The men the U.S. is
backing—and fighting alongside of—are known as the Syrian Democratic Forces
(SDF). The SDF is an alliance of militias mostly composed of fighters from the
Kurdish YPG (People’s
Protection Unit). The YPG in turn, while mostly made up of ethnic Kurds,
also includes Arabs, foreign volunteers, and members of the Syriac Military
Council, a militia of Assyrians. Regardless of the polyglot makeup of this
group, for all practical purposes they represent an army put together by that
part of Syria and Turkey that the people known as the Kurds want to turn into a
state of their own. In other words, the people who call themselves Kurds want to
hive off a part of both Turkey and Syria, and turn it into Kurdistan.
But it doesn’t end there. The Kurds, a largely Sunni
Muslim people, with their own language and culture, also live in the generally
contiguous areas of Iraq, Iran, and Armenia. Creating a country of their own
would then have them taking pieces of all of these countries—Turkey, Syria,
Iraq, Iran, and Armenia—and instating it as the Republic of Kurdistan… or some
other such similar name.
Guess who this is going to anger?
if by our forming a military alliance with the SDF and YPK, as we have done—and
providing arms to them—they are able at the end of the war in Syria to turn
those weapons against Turkey, and secure for themselves their own country, guess
who Turkey is going to blame?
Bye, bye Incirlik.
being farfetched, the Kurds are not only focused on fighting the Islamic State
in Syria, but also on preparing for their own homeland. As Reuters says,
SDF and YPG dominate a swathe of northern Syria where Kurdish-led autonomous
administrations have emerged since the onset of the Syrian conflict in 2011.
“The YPG and its allies hold an uninterrupted 400-km (250-mile) stretch of the
“The U.S. alliance with the SDF and YPG is a major point
of contention with neighboring Turkey, a U.S. ally. Turkey views the YPG as an
extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought a three-decade
insurgency in Turkey.”
Talal Silo, an SDF spokesman, makes no bones about the
fact that they are trying to get as close to the United States as
possible—through their alliance with the U.S. led military coalition. He said:
“The Americans have strategic interests here after the end of Daesh,” using a
pejorative term for the Islamic State.
“They [U.S. military leaders] (recently)
referred to the possibility of securing an area to prepare for a military
airport. These are the beginnings - they’re not giving support just to leave.
America is not providing all this support for free,” Silo said.
northern Syria could become a new base for U.S. forces in the region. “Maybe
there could be an alternative to their base in Turkey,” he added, referring to
the Incirlik air base.
So from our perspective, American Army soldiers better
start brushing up on their Kurdish language skills if they want to pick up local
girls when they leave the Army base that is sure to be built in this putative
country, in a half dozen years or so. More to the point, they need to brush up on
both Kurdish and Arabic, as these are the official languages of this soon to be
country’s government leaders. And if this is not bad enough, when learning the
Kurdish language, they should become proficient in the four dialects that
Kurdish girls speak: Sorani, Kurmanji, Hawrami (also known as Gorani) and Zaza.
Yet worry not, on the bright side, while studying these new languages may prove
tiresome, those bars usually found outside of American bases will be filled with
all sorts of new alcohols, as the Kurds are proud of the fact that unlike other
Muslims they not only drink, but they
drink more alcohol than Christians.
Ah yes… another Little America soon
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