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Putin Meets with North Korea

Mike1116 Wrote: Nov 22, 2014 4:55 AM
The KRG (Kurdistan regional Government) is resisting a tremendous popular pressure for independence. Go to YouTube and search for "My Kudistan" (with English subtitles). Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and many former colonies in Africa were created out of several ethnic groups to deliberately make the people weak and unable to resist a Tyrant. These countries are inherently unstable without a Tyrant in charge. It is time the US recognizes the error of this policy. Dividing these countries along ethnic lines would create inherently stable countries that could be effectively ruled by the will of the people. Giving the Pashtuns a state of their own would take the pressure off of the rest of Afghanistan and give Pakistan something to do other than trying to destabilize Afghanistan.
The ideology of the YPG, the Kurdish militia of Syria that is defending Kobane, is hard to categorize. They follow the thinking of Abdullah Ocalan (Apo), which has changed from being Marxist Leninist at one time. They consider themselves to be social revolutionaries. They believe in a matriarchal society and ecology is very big with them. They are also against statism, whatever that means. They believe that society went wrong with the invention of agriculture. The tribal society is ideal. They believe that socialism did not work because it required the creation of a new civilization, which did not happen. They are taking the emphasis off of socialism and placing it on creating the new civilization first. Unlike standard leftists, they are extremely nationalistic, but they are completely tolerant of others as long as those others will leave them in peace. As you can see, they are highly motivated and dedicated and indoctrinated, and more than willing to die to defend their country and people. I notice that in many pictures of the women YPG fighters in Kobane (who seem to be the majority), they are often smiling and laughing and looking very at ease. In a video interview of the peshmerga commander in Kobane you could hear children in the background laughing and playing. Those who are wounded say how anxious they are to get back into the fighting. One gravely injured fighter was on her deathbed singing a patriotic song with power and feeling. These people are not going to fight our wars for us, but they will certainly hold their ground if given the weapons. A good strategy for for them and for us is for them to take a strip of land all along the Turkish border to seal off ISIS from the outside world and to unite the 3 cantons of Syrian Rojava.
Erdogans' statement that Kobane is not important or strategic may be a misdirection. The ISIL is landlocked and surrounded by enemies except for Turkey, which is almost certainly a sponsor and ally. This makes the rail junction of Kobane of key strategic importance for the viability of the Islamic State. A YPG commander in Kobane claimed that the East side of Kobane has been the most vulnerable because Turkey has brought in ISIL supplies and fighters by rail from the eastern side.
Turkey does not want heavy weapons to go to the Syrian Kurds. The air drop must have included heavy weapons and this caused Turkey to change its position to allow Iraqi Kurds to enter Kobane through Turkey. Turkey put two conditions: the Iraqi Kurds must be under command of the KRG and not under any political party, and the forces must retain control over any heavy weapons they bring and they must not leave those weapons in the hands of the Syrian Kurds. The US is also making conditions before it will help the Syrian Kurds: they must allow participation of all the Kurdish factions. Meetings are taking place to implement this and the meetings are going much farther than directed. There may be a governing council to coordinate Kurds from Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. The roots of the USA were similar to this. Before King Phillips' War there was no coordination between the New England colonies. To deal with the war they formed a governing body to coordinate war efforts. This body did not have much power but it never went away and eventually became the United States of America. Kurdish armed forces from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey are all actively fighting ISIL in Syria and Iraq right now. This will be more orderly and organized.
According to a report that may be biased, the core source of the problem between India and Pakistan is the water in the Indus River. It originates in India and is desperately needed in Pakistan. India also needs the water and has plans to build power stations using the water and to increase use of the water for irrigation. Both countries have seen massive increases in population and they are both short of water. Pakistan has already declared a policy of first use of nuclear weapons if certain trigger conditions are met, and apparently they have already been met.
