Just days ago, President Donald Trump ordered the removal of troops in Northern Syria as a result of the Turkish incursion into Syria in order to resettle Syrian refugees. Prior to this complete withdrawal order, a small withdrawal occurred, triggering the incursion of Turkey into Syria, beginning what looks like a long, drawn out battle that can be traced to American incompetence.
President Trump has faced major backlash for this action on both sides of the aisle. Both Democratic and Republican politicians have condemned the decision to pull out of Turkey, with Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland stating that "President Trump gave Turkey the green light to attack the Syrian Kurds the moment he agreed to Erdogan's request to move American Special Forces away from key Kurdish-controlled areas.”
Not only is this a negative decision for President Trump’s approval in the United States and abroad, but it also has even more deadly consequences. There are two ISIS holding centers in the invaded portions of Syria that will be left to their own devices if Syrians flee as a result of Turkish invasion. This could be incredibly dangerous, as these captured ISIS fighters left ungoverned could create massive unrest and attack the area. ISIS thrives on chaos, and this poor decision on President Trump’s part could lead to the group gaining traction and power that multiple countries have been trying to take away.
President Donald Trump has referred to Syria as a land of “sand and death” with disdain, acting as if he is not the very person creating the danger and deadliness within this Middle Eastern country.
One thing remains clear. It is absolutely crucial that President Donald Trump and America as a whole must take action against the Turkish government for their horrific and flagrant disregard for the humanity of the Syrian Kurds.
Keep an eye out for the completely unbiased, in-depth analysis of this same issue from multiple different perspectives being released later this week on the IYPF website in the Geo-Military Relations Department.
International Youth Politics Forum, Est. 2019
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