West too quick to damn Turkey over Syria op: Columnist
Writing an article on the situation in Syria, The Times journalist Sarah Tor said in her article, titled Why I Cant Keep Silent Over Turkey in Syria Any Longer, that the "time has come to talk about Turkey in Syria".
She said: "[I] may well end up hung, drawn and quartered by writing this, but there are a lot of outraged opinions flying around in Britain and I cant hold my tongue much longer".
She argued that the West supported those "Kurdish groups" because they defeated Daesh but added that it is "naive and orientalist to think that the "good little Kurds" were fighting purely to protect the West".
"Of course they werent. They were fighting for land, for a Kurdistan, and that meant getting rid of anyone standing in their way," she wrote.
Tor said she understands why the Kurds may want their own land, "but using terrorism to get it is unacceptable".
"The Syrian Kurdish forces of the YPG/SDF are a faction of the PKK, a Kurdish separatist terrorist organization in Turkey that has caused chaos and death for over 40 years," the article said.
It added: "With the PKK/YPG/SDF in control in Syria, its very likely that the Turkish government will be coerced, through far more terrorism, into handing over part of Turkey. Ive personally seen the damage and grief caused by the PKK to both Turks and Kurds, and this risk of a further and much larger battle with the PKK cannot be taken. Waging a war heavy-handedly is not the way to get it, but a buffer zone is definitely needed."
"Its a complicated situation and outsiders have to consider history and ultimate political aims before making a judgement," Tor said.
"Western people are too quick to hold the Kurdish fighters up as harmless saviors and damn the Turks as bloodthirsty. We need to remember that no army is innocent in war".