by Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post:
French President Hollande, who has not only pushed the knife further into the heart of the French economy and made certain that no trace of freedom will remain in France is now criticizing Turkey for its action against Kurdish fanatics and Western-backed Kurdish militias in Syria. In addition, Hollande is warning Russia not to become a “protagonist” in the war.
Hollande stated that “multiple, contradictory interventions carry the risk of a general inflammation.”
He added that Russia needs to be a “player in negotiations, not a protagonist in the action” and that it should join the alleged “anti-ISIL coalition” led by the U.S.
Hollande has, of course, been fine with Turkey supporting ISIS and other Western-backed terrorists on its soil since the beginning of the Syrian crisis. Only when it comes to attacking Western-backed Kurds who are obviously being used to “federalize” Syria is Hollande willing to issue warnings to Turkey. The issue for Hollande is clearly not a violation of Syrian national sovereignty or international law, it is going beyond the marching orders given to Turkey by the NATO powers regarding a “safe zone” in Northern Syria that is the crime.
As for Russia, (Hollande’s misuse of the word “protagonist” notwithstanding), the message is simple – stop fighting terrorism in Syria and do as you’re told. Hollande is literally warning the Russians that they should stop their military operations and follow orders given by the U.S.-led coalition, the apparent arbiters of all that is just and legal in the world.
While Hollande is likely to be taken as seriously by Erdogan as by Assad and every other national leader in the world, his statements nonetheless reveal a staggering level of bravado and arrogance for the President of a country teetering on the edge of obscurity and collapse.
For its part, Turkey has refused to buckle to the public statements of the United States with Omer Celik stating that “No one has the right to tell us which terrorist organization we can fight against.” It is not likely that the addition of Hollande to the pile will make any further difference in the Turkish position.
Despite the public disagreement, Turkey has sent every signal possible to announce that they intend to stick with the NATO line of destroying the secular government of Bashar al-Assad and replacing it with a government or governments beholden and favorable to Washington and the Anglo-American oligarchy.
Obviously, a “buffer zone” and/or a “no-fly zone,” of course, is tantamount to war and an open military assault against the sovereign secular government of Syria because the implementation of such a zone would require airstrikes against Assad’s air defense systems.
With the establishment of this “buffer zone,” a new staging ground will be opened that allows terrorists such as ISIS and others the ability to conduct attacks even deeper inside Syria. While one wishes for the best of all possible worlds – the roll back of Western-backed terrorists and Kurdish fanaticism while, at the same time, seeing the Syrian government regain control over all of its territory – we cannot wish away the facts. Amidst the tangled web of political and geopolitical interests at play in regards to this invasion, the fact is that neither the United States, the Kurdish militias, or the Turks have the best interest of Syria or the Syrian people at heart.
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