January 3, 2019

THE lEFT IS THE rIGHT:

Backing Trump on Syria, America's So-called 'Progressives' Are Enabling a Kurdish Genocide (Anna-Sara Malmgren  and Robert Hockett  Jan 02, 2019, Ha'aretz)

As best as we can tell from the news accounts, Mr. Trump simply "gave" northern Syria, as if he owned it, to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a whim, as the two discussed Syria and other matters by telephone Thursday. He did this against the explicit advice of his Defense Secretary James Mattis, who then resigned, and in full knowledge of Erdogan's plans to launch a large-scale military operation against SDF's Kurdish contingent (the YPG and YPJ) east of the Euphrates. 

It is a reckless and irresponsible move, that is almost certain to reinvigorate what remains of ISIS, enable Erdogan to take his brutal persecution of the Kurds further into Syria, and lead to chaos and destruction in what has for years been the most stable part of the country and a safe haven for refugees: the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, better known as Rojava.

To our astonishment, many self-styled "progressives" in the U.S. have applauded Mr. Trump's move.

Through their post-9/11 filter, it apparently represents a long-awaited rollback of American imperial involvements that grew especially pronounced during the Obama, Bush and late Clinton years (and that our less recent history is full of). 

There's nothing more Progressive than Isolationism.

Posted by at January 3, 2019 12:07 AM

  

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