Thursday 8 December 2016

The world should condemn Turkey for its incursion into Syria

Published 27/08/2016 | 02:30

A boy looks on as Turkish tanks move toward the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey on Thursday. Photo: AP/Halit Onur Sandal
A boy looks on as Turkish tanks move toward the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey on Thursday. Photo: AP/Halit Onur Sandal

Turkey's President Erdogan has used the West's fear of Isil as an excuse to try to clear border areas of Kurdish occupation, knowing that our self-seeking acceptance of Kissinger Realpolitik to protect ourselves means that no one will object to another Turkish attempt to rid itself of yet another ethnic group.

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Allow me to ask your readership to reflect on these points and consider when we should make our voices heard and when our elected officials should make decisions based on moral issues, rather than short- term reactions to events that they do not seem, or do not have the capability, to understand.

  • Saddam Hussain's Iraq devastated Kurdish villages using mustard gas and the Iraqi army.
  • Turkey has taken every opportunity to bomb and destroy Kurdish villages.
  • Erdogan has jailed thousands of journalists, judges and teachers.
  • He has sacked over 60,000 judges, journalists and teachers.

This letter is not the place to discuss whether we in the West were the catalyst for the emergence of Isil; this can be commented on in further correspondence.

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