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The meddler, the Sultan and ‘Giuseppe’

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Commentary. It is imperative for the Italian government to take a position against this military venture—after all, we have much experience and evidence that the Western-caused disaster of the wars in the Middle East can only result in wholesale destruction.

written by Tommaso Di Francesco

Topic Middle East and North Africa


October 9, 2019

It was only to be expected. Donald Trump, increasingly isolated and under pressure on the internal front—including from inside the CIA—on account of the impeachment scandal and the crisis engendered by his aggressive tariff policy, is lashing out on the external front with the start of another proxy war, which he has the gall to spin as a withdrawal “from these ridiculous endless wars.” A notorious isolationist and sovereignist, who could boast up to now that he hadn’t started any new wars, but “merely” continued to fight those started by the Democrats’ militarist “humanitarian” ideology before him, is now giving the green light to the Turkish army to invade northern Syria, abandoning the Kurds to their fate, after he previously said he wanted to protect them.

Of course, this is not a direct war. The US has learned its lesson from all the armed conflicts that became more and more burdensome and ended up outsourced and privatized by previous US administrations. No “boots on the ground” then, but a populist “farewell to arms” which is actually a friendly invitation to war offered to Sultan Erdogan to wage his offensive. Now, the Turkish president, whose country has been a reliable economic and logistics support for ISIS—and while the jihadist stronghold of........

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