Standing with friends

Standing with friends who have staunchly stood up for themselves is rarely a popular thing to do, but it is the right thing to do. A case in point, the Kurdish militias in Syria. These may well be the closest thing to the good guys in that mess, and they have long since made plain their loyalty as American allies. From Turkey threatens to strike U.S. forces partnered with Kurdish militias in Syria – Washington Times:

The war of words between Washington and Ankara over the U.S. military’s partnership with Kurdish paramilitaries in Syria escalated Wednesday, when a senior aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested American troops could be targeted alongside their Kurdish allies in the country’s ongoing air war against the militias.

Senior presidential aide Ilnur Cevik said U.S. forces who are teamed up with members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, were in danger of being hit by Turkish fighters patrolling the volatile border region with Syria.

If YPG units and their American military advisers “go too far, our forces would not care if American armor is there, whether armored carriers are there,” Mr. Cevik said during an interview on Turkish radio station CRI TURK Wednesday. “All of a sudden, by accident, a few rockets can hit them,” he added, referring to partnered U.S. forces.

When asked to clarify that U.S. advisers or artillery positions would be in danger from Turkish warplanes, if they continued to support YPG operations in northern Syria, Mr. Cevik replied bluntly that they would.

His comments come days after U.S. forces moved into the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Rojava, in a dramatic show of solidarity amid Turkish airstrikes targeting those U.S.-backed forces there. The strikes were part of an ongoing counterterrorism operation targeting members of the YPG, which Turkey has condemned as a terrorist organization.

Syrian Kurds, some of which are members of or allied with the YPG, make up half of the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF — the 50,000-man strong constellation of Arab and Kurdish militias backed by the U.S., who are preparing for the final, large-scale assault on Raqqa, the self-styled capital of the Islamic State terror group also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Keep reading. Well, I can’t say I have any desire to have any form of hostility with Turkey, but there comes a point where one has to simply stand up and say, “Bring it on”. Or have the whole world know you stand for nothing. This may well be that point.

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13 Responses to Standing with friends

  1. Have you heard Stephen Mansfield talking about the Kurds? Well worth a listen to his podcast if you are interested in this topic.

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, I haven’t and will look him up.

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      • https://stephenmansfield.tv/podcast-2/ – all his podcasts are excellent on matters of faith, politics and morality, but the one you may be looking for is ‘Kurdistan Rising’.

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        • NEO says:

          Thanks, simply don’t find much here on the Kurds, or most of the rest you mention, for that matter. Sounds good.

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        • NEO says:

          Excellent podcast, Highly recommended. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    So 30 to 37 million aren’t ready for a country, but 15 to 30 million are ready for health insurance. Maybe even though without healthcare to go along with it. The powers that be decides all that. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Quite 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    Daughter is ready for’em. Recently completely completed RN, just finished 2 week hospital orientation, start on job next week. Thank goodness, long time getting there. Dad happy… and relieved. Whew. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Yay! Her! 🙂

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    • the unit says:

      Yessss! Thanks! 🙂

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      • NEO says:

        :))

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  4. the unit says:

    National hero without a Nation.

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    • NEO says:

      Indeed so!

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