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Last summer, I was positioned just across the border from the Syrian town of Afrin around which Turkish and Kurdish and, possibly, American forces, are now poised for a head-on clash. It seems crazy to me that anyone would want to fight over this one-donkey farm town. We were there on a mission to rescue wild animals trapped in a zoo in war-torn Aleppo, Syria.

Why on earth are at least 2,000 US troops mixed up in this fracas in darkest Syria? Because the pro-Israel neocons in Washington, who pretty much run US foreign policy these days, are determined to have revenge for the defeat of US-backed rebel forces in Syria. So it’s once more into the breach near Afrin and the town Manbij though America has zero national interests in Syria. The US first tried to overthrow Syria’s governments in Damascus in 1948 because it was too independent and flirting with the Soviets. Today’s intervention is part of Israel’s plan to fragment Syria and gobble up its water and fertile land resources.

Worse, the Pentagon decided to enlist and arm rebellious Kurds in southern Turkey and Syria, and use them as ‘native troops’ to fight first the rag-tag bands of ISIS, then the Turkish armed forces. This was a terrible idea – compounded by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s incredibly foolish recent announcement that the US would mobilize, arm and finance a ‘border force’ of 30,000 Kurds that was closely tied to the Kurdish PKK rebel group. Washington has only a child’s understanding of events in Turkey and the dangers involved. Washington bills the PKK ‘terrorists.’ Clearly, it can’t even keep its ‘terrorists’ straight. The neocons under Trump have gutted the State Department.

The Turks rightly fear that events in war-torn Syria may enflame demands by Turkey’s restive Kurdish minority for an independent state. The very likely involvement of the US in the 2016 failed coup attempt to overthrow Turkey’s president, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have deepened Turkish fears of another US-backed plot to divide Turkey.

Turks recall post World War I efforts by Britain, France, Greece and Italy in 1918-19 to divide up post-Ottoman Turkey between them.

The Turks are in a rage. Turkey has been battling a wide-scale Kurdish insurgency since the 1980’s. I was with the Turkish Army in eastern Anatolia (just north of Syria), witnessing the brutal, bloody guerilla war between the Turks and Kurds that left 40,000 dead, mostly civilians.

Turkey’s democratic leader, President Erdoğan, had almost forged a peace with the rebellious Kurds and their PKK leadership when the western intervention in Syria rekindled the war. As often in the past, foreign powers used the warlike Kurds for their own aims, then abandoned them. Israel has been particularly active in arming and organizing Kurdish rebels since the 1970’s as part of its grand strategy to fragment the Arab world and Turkey, and degrade them into feeble mini-states.

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Intervention by Russia, Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah into Syrian ‘civil-war’ caused the defeat of US-Saudi-British-Israeli backed rebel Syrian forces. This, as noted, led the frustrated US war party to directly base US troops in Syria, an act that flagrantly violated international law. As US troops prepared to confront the forces from Damascus and their Russian air support, the Kurds declared all-out war. Involved were not only Syrian Kurds but large numbers of ethnic Kurds in Turkey, who make up about 17% of the total population. Iran’s Kurds are next to be stirred up.

All this is a huge, dangerous mess. US and Russian forces are now at rifle’s shot from one another while their warplanes buzz the skies overhead. Iranian and US forces are nearing a confrontation, something that would delight the Trump White House. US and Turkish forces are nearing confrontation.

Were it not for the steady hand of Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin, a US-Russian clash might have already occurred. While this dangerous game of chicken goes on, US and NATO forces are busy probing Russia’s border in the Baltic, Eastern Europe and the Black Sea. The hunger for war grows.

Wretched, largely devastated Syria now faces more fighting. The captive wild animals we rescued from Aleppo, Syria (see www.ericmargolis.com), are still in large part in shock from being trapped in the middle of a war zone. One of the hyenas we saved just died of organ failure. Think of the suffering of Syria’s people as the great powers and their mercenaries turn this once lovely land into a giant cemetery.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Turkey’s democratic leader, President Erdoğan, had almost forged a peace with the rebellious Kurds and their PKK leadership when the western intervention in Syria rekindled the war.

    lol what a jem of left-wing anti-imperialism. Margolis is quite willing to whitewash the the sins of brown man against liberal democratic principles for his ‘resistance’ to what he perceives as Ethnic European neo-imperialism.

