The Tale of Bert and Ernie: The United States has Authorized the Arming of Kurdish Forces in Syria

Let us say that you, Leviathan Eagle, have two friends. Bert and Ernie are both enemies, but you have to balance your time and energy into making sure that you maintain your relationships without turning one of them into your enemy. To complicate the issue further, all three of you have an enemy named Oscar, and you are the leader of an alliance to end Oscar’s reign of terror. Now, Oscar’s primary technique is stuffing his foes into garbage cans and rolling them down hills filled with rocks and thorny plants. Ernie does not have the proper equipment to handle fighting Oscar and his friends, but you see that he has the potential to really blow some damage to the opposition. Therefore, you decide that you are going to provide the equipment to Ernie despite condemnation from Bert.

Bert hates Ernie because he lives on the corner of four different properties, but he does not have a place of his own. Therefore, Ernie is fighting to take a small part of all four properties to establish his very own yard, and he sometimes uses violent tactics to keep Bert (as well as the other three property owners) off of that disputed piece of land. You, by and large, support Ernie’s efforts, but you cannot afford to lose Bert’s friendship, so you stay quiet on the issue.

You also want to keep Bert on your good side because you are afraid that he might start to turn towards your biggest enemy, Behemoth Bear. Although Behemoth Bear is enemies of Oscar, he is friends with the Count, who is your enemy and the rival of your wishy-washy friend Elmo. You used to consider Elmo a terrorist, but you waived that classification because he supported your efforts against Oscar and the Count, who also hates Oscar. This web of drama and broken relationships has caused a huge mess, but you do not really care because your ultimate goal in the whole thing is to get rid of the Count for good, even though you tell everyone the objective is the assassination of Oscar. And while we are at it, Oscar only became a problem because you supported Elmo against the Count and killed off Zoe after claiming that she had weapons of massive proportion (WMP’s) that she did not really have.

If this whole story sounds extremely complicated and difficult to understand, that is because it is. If you do not, at first glance, recognize this drama as the events taking place in Syria, you may not be alone. Most Americans are not cognizant of the fallacy that is American foreign policy. We generally only get a glimpse of the truth and that which is taken from a pro-United States government stance. If this were not the sad reality, these events would be comical. For the purposes of brevity, I would like to focus the rest of this blog on the conflict between Leviathan Eagle, Bert, and Ernie. If the rest of the events interests you, check out my book, The Global Bully, or my previous blogs, or you could do your own research on the topic.

I will say, however, that the United States invaded Iraq to take out Saddam Hussein, and then it started supplying the rebels (some of which were part of al-Qaeda) of Bashar al-Assad in Syria to delegitimize his rule. As a result of the chaos that ensued, ISIS rose to fill part of the vacuum, and then the United States had two enemies in Syria, which also happened to be enemies of each other. Russia supports one of the United States’ enemies, Assad, and is fighting against the other one, ISIS and other extremist Islamic groups (some of which are part of the rebel forces that are supported by the United States). The ultimate goal in Syria is to rid the country of Assad and establish an American-friendly regime that will likely turn against the United States several years from now.

As far as the Kurdish issue is concerned (represented by Ernie), Turkey (represented by Bert) is fighting a war against Kurdish groups. However, both Turkey and Kurdish rebels in Syria have been fighting to keep ISIS at bay, but Turkey and the United States consider the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) a terrorist group. So, the fact that the United States is arming the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) becomes an issue because Turkey claims that the YPG is the Syrian version of PKK and that the two are linked. This would be similar to Turkey arming an al-Qaeda affiliate in Mexico to fight the drug cartels. The United States would be outraged at its ally for strengthening its enemy near its border. Yet, the United States continually supports any side of a war if it means getting what is in its best interest.

The Obama administration was hesitant about bolstering YPG, so it found a loophole where it armed the Kurdish-allied Arabs of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) instead. This was considered a better alternative to directly backing YPG. The Trump administration is angering Turkey through its arming of YPG, and in addition, it has cooperated in patrols with the YPG on the Turkish border after the Turkish military killed some members of the group and the Peshmerga (Kurdish forces in Iraq) during skirmishes with the PKK.

Turkey does not and likely never will support an autonomous Kurdistan, which consists of regions along the Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria borders where the Kurdish people make up a majority. We can be certain that Turkey will not give up its territory, nor will it approve of Kurdistan establishing borders along its own borders, so the United States keeps kicking the can down the street. The division of the Ottoman Empire after World War I by France and the United Kingdom did not take into account the ethnic/religious groups in the region and how each one was essentially its own nation. Artificial boundaries helped lead to many of the conflicts in the Middle East that we see now. It is unfortunate that the United States government sees itself as the policeman of the world. The moral to the above story is that the United States should steer clear of these entangling conflicts that do not affect Americans thousands of miles away.
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Published on May 16, 2017 14:58
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