With Daesh (no, not ISIS or ISIL) about to completely overrun Kobani the question being debated is why Turkey is sitting by and letting it happen. One obvious reason is that the Turks are happy to see the Kurds defeated by forces that they'd rather have as neighbors. But Turkish intelligence could have another motive as well: violent street protests by Kurds in Turkey could provide the Deep State the rationale it needs to kill an internal peace process to make a deal with the Kurds in Turkey. So the Deep State can then crush PKK and other Kurdish nationalist groups in Turkey.
If the Turkish government can crush the Kurds in Turkey and then have ISIS crush Kurds in Syria then Turkey would be able to limit the emergence of a Kurdish state to the Kurdish region of Iraq and even that state might be vulnerable to being crushed by the Turks and Iraqi Arabs some day.
What else does Turkey want? To crush Assad in Damascus and put a Sunni Arab Islamic government in power in Damascus. Turkey, our NATO ally. Another of our big allies in the region: Saudi Arabia whose school textbooks find great favor with the Daesh Caliphate. Are the Persians really so bad in comparison? Or the Russians? Even Joe Biden sees the problem with our supposed allies.
The Syrian Kurds are better off with a weak (too weak to bother them) Bashar Assad in power in Damascus.
Modest proposal for the Kurds: Find some fierce Chechens with great tactical talents to recruit to your cause. Or welcome some Russian special forces "on vacation" for an extended visit to do extensive testing of Russian military equipment. The Russians could hone their skills fighting the Chechens in Daesh.
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