Europe must stop Erdoğan’s genocidal campaign against Kurds – analyst

It is time for an immediate intervention by Europe against a genocidal campaign openly carried out by Turkish army and allied jihadi militias in Syria, said Saladdin Ahmed, visiting assistant professor of political science at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

European leaders have long paid lip service to the sacrifices of Kurdish forces, but refuse to stop Turkey, while simultaneously stressing the need for Kurds to continue fighting on the West's behalf, Ahmed wrote in an article he penned for the Jerusalem Post.

Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels in October launched an offensive into war-torn Syria, seizing control in the area between northeastern Syrian towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al Ayn from the U.S.-allied Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara sees as terrorist organisation with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The YPG has played a key role in the U.S.-led war on ISIS in the region.

Turkey’s Syrian Arab proxies are accused of carrying out summary executions and beatings, kidnapping and looting houses and businesses as part of the offensive.

More than 200,000 people have been displaced since the invasion and some 200 civilians have been killed, according to UN data.

“Kurds have even been left to care for the thousands of European ISIS prisoners and their families, whose countries of origin refuse to take them back. However, the problem is not just Europe’s indifference to the plight of Kurds. It is Europe’s complicity in Turkey’s genocidal campaign against Kurds,’’ Ahmed said.

European countries have shamelessly paid off Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to guard Europe’s southeast gate against refugees, the article said.

The Turkish president has threatened to open the gates of migration to Europe for 3.6 million refugees residing in Turkey in retaliation for world criticism of his military operation in Syria.

Striking deals with Erdoğan to control the flow of refugees is a disastrous political miscalculation that will have global implications, Ahmed said, adding that Europe’s alliance with Turkey’s strongman may destroy the European project.

Europe’s leaders must stop Erdoğan’s imperialist Islamist ambition, the article said, as “the next fascist chapter in world history is well underway’’.