    To be clear, I care little whether Turkey is a secular democratic Republic, a neo-fascist state, or an Islamist “shithole” (to put it in the words of the God Emperor). But its interesting to highlight the internal inconsistencies of the left, and how they always converge on whatever provides the best anti-white narrative.

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    Are you saying the American meddling in Syria is justifiable?
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    There is something much more egregious than being a "shithole"... that of being an utter moral cesspool.

    What else is a civilisation which thrives on unlimited Greed and Psychopathy, but a moral cesspool.

    Those who don't recognise that are lowlife degenerates... like you.

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  2. The US first tried to overthrow Syria’s governments in Damascus in 1948 because it was too independent and flirting with the Soviets.

    Just how many times has the US tried to overthrow Syria’s governments?

    Here’s a good illustrated account from Slate, April 2012 that begins to give an idea:

    An Illustrated Account of the 1949 Coup That Plunged Syria Into Decades of Political Turmoil

    According to that, the 1948-1949 coup in Syria would have been the CIA’s very first government overthrowing operation after it was established in 1947.

    Then there was 1957-1958.

    Now there is 2011-2018.

    That would be at least three US attempts to overthrow Syria’s governments in seven decades, with who knows how many other attempts in between? How is it possible that in 7 years of coverage our mainstream so-called journalists never mention any of this relevant background?

    The last two panels of the illustration are questionable in portraying the US-backed extremist proxy forces as fighting for “democracy”, and in ending with “Can Syria finally escape the ghosts of its history?” when that history clearly was set in motion by that first of so so many CIA government overthrowing operations.

    Then as now, the US sought to overthrow a Syrian government that stood up for its own interests and allies, rather than those of a US-sponsored pipeline and US allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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  3. Thank you Mr. Margolis for writing the obvious that will ensure you are banned from America’s corporate media. These three comments are verboten, but you boldly wrote the truth anyway:

    1. “Today’s intervention is part of Israel’s plan to fragment Syria and gobble up its water and fertile land resources.”

    2. “Israel has been particularly active in arming and organizing Kurdish rebels since the 1970’s as part of its grand strategy to fragment the Arab world and Turkey, and degrade them into feeble mini-states.”

    3. “Intervention by Russia, Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah into Syrian ‘civil-war’ caused the defeat of US-Saudi-British-Israeli backed rebel Syrian forces. This, as noted, led the frustrated US war party to directly base US troops in Syria, an act that flagrantly violated international law.”

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  4. Renoman says:

    Sometimes I think that Trump is just throwing scraps to the Neocons and Israel to shut them up, a few troops here sell a few guns there no biggie. Make a big statement then back off and wait for the dust to settle, prolonged little jabs and then move on to a bigger deal, something the US can actually make some real money at. Not enough money in war for Donny Daddy, he’s got bigger fish to fry. Not a bad strategy, not many bodies coming home, some jobs being created and the Democrats in tatters. Some people think he’s a stupid man, I doubt history will see him that way.

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  5. Virgile says:

    We should not forget that Erdogan has been the main instigator of the chaos in Syria.
    He is the one who encouraged the USA, the UK, France, Israel and the rich Gulf countries to assault Syria’ president and replace him by a Sunni Israel-friendly person. As none wanted to intervene militarily they made use of whatever proxies they found, mercenaries and Islamists.
    The ‘friends of Syria’ may have succeeded to create a Libya type chaos if Russia had not intervened after these ‘proxies’ morphed into Al Qaeda and ISIS.
    As the USA did not want to intervene on the ground they decided to use the Syrian Kurds as proxies against ISIS. This created a crisis with Erdogan as he saw the Kurds as a threat to the integrity of Turkey. Erdogan became suspicious of the USA intentions concerning the Kurds
    He now realizes that his best and most reliable ally against the Kurds and the USA is Syria.
    He now will have to find a way to re-establish a relation with Syria…with Bashar Al Assad’s conditions

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    "....Erdogan has been the main instigator..." ...Proof ?

