Took the link Ten reasons why bombing Iraq and Syria is no way to defeat ISIS – Stop the War Coalition. from the ‘Stop the War’ website. For now, I would just like to pick up on one of the ten reasons:
“The issue of the Kurds is central to countering ISIS expansion in the region. The Iraqi Kurds are close allies of the west, but there is a very different attitude to the Kurds in Turkey and Syria. The PKK, which has been struggling for Kurdish self-determination for decades, is still listed as a terrorist organisation by the EU and the US. This is despite the PKK and its allies being prominent in the battle against ISIS. Turkey has oppressed the Kurds for many years and will not help those in Kobane, now under imminent threat of seizure by ISIS. Turkey could open its border to the Kurds, but refuses to do so, in contrast with its support for ISIS in the past. Instead the Turkish parliament has voted to create a ‘buffer zone’ at the Syrian border which will involve the disarming of the Kurds.”
With Turkey refusing to help the beleaguered town and Turkish troops guarding the border to ensure that PKK’ fighters cannot help, The Guardian’ reports:
“The sense of betrayal is palpable. The Kurds on Turkey’s southern border with Syria are embittered as the tragedy of Kobani unfolds before their eyes on the other side of a wire fence.”
However, with Kurds throughout Turkey demonstrating their anger, it might just be that Erdogan, who believes that the Kurds of Kobani and the jihadists should be dealt with jointly, has decided to take a calculated risk. We can expect Turkish military intervention, but only after Kobani has fallen.