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Syria prepared to discuss post-war autonomy with Kurds in geo-strategic blow to the US and Israel

Like Russia, Syria plays the long game.

Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has stated that once the conflict against terrorist groups is finished in Syria, Damascus will be willing to politically negotiate internal autonomy for Syrian Kurds.

Reuters quotes Muallem, who delivered Syria’s address to the United Nations, as stating,

“This topic (Kurdish autonomy) is open to negotiation and discussion and when we are done eliminating Daesh (aka ISIS), we can sit with our Kurdish sons and reach an understanding on a formula for the future”.

There are several geo-political implications to this statement.

1. Seizing the initiative from the US occupiers 

First and foremost, Muallem’s proposals take the wind out of the sails of the United States. As I wrote previously in The Duran, with Syria and Russia quickly securing control over areas east of the River Euphrates, the US is being squeezed out of Syria.

Bearing these realities in mind, one of the only options the US has left is to use the Kurdish national cause in order to foment either a new puppet state in the region that is build on stolen Syrian territory or else create a permanently occupied entity similar to the Serbian Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija. Apart from this, the US will have no choice but to either leave Syria or directly confront the Syrian Arab Army and most likely, also its Russia ally. Presently, the US seems unwilling to confront Russia by any means other than through the US of proxy/terrorist forces and this is unlikely to change.

The US proxy war against Russia in Syria is not being fought so much as it is being lost

However, given the extreme backlash against Kurdish separatism in Iraq, the US would not only retain old enemies but gain new ones, particularly in the form of Turkey. Ankara is vocally opposed to Kurdish separatism in Iraq and has threatened to take all measures necessary to stop moves in this direction. Turkey has an even worse relationship with Syrian Kurds. This would automatically mean that the US would be in for a very difficult ride if they backed Kurdish separatism in Syria.

With Turkey’s President Erdogan specifically telling Iraqi Kurds “The Israel flag will not save you”, Syria’s proposals would be a geo-strategic blow not only to the US but also to Israel.

2. Separating SDF terrorists from civilian Kurds with Syrian citizenship 

The Arab Socialist Ba’ath party has already given Syrian Kurds full citizenship rights which means that they are co-equals to Arabs as well as to other minorities including Assyrians and Armenians, both of whom are grateful to the pluralistic Ba’athist government for protecting them from foreign funded Sunni supremacist terrorism.

While it is clear that the Kurdish fronted SDF proxy militia is operating as a terrorist force in Syria, the old line about separating terrorists from moderates could work in a post-war scenario where the SDF has been defeated in certain regions and rendered irrelevant in others.

In exchange for negotiated autonomy, one which would clearly have to protect the rights of Arabs in ‘Kurdish regions’ of an Arab Republic, Syria could force Kurdish leaders to weed out those who have collaborated with foreign powers and created a new political paradigm for Kurds in Syria.

This would give the moderate Kurds what they want, it would protect the human rights of Arabs and Syrian minorities and it would allow Syria to further purge her soil of terrorists and enemy collaborators.

3. Leverage with Turkey 

Unlike Iraq which is currently collaborating with Turkey in military drills bordering separatist regions of Iraq, Syria has no plans to engage with Turkey after years of Turkey’s participation in the pro-jihadist war against Syria.

However, in actively preventing the formation of a Kurdish state in Syria through a negotiated settlement which Turkey’s new found partner Russia could possibly help to broker, Syria could effective end the current ‘Kurdish excuse’ which is being subtly invoked by Turkey to justify its continued presence in Syria.

Furthermore, Syria could, possibly again via Russia, offer Turkey assurances that Syria will not allow for PKK activity directed against Turkey to foment on Syrian soil. This would be in the best interests of peace in the region as Turkey and Syria both need to eventually come to terms with the fact that they are neighbours.

Historically, Syria’s traditional regional adversaries have been Israel and Jordan and more recently the extremist Arab states of the Persian Gulf. These are the states Syria must be on guard against when looking to the wider future. Because of this, Syria and Turkey will and should slowly but surely normalise relations.

4. Containing Iraqi Kurds 

While Iraqi Kurds are politically at odds with their Kurdish counterparts, there exists a fear that the menacing separatist movement in Iraq could lead towards a greater Kurdish push for a multi-state land grab which would be supported by Israel, especially where Syria and Iran are concerned.

