Once again, the Kurds are betrayed.  Donald Trump has colluded brazenly with the Turkish despot Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to allow him to invade Rojava in northern Syria.

In the light of this, we should amend Palmerston’s famous words to read, “Trump has no permanent friends, only permanent personal interests” regardless of whether these align with those of his own country. He will grandstand as victor over ISIS to divert attention from his domestic problems. ISIS will gain a breathing space—and this vile man will be responsible.

The Kurds, to whom the world owes so much for putting ISIS to flight, will once again be slaughtered while the world stands silently by. Erdogan will crush the Middle East’s only beacon of democracy, women’s rights and multiculturalism.

Covered by Turkish jets and artillery (supplied by the West), Islamist gangs will butcher, rape and ethnically cleanse Rojava of its Kurds, Assyrians and other peoples, just as in Afrin earlier this year.

The SDF will resist but face overwhelming odds.

We can’t let Kurdish-Australians suffer alone. The Australian government must speak out in this, the supposed season of “peace on earth and goodwill to all men”.

Professor John Tully

Bronte Park

Tasmania 7140

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Dear Progressive Politicians,

Once again, the Kurds are betrayed. US President Trump has colluded brazenly with the Turkish despot Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is now poised to invade Rojava in northern Syria.

The Kurds, the people to whom the world owes so much for putting ISIS to flight, will once again be slaughtered.

The world’s leaders are silent.

A US President lacking moral compass has sided with an authoritarian Islamist regime that gave succour to ISIS.

In the process, the Middle East’s only beacon of democracy, women’s rights and multiculturalism will be crushed.

Covered by Turkish jets and artillery (supplied by the West), Islamist gangs will butcher, rape and ethnically cleanse the region of its Kurds, Assyrians and other peoples.

The SDF will resist but face overwhelming odds.

Please use your good offices to bring this outrage to public attention. I don’t hold out much hope that the Morrison government will do or say anything, but please try to make them do the right thing.

The hearts of my Australian-Kurdish friends are breaking. We can’t let them suffer alone.

This, supposedly, is the season of “peace on earth and goodwill to all men”. I’d like to see that.

Thank you.

Professor John Tully

Bronte Park

Tasmania 7140