A few days ago this blog pointed out that how Ankara reacts to the Kurdish advances in Syria will be a decisive factor in determining if and how the conflict will escalate further. That reaction came promptly and when it did come it led to Syria’s foreign ministry calling on the United Nations to condemned Turkey for shelling the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
It is, however, with the bombs in the Turkish capital on Wednesday, which left at least 28 dead, that a very real escalation of the conflict is proceeding apace, for, with the Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu saying that the attack “was carried out by a Syrian Kurdish fighter with links to YPG”, the Neo-Ottomanists have their pretext not only for invading their neighbour to the south and establishing themselves as a major player in the region as a whole, but also for destroying any possibility of an independent Kurdish entity in the north of Syria.
We are told that this is something that Washington doesn’t want and, because Ankara has upped the ante very quickly and Russia has already created its own facts on the ground, there might even be evidence to suggest that this is a conflict which the United States does not have under control. However, as MK Bhadrakumar points out when referencing Iran’s skepticism regarding Washington’s intentions:
“Although Washington and Ankara appear to be preoccupied with a verbal brawl over christening Syrian Kurds as “terrorists” or not, there is a long history of the two NATO allies working in tandem while dissimulating difference of opinion to mislead outsiders.”
This should worry us for, while there is evidence to suggest that Wednesday’s attacks in Ankara were a false flag, and even if any reasonable person has to doubt that the normally pragmatic YPG has gone quite mad by deliberately contributing to its own destruction, it is the United States, once again, that plays a uniquely insidious game. Lies, damn lies, and statistics, might be sufficient for Ankara, but when it comes down to hypocrisy and falsification on an “über” Orwellian scale, the master is to be found in Washington.