Why are we betraying the Kurds?
New York Post
The U.S. is betraying our Kurdish allies, said Ralph Peters. Turkey’s thuggish Islamist dictator, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has ordered his tanks and warplanes across the border into Syria to attack Kurdish soldiers who played a critical role in helping the U.S. defeat ISIS. The Kurds, who now number 30 million and are divided among Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran, have been oppressed and “butchered en masse” for a century, ever since they were denied a state of their own at the end of World War I. Now Erdogan is bombing valiant Kurdish forces inside neighboring Syria, claiming that they’re allied with PKK, a militant Kurdish separatist group inside Turkey. The Trump administration has offered only a mild protest, asking for “restraint” as Erdogan uses U.S.-supplied tanks and weapons to kill Kurds. “Why on earth” are we letting this go on? The main reason is fear that if we anger Erdogan, he will end U.S. warplanes’ use of Incirlik air base, in southeastern Turkey. But “we shouldn’t sacrifice the future of 30 million pro-American Kurds for a couple of runways.” The Kurds aren’t terrorists. “The terrorist sits in his president’s chair in Ankara.”