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SCOTT TAYLOR: Canada naive in Middle East policy

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15.10.2019

In the wake of Turkey’s military offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, we have seen a complex regional conflict dumbed down to the simple equation of “Trump bad.” It was in the immediate aftermath of U.S. President Donald Trump announcing the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the region, that Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan launched his cross border attack.

The over simplistic and emotional response from U.S. politicians and pundits was that the Kurdish forces had assisted American troops in defeating Daesh (aka ISIS or ISIL) and now it seems that for strategic expediency, Trump is abandoning these loyal allies to the mercy of the evil Turks.

On the surface it appears to be an open and shut case of simple betrayal on the part of the Donald.

However, let’s start adding some context and modern history to the equation in order to cloud the issue a little. First of all, there is no legal premise for U.S. forces to be in Syria in the first place. They were not invited into the fight against Daesh by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. were invited back into Iraq by the Baghdad regime in 2014 to fight........

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