A short history of the Kurds | The World – FT.Com

English: Three men in the courtyard of the Gre...

English: Three men in the courtyard of the Great Mosque (Ulu Camii) in the Kurdish city of Diyarbakır, Turkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent and timely blog from the FT. It’s a recommended read. Check it out!

via A short history of the Kurds | The World.

The Kurdish people who have suffered unfairly for centuries are now fronting the war against ISIS. It’s important to understand why these people should be receiving more robust support.


Opinion – Istanbul rattled by signs of support for Islamic State | The Japan Times – John Gelmini

Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923

Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1923 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Turkish state and people, like Erdogan, are sympathetic to ISIS and see them as a way to rebuild the Ottoman Empire, which was lost at the end of World War 1.

As a NATO member, Turkey cannot be trusted and it is quite clear that students and others can become radicalized, with a nod and a wink from the Turkish authorities who on the one hand want EU membership and on the other want to empire build and make trouble.

ISIS wants a global caliphate and now we see Boko Harem in Nigeria, Al Shabab in Somalia and other groupings in Thailand and the Far East wanting to link up with them.

Furthermore, elements of the Taliban have expressed a desire to form an alliance with ISIS.

Turkey needs to become a fully secular state and Erdogan needs to be brought to heel or replaced if he continues with his double game.

A no fly zone in Syria, which Turkey is insisting on, will not be tolerated by the Russians who will then supply Assad with Iskander missiles making things very difficult for the West.

The present tacit understanding between the Pentagon and Russia allows us to increase the pace of air strikes on ISIS and assisting the Kurds whilst recapturing Iraq’s oil. Doing Erdogan’s bidding upsets that understanding and risks global war.

ISIS and these other terrorist groupings, including Korosan need to be hunted down, possibly,  by mercenaries and terminator robots, which the Japanese and Germans can mass produce in large quantities and which the Americans can deliver to areas surrounding the locations of these and similar terrorist groups. This, and the use of mercenary forces, supplemented by bounty hunters (including sacked British soldiers) would solve the “Boots on the Ground” problem and, if required, B52’s operating at 50,000 feet and above, can deliver “Big Blue” style Thermobaric bombs, with the power of a Hiroshima type nuclear device to level open areas, where ISIS and their fellow travelers operate. These areas, designated as “free fire zones” would have no jungle cover and no North Vietnamese style tunnel systems to hide in, and as a precautionary measure would be cleansed with napalm.

Radicalized Muslims we catch boarding planes or making trouble here should be interned indefinitely, in the UK’s case, in the Outer Hebrides, with no visitation rights and no possibility of escape.

Commentators in America, like conservative,  Glenn Beck, who say that we must understand Sykes Picot and why ISIS is fighting, miss the point when they imagine that ISIS has limited ambitions, confined only to the Middle East. The endgame for them, and others like them, is a Global Caliphate, in which there will be no place for people like Beck nor for the other 5.2 billion of us, who are not Muslims of any kind.

It is either us or it is them and we have to be severe enough and ruthless enough to ensure that we prevail..

John Gelmini