Today’s Politics Enlightened By P.T. Barnum

BarnumIt appears that the Turks have now invaded Syria, adding themselves to Russians, Iranians, Lebanese (Hezbollah), Iraqis (ISIS) and various special forces incognito. The Turks are there to kill and cripple Kurds so far as possible. That is because Turks don’t like the Kurds in Turkey and wish to assure themselves that there are few outside supports for such. It’s traditional. It’s also useful.

Turkey’s President Erdogan is busy deconstructing the secular democracy initiated by Kemal Ataturk from the remains of the Turkish Empire. Clamping down on the non-Turkish Kurds is part of that, never mind that some of them are in Syria and Iraq as well as those in Turkey. We suppose that Turkish soldiers shooting and raping Syrian Kurds gives Erdogan a thrill up his leg. And no doubt it distracts Turks from economic slowing and the U.N. imposed need to provide refugee sanctuary for fleeing Syrians.  From the covert ISIS assistance Turkey has provided, too. Such goings-on also help obscure Erdogan’s recent takeover of Turkey’s leading opposition newspaper. It doesn’t do so much for peace in Syria, but you can’t make an onelette without breaking eggs, right? Sure.

And China distracts from a slowing economy with South China Sea takeovers of islands belonging to neighbors while Russia invades Ukraine (after Georgia) and threatens the Baltic republics and Poland as its economy contracts. We suppose that Argentina and Brazil would be acting the same way for the same reasons were it not for the remains of the Monroe Doctrine and its corollaries.

The U.S. relies upon the Middle East and Afghanistan messes it has created plus Donald Trump et al for that purpose. Such distractions will likely serve until the air goes out of the world economy, an undated but no longer distant even.  Or so we suppose; you need not agree. If you don’t, kindly point to our errors and oversights; we will appreciate that.

Summing up, it seems to us that much of the world has bet upon an economic con game that promised to enrich everybody at the expense of a few and the inevitable bills are coming due from that unreality. And we still see politicians promising salvation from more of the same. As P.T. Barnum famously said: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”  He could have added: “And too many of them vote.”


About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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