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Canada COMMENTARY: Canada is complicit in the shameful betrayal of the Kurds

19:10  12 october  2019
19:10  12 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Canada's failure to repatriate former ISIS fighters and families leading to "inevitable" crisis: experts

  Canada's failure to repatriate former ISIS fighters and families leading to Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria have warned they'll have to limit the guarding of ISIS prisoners as the U.S. prepares to stand aside in the event of Turkish invasion of the region - leavING the fate of dozens of Canadian detainees up in the air.The Trump administration has signalled it is prepared to stand aside in the event of a Turkish invasion of the region, which would be aimed at dislodging the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), a U.S. ally in the war against ISIS.

Abandoning the Kurds leaves them vulnerable not only to Turkey, but to Syrian troops and ISIS. In-depth political coverage, sports analysis, entertainment reviews and cultural commentary . For the Kurds , this America just sentenced them to death. For the Syrians, this America has once again

As they seek safety away from Turkish shells, Syrian Kurds burn with anger at Donald Trump’s betrayal .

a group of people posing for the camera: Kurdish women hold a banner with Arabic that read, © AP Photo Kurdish women hold a banner with Arabic that read, "We don't accept enemies and strangers on our land," as they protest against possible Turkish military operation on their areas, at the Syrian-Turkish border, in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

The storiesandimages that are starting to emerge from Kurdish areas of northern Syria are heartbreaking. The fact that this situation is unfolding in the first place is infuriating.

After all the sacrifices that Kurdish forces have made in taking the fight to ISIS and bringing about the end of the so-called caliphate, for the American president to throw them under the bus and subject them to this Turkish onslaught is beyond shameful.

Canada condemns Turkish military incursion in northern Syria as destabilizing

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Compare the hysteria about “protecting the Kurds ” today, to the tone of commentary on the The Kurds did the dirty work for the Turks during the Armenian genocide. They were allowed to keep the It seems not only is mainstream media complicit in the murder of innocents abroad, celebrity media

Kurds living in Athens protest near the Turkish embassy holding banners showing Turkish president Erdogan morphing into an ISIS fighter. with the PKK. It will also be remembered that the White House was complicit . Dr Simon A. Waldman is an associate fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and

Just a year ago, in fact, Donald Trump was praising the Kurds for their sacrifices and for being such stalwart allies, and vowing that the U.S. would not forget.

The president forgot to not forget, it seems. Not only are the Kurds now paying the price, but ultimately the Americans could, too. By alienating a key ally in the Middle East, fostering chaos in the region, and potentially even allowing ISIS to rise from the ashes, there could be serious harm done to long-term U.S. security interests.

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  Trump defends abandoning the Kurds by saying they didn't help the US in WWII When asked whether he felt his treatment of the Kurds sent a poor message to other potential US allies, Trump said, "Alliances are very easy."This came amid reports Turkish ground troops were crossing the border into Syria following airstrikes that began earlier in the day.

Trump defends his Syria move, says Kurds ‘didn’t help us with Normandy’. Asked about his decision, which left America’s Kurdish allies in the fight against ISIS to defend themselves from a Turkish military incursion without backup, Trump criticized the Kurds after earlier calling Turkey’s move “a

That Mr. Trump, after snubbing Turkey’s president at the United Nations, tries to make it all better with Turkey by offering up an American ally, the Kurds , as sacrificial lambs, reminds the world that under this administration This president has now made us complicit in the potential genocide of an ally.

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Trump even managed to blindside and anger many in his own party; a strange thing to do at a time when the president will need every possible ally in Congress and he faces possible impeachment.

But as much as we can and should call out and condemn Trump for his craven abandonment of the Kurds, we should also look at why Canada hasn’t been doing more. Our record is not one to be proud of, unfortunately.

On the campaign trail, the various federal political leaders have had little to say about the situation. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer condemned Turkey's attacks and described the Kurds as Canada's allies. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called the situation "troubling." Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said NATO should review Turkey's membership in the alliance because of the invasion. But overall, their remarks have been limited. An issue like this might upend the political script they’re all carefully trying to stick to, but this is the sort of matter a would-be prime minister should have to address.

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Betrayal of the Kurds and American Loyalty. America’s stated position is that it neither endorses nor support Trump was unsentimental about the plight of the Kurds and characteristically viewed their contribution to RSIS Commentaries are intended to provide timely and, where appropriate, policy

A Shameful Betrayal . written by Brian Stewart. For the sake of America’s national interest, all communications between President Trump and Turkish In the midst of the revolutionary upheavals in Arab capitals at the beginning of this decade, Washington, fearing a protracted Iraq-style commitment

As for Canada's official response, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland did tweet out a condemnation of Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, but her statement said nothing at all about our Kurdish allies:

That tepid response is pretty much in keeping with the Liberals’ tepid support for the Kurds and their efforts to defeat ISIS.

One of the first things the Liberals did upon taking office in 2015 was to withdraw our fighter jets, which had been providing a support role in the offensive against ISIS — much to the chagrin of our Kurdish allies.

The Trudeau government did promise to supply weapons to the Kurds, but we never followed through on that. We’ve also ignored repeated pleas from the Kurds to deal with our foreign nationals, whom they’ve been holding along with other ISIS prisoners.

Moreover, when Kurds voted for independence in 2017, Canada ignored the result — after previously urging them to cancel the vote.

Ottawa Kurds calling for action as Turkey attacks northern Syria

  Ottawa Kurds calling for action as Turkey attacks northern Syria Ottawa's Kurdish community is calling for action to stop the Turkish incursion into northern Syria that they say has put their family members and friends in danger. Organizations for Kurds in Ottawa are planning a rally Saturday at the U.S. Embassy to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from the border region, leaving their Kurdish allies behind.Turkish forces began the offence on Wednesday and have continued their offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters. Casualties have continued to climb and thousands of civilians are fleeing the violence.

That this move comes immediately after US troops oversaw the destruction of the SDF’s carefully-prepared defensive positions, constructed to slow the The IS could get a new injection of life if conflict erupts between the Kurds and Turkey in northeast Syria as the U.S. pulls its troops back from the area.

The Kurdish people are currently seeing exactly how much Canadian allyship is worth. On Sunday, American President Donald Trump announced — via a tweet — that he would be withdrawing U.S. forces from northern Syria. Such a move had been rumoured for months, but it was nevertheless jarring.

At this point, the Kurds already have reason to question Canada’s commitment and the American betrayal may make them reluctant to trust anyone else any time soon. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore this issue and hope for the best.

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We need to be much more forceful in condemning the Turkish offensive and in pushing other NATO allies to take a harder line — perhaps even to consider sanctions — on Turkey. This may also be one of those rare instances where we need to call out our closest ally.

But if we’re going to try and drive the point home to the U.S. administration that abandoning the Kurds is a moral and strategic mistake, then we’d better be prepared to demonstrate our own commitment to that principle.

Hopefully, once the election is over, our new government will be prepared to take a meaningful stance on this situation. Unfortunately, things are growing worse each day. Waiting until Oct. 21 is a luxury our Kurdish allies don’t have.

Rob Breakenridge is host of “Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge” on Global News Radio 770 Calgary and a commentator for Global News.

Trump Betrayed the Kurds. He Couldn’t Help Himself. .
Trump Betrayed the Kurds. He Couldn’t Help Himself.U.S. President Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds stung deeply. “They trusted us and we broke that trust. It’s a stain on the American conscience.” These, according to The New York Times, are the searing words of an Army officer who has worked alongside the Kurds in northern Syria.

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