Iranian Diplomacy- Damascus has complained to the United Nations about Turkey’s military campaign in northern Syria, denouncing the operation as “an assault and occupation” of the Syrian territory.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has further urged the UN Security Council “not to allow any state to use force in a way that contradicts international law or to depend on the Charter to justify its aggressive atrocities.”
The issue in front of the UN is not a scientific debate, it has everything to do with political will and its own Charter. What the world body is about is telling the United States, Turkey and all of those extras that their days are numbered; that must leave post-ISIL Syria.
In the words of Syrian Foreign Ministry, the warmongers cannot continue to “spread lies” about their military aggression against Syria and try to justify the action as an act of self-defense. Indeed, “the presence of foreign military operations on Syrian territories without overt approval from Damascus is an assault and occupation, which will have to be dealt with on that basis.” On that account, just like those carried out by the United States and its allies, the Turkish operations inside Syria constitute a violation of the UN Charter and international law.
The UN Security Council, therefore, should take Syria’s demands seriously, as Turkey launched the so-called Operation Olive Branch in the North-Western city of Afrin on January 20 in a bid to eliminate the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara views as a terror organization and the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). Turkey has warned that the Afrin offensive could expand to the nearby Syrian city of Manbij.
Meaning, there is more to this than meets the eye; that the situation could easily get out of hand and pave the wave for re-emergence of ISIL and affiliates which the allied forces of Iran, Syria, Russia and Hezbollah defeated recently, and have just made further sweeping gains against them in almost everywhere.
As for Washington’s Kurdish pawns or Ankara’s sworn enemies, it suffices to state that war-party Washington has always faithfully, without fail, betrayed them. The Kurds have been cast in the role of the useful pawn in Washington’s great game of regime change in both Iraq and Syria for some time now, and despite doing much of the hard work, they have always been betrayed and sacrificed when checkmate is in sight. This happened just recently in Iraq when they tried to cast their secessionist votes to separate from Baghdad and failed.
The same thing is happening now to America’s useful pawns in Syria. Despite being one of the main force advancing the US plan in North-Eastern Syria, now that the allied forces have defeated ISIL and Qaeda-allied terror proxies and the end is in sight, the Kurds are, once again, being betrayed and abandoned by Washington.
Which brings us to the main argument: Those who have sided with war-party Washington thus far, have all been betrayed and abandoned one way or another. This includes ISIL and Al-Qaeda terror proxy forces. After all, the US is not in Syria to save these useful proxies and pawns from each other. Recently, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tipped the War Party hand: “The US has no intention of leaving Syria even now that ISIL is checkmated.” Washington’s strategical pivot is to stay in post-ISIL Syria, and the uninvited stay has to do with more than just keeping the ISIL down. It has more to do with backdoor regime-changing, and keeping Iran and Russia out. In other words, the US plans to stay for the sake of its own objectives and not for helping the Kurdish community.
To that end, the War Party needs to employ its useful pawns again, and it is here that the Syrian Kurds need to think wisely if they don’t want to see themselves once again trapped in a deadly situation, betrayed by Washington, and bombed indiscriminately by Ankara. All they need to do is not join the so-called border force the US plans to deploy to the Syrian-Turkish border.
If the tragedy of recent days in Afrin is any indication, an armed Kurdish presence on the northern border with Turkey is a red line that Damascus and Ankara have long warned they would not allow the Kurds to cross. Instead, the Kurds are better off joining the Syrian army and other national forces that are not bent on reducing the Kurdish towns and villages to mounds of smashed masonry.
The desperate Kurds need to realize that war-party Washington will continue to stand and watch as the number of dead and wounded rises and the humanitarian situation worsens in the Afrin District. Which concludes with the line that the Kurds can only be saved by Damascus.
Before the situation gets out of hand, the Kurds need to negotiate reconciliation with Damascus in exchange for not being Washington’s pawn. Unlike Damascus and allies, Washington doesn’t seem to mind the limit of how many Kurds the Turkish military could kill in Afrin and elsewhere.