On October 24th, US President Donald Trump said he had spoke to Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces commander General Mazloum Abdi and said the Kurdish should go to the oilfields on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river.
“He appreciates what we have done, and I appreciate what the Kurds have done. Perhaps it is time for the Kurds to start heading to the Oil Region!”
On the previous day, Trump announced that he would be lifting sanctions on Turkey, as the temporary cease-fire in northern Syria would be “permanent,” due to absolutely no credit of the US.
“The sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that we are not happy with,” Trump said at the White House.
He said that the five-day cease-fire announced on October 17th will “indeed be permanent,” though he noted that “you would also define the word ‘permanent’ in that part of the world as somewhat questionable, we all understand that, but I do believe it will be permanent.”
He also used the chance to fire back at his critics, who said that the US abandoning of the Kurds was a political mistake, which it clearly is.
“Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained sand,” Trump said.
“The same people that I watched and read giving me and the United States advice were the people that I have been watching and reading for many years. They are the people who got us into the Middle East mess, but never had the vision or the courage to get us out,” Trump said. “They just talk.”
He said the announcement of a permanent cease-fire “validates our course of action with Turkey that only a couple of weeks ago was scorned.”
The “permanent” ceasefire was actually a result of a Russian-Turkish deal that saw Russian troops patrol northern Syria, starting on October 23rd. Essentially, Trump is attempting to hijack a very clear and obvious Turkish and Russian international policy win as his own.
On October 23rd, Kurdish commander General Mazloum Abdi allegedly praised Trump for all of his help in protecting the Kurds from the Turkish.
2. We THANK President Trump for his tireless efforts that stopped the brutal Turkish attack and jihadist groups on our people.
— Mustafa Bali (@mustefabali) October 23, 2019
It happened on the same day when Mazloum spoke to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, with a Russian and Syrian flag behind him, thanking Russian President Vladimir Putin for all he had done.
The point of the matter is that Mazloum and the Kurds are willing to praise anybody that provides any sort of “out” from the entire situation, since the alternative is the Turkish military operation.
The Kurds are essentially traitors, regardless of what their true motives are. The SDF and other Kurdish groups very publicly betrayed the Syrian state. In the most precarious situation, they abandoned the Syrian nation and made a pact with the US, the foreign power that seeks to undermine the country’s territorial integrity and also never hid its desire at a regime change.
There were ought to be consequences and the Kurds suffered them. Washington abandoned them, when it was deemed of higher value to enable Turkey to carry out its offensive, than to protect them.
The US is clearly not leaving Syria. It is remaining, specifically in the seized oil fields on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river, naturally they need help protecting it from all the competing factions.
If the Kurds move to the oil fields to protect them, what guarantee is there that the US won’t abandon them in the future, and would the Syrian Arab Army, by way of a Russian guarantee, once again, bail them out.
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