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A cynical new chapter in Syria's bloody chess gameIn his book The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire, political scientist Edward Luttwak credits Byzantium's longevity to the quality of its diplomacy. The Turkish Army's offensive against the territories in northern Syria held by the Kurds – America's closest partners in the fight against Daesh (ISIS) – highlights the true complexity of the Syrian crisis. All of this has helped to alienate Turkey from the European Union.There is always the risk that Turkey's actions in Syria could backfire – say, if there are significant human losses or an adversary deemed inferior secures an important victory. Diplomats and politicians, however, are more willing to sacrifice the Kurds in the name of preserving good relations with Turkey, which remains an important NATO ally, even if it is becoming more distant and difficult.Ideally, the U.S. could find a way to reassure Turkey, without abandoning the Kurds. The U.S., meanwhile, is prepared to sacrifice its faithful partners, the Kurds, supposedly in the name of raison d'etat.
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