Steven Katsineris with a letter regarding the conflict in Kobane, Northern Syria.
Despite the ongoing conflict in Kobane in northern Syria where Kurdish groups and other fighters etc are now battling "Islamic State" forces, the rest of the world community is mostly standing back and watching.
The city would have fallen long ago if it was not for the determined resistance organized by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (YPD) and its military forces, Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Yet the USA and its western allies are very reluctant to help any real progressive and independent parties that are fighting IS.
The USA and allies are only really interested in supporting forces that will toe the US line, various conservative groups and corrupt and ineffective governments. And Turkey once again plays immoral political games with the lives of thousands of Kurds and other people. It is the Kurdish fighters and other local armed groups in the region that are the most well-organised, motivated, skilled forces and most capable of defeating IS, but they are receiving little or no help from other countries.
Oppressive terror groups like IS will never be defeated by airstrikes alone or foreign troops. In fact they will probably add fuel to the fire and attract more fighters to their cause with appeals to oppose foreign intervention. IS and Al-Qaeda will only be beaten by the active participation of the peoples and communities (Kurds, Turkmen, Assyrian Christians, Armenians, Arabs and others) that live in these countries.
If IS is to be crushed then the international community must grasp this, show real solidarity and provide the necessary material aid and support to empower and help these peoples and their authentic resistance organizations. Otherwise the world will witness continued humanitarian suffering, many more civilians being massacred and more ethnic cleansing.
Will the rest of the world community allow the Kurds and other brave fighters who have risen up against tyranny and are standing up against the evil of IS to be abandoned in this bitter struggle.