Saturday, March 28

John Batchelor discovers Turkey's ruler is being cruel to Syrians

Does this mean John has removed his Made in Israel blinders regarding Syria? Or the Israeli military has suddenly grown a brain? Anyhow John is upset that Erdogan has shut off water to 400,000 people in Turkish-occupied Syria, which he considers "especially" cruel when the country is facing the threat from the COVID19 virus. But this is not the first time in recent years Erdogan has shut off water to Syrians.   

At least John with the help of FDD's Aykan Erdemir does a good job of alerting his large radio audience and outlining the situation. Here's the podcast of their discussion, which is based on a report from The Jerusalem Post. 

I don't see the link for the report and won't take time to search for it although I came across this hilarious December 2019 report from the Post headlined, Turkey is trying to take over the Mediterranean, through LibyaThe Post doesn't think it's funny but the hilarity is that it took them until the end of last year to figure that out. Wonder how long before they realize the stupidest move Israel's government made this century was doing Saudi Arabia's bidding in Syria. 

Someone who has grown a brain about Syria is MbZ. I mentioned last year that he's already done outreach to Assad but now it's formal. From The Associated Press, March 27, via 660 News; emphasis mine:
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s president and one of the United Arab Emirates’ most powerful leaders spoke on the phone on Friday — signalling a major thaw in Damascus’ troubled relations with Arab countries, which had mostly boycotted President Bashar Assad and backed his opposition.
The official Emirati news agency said Assad and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak and reviewed preventive measures to fight it.
Sheikh Mohammed, believed to be the Emirates’ day-to-day ruler, said Syria and the UAE need to “place the humanitarian solidarity over political issues during this common challenge ‘we are all facing’,” according to the report. The crown prince of the oil-rich Abu Dhabi affirmed that Syria “will not be left alone during these delicate and critical circumstances.”
Syria’s health system and infrastructure have been decimated by years of conflict. Although Damascus has recorded only five cases of infection with coronavirus, there are concerns the fast-spreading virus may prove a major test for the government.
The UAE had been a supporter of the Syrian opposition during the early years of the war, now in its tenth year. But as the war wound down and with the Syrian army capturing most of the territory that was once lost to the opposition, the UAE and a few Arab countries made limited and usually indirect openings toward Assad’s government.
In late 2018, the UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus, for the first time since an organized Arab diplomatic boycott soon after the Syrian war erupted in 2011. The embassy representation is at a charge d’affairs level but its very reopening was a sign that more rapprochement [was] likely to follow.
Friday’s phone call, however, is the first publicized contact between an Arab leader and Assad.
The Syrian opposition, which controls one overpopulated stretch of territory in northwestern Syria, is now mainly supported by Turkey, which the UAE and other Arab countries view with suspicion because of its embrace of regional Islamists.
Syria’s official presidency Twitter account said the crown prince stressed that the UAE will support the “Syrian people during these exceptional times.”
The so-called opposition, consisting mostly of mercenaries,  is also supported by Americans and the British, who've also given a great deal of support to Turkey, as have other NATO countries.  

The good news -- what passes for good news about Syria -- is that recently a big fistfight broke out in Turkey's Parliament between Turks who don't support Erdogan's Syria policies and those who do.


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