We have always maintained that when it comes on the war on ISIS you cannot trust Muslims, be it the Turks including even the Kurds whom we are defending at Kobane. Here are the facts. The Kurds, the main fighting machine is the PKK are nothing but terrorists themselves and are also major drug smugglers.
Looking into this group the Obama Administration is helping to supposedly fight ISIS gets interesting. PKK’s Syrian affiliate is known as the Democratic Union Party, or PYD. The Popular Protection Unit, or YPG, is PYD’s military wing. YPG now composes the bulk of the Kurdish fighters in Kobani. Sherkoh Abbas, chairman of Kurdistan National Assembly – Syria, says this gives Turkey little reason to step up to the plate for the Kurds in Kobani.
“Most PYD and YPG are working on behalf of Assad to manage the Kurds,” he said.
“Iran and Russia are tied to the groups as well.”
PKK has made plenty of enemies. According to some US officials, PKK controls the drug routes through Iran and Turkey and maintains ties with Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, in addition to Assad.
Dr. Michael Izady, professor of Middle Eastern and Western history at Pace University said that the “PKK has committed great acts of terrorism” adding “they are run like the mafia, they are not a national liberation Army — they are truly horrific.”
The PKK is a Marxist separatist group in Turkey designated by the U.S. government as a “foreign terrorist organization. But this should not be a problem for Obama’s Marxist connections. The PKK’s rise in narco-terrorism has a long background story. Its members once acted as couriers for important drug lords in the region. When Kurdish businessman Behçet Cantürk — who was no stranger to the narcotics business himself — was suspiciously killed in January 1994, a new era for the PKK began. They took over most of his business, forcing mafia lords dealing narcotics to cooperate with them. Even Cumhur Yakut, labeled by the US as a drug smuggling kingpin in 2008, had to smuggle narcotics for the PKK.
And it gets even worse. Mutlu Civiroglu, a Kurdish affairs analyst, in an interview with Fox News said, the only fighters Turkey is allowing into Syria are “those aligned with ISIS.”
Through all this, the United States government has stood firm in its support of its NATO ally, despite allegations that it is Assad whom Turkey wants to see “degraded and destroyed” — and not ISIS.
Yet John Kerry said at a press conference in Paris Tuesday that “Turkey is a very valued member of the coalition and has joined the coalition, is doing things in the coalition, is committed to things in the coalition. And as far as I know, there is no discrepancy with respect to what is going on”.
But Turkey earlier this week launched attacks, not on ISIS, but on the PKK, in the country’s southeast for the first time in two years — after a military outpost was attacked.
The strike underscored the reason that analysts say the U.S. is having a hard time enlisting Turkey to go after ISIS.
To do so, Turkey would have to attack the group fighting its biggest enemy in the region — the Syrian president. And it would have to help a group — the Kurdish fighters — tied to the PKK, which in turn allegedly is backed by Assad.
To all the parties involved, the real enemy is not ISIS, it is Bashar al-Assad. So why attack the group (ISIS) that is challenging him?
The Middle East crisis being always labeled as complex is a myth since it can’t get any simpler than this. They key in understanding it all is to study the history of Islam and not what is said by political analysts, politicians and all the talking heads whom everyone watches on the major TV networks.
So stay tuned.