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The Kobane Front: Latest Map; similar to Warsaw, 1945

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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Sep 30, 2014 at 21:33

By the time this gets posted, God only knows whether there will be any Kurds left in Kobane. Here's the Map:


The part that stands out to me, is the long, long stretch along the border, where the Turks have been standing by and watching ISIS steadily attack the Kurds right across the fence. The border looks like this:


Those are Turkish tanks -- German-built Leopard tanks, I imagine.

NATO ally, ally, al- lie-lie-lie. There must be a tune, to go along with that. Turkey's membership in NATO seems to boil down to the US bailing them out if they get into trouble attacking their neighbors; but no real help flowing the other way. The US, UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark all consider ISIS a clear and present danger to their own security; but Turkey has so far not come to their aid. If they invade Syria, though, as they have been talking about doing for some time, and find themselves in trouble, they will expect us to help them.

The current callous attitude of the Turks toward the besieged Kurds of Kobane, reminds me of the halt in the Russian advance against the Nazis at Warsaw. They could easily have taken the city, but that would have helped the Polish resistance, who had risen in revolt. Instead, they simply waited in their tanks, as the Turks are doing at Kobane, until the Polish resistnace had been crushed and Warsaw utterly destroyed by the Germans.


Warsaw, after the failure of the Polish uprising. The Soviets stood by across the river, until the uprising had been thoroughly crushed.


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