Trump’s Heroic Decision to Save the Kurds
The Kurdish people have had a complicated history. Turkey 20% of whose population are Kurds, has treated them terribly over the last century. Attempted Genocide have led to different insurgencies forming including . One of the organizations to form is the People’s Protection Units (YPG). This group is labeled 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. Turkey has been attacking the YPG forces in Syria in an ongoing effort to wipe out the Kurds once and for all.
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 thankfully were not been approved by the U.S. because of the partnership in the war against ISIS. Turkey has viewed Trump’s recent pulling out of US troops as a signal that they are now allowed to attack these groups. Quickly though, Trump restated that the US pulling out of Syria does not mean Turkey can do whatever they want. “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 militarily 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 or the loss of any US lives. But nonetheless, the threat prevents any further damage to an already dwindling population.