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Obama's (and NATO's) ISIL-Turkey-Kurd Stupidity

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Aug 1, 2015 at 07:28

Hi, Waz. Your quote:

Calamities evaporate and memories depart.
People laugh at anything
And things just fall apart."
-- Michael Leunig

sounds depressing.

Eighteen years ago, a group in Southern California surrendered their "containers" (i.e. their bodies), in a vain hope that their spirits would be transported to a spaceship hiding in the tail of the Hale Bopp comet. I trust in a more certain salvation; and the one putting off my container will probably be the US Government; but otherwise, there is a paralell between my situation (and that of the whole world today) and those cosmic "travellers". The Titanic is sinking; and as a musician, I play "Nearer My God to Thee".

I just sent off an email to my congressman, protesting Obama's support for the massacre of the Kurds by his Turkish allies. That's my privilege, as an American. Down under, I imagine the only effective protests one can make are against a football call, or against an inane remark by a politician. Still, you're in a nice place -- I especially like your flag. My email to my congressman, meanwhile, is not likely to have much effect on my super-stupid President.

Concerning the Turks, they have done three things:

  1. mercilessly attacked Kurdish villages in Turkey and Iraq
  2. won Obama's approval for an "ISIL Free Zone" in Syria which is, in fact, designed to keep ISIL's vital supply line to Turkey open and prevent its takeover by advancing Kurdish forces, and
  3. allowed the US to use NATO bases in Turkey for their ineffective meddling in the Fertile Crescent

It's a new low of foreign policy insanity, on the part of Obama. The Iranians have actually warned him against it as newly-one friends; but he seems to be blindly blundering on in his usual fashion. The battle line in the Middle East looks like an Escher drawing, with Americans thinking they are charging up the stairs to attack enemies when in fact, they are charging down the stairs to attack friends. I thought the Vietnam War was futile and ille-conceived. Obama's War makes Vietnam look like a masterpiece of American (and Australian) strategy. You diggers do well, to keep out of this mess...

Oops -- I see you're already in it, up to your ears.

Someone else who's deep in the muck of killing Kurds is Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. His party has been described as more an organized crime ring than a political entity. He depends on the Turks for his income, and is their puppet -- even as Turkish planes bomb Kurdish PKK positions in his own territory. The PKK and their Syrian Kurd comerades have been the only effective fighting force on the ground against ISIL. The net effect of this Obamaboondoggle, therefore, seems to be to halt effective resistance to ISIL and to promote a Kurdish civil war. Is that what our glorious Commander intended? Can anyone possibly be that stupid? God help us!

It's worth noting, that NATO is in lock step with the feckless American in this matter.

Forgive my saying this on a Jewish site, but "Come quickly, Lord Jesus!"

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