Trump’s Heroic Decision to Save the Kurds
Like many middle eastern civilizations, the Kurdish people have had a complicated history. Turkey which 20% of its population consisting of Kurdish people, has not been very friendly over the last century. Several genocides as well as crushed insurgencies has led to different organizations forming. One of the organizations to form is the People’s Protection Units (YPG). This group is recognized by both Turkey and the U.S. as a terrorist organization made up of Kurdish people residing in Syria. These terrorists were once an ally of the U.S. in the war against ISIS/ISIL.
Although Turkey is an ally in the fight against ISIS, the government still wants to and carries out attacks against the YPG forces. Turkey has been attacking the YPG forces because they occupy land in Syria that Turkey wants. These attacks have not been approved by the U.S. because of the partnership in the war against ISIS. Only recently did Trump give the go ahead to Turkey to fully attack this group. Quickly though, Trump restated his decision on Turkey’s involvement in Syria. “As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey,” Trump stated on Twitter.
With this declaration in tweet form, Trump has potentially saved the people that have been wronged in the past. In his statement he says that if Turkey continues to attack Kurdish forces, or pushes further into Syria, the president will “will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey”. Trump can not directly attack Turkey, as the executive power cannot declare war or order acts of war without Congress. A scary thought to think that the president has such power to destroy a country without bombs. But nonetheless, the threat prevents any further damage to an already dwindling population.