Thursday, October 24, 2019
Continuing with blog entries in response to the challenge as issued by the Colonel USMC.
Understand fully well the Syrian Civil War perhaps that most complex and convoluted conflict in human history. Only the Russian Civil War and the Spanish Civil War from recent times compares? And before that The Thirty Years War additionally?
The Syrian Civil War as characterized by a myriad of warring factions internally and the presence of foreign interventionists on a large-scale. Foreign interventionists often employing proxy forces to do their dirty work. A most complicated situation exacerbated by the rise and apparent fall of the Islamic State [ISIL].
Indeed, the Syrian Civil War has become not merely an internal struggle for power in Syria but more importantly now the war as a venue for world power competition. World powers and aspiring world powers each having their own agenda and goals, conflicting.
The Syrian Civil War has the potential to become a much larger regional war with global ramifications that can only be guessed at but in all cases detrimental to a healthy world economy.
Within such a context consider: 1. "War is too important to be left to the generals." 2. War is politics by other means."
With regard to the latest developments in Northeast [NE] Syria and the withdrawal of American troops the contention being that the Kurds being left high-and-dry consider my prior blog entries.
That Syrian Democratic Front [SDF] and Syrian Kurdish militia [YPG] hardly it can be said abandoned as we normally, generally and commonly understand the word abandon to mean.
A SDF/YPG Border Force of 30,000 troops trained and well-armed. Albeit I might think no armor and no artillery. But with an organic air defense capability [as provided by USA] that can prove crucial.
Border Force also consisting of combat experienced and successful fighters, of proven mettle and having on previous occasions having repelled concerted Turkish action.
1. "US and Syrian Kurds setting up 30,000-strong border force"
2. "YPG/USA/SDF/FSA II."
3. "Erdogan can't deliver on his threats to drive out Syrian Kurdish militia"
THE SULTAN [ERDOGAN] IN ANGORA [ANKARA] HAVE BEGAN AN ILL-CONSIDERED MILITARY OPERATION THAT DOES NO ONE ANY GOOD. HARDLY I THINK HOWEVER SO CALAMITOUS AS THOUGHT.
Devoted readers to the blog let me hear from you on this topic. I eagerly await your reply.
This war to be settled by negotiated settlement of the locals and not imposed by foreign interventionists. Let us hope for the best. Nobody ever said any of this was going to be easy.