Malcolm Lowe, a Welsh scholar in an article published in (vehemently anti-Erdogan) gatestoneinstitute.org notes that a Turkish plan for ethic cleansing in Syria has had a specific timetable, which in most respects it has adhered to.
As the article highlights:
“As the Voice of America itself reported on January 23, Erdogan’s plan was to resettle three million or more refugees from other parts of Syria in this “security zone” extending twenty miles deep into Syria. Twenty miles may not sound much, but – the VOA omitted to mention – almost all the Kurdish towns of northeastern Syria lie within that area. So Erdogan’s intention to annihilate the Kurdish presence in that area and replace it with others has been manifest ever since the beginning of 2019.
A whole series of Trump’s Republican supporters in the Senate expressed outrage over his decision, starting with Lindsey Graham (“Pray for our Kurdish allies who have been shamelessly abandoned by the Trump Administration”) and continuing with Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, who remarked: “As we learned the hard way during the Obama Administration, American interests are best served by American leadership, not by retreat or withdrawal.”
The tragic thing is that this a foreordained fact, part of a plan that may have other folds and may engulf other regions. And although the author notes that Erdogan planned his scheme more than two years ago, I posit that this has been planned for more than 120 years, when the Turks realized the end of the Ottoman Empire. A multi-ethnic empire was no longer a suitable vehicle for what they perceived as their mission.
However, Mr. Lowe carefully analyzes the latest steps in the decades-old drive to destroy the Kurds.
Read the full article HERE