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Dyer: U.S. unlikely to call Erdogan’s bluff

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20.01.2018

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an angry man at the best of times, but on Monday he outdid himself: “This is what we have to say to all our allies: don’t get in between us and terrorist organizations, or we will not be responsible for the unwanted consequences.”

That was a barely veiled threat that he will use force against American troops if they try to stop him from attacking the Syrian Kurds.

The iron law of international politics in the Middle East is that everybody betrays the Kurds. It was on display again in Iraq last October when the Baghdad government seized almost half the territory ruled by the Kurdistan Regional Government.

In obedience to that unwritten law, nobody else objected — including the United States, even though it had armed the Iraqi Kurds to fight ISIS. But now the U.S. government has effectively told the Syrian Kurds that they can keep the huge chunk of Syria they control for the indefinite future. And the Turkish government, predictably, has gone ballistic.

In Erdogan’s book, any Kurd with a gun in his hand is a terrorist, and the Syrian Kurds are a terror army. In fact, they played the main role, under U.S. air cover, in destroying the Syrian base of the real terrorists: Islamic........

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