Kobane is a city with some 300.000 inhabitants in Syria that’s under attack and (almost) surrounded by ISIS. Potential help is at the gates of the city but don’t act. With help I mean the heavily armed Turkish army which is less than 2kms away from the front-lines. With one push they can prevent a massacre from happening. But the Turks don’t move. And they don’t have too. All they should do is allow one corridor to the area, so that the Kurds can bring up supplies and reinforcements. But the Turks refuse. Other allies (US mainly) use air units to support the beleaguered Kurdish fighters in what’s left of Kobane. It helps … but will it be enough?
The situation is a lot like Warsaw in 1944. With Russians liberating Eastern Europe at rapid pace, the Polish resistance staged an uprising against the Nazis in downtown Warsaw. While the Poles liberated the city centre, the Nazis were on the brink of collapse. The Russians made it to the eastern outskirts of the city … and then they stopped. Deliberately. Allied air forces (British, Free Poles, South Africans and Americans) dropped supplies for the beleaguered Poles, but it wasn’t enough and after two months of intense fighting the Nazis crushed the resistance. With 200.000 civilians dead, the city was ruïned.
What will be the faith of the 300.000 people still living in Kobane if ISIS manages to take the city?
In 1944 we let our ally-from-the-darkside f*ck over the Polish resistance. I’m very worried we are letting it happen all over again.
On the anti-Kurd attitude of the Turkish Government (that clearly aids ISIS) we can safely borrow a quote from the great George Orwell. During the uprising, on September 1 1944 he wrote:
“I want to protest against the mean and cowardly attitude adopted by the British press towards the recent rising in Warsaw. … One was left with the general impression that the Poles deserved to have their bottoms smacked for doing what all the Allied wirelesses had been urging them to do for years past,. … First of all, a message to English left-wing journalists and intellectuals generally: ‘Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for. Don’t imagine that for years on end you can make yourself the boot-licking propagandist of the Soviet régime, or any other régime, and then suddenly return to mental decency. Once a whore, always a whore.'” –-George Orwell, 1 September 1944