Editorial: Good sign

In a welcome announcement, US President Donald Trump has said that he wants to bring back American forces engaged in the endless wars, emphasising that it was one of the promises he made during his 2016 Presidential campaign. “We want to bring our troops back home. It’s been many many years. It’s been decades, in many cases. We want to bring our troops back home. I got elected on that. If you go back and look at our speeches, I would say we want to bring our troops back home from these endless wars,” Trump told reporters at the White House. Trump’s comments came a day after the White House announced the withdrawal of the US troops from Syria’s northern border. The US’ move effectively abandons the Kurds, who were America’s main ally in the fight against the ISIS.

During the 2016 presidential campaign,Trump had promised to bring back the American troops from Syria and Afghanistan. At his interaction with the reporters, Trump said with the endless wars now the US forces were doing policing and not fighting. “The US is like a police force over there”, he said in reference to Syria. We’re policing. We’re not fighting; we’re policing. We’re not a police force. We’re the greatest military force ever assembled because of what I’ve done over the last three years with $2.5 trillion, he said. But we’re not going to be there longer, he said. The withdrawal from key positions along Syria’s northern border came after the White House said it would step aside to allow for a Turkish operation President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned could come at any moment.

“We’re going to be watching Turkey and we hope that them and all of the other countries — or some of the other countries, including the European Union — goes in and does whatever they’re supposed to do with these captured ISIS fighters and families”, he said. I have told Turkey that if they do anything outside of what we would think is humane …. they could suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy, he said issuing a warning to Turkey. Trump said there was a need for the other countries to do their part in terms of fighting wars. Asserting that the US has now defeated ISIS, Trump said: When we were at 96 and 95 and 97 per cent, I sort of said let the other countries in the area finish it off. Trump alleged that the European countries have not helped the US in fighting wars. The US, he said, is thrilled at his decision of withdrawing the American forces. “I campaigned on the fact that I was going to bring our soldiers home, and bring them home as rapidly as possible”, he said. War or attacks can’t be answer to any issue and let the US President’s decision bring more peace in regions where conflicts prevailed.

NT Bureau