    "...USA.... decided to use the Syrian Kurds as proxies..."
    CIA was training and arming FSA long before the Kurds were engaged.
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  6. RobinG says:
    @Virgile
    We should not forget that Erdogan has been the main instigator of the chaos in Syria.
    He is the one who encouraged the USA, the UK, France, Israel and the rich Gulf countries to assault Syria' president and replace him by a Sunni Israel-friendly person. As none wanted to intervene militarily they made use of whatever proxies they found, mercenaries and Islamists.
    The 'friends of Syria' may have succeeded to create a Libya type chaos if Russia had not intervened after these 'proxies' morphed into Al Qaeda and ISIS.
    As the USA did not want to intervene on the ground they decided to use the Syrian Kurds as proxies against ISIS. This created a crisis with Erdogan as he saw the Kurds as a threat to the integrity of Turkey. Erdogan became suspicious of the USA intentions concerning the Kurds
    He now realizes that his best and most reliable ally against the Kurds and the USA is Syria.
    He now will have to find a way to re-establish a relation with Syria...with Bashar Al Assad's conditions

    “….Erdogan has been the main instigator…” …Proof ?

    “…USA…. decided to use the Syrian Kurds as proxies…”
    CIA was training and arming FSA long before the Kurds were engaged.

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  7. Democratic president Erdogan? I prefer John Derbyshire’s nickname for the man: “crapweasel.”

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  8. rastards says:

    So farcical I’m gonna stop reading about the yinon exploits and go fishing instead, screw this crap.

    When do the kurds realize they are pawns, stop fighting and then we call our soldiers “kurds” anyway. In fact, when do we just fight on both sides and blow the whole place up? And when do the potato-headed midwestern american retards in the military realize they are the biggest pawns quit and get “real” jobs…..of course they will still buy an ford 4-door truck with a big mercan flag on the back.

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    "And when do the potato-headed midwestern american retards in the military realize they are the biggest pawns quit and get “real” jobs..."

    Uh...the upper Midwest contributes the fewest soldiers, as a percent to the population. The East Coast, South, and Mountain states contribute the highest proportion. Typical comment from a Coaster who thinks of the heartland as 'flyover country.' Come visit us sometime...we're actually nice folks, well educated, and not nearly as warlike as the people living around the Imperial City.
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  9. Rolly says:

    This was very predictable, which is the opposite of ‘crazy’.

    The weak and incompetent state of US diplomacy over the last 20 or so years had managed to turn Turkey from an ally into an alliance of Russia + Iran + Turkey.

    Then, the incompetents decide to try to partition Syria by giving US backing to the Kurds.

    Of the three allies, Russia can not attack (directly) the US forces without risking the nuclear war that the Democrats and the Deep State seem to want so very badly. Iran also could not attack (directly) the US forces without risking the war that the US wants so badly with Iran.

    So, surprise, surprise, surprise, its the third ally of the group who is in a position to attack the forces with which the US is now trying to partition Syria now that its Islamic Jihad gambit has failed.

    Helped by the fact that the US incompetent diplomacy set themselves up for this by being too obvious and too aggressive in proclaiming that the Kurds were going to have their own state (which no one in the region wants) and that they’d setup a 30k soldier army to do this. With the R-I-T alliance already looking for a way to thwart the US plans to partition Syria, they must have been laughing when now a Turkish attack on the US proxy forces became so obtainable.

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  10. Gotti says:

    People tend to forget the key moment when Turkey was converted from a US/NATO ally into a Russian ally.

    It was probably the US that talked Turkey into shooting down a Russian fighter in Syrian airspace. That was a mistake. Russia responded strongly, as they usually seem to do. And the US left their ally twisting in the wind.

    Russia responded with strong trade sanctions that hit an already weak Turkish economy. Russia thus correctly identified Turkey’s weak spot which was that they needed the substantial trade they do with Russia. Meanwhile, the US did nothing. One would think they’d have out-bid the Russians and given Turkey enough trade to cover their lost trade with Russia, plus more for their trouble. No sign of that. Instead they let wrangling between the EU and Turkey continue, putting an end to the Turkish hopes of joining the EU free trade zone. Something Turkey had been wanting for decades.

    Thus, economically, Turkey was hurt by complying with the US requests to make Russia pay a price for its killing of the terrorists in Syria.

    Then, to top it all off, the US tried a coup to throw Erdogon out of power, and in fact kill Erdogon by shooting down his plane. But, the US forgot that they are not the only ones who can snoop on the communications of others, and Putin called Erdogon to warn him that Uncle Sam was about to kill him.

    That was the icing on the cake. From Erdogon’s perspective, it was now clearly obvious that getting along with Russia was a far better deal than trying to work with a Washington that seems to show no loyalty and support for its allies.

    Its obviously far better to work and trade with Russia, while also staying alive, than it was to try to do the US’ bidding, see your country’s economy take a dive, and end up as charred remains in a plane crash.

