a reply to: MrSpad
I know they are not a unified group in the strictest sense. The Kurdish people were split up by events and have developed their own, regionally
specific enmities and allies commensurate with their strategic position and indeed the responses of nations they ended up in or near, to their
But the crucial thing about this is that IS is the enemy of all of those groups, whether they be PKK elements, or KRG, or the Turks. The fact is,
that its a failure on a massive scale, for Turkey to fail to recognise the opportunity they have to improve relations with the PKK, by assisting the
PKK in resisting the march of IS. Removing PKK elements from the areas in which they are operating, will weaken the buffer zone that the PKK presence
represents, and even if the Turks hit IS like the fist of an angry deity, this will mean that there are more places IS will be able to walk their
people, without having to worry about ground forces taking them out.
Frankly, the decision is tactically, strategically, and diplomatically stupid, regardless of which banner the Kurdish forces are marching under. They
lack the infrastructure and technological capacity to be a threat to a national government like that of Turkey. They have no warplanes, they have no
reliable global satellite access to assist with target acquisition, they have no laser guided heavy munitions. They are essentially a group which has
access to low tech weapons, home made explosives, and will power, and that is all. They pose a very much smaller threat than do IS, if only because
their numbers are smaller, and they have established territory over many years, which they are fighting to defend at the moment. They are locked in
battle, and cannot perform massed operations against the Turkish people right now, so it makes little sense to waste resources attacking them, when
the Turks could use the opportunity to bury the hatchet with PKK, and fight alongside them.
That is the thing I do not understand right now. IS could find themselves with the forces of the PKK, and the Turks, up their collective tailpipes,
and instead, what they have is a situation where their enemies are fighting each other. If the aim of the Turkish government, is to remove IS as a
threat, taking out those who would share that aim makes little sense, no matter which way you slice it.