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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

If Islamic State slaughters thousands of Kurds, will anyone care?

There's a little town called Kobani on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Turkish border in Kurd country. There are about 50,000 refugees packed into the town. The Islamic State terror group is on the march to take over the town, with the encouragement of President Hussein Obama's best friend forever, Turkish President for life Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Obama refuses to do anything effective to stop Islamic State. Jeffrey Goldberg reports that if Kobani falls to Islamic State, thousands are likely to murdered. Will anyone care?
I just got off the phone with a desperate-sounding Kurdish intelligence official, Rooz Bahjat, who said he fears that Kobani could fall to ISIS within the next 24 hours. If it does, he predicts that ISIS will murder thousands in the city, which is crammed with refugees—Kurdish, Turkmen, Christian, and Arab—from other parts of the Syrian charnel house. As many as 50,000 civilians remain in the town, Bahjat said.
"A terrible slaughter is coming. If they take the city, we should expect to have 5,000 dead within 24 or 36 hours," he told me. "It will be worse than Sinjar," the site of a recent ISIS massacre that helped prompt President Obama to fight ISIS. There have been reports of airstrikes on ISIS vehicles, but so far, Bahjat said that these strikes have been modest in scope and notably ineffective.
Kobani is located on the Turkish border, but Bahjat said he is receiving reports that Turkey is pulling its troops back, rather than risk armed confrontation with ISIS. "It's unbelievable—Turkey is in NATO, so you literally have NATO watching what is happening in this town. Everyone can see it—the TV cameras are there, watching. It's terrible."
He went on, "This just can't be allowed to happen. I'm upset personally as a Kurd, seeing my brethren killed. I'm upset as a secularist seeing the hope of freedom being murdered and I'm upset as a human being, watching these monsters commit genocide."
Kurdish fighters are outnumbered by ISIS, and they have no heavy weaponry. There are reports coming out of Kobani that at least one female Kurdish suicide bomber has struck at ISIS terrorists already. The situation is grim, growing grimmer, and one in which hesitation by the international community may not be easily forgiven.
In Turkey, the Kurds know that Erdogan is setting their countrymen up to be murdered. Let's go to the videotape.

And the world is silent.

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At 3:15 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

No in fact they will not. ISIS is this generation's Khmer Rouge and it will be met with approximately the same indifference.

At 3:30 AM, Blogger Clarence Feinour said...

During the Viet Nam war when a platoon was being overrun by Viet Cong, it wasn't unusual for the CO to call for air support and for them to drop everything they have on their position. Its about time to do just that. Better to risk killing a few hundred kurds then ending up with thousands of them having their heads cut off. Im sure if the kurds have a choice they would be calling for everything to be dropped on them shortly. If Kobani falls, then Obama will have Kurds blood on his hands for failing to act when he had ample evidence of what was taking place months ago.

At 5:51 AM, Blogger Will MFS said...

All strikes must be personally approved by pres Obama, the buck stops there, he's also the BFF of Erdogan who hates the Kurds.....Anymore questions why they're being slaughtered :)


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