Maslow’s hierarchy of needs places self-preservation at the top of the list — that is true about individuals, and of nations. It’s important to look at the actions of a nation with a careful eye, because patience will reveal its intentions.
And these days, you don’t have to wait very long to ascertain what the objectives truly are. Of course, when it comes to Iran, the black-robed crazed clerics tell you exactly who they are and their intentions – as it is with Islamic jihadists.
And now we know exactly what the country of Turkey is up to. You see, just within the past week, Turkey granted permission for U.S. warplanes to utilize Incirlik Air Base to engage ISIS. Now you have to understand we’re not heavily bombing ISIS anyway. And I still have a little beef with the Turks since 2003, when we were supposed to enter Iraq from the north, and the Turks pulled their landing and basing rights at the last minute, forcing our entire 4th Infantry Division Task Force to shift, and our equipment to endure additional time at sea — saltwater isn’t good.
Anyway, the Turks opened up Incirlik for one specific reason — permission to attack the Kurds, and the Obama administration gave them the green light. As reported by Gatestone Institute, “Turkey’s government seems to be waging a new war against the Kurds, now struggling to get an internationally recognized political status in Syrian Kurdistan.
On July 24, Turkish media sources reported that Turkish jet fighters bombed Kurdish PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) bases in Qandil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria. Turkey is evidently unsettled by the rapprochement the PKK seems to be establishing with the U.S. and Europe.
Possibly alarmed by the PKK’s victories against ISIS, as well as its strengthening international standing, Ankara, in addition to targeting ISIS positions in Syria, has been bombing the PKK positions in the Qandil mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, where the PKK headquarters are located. There is no ISIS in Qandil. As expected, many Turkish media outlets were more enthusiastic about the Turkish air force’s bombing the Kurdish militia than about bombing ISIS.
“The camps of the PKK,” they excitedly reported, “have been covered with fire.” It appears as if Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is using ISIS as a pretext to attack the PKK. Ankara just announced that its air base at Incirlik will soon be open to coalition forces, presumably to fight ISIS, but the moment Turkey started bombing, it targeted Kurdish positions. Those attacks not only open a new era of death and destruction, but also bring an end to all possibilities of resolving Turkey’s Kurdish issue non-violently.”
We reported here that the Obama administration has been blocking arms and equipment support to the Kurds to the point that Sunni Islam countries were seeking to bypass President Obama. And now we have President Obama, while having quite a bit of fun with family reunions in East Africa, is turning his back on the Kurds as the Turkish Army and Air Force unleash their vengeance against the one “boots on the ground” force that has stood its ground against ISIS.
It took less than 48 hours after Turkey granted rights to use Incirlik AB before they started to bomb Kurdish forces. Now granted, the PKK are not saints but then again, the Turks have a pretty notorious history of genocidal actions in the region — ask the Armenians, Assyrians, and Chaldeans. And I don’t care if it was under the Ottoman Empire, they were still Turks.
And it seems the Turkish government understands how to leverage the information aspect of power, because “Shortly after military operations against the PKK started, access to the websites of pro-Kurdish newspapers and news agencies was denied “by decree of court.” These websites — including Fırat News Agency (ANF), Dicle News Agency (DIHA), Hawar News Agency (ANHA), Ozgur Gundem newspaper, Yuksekova News, Rudaw and BasNews — are still blocked in Turkey.”
So an all-out assault has been launched on the Kurds under the guise of going after the PKK, and the result will be a weakening of the best force aligned to stem the advance of ISIS. Turkey is getting what it has long desired: cover to destroy the Kurds and crush any hopes they possess of independence.
Now, you just have to ask, why would President Obama allow this to happen? Yes, it is intentional in my assessment. If it’s not, then Obama has been played by the Turks and continues to exhibit the most naive foreign policy.
The nexus of what is happening is simple, as Gatestone Institute articulates, “Had the Turkish military attacked the PKK alone, and not in addition to attacking ISIS, it would probably have received widespread international condemnation. So to add “legitimacy” to its attacks against the Kurdish PKK — whose affiliate Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria and its armed wing, the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) have been resisting ISIS and other Islamist terrorist groups since 2013 — Turkey declared that it will also attack ISIS. This would give it cover for its attacks against Kurdish fighters.
In 2014, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the plan he wanted to carry out in Syria and Iraq: “The problem in Syria should be taken into account. Iraq too should be considered similarly. Moreover, there needs to be a solution that will also deal with the Syrian wing [PYD] of the separatist terrorist organization [PKK].” The AKP government, dissatisfied with the results of last month’s parliamentary elections, also seems to want to hold new elections, to push the mainly Kurdish HDP Party below the required 10 percent threshold, and thus force them out of parliament. Perhaps the government thinks that bombing the PKK will generate Turkish nationalist enthusiasm that will work in the AKP’s favor to help it regain a majority in early elections.”
So here it is, the Obama administration enters into an agreement with the number one sponsor of Islamic terror, Iran. Then President Obama tries to convince African leaders that American troops are not necessary to combat Islamic jihadists — who blew up a suicide bomb in Mogadishu killing twenty — while he was in Ethiopia chastising Governor Mike Huckabee.
And now, Obama has allowed the Turks to turn the brunt of their military, government, and media against the one force that has been kicking ISIS in the butt. I have been in Kurdistan and simply put, I love the people. They deserve so much better than what they are receiving at the whims of Barack Obama.
While in Congress I attended several Kurdistan Regional Government events and personally knew their representative to the United States. We became good friends. I long for the day when I can return to Kurdistan and know that we have secured their future.
President Obama has allowed Cuba to open an embassy, a hard line communist regime. Yet the people more than willing to stem the advance of the most savage and barbaric Islamic jihadists, well, there are no words to explain what Obama is allowing to occur — just like his consent to abandoning four Americans being unlawfully held in Iran.
Egypt already despises Barack Obama; they are standing up against the Muslim Brotherhood. I’m quite sure the Kurds harbor the same sentiment. Hold on y’all, this nightmare WILL end and I look forward to supporting your fight!
Steadfast and Loyal.