2014 June 28 Saturday
Our Russian Allies Deliver Jets To Iraqi Shiite Government
Belarus and Russia show themselves good members of our alliance by quickly delivering Sukhoi Su-24 fighters to our beleaguered allies, the Iraqi Shiites.
Russian Mi-35 and Mi-28 attack helicopters are bound for the Shiite state as well. I bet The Iraqi Shiites will use their weapons in Syria as well to fight ISIF forces on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border. After Bashar al-Assad sent his fighters to attack ISIF forces in Iraq I'm sure the Shiites in Iraq will want to return the favor.
We are helping in Iraq with armed drones and some special forces. But we haven't been able to get it together to deliver F-16 fighters. Apparently America must have fallen on hard times. But that is why we have friends in Russia and Belarus to help out when we can't do the job.
What I am still waiting to see: Delivery of jet fighters and attack helicopters to our Kurdish allies. Someone call up Vladimir Putin and ask him to help out.
By Randall Parker at 2014 June 28 09:32 PM
Randall Parker: "What I am still waiting to see: Delivery of jet fighters and attack helicopters to our Kurdish allies. Someone call up Vladimir Putin and ask him to help out. "
If our Russian allies deliver powerful weapons to our Kurdish allies, then our Turkish allies won't be very happy about it because at least 20 % of the Turkish population happens to be of Kurdish ancestry, and the Kurds in Turkey made it clear in no uncertain terms that they want to declare independence in their regions.
But it is more important to manage the inevitable outcome that for the first time the Jihadis are establishing a de facto state in the Middle East, making the evacuation of Afghanistan even more necessary (since it is now obvious that invading Afghanistan for the purpose of denying the Jihadis a training ground was inefficient in the first place.)
But let's note carefully that Obama is talking about sending more money to the Syrian rebels, but this money would have been far better used to subsidize research in energy.
Russia is only too happy to supply both sides. What's good for high oil prices is good for Russia. Blood has always mixed with oil.
In any case, the moment has arrived: ISIS has officially declared Caliphate in its region of influence, which is currently parts of Iraq and Syria:
That being said, the Caliphate officially required allegiance from all Muslims, not just the ones in Iraq and Syria. This demand that all Muslims should pledge their allegiance also means that the ones who don't pledge their allegiance are traitors and they can be punished according to law.
What parallels exist between the current Turkish-Kurdish conflict and the Turkish-Armenian conflict of a century ago?
Since the Kurds are Sunni Muslims that only have some territorial grievances without a history of being anti-Turkish at the core, and the Armenians are Orthodox Christians that are traditionally allied with Russia (the mortal enemies of Turkey), the parallels are not so similar. To my surprise, I could see that I was wrong in my previous prediction that Turkey would invade Iraq to crush the Kurds in Iraq so that the Turkish Kurds don't get encouraged to revolt. Actually, Turkey is beginning to approve autonomy for those Kurds in Iraq and Syria, with the hope of telling the Kurds of Turkey that they already have an independent Kurdistan elsewhere and that they can emigrate from Turkey to Iraq if they want to be in Kurdistan. Incidentally, the Turkish Kurds are more fluent in Turkish than their original Kurdish language and they were forced to adopt 100 % Turkish sounding names in Turkey for several generations, and the Kurdish identity is much stronger in Iraq and Syria. But in a few decades if the Turkish Kurds change their minds and also attempt to declare independence within the borders of Turkey by joining the Iraqi and Syrian Kurds, then it is guaranteed that there will be a violent war.