Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Syrian hard-line faction backs US-Turkey plans for safe zone
"The ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham group says such a zone is "vital" and serves the interests of the Syrian people."
Jabhat al-Nusra¹ hasn't been quite so positive, but seems to be staying out of the way, rather than trying to undermine the arrangement. Elsewhere, régime fronts seem to be collapsing in Hama², and now Daraa³. There are fears of a new régime massacre in the Damascus suburb of Moademiyah⁴, one more way in which local truces have not been a way to bring peace, but "just facilitating the entry of people – the only benefit they received was returning to their destroyed homes to be placed under siege again."⁵ This⁶ seems like a reasonable view of the recent anti-Turkish campaigns by Kurdish groups, supported by much of the international left, leading one Syrian to exclaim, "Honestly - fuck western leftists who continue to fetishize rojava/kurdistan; fuck western leftists who organize and mobilize against the turkish government and ISIS, without also organizing against the syrian regime... fuck your hypocrisy, fuck your conditional solidarity, and fuck your unnuanced politics. tfou."
⁶"The PKK and HDP wasted a historic opportunity for the sake of this unrealistic plan and chose to fight instead. They vastly overrated themselves and underestimated Turkey. Now in a panic, they are trying to portray themselves as victims so that the process can begin again. However, they are the ones who killed people in front of their families or while sleeping in their beds. And 80 percent of the Turkish public supports the operations against ISIS and the PKK." [http://www.dailysabah.com/columns/markar_esayan/2015/08/11/why-did-the-pkk-and-hdp-commit-this-lunacy]