The Myth of the Kurdish YPG’s Moral Excellence

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July 11, 2017

By Stephen Gowans

A barbed criticism aimed at the International Socialist Organization, shown nearby, under the heading “If the ISO Existed in 1865” encompasses a truth about the orientation of large parts of the Western Left to the Arab nationalist government in Damascus. The truth revealed in the graphic is that the ISO and its cognates will leave no stone unturned in their search for an indigenous Syrian force to support that has taken up arms against Damascus, even to the point of insisting that a group worthy of support must surely exist, even if it can’t be identified.

If the ISO existed in 1865. Of course, Washington lends a hand, helpfully denominating its proxies in the most laudatory terms. Islamist insurgents in Syria, mainly Al Qaeda, were not too many years ago celebrated as a pro-democracy movement, and when that deception proved no longer tenable, as…

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One Response to The Myth of the Kurdish YPG’s Moral Excellence

  1. beetleypete says:

    The change of attitude from the west to the Kurdish Independence fighters has long fascinated me. It seems to come under the heading of using any means necessary to defeat someone you don’t like. The US would do well to learn the lesson of supporting the Taliban against the Russians in Afghanistan. Once that ‘main enemy’ is defeated, all that is left behind is an aggressive former ally intent on forging their own state from the ruins.
    This would also undoubtedly lead to a civil war between the rival Kurdish factions too. It is all too easy to forget that Kurdistan is more of an idea than a reality, and a desire to create a nation that never really existed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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