On December 17, 2015 the Arab Americans for Syria (AA4S) hosted a #StandWithSyria protest at the Turkish Consulate office in Los Angeles, USA. Present were Palestinians, Armenians, Iraqis, Lebanese and freedom loving Americans like photographer Mike Chickey.
There was 120 pro Peace (Pro Syrian) protesters with many signs from “Stop Turkey from Aiding ISIS” to “The Ottoman Empire is over.” A small handful of agitators showed up with Turkish flags and the illegal revolutionary flag, with comical chants of “Assad kills Syrians, Erdogan saves Syrian people” and “Turkey home to Syrian Refugees.”
Possibly this group doesn’t read English too well and haven’t seen the recent news of Turkey’s involvement in training jihadists thieves from over 60 countries near Adana in Turkey and the facilitation of the criminal non-Syrian jihadists into Syria and Iraq. Perhaps this same small group of Turkey supporters missed the news of Turkey’s aggression against Kurds and last weeks attempt to invade Iraq which was stopped by the Iraqis government and people standing together.
Nevertheless, the narratives have now reversed and those same words that were once paired with Assad, are now paired with Erdogan (“Corrupt”, “Despot”, “Criminal” and “Kills his own people”). Now the games have reversed and a new deal was inked with US State Department John Kerry and Foreign Minister and brilliant negotiator Sergei Lavrov. Whereas a peace process will be a focus in Syria, a stern warning followed from the White House to Erdogan to “deescalate” behavior toward Iraq.
The same language by NATO to Turkey after the tragic downing of a Russian plane and subsequent slaughter of the pilot. Is the world shifting their attention onto the Sultan of Turkey and his good neighbor policies or have we simply shift our rhetoric to Turkey as being the bad child of region? Stay tuned as Turkey falls deeper into internal and external mess with the Kurdish question, jailing of journalists, and the illegal bootlegging of oil from Iraq and Syria. With neighbors like this, Iraq and Syria will forever be preyed on. Sounds like Ankara needs a new resident in the 1,000 room palace.