Turkey’s move sends a message to the US and strengthens its argument for excluding Kurds from Syrian peace talks
Ahmet Davutoğlu, Turkey’s prime minister, was keen to make a point. All the evidence suggested that the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) were responsible for Wednesday evening’s car bomb in Ankara that killed 28 people, he declared on the morning after the attack.
This week’s bombings in Turkey show that the country must radically realign its policies around the pursuit of peace with its own KurdsTurkey’s misguided policies have been taking that pivotal country in the wrong direction for several years. Now the errors and contradictions apparent in its domestic politics are becoming a major international problem, threatening to widen the conflict wracking the region in which until recently it was a force for stability and sanity.
The resemblances to interwar Italy are unmistakable, and the results are gradually turning out to be almost as fatal.
“Humanitarian aid to [civilians] must be allowed immediately. ‘Surrender or starve’ tactics are directly contrary to the law of war.”
Nobody asks who those are in the basement, or why the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) would open fıre on an ambulance which comes to pick up those wounded people.
The European Union has urged Turkey to open its borders to tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing Russian bombs and pro-government forces laying siege to the city of Aleppo.