by Scott Creighton (H/T Penny)
(first a little background)
Well, I hate too say I told you so.
“Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has insisted just the other day that Syrian Kurds be allowed to participate in the next round of peace talks. Apparently Russia wants to help the Kurds (our new beloved Freedom Fighters) break off a piece of a sovereign nation for themselves.” Scott Creighton April 2016
In fact, I’ve told you many times.
Even provided nifty graphics, this one from Ekurd (who got mad at me for writing about the “Bust Off a Piece of Syria” plan before they were ready to go public):
Over at Penny’s place (Penny for Your Thoughts) she has posted an article about Syria rejecting a Russian proposal for Kurdish federation. According to the new proposal, three cantons would be federalized as sovereign territory for the Kurds: Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin. As it just so happens, those three cantons just happen to make up what the Kurds refer to as “Rojava” or… “Western Kurdistan” as seen in the image above. You will notice a piece of Turkey is “Northern Kurdistan” a piece of Iraq is “Southern Kurdistan” and that leaves one more, if you follow the logic, and that is “Eastern Kurdistan” which will have to be scratched from a little existing country in the Middle East called “Iran”
Here’s what Wiki says about “Rojava”
On 16 March 2016 its de facto administration self-declared the establishment of a federal system of government as the Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava (Kurdish: Federasyona Bakurê Sûriyê – Rojava, Arabic: منطقة الإدارة الكردية في شمال سوريا, commonly abbreviated as NSR). While entertaining some foreign relations, the NSR is not officially recognized as autonomous by the government of Syria or any international state or organization. The protagonists of the NSR consider its constitution a model for a federalized Syria as a whole.
The Russians have been positioning themselves to help the Kurds steal part of Syria for a while now. It started back in February of this year when Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, made a statement about how President Assad better get on board with Russia’s plan to bust up Syria on behalf of Greater Kurdistan or he would “face dire consequences”
Russia’s envoy to the U.N. on Friday warned long-term ally President Bashar al-Assad over his vow to retake all of Syria, saying he faced dire consequences if he did not comply with Moscow over the peace process…
“If they in some way stray from this path — and this is my personal opinion — a very difficult situation could arise. Including for themselves,” he warned.” al Arabiya, Feb. 19 2016
Not long after that the Russians allowed the Kurds to open an unofficial embassy in Moscow.
Kurdish groups in Syria have opened a representative office in Moscow, as the Kremlin continues to push for Syrian Kurds to be part of peace talks in Geneva, Russian state news agency Itar-Tass reported on Wednesday.
The Kurdish representative centre will function under the auspices of a Non-Governmental Organization. Russia’s Foreign Ministry told Tass that does not envisage opening a Syrian Kurd embassy at the moment… Newsweek
Today we have recent news from Penny’s site about a Russian plan to bust off a piece of Syria for the Kurds that was rejected by the Syrians.
The documents, obtained by Al-Monitor, included a memorandum of intent regarding the possibility of the Syrian government’s granting Syrian Kurdistan “special status within the framework of Syria.” The delegation was tasked with finding a solution to the Kurdish issue in Syria by having the parties agree to the memorandum.
Salih Gedo, secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Syrian Kurds, attended the meeting. “The Russians had a document ready. It was in our favor. They wanted federalism in Syria while reinstating the rights of Kurds. We accepted all of the [stipulations] and suggested some additions.”
According to Gedo, the Syrian government’s delegation did not accept the agreement, saying it would split the country… al Monitor
The Russian written agreement that was rejected by Syria contained 5 key proposals, one of which involved changing the name of Syria. The second one is listed below:
2. Recognition of the democratic self-rule system in the cantons [of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin, which are currently controlled by Kurds] and acknowledgement that members of the self-rule [system] represent the interests of all national and religious groups in these areas, and acceptance of all decisions issued by the legislative council of these cantons.
As you can see, that is the three cantons that make up “Rojava” or “Western Kurdistan” as the Greater Kurdistan crowd likes to call it.
The US and Israel have been pushing for the creation of Greater Kurdistan for some time now. It’s the foundation of what Condi Rice called the “New Middle East” all those years ago and it’s been the biggest yet least covered foreign policy agenda of the current and previous presidential administrations. The following map was prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters. It was published in the Armed Forces Journal in June 2006. It came from his book Never Quit the Fight and was describing the “new Middle East”
In 2014 a more up to date version was posted by proponents of the US/Israeli plan:
I think it will look more like this:
AS you can see, all three maps include the three cantons of Syria. The only difference with mine is that it stretches further north in Turkey to the Black Sea. That way they can use and control one single pipeline to run from the Black Sea all the way down to the Persian Gulf which would be a tremendous economic and geopolitical boon for the Kurds.
In April of this year, Amb. John Bass made it clear the Kurds were ethnically cleansing certain areas of Syria under the guise of fighting “ISIS” so they could take as much of the country for themselves as they possibly could now that BOTH the US and Russia were on board with the Greater Kurdistan plan. I covered that story as well.
The U.S. ambassador to Turkey has called on Kurdish rebels to lay down arms and end violence in Turkey.
Ambassador John Bass also said Thursday that the United States does not provide weapons to a Syrian Kurdish militia group, which is affiliated with Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party – or PKK.
Bass said Washington was sensitive to Turkey’s concerns over the Syrian Kurdish militia group and opposed any efforts by the group to change the demography of northern Syria “under the guise” of battling the Islamic State group. It was a reference to Turkish accusations that the Syrian Kurdish group is purging the area of Arabs and Turkmens. WBAL
This new development Penny uncovered is an important one. For those who still think Russia is the knight in shining armor in this conflict, it’s time to wake up. Russia did nothing to help the people of Libya. They do nothing to help the people of Yemen. And they did jack squat to help the legitimate revolution that has been taking place in Iraq for the last couple of years.
What Russia wants is to get in on the ground floor with a potentially powerful Middle East player: Greater Kurdistan. And they will do whatever it takes to see to it that Greater Kurdistan is forged from the remnants of 4 Middle Eastern countries, just like the US is doing.
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