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Turkey, Iran, the Kurds and Israel -- and Obama Treachery

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jul 31, 2015 at 03:02

"Spot on."

I can't argue with comments like that :-) Maybe this would be a good time to wend back to the OP. I notice that the US Administration is obsessed with ISIL/ IS/ ISIS/ Da'esh. They have used the "anti-ISIL War" as an excuse to collude with Iran against close ally Israel, and now to collude with Turkey against our close allies, the Northern & Western Kurds. Ironically, the Turks and Iranians are diametrically opposed to one another: The Iranians support the Assad government of Syria (which is fighting against ISIL) and the Turks, in a double-twist of irony, are fighting to crush the Kurds of Turkey, Syria and parts of Iraq (who are, along with Assad, the foremost enemies of ISIL).

If none of this makes sense to the reader, let me re-iterate:

1. The Kurds of Syria (the YPG, in the autonomous region of Rehava) and Turkey (the PKK) have been the foremost effective enemies of ISIL, cooperating with the US. The Assad government of Syria, allied with Iran, has been the other strong enemy of ISIL in Syria.

2. The US is officially at war with ISIL. The Turks, on the other hand, have until now been unvilling to combat ISIL; and even their latest publicised "attacks" on ISIL have been a sham of half-hearted windowdressing.

3. The Turks' real enemies are Assad's regime and the Kurds, both of whom have effectively, until now, been fighting on the same side as the US. As for ISIL, the Turks continue to this day to be the primary conduit to them of arms, fighters and trade.

Why has the US (and all of NATO, for that matter) sided with the Turks in their attack on our actual allies? Because the Turks have offered, in return, a SHOW of support for us in the form of token attacks against the presumed primary enemy (ISIL) of the US and NATO. Not coincidentally, the linking of real Turkish attacks against the Kurds with a charade of attacks against ISIL is allowing Turkish President Erdogan to demonize the Kurds of Turkey and whip up Turkish nationalist sentiment on his side. In other words, US President Obama has agreed to yet another bad deal that is completely against American interests.

The betrayal of our Kurdish allies comes on the heels of our betrayal of Israel by giving the Iranians permission to keep in place their development of nuclear weapons to use against Israel. I might note here, that the betrayal of the Kurds is also against Israel, in that the Turks and their ISIL allies are becoming more powerful as a result, and more of a threat to Israel. Ultimately, I expect Turkish troops to be facing off Israeli troops -- either in Syria, or on the Israel-Syria border.

According to Ezekiel 38-39, the only voice of rhyme and reason in an otherwise insane Middle East, Turkey will be allied with Iran when it attacks Israel. This could come about in a number of ways. One sure way, would be for the Turks to turn against ISIL (for real, not for show) and for Iran to turn against its ally Assad. Both moves would be strongly abetted by American pressure. Other scenarios are also possible; but the "Double Betrayal" fits in so well with the treachery of both Obama and the Muslims, it's almost poetic. We'll see, as time goes by.

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