- - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Not wanting to incur the wrath of the world by re-enacting their massacre of the Armenians, Turkey appears intent on solving its “Kurdish separatist problem” by taking a page out of Josef Stalin’s playbook and simply standing by while the Islamic State brigands slaughter the country’s independence-seeking Kurds (“Turkey, Kurd tensions worry U.S. in fight for Kobani,” Web, Oct. 9).

Stalin halted the advance of the Red Army outside the gates of Warsaw in the fall of 1944, and withheld all support to the poorly armed and starving Polish Home Army, letting the Nazis slaughter it. Thus he destroyed any hope for a post-World War II independent Poland. Stalin in turn moved in and destroyed the Nazis, taking control of Poland, which remained under the Soviet Russian boot heel until 1989.

If the Democrat-run White House could ever think past its next lavish fundraiser or round of golf, it would be questioning the true political intentions of our most formidable Middle Eastern NATO ally. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rapidly abandoning the secular ideals of his country’s great founding father, Kemal Attaturk, and beginning to march his country back down the old Ottoman road. Once the Turkish Kurds are dealt with, the religiously motivated Mr. Erdogan will set his troops to defanging the Islamic State, leaving him free to proceed with establishing a Turkish caliphate by grabbing up the shattered remnants of Syria and Iraq.

K.J. DOLNEY

Columbia, S.C.

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