Columns by Charles Krauthammer are always read with great interest. CK knows the Middle East very well, however, I am dismayed that Turkey and the Kurds who are scattered throughout 5 Middle Eastern countries are not mentioned in his article. Perhaps space did not allow him to include these two entities into his article. The Kurds of Syria and Iraq will demand participation in any post war negotiations after the total defeat of Isis in both countries. Turkey will also want representation as a counter-weight to all the Kurds throughout the Middle East because of their habitual hatred of these people.

Although CK says conflict will be mainly the conflict between different branches of Islam, there will be clashes within the Sunni groups of Islam.

Wars and Terrorism have been around for centuries. In 1920, Winston Churchill, Secretary of State for War in England in order to subdue that turbulent tribes in Iraq said, “I do not understand this squeamishness against use of a gas, I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes.”

On April 3, 1984, President Reagen signed a directive approving pre-emptive, preventive and retaliatory action against individuals, groups or nations sponsoring terrorism. The “Schultz Doctrine” under U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz urged the U.S. to respond to terrorism even if we have no evidence that can stand up in an American Court of Law. George Ball, former U.S. Undersecretary of State said, “the Schultz Doctrine amounted to stooping to the Level of terrorism.” On and on it goes where it stops nobody knows.

Glen Ockenhouse