If, as is expected, Turkey sends its troops into northern Iraq, it would send a message to the wider Kurdish movement that Kurdish independence equals creating not a greater Kurdistan but a greater Turkey.

Thus, the example of Iraq when viewed simultaneously with the generous offer from Syria, may lead to moderate elements within the Syrian Kurdish movement making the pragmatic choice for guaranteed autonomy versus the prospect of Turkish domination.

Conclusion 

Far from being a concession, it was always expected that after the present conflict against imperialism and imperialist funded jihad, Syria would happily engage in a political process with various parts of the Syrian population, including Kurds, in order to develop a settled internal peace.

Syria, in announcing this now however, sends a strong message to radical Kurds and the United States. The message is clear, Syria is a sovereign country and the Kurdish issue is a purely internal matter.

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Le Ruscino
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Le Ruscino

If Western Elites had an IQ to match their greed they’d be good at Geo-Politics….. but alas !………

brucehayden
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brucehayden

Greed is just one form of ‘bait’ that the controllers of the western elite use to hasten the destruction of that exact same elite. They are just pawns in the game the same as the rest of us. A bunch of geniuses too stupid to see that they are simply the equivalent of economic Brownshirts. They destroy their own cultures and economic base by their incessant greed. They followed the carrot of the controllers one step too far. Those who have not realized this by now are about to get a big surprise. It can be hard to pay attention… Read more »

colum
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colum

Miracles never cease 🙂 To the Kurds get your asses around the table. By all means be firm in your goals but be reasonable and be prepared to give ground to gain ground.

samo war
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samo war
Leonardo Facchin
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Leonardo Facchin

Maybe it’s like this, or maybe Syria has no other choice right now. I mean, look at the most recent military operations maps and you will see that the SDF has basically cut the SAA off the eastern Deir Ez Zor province. They managed to do almost exactly what the SAA did with the US proxies in Al-Tanf just a few months ago. The Syrian army now faces the choice between standing down or opening a new front against the Kurds if it intends to move further east. And the latter is not a realistic path forward, in my opinion.… Read more »

Ismail Hikmet Cevik
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Ismail Hikmet Cevik

This is a dream. After separatist referandum in Irak, an impossible dream. This is an USA project. USA will never give up II. Israel, only by forvet. PYD is PKK, and they all think that, they have a chance for a sovering Kurdish nation-state. They will never give up also, only by force. All kind of settlements inside can be possible after defeat of separatism by force. Rubicon has already been crossed for any kind of peaceful settlement. I don’t think that Syrian goverment changed his mind about SDF aims. Recent move can only be a tactical step and will… Read more »

Omega
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Omega

Rather, it’s a British project to the core executed by Britain’s military arm, the USA and it’s puppet state in the ME, Israel.

They took over South Sudan to point missiles at Egypt (it could explain the rapprochement with Russia) and did the same with Iraqi-Kurdistan to point missiles at Iran.

Barzani is a long time collaborator of the Anglo-Americans (Cold War era) and was put in “power” in 1991(Desert Storm) to start the ethnic cleaning of the land until 2003. Each referendum vote (1994, 2014 and this week) resulted in higher turn around and more “yes” votes.

cap960
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cap960

Syria needs to take a good look at Canada as on how to deal with the Kurds situation. The English speaking majority with its culture live quite well with the French speaking counterpart outside of Quebec. It’s not 100% great some woud say but they aren’t going at each other’s throat. Example of autonomy can also be seen with Quebec using the Napoleon code while the rest of the country prefers the Commonwealth code. The country recognizes English and French as their national languages.

Neil
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Neil

You don’t get a lot of extremists in Canada. Trailer Park Boys is a bad as it gets.

cap960
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cap960

And your point is…? Can you explain? “Trailer boys is..,,”

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Plus the Jews and Ukranians ?

Neil
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Neil

Terrance and Philip?

Kaput
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Kaput

Canada was a Colony right ????? fail to see any similarities

cap960
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cap960

And your point is? We are talking about two cultures trying to live together. Syrian Arabs and Kurds. English and French. Two cultures trying to live together without killing each other. That was my point. Canada was a colony!!! What a comment!

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