I don’t have a Twitter account, but I gather, from a post at the blog ‘Where the Strongest Evidence Leads’ that there has been something of a Twitter storm about Trump’s letter to Erdogan in Turkey. It seems that letter got the left stirred up, and probably in faux-hysterics about it. I haven’t read the letter, but I know his stance on the Kurds for some reason got the left’s drawers in an uproar. Their sometime ‘pacifist’ principles seem to appear and disappear depending on the party of the President who is in office at the time. But somehow they seem to think that Trump is throwing the poor lambs to the wolves.
It’s all theater, really, on the part of the left, and should be ignored if possible, but there are some important questions here. For one: are all immigrants just helpless and downtrodden? Or: is it always our place to be Daddy to everyone, and be responsible for them? On the one hand, progressives always complain that we are the world’s policeman, yet they want us to be the world’s servant or sugar daddy. Which is it? Are we ‘meddling’ when we ride to the rescue or are we being taken advantage of?
From the various discussions I’ve read here and there it seems there is the ususal propaganda about the Kurds, with them being portrayed, predictably, as merely another downtrodden and oppressed immigrant group. And it was a given, from the beginning, that there would be the now-expected ginning-up of sympathy for them and pressure to bring them en masse to this country and other Western countries.
I was stunned, a while back, to learn that Nashville, Tennessee has a large Kurdish colony, the largest ‘community’ of the Kurds outside the Middle East. Will Nashville, that iconic Southern city, home of the Grand Ole Opry, ever be the same place once the world is invited in permanently? Obviously that’s the plan. And it isn’t just Nashville. The Kurds have colonies — excuse me; a ”diaspora” in various Western countries.
According to Wikipedia (yes, I know) the population of Kurds in the United Kingdom was over 50,000 in 2002, and though there is apparently no count kept of them as a distinct population now, that figure of 50,000 surely is much larger today, as the data was from 17 years ago. I heard that there was a sizeable protest in London by members of the Kurdish community, regarding Trump’s decision. London seems to be the home of most of the Kurds in the U.K. Well, diversity is London’s strength, isn’t it? It’s our strength, too, so we’re told.
I know the left have been wringing their hands because they fear a ‘genocide’ of the Kurds, but as much of their population is in ‘exile’ in various Western countries, I don’t think there is much likelihood of a genocide. And the leftist pretend to think Trump is abandoning the Kurds to their ‘fate’, showing his hard-heartedness or Kurdophobia (is that a word yet? It probably will be soon.) The Wikipedia info on the Kurds in the UK says that they are victims of ‘discrimination’ and suprisingly, mentions the fact of violence within their ‘community.’ There is a link at the Where the Strongest Evidence Leads blog, where there are lots of stories of violence within the ‘community.’ Usually those things are swept under the rug; those things don’t fit the ”narrative”. Among the ‘dysfunction’ reports: honor killings, drugs, human trafficking, etc.
Most Americans , it appears, are being conditioned to believe that only Moslems are hostile to us, and that anyone else will fit in to our societies just fine. That seems to be the prevailing assumption.
I think it’s wise to be aware of the fact that, as the linked blog piece mentions, “Kurds are not our allies…” It would have been good if people had learned that about the Hmong, another group who came here because they had ‘helped’ us in Southeast Asia, and somehow there is this unwritten law that ‘helping’ us militarily means we owe them forever and that they automatically come to America, presumably getting a green card and permanent status here. There are some people in Wisconsin whose lives were ended prematurely, thanks to our rewarding our Hmong ‘allies’ by adopting them; after all, ‘they helped us’.
It may sound cynical to Americans used to smarmy platitudes about immigrants, but sometimes is it not just possible that they ‘ally’ with us not out of altruism towards us, but because they have interests of their own, and ulterior motives, rather than our well-being at heart? Americans are such babes-in-the-wood sometimes. I suppose we can thank the propaganda machine for that, at least in part.
America has become an aggregate of various colonies by dozens (if not more) of other ethnicities and nationalities, and we are the colonized.
As to the Kurds, personally I don’t think we have to coddle or defend them in particular; it seems they are far from a timid, helpless group of people. Now if Trump would only get serious about our borders; Without borders we have no country, just as the English have no country of their own anymore and the Scandinavian countries likewise. And much of the rest of former Christendom. And yet everybody’s country but our own needs protection.