Thinking about Syria | New NY 23rd

After hearing from several hundred constituents at our Syria listening sessions and from phone calls and emails to our office, it is clear United States military action in Syria is not what residents of the 23rd district want. Absent some compelling information, I remain opposed to action and share many of the same concerns constituents have presented to me. Constituents are concerned about being drawn into a lengthy conflict which may ultimately require increased involvement and put American lives at risk. We are responding to the concerns of our constituents with this letter because these are valid concerns which the (Obama) Administration has not addressed.–Rep. Tom Reed, September 5, 2013

Thinking about Syria and reading about the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–1922 in Wikipedia, I read:

Mustafa Kemal presented himself as revolutionary to the communists, protector of tradition and order to the conservatives, patriot soldier to the nationalists, and a Muslim leader for the religious, so he was able to recruit all Turkish elements and motivate them to fight. 

This makes me wonder about Donald Trump–is his success based on presenting himself as a defender of the faith, a proponent of business interests, a man of the people, an all-knowing father, and a military leader? Do some 40% of us see it that way?


According to the treaty of Sèvres (1920) after WWI, Anatolia was divided up. Turkish nationalists, led by Mustafa Kemal, aka Atatürk, did not accept this. Military success in the Greco-Turkish war led to the Treaty of Lausanne which reestablished Turkey as a state in Anatolia and Thrace. Syria, given to the French, did not achieve independence at this time.

Why are dictatorships common; do they provide internal peace and stability that democracies cannot? Should the passing of multicultural empires, Austro-Hungarian, British,Dutch, French, German, Ottoman, Russian be regretted?

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