I like Zero Hedge. I especially like Zero Hedge when he is talking about real stuff and not just wallowing through the mire of financial collapse (well, that is what it looks like to me), important as that is. It gets a little boring waiting for the world of national economies to go belly up, especially since no-one seems to be helping that along any and the major players desperately paddling against the current to keep the thing afloat as long as possible. Just when will the last straw that may be grasped at float along towards the sea of flailing hands? Maybe it already has.
So, it is nice, for want of a better word just before bedtime, to see talk about real stuff. And there is nothing more real just now than watching the deranged President of Turkey gradually and completely lose his mind over Syria and the Kurds.
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The situation holds a very special note of interest because it is the most likely crisis to open the door to global warfare which must, sooner or later, erupt across one or more of the borders between the current tag-team, no holds barred, mud-wrestling match going on in the Levant between around 40 different nations and groups already.
One act by a deranged madman, which Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rapidly turning into, accidentally or not, with intention or not, will be enough, more than enough, to kindle the flame that will ignite World War III.
Read about it at Zero Hedge here: A Furious Turkey Says US Is “Acting Like An Enemy,” Demands Washington Brand Kurds “Terrorists”…and at Russia Today here: ‘No ifs and buts’: Turkey demands US support against ‘Kurdish terrorists’
Putting it all in context, here is a grab form the Zero Hedge article:
“The problem for Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar is optics. That is, everything anyone does in Syria has to be justified by an imaginary “war on terror.” Turkey can’t say it’s intervening to keep the rebels from being defeated by the Russians, and similarly, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the US, France and everyone else needs to preserve the narrative and pretend as though this all doesn’t boil down to the West and the Sunnis versus the Russians and the Shiites.”
…and, from Russia Today, pinpointing exactly the flash-point I am talking about. Or one of them:
“On Friday however Washington rejected a Russian draft resolution which condemned any plans for foreign military intervention in Syria. Russia’s latest concerns are related to a dangerous escalation on the Syrian Turkish border amid Ankara’s alleged plans to put boots on the ground in northern Syria, which Damascus has called a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”
Just as a footnote, here is another Zero Hedge article which contains a map showing Russian air strikes in Syria during February so far. While a great deal can be read from this, in fairness it does show that the Russians are speaking the truth (as I always knew they were) about their not just bombing the moderate terrorists (aka the moderate rebels aided by the US) that are fighting Assad’s legitimate Syrian regime. Like the Russians say, there is no such thing as a moderate rebel. They are all terrorists and need to be blown to bits. And if a few clandestine American advisers get blown to bits with them, well, tough titties.
In addition, the map shows (I will display it here for convenience…)
…very clearly that Turkey does not have much room to invade Syria or to prevent their trade in illicit oil from ISIS from being cut off entirely. Nor from preventing the Kurds from setting up a separate Kurdish state on their southern border.
Interesting. But still very dangerous for all of us. Keep an eye open for flash-points.