the countries most effected by ISIS…..Turkey, Iraq and Syria.  Let’s start with Syria……the clarity of mission here is about as clear as a glass of mud.  There is NO one capable of defining this situation accurately.

That leaves Iraq and Turkey……we will tart with Turkey…..they have the capability to take on ISIS….they have a good air force and a large army…..just do not possess the resolve.  Turkey has a Kurd problem so anything they do to help the Kurds be successful will be seen as a weakness at home.  Now Iraq….they should be the most concerned and the most active, after all it is their country that is being ripped apart..  The problem there is in-fighting……….sect against sect……….ethnic group against ethnic group……..government against the population.

They will need more time and training to be capable of fighting the good fight.

We could always call in a favor from Kuwait for the Gulf War….but they would be worthless and probably do not care as long as the royal family keeps their bucks.

All that out of the way…..brings us back to the original question……Who will do the dirty work?

After looking at the situation and doing a little fundamental analysis the only answer is….……...U S of A!

A case could be made that we, America,  screwed the pooch in Iraq and we should clean up our mess.  Plus we are the only entity capable of inflicting the amount of pain on ISIS to claim it defeated………but then someone needs to define “defeated”.

Best estimate unless something drastic happens is that this will continue as is until there is a new prez in DC.  Why?  Obama ran as an anti-war candidate and h will not want to ruin his legacy.  Keep in mind decisions are made by leaders with their own agenda and the people play little part in their decisions.

In conclusion, the dirty work will be done by the US….just not right now….after all the Military-Industrial Complex has not decided how all this situation should play out.  When they decide…..so will the president.

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Just How Important Is The Battle For Kobane?

Opinion from the desk of Chuq…… There has been much said and written about the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane……I have even heard the question ask …so how important is the town of Kobane?….it is a good question but I think most of the answers are not completely truthful……….

The NY Times wrote a piece explaining the importance of this fight…….

It’s a safe bet that most Americans had never heard of the town of Kobani, Syria, a few weeks ago. Now, however, a common school of thought seems to be, “As Kobani goes, so goes the war on ISIS.” In an editorial today, the New York Times declares that the fight for the town near the Turkish border has emerged as a crucial test of US strategy. “A setback in Kobani would show the fragility of the American plan and hand the Islamic State an important victory,” says the editorial. If ISIS wins there, it puts the group in position to cross into Turkey “and directly threaten a NATO ally, a move that could force the alliance to come to Turkey’s defense.”

I will admit that the battle is important for the media…..they can cover the war from the safety of Turkey and still get great pics for the evening news….they,  the media,. can interview people about the conflict without having to venture into a war zone…..makes good copy.  They can film airstrikes as they are taking place….again….good copy.

I have other thoughts on this situation.

Kobane is the perfect propaganda tool…….the reports of successful airstrikes

and the fighting toughness of the Kurds make a great tool to see this conflict as a success in the making.

Kobane can be used extensively to have the public fixate on a pending success while ISIS makes great advancements in Iraq especially in al-Anbar province……

Kobane is a diversion from the reality that Baghdad is in the cross hairs of ISIS….there have even been some artillery fire hitting the western outskirts of the capital..

ISIS,  if they win at Kobane,  is of NO threat to Turkey, contrary to popular belief.  Why?  Turkey has a substantial army, well-trained and equipped it would prove to be a solid obstacle….rather ISIS operates better in a region where there is chaos and instability….Turkey would be a poor choice of conflict.

Then there are the numerous “think tanks”….they send their “experts” out to give their analysis and most of it is just a reflection of the governments story line……they are acting as agents of the government’s propaganda machine.

For those that study propaganda techniques…Kobane is technique #11–saturation and #14– diversion….and it is working……….polls show that the American people are confident that this strategy is  good with the exception that they feel that ground troops will finally be needed to successfully rout ISIS from the Middle East…..but do not want them to be American.

Polls are taken almost daily and the government then adjusts its predictions and storyline that will be more in line with what the polls show.  This not something new….it has been used many times…..especially in 1991 then in 2003 and now today.

The answer to the original question is that it is important but not for the reasons the media would have you believe….its only importance is for the amount of propaganda that can be gleaned from it.

This battle will continue as long as either side can keep the message flowing.  This situation is nothing but the media and the government selling a bill of goods to the public.

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