The attack on September 11, 2001 was not, as it was usually billed, “an attack on America.” It was an attack on American foreign policy. It was, to use a term coined by the CIA, “blowback.” Google the term if you are unfamiliar it.
And everyone, no matter how much they dissemble and obfuscate, knows that the foreign policy that catalyze the attacks was the US’s support for, and underwriting of, Israel and its slow-motion ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.
Everyone knows this, especially those who pretend they don’t.
Trump has sown the seeds for the next big blowback event. He has double-dealt the Kurds.
Understand: the US enlisted Kurdish fighters in the war on Isis.
Thousands of Kurds died.
Now the Kurds, about 30-35 million of them, is a people without a country.
Kurdish fighters have been fighting for decades to hold regions. They don’t have the power to found a country, but they are organized enough and belligerent enough to hold areas within countries, Turkey, Syria and Iraq have the largest Kurdish regions and populations. Also, there are 1.5 million Kurds living in diaspora, about half of them in Germany.
If you have travelled among Kurds you know that a large part of their cultural identity is connected to being tough and warlike. US military commanders have commented on the bravery and warrior ethos of the Kurdish fighters. Basically, the Kurds raise their kids on gunpowder the way southerners raise their kids on grits.
So now Trump double-crosses the Kurds who engaged to help the US in order to secure their own security.
He did this to a people who, over centuries, have seen themselves as isolated and friendless and needing to fight to live.
Blowback is coming.
And, given the history and nature of the aggrieved, we can expect the blowback to appear from time-to-time over decades.
Don’t be surprised if an isolated American base comes under fire. The number of dead from such an attack could dwarf what happened in the embassy in Benghazi, but the GOP might not care.)
Don’t be surprised to see attacks in the US. Consider this:
“On 17 February 2016, in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, at least 30 people died and 60 were injured in a bombing. According to Turkish authorities, the attack targeted a convoy of shuttles…”
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