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Remembering Who Our Friends Are
American Thinker.com ^ | February 2, 2018 | Sarah N. Stern

Posted on 02/02/2018 11:09:30 AM PST by Kaslin

In what has ironically been designated “Operation Olive Branch,” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been trying to put the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin into a stranglehold. Turkey is now in its second week of bombardment over Afrin from the air and heavy tanks are now carrying out a ground offensive into the Kurdish region.

Erdogan is a brute and a thug, who has made a habit of trampling on the human rights of his own people. He used the failed military coup of July, 2016 to arbitrarily arrest and imprison anyone whom he considers to be his opposition, including dissidents, parliamentarians, journalists, and academicians. Many have been languishing in prison since the failed military coup, without right of habeas corpus, and in 2017, Erdogan further strengthened his ironclad grip on the country of Turkey by winning a referendum, so there is no longer a free and independent judiciary or a free and independent legislative branch. A former member of the opposition party in the Turkish Parliament recently told me, “Every Saturday night, my friends and colleagues gather to read the newspaper to see if they are on the list of people to be purged in the coming week.”

The late Soviet dissident, Andre Sakharov, once said, “One can always tell a nation’s foreign policy by the way they treat their internal dissident population.”

Erdogan is sensing that America is in a period of withdrawal and isolation, and his eyes are set in taking over the Afrin region of Syria. But it will not end there.

Erdogan has threatened to go into Manbij, which is an American outpost, and he is just reckless enough to try to take out American lives.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afrin; erdogan; hassannasrallah; hezbollah; iran; iraq; isis; israel; jerusalem; kurdistan; lebanon; letshavejerusalem; receptayyiperdogan; russia; turkey; waronterror

1 posted on 02/02/2018 11:09:30 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: caww

ping


2 posted on 02/02/2018 11:15:37 AM PST by Mears
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To: Kaslin

“Erdogan has threatened to go into Manbij, which is an American outpost, and he is just reckless enough to try to take out American lives.”

I think he would be ill-advised to try that. We know that F35’s are superior to the F-15’s we sold Turkey. And with our air power, Erdogan’s ‘’tank inventory” will suffer serious depletion.


3 posted on 02/02/2018 11:33:29 AM PST by vette6387
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To: vette6387

Shouldn’t we be defending our real allies?


4 posted on 02/02/2018 11:37:40 AM PST by Harpotoo
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To: vette6387

Be real. We could have wiped out the “problem” in Benghazi but we have deep state bureuacrats, NOT military, in charge of our arms.


5 posted on 02/02/2018 11:39:24 AM PST by Safetgiver (Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
Thanks Kaslin.

6 posted on 02/02/2018 1:01:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: Kaslin

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-afrin/syrian-kurdish-forces-say-fighter-mutilated-by-turkey-backed-rebels-idUSKBN1FM2LX

Turk rebels reportedly mutilate body of Kurdish fighter. Pretty ugly over there.


7 posted on 02/02/2018 3:04:58 PM PST by BeadCounter
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To: Harpotoo
Shouldn’t we be defending our real allies?

Real allies put their necks on the line to defeat ISIS for the US. There's the answer to your question.

Whether we will get into a conflict is another thing, this here is the scenario I was hoping we'd never see.

8 posted on 02/02/2018 3:08:53 PM PST by BeadCounter
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