SHAFAQNA – With President Recep Erdogan at the helm Turkey is suffering an acute case of dystopian political paranoia: confusing imperialism for sovereign nationalism and terrorism with democracy-building. Worse still, Mr Erdogan is seeing allies in radical outfits.
We have reach a pitiful state of affairs indeed when political lines have been so blurred that powers are crying “terror” at those very factions, and nations which are opposing it, while at the same time rationalizing the arming of radical militias on account they play into their neo-colonial ambitions.
In this race for control over Syria, Turkish President Erdogan is desperately reaching for a life boat, throwing wild terror allegations at the Russian Bear to better salvage his failed imperial takeover of the Levant.
Confusion is now so rife over Syria that the likes of Turkey – a nation which has dabbled in terrorism in search of a new Ottoman dominion, feels secure enough in its geopolitical psychosis as to take offense at Russia’s counter-terror efforts, and let’s just say it successes.
Earth to Turkey!
The real terrorists here are those still calling radical militants, “moderates”. The real face of terrorism lies with those entities still willing to dress their murderous rampages against people, and communities on account of their ethno-religious differences … Ankara’s vicious campaign against the Kurds spring to mind.
Turkey finds itself in a bit of a conundrum those days now that its leanings and allowances vis á vis the Black Flag have somewhat caught up with its administration, revealing an interesting side to Western interventionism. His hands stuck in the cookie jar, Mr Erdogan is furiously working a diversion, waving slanderous accusations at Russia, and the YPG, as a shield against his own political sins.
An echo-chamber to Mr Erdogan’s political frenzy, Turkey’s PM has called on Moscow to end its support of terror against innocent civilians. My oh my someone is in fact mighty confused!
“I’d like to warn Russia, which is giving air support to the YPG in its advance on Azaz, not to use this terrorist group against the innocent people of Syria and Turkey,” said Ahmet Davutoğlu before he added, “Russia condemned yesterday’s attack, but it is not enough. All those who intend to use terrorist organizations as proxies should know that this game of terror will turn around like a boomerang and hit them first.”
Turkey this Wednesday suffered an attack on its soil which claimed the lives of an estimated 28 people, a tragedy which was admitted by the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), a group once linked to the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers Party.
In a statement made available to the press, the TAK confirmed 27-year-old Turkish national, Abdulbaki Sonmez, carried out Wednesday’s rush-hour car-bombing in Ankara, as part of a broader campaign against Turkey’s military aggression on the Kurds south-east of the country.
Interestingly Ankara remains adamant the attack somewhat arks back to the YPG – People’s Protections Units, and the PYD – Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party. It is important to note that both the YPG and the PYD have distinguished themselves for their resilience and incredible bravery against ISIL militants in both Syria and Iraq.
Their counter-terror efforts have been so significant in fact that Washington directly and profusely expressed its gratitude, support and friendship for the Kurds.
In January 2015 Jen Psaki, the US State Department Spokesperson exclaimed “We congratulate its (Kobane’s) brave defenders.” She then added: “We’ll continue to support them as we look to the coming weeks ahead. This is an important step in the first phase of a long-term campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL, because of the strategic value ISIL places on Kobani … As there are humanitarian needs, whether it’s in Kobane and other places, I expect that we will contribute — continue to be major contributors.”
Ankara was not happy then, and it is certainly not happy today. For all his democratic grand-standing and civil liberties’ admonitions, President Erdogan has little patience when it comes to the Kurds and their insistent calls for self-rule. Like so many imperialists in disguise, Ankara’s leadership only recognizes its sovereignty, and its rights … those of others simply need annihilating – as demonstrated by Mr Erdogan’s furious campaign against the Kurds … in Syria.
You read correctly! Turkey is running a grand trans-national campaign against the Kurds, oblivious to the fact that its actions stand not only in violation of international law, but in negation of its own call for the assertion of its country’s national integrity. What about Syria’s territorial sovereignty? What about those war crimes and human rights violations Mr Erdogan committed, and is committing by pursuing military interventionism outside his borders?
But here is where Erdogan’s Turkey really gets tangled up in a political fit – for all its plotting and conniving, Ankara could not derail Washington’ support for the Kurds in their stand against ISIL. More troubling still, the US actually considers the Kurds a viable ally in what is shaping up to be the next Middle East political make up.
How troublesome indeed for Mr Erdogan but to see Washington stands by its appointed nemesis – hence its desire to discredit all Kurds by aligning them with terrorism.
Needless to say that the same logic has applied towards Russia and Russia’s position in the Middle East – essentially its desire to lay waste Wahhabi-inspired terrorism to restore order in the region.
Let’s be real here, Turkey’s issues with Russia’s actions in Syria are rooted in geo-political self-advancement and neo-imperialism. In Ankara’s eyes, or rather Erdogan’s eyes, ISIL is merely a platform upon which to project his ambitions and powers – never mind how many people will have to die along the way, or the horrors such a policy will allow to manifest on the ground.
A promoter of terror in NATO’s clothing, Turkey has become a devolution onto its own, and an Orwellian punchline.
A dangerous political liability, Erdogan would love nothing more but to bend realities to its will by painting ISIL militants as angelic forces of good against the terrible evil of Russia’s lawful rationale.
It was Michael Lane, the founder of the American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington who pointed in an episode of the Debate on Press TV how lines in Syria have become blurred – to which I replied that dynamics were actually rather simple in their essence: terror on the one hand and those against it on the other.
It is only when powers play both sides that confusion ensues … as demonstrated by Erdogan’s propensity to lean into Wahhabist terrorism over his own Ottoman nostalgia.
By Catherine Shakdam – This article appeared first in RT.