By Dr Jan Best de Vries:
Due to the whims of Mr Erdogan, individuals and trucks are frequently being prevented from using the sole, still accessible route into Rojava via the Semalka border crossing. Seemingly the latter is in the control of Mr Barzani of the Kurdish, so-called autonomous region of Bashur in Iraq; in reality its population depends completely on the import of foodstuffs from Turkey which can be stopped any moment. Thus Mr Barzani has been forced to frequently close the last access to Rojava, this being Mr Erdogan’s punishment of Mr Obama and Mr Putin for their refusal to consider the peaceful PYD of Rojava as a terroristic organization.
In the meantime both superpowers, America and Russia, as temporary allies misuse the YPG and YPJ as “boots on the ground” to eliminate the IS in Syria, albeit for conflicting reasons: Mr Obama is seeking to remove Mr Assad from power while Mr. Putin seeks to keep him in it. Neither is punishing Mr. Erdogan because, for both, this would mean WW III, and so the main dictator in power in the region (and, by the way, also in Europe) at the moment is Mr Erdogan. We all know that this is the actual situation, but nobody says it aloud. However, Rojava’s female and male soldiers on the ground cooperating with bomber jets sent by Russia and America should be fed to be able to fight. My suggestion would be that Mr Putin remembers the brave Russian drivers in WWII who brought foodstuffs in their trucks across dangerous lake ice to prevent the population of Leningrad from starving while Mr Obama can recall the ‘air bridge’ to West Berlin during the Cold War.
Please, send cargo-planes and let their crews from now on make food drops: Mr Putin above Afrin, Mr Obama above Kobane and Jazira. I’m sorry to have to write this, but it’s the only way to prevent WWIII you stupids!
Dr. Jan Best de Vries is an archaeologist and historian, decipherer of the so-called Byblos Script from Aleppo and Alalakh (‘How to Decipher the Byblos Script’, Aspekt Publishers 2014, ISBN978-946-153-420-0)