Sunday, 12 October 2014

So Who's On Our Side Again?

Another twist as the ISIS fight to take the Syrian City of Kobani.
Kobani is on the border of Turkey and is the home to 50,00 Kurds who are trying to escape into Turkey who have sent their own military to keep them over on their side of the border.
Turkey have long been fighting a 30 year conflict against the PKK, Kurds who are fighting to establish a homeland in the Southern portion of Turkey so the Turks won't allow more Kurds into it's territory for fear they will join up with the Kurds already there fighting the Turks.
The Turkish Government have already stated the case that the PKK as equally deplorable as the Islamic State group.
Kurds, angry at the Turkish Government for doing nothing to help the Kurds in Kobani and actively sending those who have escaped back towards ISIS, clashed with police leaving at least 31 dead and scores injured.
Turkey are also enemys of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, so they do not want to fight ISIS as it will help the Syrian President.
And so another level is added to an already complicated conflict where the USA, UAE and Saudi Arabia are battling against the people they armed and funded to remove the Syrian President who they are now helping by batting the elements trying to remove him while also defending Iraq.
Throw in that Kobani is now being defended by the PKK aided by USA planes, but the PKK is considered a terrorist organisation by the West and you get a massive headache trying to work exactly out who is fighting who and who are we supposed to be cheering for.

3 comments:

E-Wadda said...

It's such a disaster. As I understand it, Qatar and Turkey seem to be the barbarians' main benefactors. This is obviously problematic because Turkey is a NATO member and Qatar hosts a US airbase and does a large amount of business with Western oil & gas companies. Then, as you've noted, the West considers the PKK to be a terrorist organization, when, as far as I can tell, they are the only non-barbarous Islamic force of any substance in the entire region. I mean, seriously, when was the last time a Kurd of any political allegiance was even accused of supporting terrorism against the West? It seems the answer to that question is never. But there aren't enough Kurds in Syria for them to fill the power vacuum...so...who knows.

Lucy said...

I know they say my enemies enemy is my friend but this is getting difficult to work out who is the enemy we are meant to be friends with.

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