Turkey PM: Syria no-Kurd zone needed.
"It's fairly remarkable what you can get away with so long as you claim to be against Islamic State," Ahmet Davutoglu told yet another bloke called Jeremy. "We've bombed almost precisely two supposed Islamic State targets since Islamic State killed a bunch of socialist teenagers that frankly we're better off without. Once that was out of the way we've targeted the Kurds exclusively. Yes, those are the same Kurds that have been the only truly effective ground force against Islamic State other than the Syrian army. Confused? You shouldn't be."
"You see, we're so utterly myopic that we fear the Kurds far more than we do Islamic State. The Kurds are represented mainly by liberals, leftists, secularists, people that we in the AKP utterly loathe and detest. Islamic State we can do business with, at least until they decide to extend their caliphate to Istanbul and Ankara, whereas the Kurds merely want their own state, not to go on expanding and subjugating everyone in their path. You can see our way of thinking, right?"
"Not that it's surprising so many are still so utterly ignorant about all this. Natalie Nougayrède (crazy name, crazy gal?!) in the Guardian is still pushing the line that if only Barack Obama had let Hillary Clinton arm the moderate Syrian rebels then Assad might just have been forced into peace negotiations. This of course ignores the fact that Western governments from the outset said Assad had to go, that Saudis, Qataris and Kuwaitis were quickly funnelling money and weapons to jihadists and that still the thinking remains that a stalemate is preferable to either Assad or Islamic State winning outright, hence why nothing has changed on that score, but it's the kind of argument you've come to expect. No wonder hardly anyone minds when we start killing the only people involved who aren't fanatical sectarians."
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