I will try to make sense of senseless events that occurred in 2019 and make a few predictions for the upcoming year. 2019 has been full of events that can only be described as weird. In a personal relationship, you can fool people once or twice; but in the international arena, nations have been fooling and being fooled continuously. It looks like the trend will continue.
The U.S. is an excellent example. U.S. President Donald Trump promised, nay, solemnly swore that U.S. troops were going to leave Syria. They were not only leaving Syria for good, but they would take their misbegotten partners, the PKK terrorist group's offshoots in Syria, the PYD and YPG, with them. A U.S. general had rebranded them as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). One cannot say which is more farcical: the smirk on the face of Gen. Raymond Thomas, the commander of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM), when he spoke at the Aspen Institute Security Forum on July 21, 2017, or labeling a terrorist organization as a "democratic" force. Please find his video on YouTube; it is material proof backing this concept of "weird."
Other evidence of the concept is another paranormal issue: Russia, which, you know, is the one and only official ally of the Syrian regime, took the PKK terrorists who had been partially orphaned by the U.S. under its wing. It reminded us of the famous characterization of such groups by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt who reportedly said about Rafael Trujillo, the dictator of the Dominican Republic, "He may be a bastard, but he's our bastard." When you adopt a bunch of terrorists, they are still terrorists; but now they are yours. We learned this from the letter sent by the Russian ambassador in response to one of my columns toward the end of the year. Russians are offended if you call them "comrades" because they are not members of a communist party, but they don't mind legally supporting a political group if enough spectators support a group – e.g., the renegade general Khalifa Haftar in Libya, rather than a U.N.-recognized government in the capital.
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