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  11. Escher says:
    @Lemurmaniac

    Turkey’s democratic leader, President Erdoğan, had almost forged a peace with the rebellious Kurds and their PKK leadership when the western intervention in Syria rekindled the war.
     
    lol what a jem of left-wing anti-imperialism. Margolis is quite willing to whitewash the the sins of brown man against liberal democratic principles for his 'resistance' to what he perceives as Ethnic European neo-imperialism.

    To be clear, I care little whether Turkey is a secular democratic Republic, a neo-fascist state, or an Islamist "shithole" (to put it in the words of the God Emperor). But its interesting to highlight the internal inconsistencies of the left, and how they always converge on whatever provides the best anti-white narrative.

    Are you saying the American meddling in Syria is justifiable?

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  12. Hmm, I didn’t realise hyenas ranged so far north. I also never thought anyone would bother rescuing them from a war zone. Wouldn’t your compassion be better spent tending to human refugees in the Turkish refugee camps or helping them return to and rebuild their bombed-out homes in liberated Syria?

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  13. Ron J says:
    @rastards
    So farcical I'm gonna stop reading about the yinon exploits and go fishing instead, screw this crap.

    When do the kurds realize they are pawns, stop fighting and then we call our soldiers "kurds" anyway. In fact, when do we just fight on both sides and blow the whole place up? And when do the potato-headed midwestern american retards in the military realize they are the biggest pawns quit and get "real" jobs.....of course they will still buy an ford 4-door truck with a big mercan flag on the back.

    “And when do the potato-headed midwestern american retards in the military realize they are the biggest pawns quit and get “real” jobs…”

    Uh…the upper Midwest contributes the fewest soldiers, as a percent to the population. The East Coast, South, and Mountain states contribute the highest proportion. Typical comment from a Coaster who thinks of the heartland as ‘flyover country.’ Come visit us sometime…we’re actually nice folks, well educated, and not nearly as warlike as the people living around the Imperial City.

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  14. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Lemurmaniac

    Turkey’s democratic leader, President Erdoğan, had almost forged a peace with the rebellious Kurds and their PKK leadership when the western intervention in Syria rekindled the war.
     
    lol what a jem of left-wing anti-imperialism. Margolis is quite willing to whitewash the the sins of brown man against liberal democratic principles for his 'resistance' to what he perceives as Ethnic European neo-imperialism.

    To be clear, I care little whether Turkey is a secular democratic Republic, a neo-fascist state, or an Islamist "shithole" (to put it in the words of the God Emperor). But its interesting to highlight the internal inconsistencies of the left, and how they always converge on whatever provides the best anti-white narrative.

    There is something much more egregious than being a “shithole”… that of being an utter moral cesspool.

    What else is a civilisation which thrives on unlimited Greed and Psychopathy, but a moral cesspool.

    Those who don’t recognise that are lowlife degenerates… like you.

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  15. In the US we frown upon killing people for money, unless you are a policeman, , yet we encourage those who want a Job or just to travel abroad to Join the military and aid or personally kill for a monthly paycheck.
    Been that way ever since my birth. And having talked to family and friends of family veterans of every war policeing action and zlatin And S. American nutchery. dating back to Spanish American war, it has. Always been a part of US .
    It matters not what part of US you love in every facet of life from economic to religious is federally inspired to remain so

    The New England States populace is and always been buy a copy of with slightly different tuning of Commoners and Lords of old England.
    There is way too many years of indoctrination and social engineering to change aiD Empires ultimate world ruling agenda.
    The populace at large know no discomforts of our international killings and irrational elevate a military uniform as highest class of US citizens.
    It matters not where you live in US , you can f whom or whatever you want and even welfare get fat and own widescreen tv, and worry not about where and what national policies are, mid west pretenders of tv self created to southern still fighting imaginary Yankee invasions while trying for federal programs and jobs, all living vicarious lives of famtacy.

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  16. Nona says:

    “why one would want to fight over this one-donkey farm town. We were there on a mission to rescue wild animals trapped in a zoo in war-torn Aleppo, Syria.”

    “Why on earth are at least 2,000 US troops mixed up in this fracas in darkest Syria? ”

    Oh, we know where (((you))) are coming from. The same place of that shitty, little country in the Middle East.

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  17. john888 says:

    Turkey is / was also busy supporting a faction in this war. Not exactly innocent in this matter at all.

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