The PKK said that they had no casualties from the Turkish bombardment. The PKK did not mention anything about attacking a Turkish military post, which was the reason given by Turkey for the attack. There is a Turkish movie you can see on the internet for free: Jin (2013). It is not about politics but reveals the atmospherics of the Kurdish Turkish relationship. Jin is a Kurdish guerilla fighter who leaves the mountains to try to reclaim a normal life for herself. It does not work out and she returns to the mountains. Critics have compared it to the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Last week Turkish soldiers caught some Kurdish brothers sneaking across the border to visit relatives. They were all beaten, one was beaten to death and he was stripped and his body was tossed over the fence into Syria. I think if there were not a lot of media looking at this region it would not be news at all. This was not near Kobane. The attitude of Turks toward Kurds seems to be very similar to the way American Indians were seen by American cowboys in the mid 19th century.A news clipping from San Bernardino in Southern California told about how some Indian stole chickens from a farmer, so the local farmers got together and went to the local Indian village and killed every man, woman and child. This was minor news in the county paper with just a few paragraphs in a little blurb buried in the paper.
A editorial opinion in Kurdish media likened the situation in Kobane to the Spanish Civil War. Rojava is the Spanish Republic, with innovative ideas of democracy and womens' rights, etc. ISIS play the forces of Franco, while Turkey plays Nazi Germnay. Kobane is Guernica
ISIS reports that Syrian regime forces are in Kobane helping the Kurds. This cannot be confirmed but it makes sense because the regime has said it was their duty to defend Kobane against ISIS. It is also reported that at least 3 factions of the FSA have been in and near Kobane for weeks fighting alongside the Kurds against ISIS. One group has 200 fighters, another group 300 and the largest group had 1500 fighters but had sent 500 away because there was not enough food for them. This also makes sense because the FSA announced weeks ago that they were sending a large force from Aleppo to help the Kurds in Kobane. It is also reported that these FSA groups in Kobane have been asking the US for weapons for weeks, with no response. I believe they see this as a test of how reliable the US is as a partner. The Kurds are committed to being neutral in the Syria Civil War. They have seen that most of the FSA factions want a theocracy that has no place for the Kurds. As Marxists, they cannot tolerate a theocracy. It is reported that the IS has 9,000 fighters around Kobane, which still has 50,000 people in it. They are giving rifles to young girls and grandmothers get hand grenades to throw. It looks like everyone left will be fighting. The YPG had announced days ago that Kobane was a military area and that all non-combatants should leave..
About 1500 FSA fighters are alongside the Kurds in Kobane and they have been there for weeks. There are 3 groups, with 200, 300 and 1000 fighters. The larger group had already sent away 500 fighters because there was not enough food in the town. All this time they have been begging the West for weapons and getting no response. This time is a test for them also, to see if they can rely on the US. Because of this assistance, the YPG will be under a moral obligation in the future to come to the aid of the FSA, although they very much would prefer to be neutral in the Syria Civil War. The Kurds have already had discussions with the various parties of the FSA and found that their intentions are mostly to have a theocracy that has no place for the Kurds. The PYD party that rules the Kurdish region is a Marxist party that is completely secular and could not tolerate a theocracy.
The common wisdom is that Kobane can only hold out a few days and then it will fall, based on reasonable considerations. I think unreasonable considerations are in play. The Kurdish Peshmerga are known as brave fighters, but the mostly Kurdish YPG raises that to a new level. The women of the YPJ auxiliary have sworn off marriage, children and family, to be soldiers until their land is free and independent. They have already accepted that to die in battle will be their fate. They carry an extra bullet in their belt to kill themselves with so that they are never taken prisoner. Will the men be less resolved that that? The civilians who are helping may not have this ethos, but I think the YPG and YPJ will fight to the end and never surrender. It will be like Iwo Jima or Stalingrad. The ISIL will pay a heavy price for victory, but then they also don't mind dying. But they might think twice before attacking another Kurdish enclave. And 40 million Kurds will never forget this.
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