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Trump, Erdogan & Syria: US plays smart and gives a ‘Death Blow’

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11.12.2019

Opinion |

US President Donald Trump is not known to practice judo. It is possible he may have picked up a few judo techniques from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who is a black belt. But what Trump has just done to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is straight out of a physics concept used in judo.

Taking advantage of the opponent’s momentum is a smart judo technique. If he charges at you and you just stand there, he’ll knock you over. But the velocity he’s gaining can be simply used against him by pulling him over, which will cause him to throw himself. You can save yourself a lot of time and energy if you can take advantage of your opponent’s momentum.

Erdogan has been vociferously threatening to invade Syria and decimate the Syrian Kurds aligned with the US military, who are ensconced in the northern regions bordering Turkey. In the past year or so, the US has been trying in turn to pacify Erdogan, appease him, cajole him and at times even threaten him not to launch an incursion into northern Syria east of the Euphrates, where residual pockets of the Islamic State jihadist group still exist and thousands of ISIS fighters are interned in camps under the watch of the Kurdish militia, their implacable foe. Erdogan loses his cool

On Saturday, Erdogan lost his cool and gave a timeline. He threatened that since the US hasn’t accommodated his demands to clean up the “terrorist corridor” along Turkey’s border with Syria, nor to fulfill the agreement to set up a “safe zone” in northern Syria, he would take matters into his own hands and launch a unilateral invasion east of the Euphrates “as soon as today or tomorrow.”

In Erdogan’s words: “We have completed our preparations and action plan, the necessary instructions were given … We will carry out a ground and air operation.” Trump urgently spoke to Erdogan, and late on Sunday, the White House press secretary issued a statement taking note of Turkey’s determination to move forward “with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria.”

Trump’s decision leaves Erdogan utterly free to order his troops to invade Syria. But he will also be moving into the vacuum created by the US withdrawal in hostile territories

Trump’s decision leaves Erdogan utterly free to order his troops to invade Syria. But he will also be moving into the vacuum created by the US withdrawal in hostile territories

The statement made it clear that the US “will not support or be involved in the [Turkish] operation,” and the US military contingent in northern Syria “will no longer be in the immediate area” of Turkish incursion.

It added that “Turkey will........

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