Turkey Is Invading Right Now!
The Turkish regime of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declares any opposition to his rule to be terrorists. He has claimed that the democratic, secular, Kurdish self-governed regions in Syria provide cover for terrorists to prepare and perpetrate terror attacks inside Turkey. The truth is that Erdoğan fears any Kurdish self-determination anywhere because it can only call attention to the shameful, brutal treatment by the Turkish state towards its Kurdish minority. The truth is that Turkey wages war against its own population in a way that is contrary to the principles of NATO, an organization Turkey has used cynically as a fig leaf to cover its misdeeds.
Now Turkey is using actual terrorists – members of militias loyal to al Qaeda, plus Syrians and non-Syrians who fought for ISIS – to attack civilians in and around Afrin. Afrin has been at peace for 3 years, and has become a safe haven for refugees of the seemingly endless Civil War that still rages elsewhere in Syria. The United States and its European allies never had a clear strategy for any phase of the conflict in Syria. However, there has always been a secular, democratic force available for the West to support, a force that defeated ISIS on the ground, that never fled from nor handed their weapons to terrorists, that acknowledges, honors and respects women – the democracy established by the Kurds of Rojava. It is contrary to the short and long term interests of the United States and the EU to allow its most loyal, dependable, secular democratic ally in the Middle East to be systematically destroyed by a treaty-bound “ally” that seeks support from Russia and Islamist terror organizations because of its determination to cling to a racist, nationalist agenda.
In an election year, members of Congress are highly sensitive to the concerns of their constituents because they want to get reelected! This means issues that matter to you will get attention – but only if you bring them up! If your Representative is on a Committee having to do with Foreign Policy, the Armed Services, Intelligence or Appropriations, it is their job to care about Afrin. Both of your Senators, regardless of Committee assignment, are obligated to be well-versed on global current events and have a well-defined position, because that’s what Senators are elected to do! What happens in Afrin matters to all of us, and we need to make sure our Representatives aren’t forgetting that!