controls this corridor will control the final
outcome of the war in Syria.
in Geneva, the remote-controlled Syrian
opposition, a.k.a. High Negotiations Committee,
graphically demonstrated they never wanted to
meet with the Damascus delegation in the first
place – “proximity” talks or otherwise, even
after Washington and Moscow roughly agreed on a
two-year transition plan leading to a
theoretically secular, nonsectarian Syria.
Saudi front wanted no less than Ahrar al-Sham,
Jaysh al-Islam and all Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a.
al-Qaeda in Syria, collaborators at the table in
Geneva. So the Geneva charade, quicker than one
can say “Road to Aleppo!” was exposed for what
Notorious Saudi intel mastermind Prince Turki, a
former mentor of one Osama bin Laden, has been
to Paris on a PR offensive; all he could muster
was an avalanche of non-denial denials - and blaming
the whole Syria tragedy on Bashar al-Assad.
bulk of the Syrian ‘opposition’ used to be
armchair warriors co-opted by the CIA for years,
as well as CIA Muslim Brotherhood
patsies/vassals. Many of these characters
preferred the joys of Paris to a hard slog on
Syrian ground. Now the ‘opposition’ is basically
warlords answering to the House of Saud even for
bottles of water – regardless of the
suit-and-tie former Ba’ath Party ministers
handpicked to be the face of the opposition for
the gullible Western corporate media.
Meanwhile, the ‘4+1’ – Russia, Syria, Iran,
Iraq, plus Hezbollah – is now winning decisive
facts on the ground. The break down; there won’t
be regime change in Damascus. Yet no one broke
the news to the Turks and Saudis.
‘Sultan’ Erdogan is wallowing in a sea of
desperation. He continues to divert the gravely
serious issues at stake to his own war against
the PYD - the umbrella organization of the
Syrian Kurds - and the YPG (People's Protection
Units, their military wing). Erdogan and Prime
Minister Davutoglu wanted the PYD not only
banned from Geneva but they want it smashed on
the ground, as they see the PYD/YPG as
“terrorists” allied to the PKK.
what is ‘Sultan’ Erdogan going to do? Defy the
recently arrived 4G++ Sukhoi Su-35S fighters –
which are scaring the hell out of every NATO Dr.
Strangelove? The Turkish Air Force putting its
bases on “orange alert” may scare the odd
vagrant dog at best. The same applies to NATO
Secretary-General, figurehead Jens Stoltenberg,
pleading to Russia “to act responsibly and fully
respect NATO airspace.”
is going after the Turkmen with a vengeance and
at the same time providing air support to the
PYD west of the Euphrates. That hits the
‘Sultan’ in his heart of hearts; after all
Erdogan has threatened multiple times that a
PYD/YPG advance west of the Euphrates is the
ultimate red line.
already scared NATO won’t support the folly of
an Erdogan war against Russia – as much as US
and UK neocons may crave it; as NATO decisions
must be unanimous, the last thing EU powers
Germany and France want is yet another Southwest
Asia war. NATO may deploy the odd Patriot
missiles in southern Anatolia and the odd AWACs
to support the Turkish Air Force. But that’s it.
favorite regime change
meanwhile, continues to profit from its own
Jihadi highway across a 98 kilometer stretch of
Turkish/Syrian border, especially in Jarablus
and Al Rai across from Gaziantep and Kilis in
a cue from Israel, Ankara is building a wall
– 3.6 meters high, 2.5 meters wide - covering
the stretch between Elbeyli and Kilis,
essentially for propaganda purposes. Because the
Jihadi Highway, for all practical purposes,
remains open – even as Turkish Armed Forces may
apprehend the odd trespasser (always released).
We're talking about a monster smuggler/soldier
scam; as much as $300 change hands for each
night crossing and a noncommissioned Turkish
officer may earn as much as $2,500 to look the
other way for a few minutes.
real question is why Gaziantep is not under a
curfew imposed from Ankara, with thousands of
Turkish Special Forces actually fighting a “war
on terra” on the spot. That’s because Ankara and
provincial authorities couldn’t give a damn; the
real priority is Erdogan’s war on the Kurds.
brings us to the only leverage the ‘Sultan’ may
enjoy at the moment. From Brussels to Berlin,
sound minds are terrified that the EU is now
actually hostage to Erdogan’s Kurd “priority”,
while Ankara is doing next to nothing to fight
massive migrant smuggling.
Davutoglu went to Berlin recently not only did
he make no promises; he re-stressed Erdogan’s
vow to "annihilate" the Syrian Kurds.
that explains German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
own desperation. How could the alleged most
powerful politician in Europe falls for such a crude
extortion racket? The ‘Sultan’ wants a lot of
cash, a lot of concessions, and even a further
shot at entering the EU. Otherwise, he won’t
turn off the tap on the grim refugee flood.
wonder the regime change rumor mill is frantic.
In Ankara? No; in Berlin.