In a statement late on Sunday, the White House announced it will withdraw from a secure zone in Syria to allow Turkey to move in and create a zone of its own.
There’s only one problem. This zone already has occupants, the Kurds, who were frontline fighters against ISIS and ISIL on behalf of the U.S. and other Allied nations.
The Turks don’t care for the Kurds because the 20 million-plus Kurds are spread across a region that includes parts of Syria, Turkey, and Iraq. They’re the largest ethnic group in the world without a home, and Turkey doesn’t want them demanding separation or setting up anything that looks like an independent state.
When the U.S. leaves the area, the Turks will move in to destroy the Kurds.
After relying on the Kurds to fight ISIS and other terrorist elements on our behalf, and even praising them for years for their efforts and success, we’re now turning our backs on them.
Former South Carolina Governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tweeted:
We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake.
Yep, what she said.