NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Biden administration officials had “state and security worries” over Syrian Kurdish autonomy. After decades of Turkish oppression against Kurds, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party launched an insurgency in the 1980s in pursuit of an independent state. While Erdogan has converted Turkey into a state supporter of terrorism, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria likely would not have existed if Turkey had not enabled its movement and supply over its borders.
The Biden administration is correct to be worried about the future of NATO, asking if it can withstand Turkey’s incursions into its internal affairs. Frida Ghitis: Negotiating with Erdogan would lead to further demands. She argues that the Unified States and Europe must present a united front in which they are prepared to employ sanctions and other forms of compulsion until Erdogan realizes that holding NATO hostage would only bring him misery.