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originally posted by: Middleoftheroad
No, I don't think we should. I think all the Kurd sympathizers should go over there and quit expecting US soldiers to sacrifice their lives for this pointless war. I also think it's hilarious seeing the same people who nonstop complain about having troops in the ME do a 180 once Trump starts pulling troops out of the ME. It's like bizarro world on ATS the last couple of days.
7 OCTOBER 2019
President Trump’s shock announcement late Sunday that the US is to withdraw its forces from the Syrian-Turkish borders, to allow Turkish forces to move into Syria, has left Kurds feeling betrayed. But the real winner is Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
This is not news. Assad has been winning for some time, thanks to generous Russian support and the many thousands of foreign militias fighting on ground for him – and the seeming inability of the international community to act to put an end to his crimes.
However, this time it is different. He is winning without fighting. His enemies are going to hand him victory.
Let’s recapture what happened. Inspired by the Arab Spring protests elsewhere, the Syrian people took to the streets in 2011. The peaceful protests lasted a year, and Assad’s forces cracked down on them with escalating brutality.
After a year, driven by the growing feeling among protesters that they needed to defend themselves, the Syrian revolution was militarised. It soon became the battlefield for a civil war that sucked in many regional and international players, and would eventually give birth to ISIS.
Meanwhile, an ethnic minority in Syria were living in relative peace and calm. Kurds, who come from a region covering parts of northern Iraq, eastern Turkey, and southern Syria are the world’s largest stateless group. Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, has been autonomous and self-governing since 1991, but its independence has never been formally recognised by the international community.
The Syrian Kurds were denied all rights under the Assad regime. They had been the first to revolt against Assad in a previous uprising in 2004, only to be brutally suppressed.
originally posted by: lakenheath24
It bears to study the history of the Muhajadeen in Afghanistan. We abandoned them as well, giving rise to Bin Laden. AS I posted somewhere as well, there are literally thousands of kids in concentration camps in Syria...who will grow up to be radicals. Ahhh, but who gives a rats ass about history, eh!
a reply to: Ophiuchus 13