Trump’s betrayal of Kurdish allies leaves ‘stain on our honor’
To the editor, On Oct. 6, President Donald Trump gave Turkey the green light to invade the Kurdish majority region of Syria. These are the Kurds who worked with U.S. advisers to defeat ISIS and bring calm to the region. The Kurds have lived in this area for decades and in the process of defeating ISIS, suffered 11,000 casualties while only 11 American fighters were lost. By stepping aside, Trump left our closest fighting allies alone against a superior military force.
A hastily called “cease fire” in the action was brokered to get U.S. troops out of harm’s way. The ink wasn’t even dry before Turkey resumed shelling. The “pause” — as Turkey calls it — was negotiated by Vice President Mike Pence. It calls for the Kurds to get nothing and leave their homes and abandon the region to Turkey. The Kurds have no place to go except to head for the desert. They face annihilation and ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Turks if they stay and fight for their homeland. The Kurds were the only ones to heed the call and were the ones who defeated the maniacal ISIS that threatened the Middle East and beyond. President Trump has expressed utter indifference to the Turkey offensive and left the Kurds to die on the battlefield. The stain on our honor and the humiliation suffered by the United States is clear for the world to see as we have abandoned our allies. Who will trust us now?