The Kurdish people have been in a pickle for decades. As Turkey begins an assault against the stateless nation, the situation only appears to be worsening; many people across the globe have placed blame on President Trump for moving small numbers of troops away from the Kurdish region of Syria. But it’s far from the first time the United States has turned blind eye to their so-called ally in the Middle East, so why does Kurdistan continue to place faith in the Pentagon?
The situation in Syria is tragic. Turkey invaded Syria in an attempt to take over Kurdish regions of the country. America has abandoned and betrayed the Kurdish people and has left Rojava without allies. Yet, not a single soldier is coming home. Rojava is the name of the autonomous government operating in the Kurdish region of Syria.
The Kurds have done so well not because of military might, but because they’ve only been fighting on one front. Rojava has been defending their region and others from ISIS. They’re committed to this because America and other foreign militaries have been protecting northwest Syria from ever-more looming threats of a Turkish invasion. But left alone, Rojava could break, and their whole region will crumble with it. But there is hope. A Mother Jones article describes a group of three foreigners fighting with Rojava. The one American of the three started out affiliated with the Antifa movement back in the United States.
Sparking international tensions is nothing new in the Middle-East. However, no matter how disliked Syria is globally, Turkey’s desire to invade Kurdistan is no laughing matter. The infringement on national borders by a rising power in the region is undoubtedly not a minor issue.
The answer to why Turkey, a NATO member, would decide to invade its neighbor is not a single reason. Rather, it is an amalgamation of reasons that mostly boil down to geography, money, and influence. One thing remains certain: there are too many incentives for Erdogan to ignore.
Richard Scott Howard | SYRIA
On October 9, reports began to come in that Turkish forces crossed the Syrian border and engaged with the Kurdish militias in northern Syria.
The assault, which began days after President Donald Trump authorized the withdrawal of American troops from the region, started with airstrikes against Kurdish outposts. Turkish troops have also entered the nation east of the Euphrates. Both the airstrikes and the land invasion have caused the Kurdish forces in the region to lament the US retreat. A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish-led militia in control of northeastern Syria, said that the invasion was causing “a huge panic among people in the region.”
In a world of increasing globalization and increasing resistance to it at the same time, via populism, nationalism is beginning to rise. Nationalism, in many ways, is seen as the antidote to globalization, so to speak. Populism has begun to sweep across Europe and the United States recently, as a reaction to what is seen as the “global elites”. While nationalism is a powerful tool in combating the attack on a nation’s sovereignty from global hegemony, it is on balance, a double-edged sword. In certain forms, nationalism turns a given state into a hegemon of its own.