Turkey’s Sudden 180 Degree Turn on Syria
In the last few years a commonly and frequently used catch phrase among US policy makers and movers and shakers of the think tank industry when it comes to their ‘vision’ for the new Middle East has been ‘Moderate Islam.’ However, there is a literal and rational definition of ‘Moderately Islamic Government,’ then there is the real meaning, interpretation, implications and application of the term meant and used by the US and its Western extension when it comes to the New World Order. In a recent excellent analysis Professor James Petras sums up the US Empire’s new vehicle of choice for its global order in the Muslim world today:
“Moderate” Islamists have become the Empire’s ‘contraceptive of choice’ against any chance the massive Arab peoples’ revolt might give birth to substantive egalitarian social changes and bring those brutal pro- western officials, responsible for so many crimes against humanity, to justice .
The West and their client officials in the military and police have agreed to a kind of “power-sharing’ with the moderate/respectable (read ‘reactionary’) Islamist parties. The Islamists would be responsible for imposing orthodox economic policies and re-establishing ‘order’ (i.e. bolstering the existing one) in partnership with pro-multinational bank economists and pro US-EU generals and security officials.
The most frequently cited example by the ruling Western elites for their ideal ‘Moderate Islamic’ government has been the AKP government of Turkey, in power since 2001. The AK Party portrays itself as a liberal conservative party in the Turkish political spectrum that advocates a liberal market economy and Turkish membership in the European Union. In 2005, the AK Party was granted observer membership in the European People's Party.
Dr. Petras’ description of Western-Chosen and Western-Favored ‘Moderate Islamic Government’ fits Turkey’s AKP leadership to a T. This Western role model for the Muslim ‘Arab world’ has suavely maintained popular support by maintaining a balance between an illusionary Islamic stand and rhetoric, a for-show-only tough stand on Israel, and carrying out its daily US-NATO dictated to-do list and behind-the-scenes appeasement of its Western masters in the military and financial fields.
Turkey’s recent and sudden change of position on Syria is an excellent example illustrating the real meaning of Western Ideal Islamic government. Just check the headlines on developments in Syria-Turkey relations in the last few months, and you’ll see what is meant by a Western-Approved Moderate Islamic government, aka submissive puppy state governing under the banner of Islam and Allah for show while fully performing for their Western puppy-masters.
I reported on the ongoing joint US-NATO secret training camp in the US Air Force base in Incirlik, Turkey, which began operations in April- May 2011 to organize and expand the dissident base in Syria. I broke that story on November 21, here at Boiling Frogs Post, based on information provided to me by multiple sources including highly credible insiders in Turkey and government insiders here in the US. Of course the story is still completely blacked out by the US media until further notice from their government masters. However, you’ll find no shortage of daily news on Turkey’s toughly-spoken threats, viciously imposed sanctions, and its harboring of Free Syrian Army-Rebels.
What you won’t find in the Western media is the almost intimate relationship between Syria and Turkey as recent as a year ago. That context would bring about obvious questions, and questions would enforce critical thinking, and critical thinking is one thing our masters and their media extensions don’t want you to get into. So I’ll take it upon myself to provide you with a brief background on how things were between the two nations until Western Masters snapped their fingers for their favorite moderately Islamic government in Turkey.
In May 2010, during President Assad’s visit to Turkey, the Turkish President made the following statement during a press conference:
For his part, President Gul pointed out in his speech that Turkey shares long borders with Syria, and that there are big joint projects for the interests of the two countries' peoples, noting that important and significant developments have recently taken place in both countries, and that relations between them, carried out by officials and on the popular levels, are based on solid foundations.
President Assad reaffirmed the same sentiment:
He affirmed that Syrian-Turkish relations and their considerable positive outcomes have become a reality in politics, economy and all other fields that no one can deny. "In the past when we said reality it meant having something imposed on us and accepting it, but today this status quo is imposed and created itself by itself… It is a reality that is subject to our interests. We are not subject to it at all. It has not come from outside… The content of this reality is our mutual need for each other as well as our joint interests and similar cultures."
The following report is from an April 2009 article published by Zaman:
As a sign of increased confidence in relations, Turkey and neighboring Syria plan to sign a letter of intent giving the green light for cooperation in the defense industry. The letter of intent will be signed on the sidelines of the 9th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF'09), due to start today in Istanbul at the Tüyap Fair, Convention and Congress Center in Istanbul’s Büyükçekmece. Turkish defense industry sources told Today's Zaman that the letter of intent to be signed between the two countries is a sign of the level of political relations reached between Turkey and Syria.
And this article in May 2009 emphasizes the close relationship and similarities between Presidents Gul and Assad, and the plans for furthering trade agreements-relations between Turkey and Syria:
Qabalan, a long-time journalist, presented his credentials to President Gül last Monday. He noted that his private talk with Gül at the Çankaya presidential palace was the best 15 or 20 minutes of his life. "He is a perfect man and a perfect leader," he said of President Gül. As a journalist, Qabalan had conducted an interview with Gül during Syrian President Bashar Assad's 2004 visit to Turkey. He described Gül as a strikingly modest person and said he believed that Assad and Gül had similar personalities, which would facilitate the improvement of relations between the two countries during Gül's visit.
The Syrian ambassador noted that during Gül's visit, the two countries would sign deals on trade and joint projects. Gül, who will be the first Turkish president to visit Aleppo, will attend the opening ceremonies of a number of Turkish hotels in Syria.
In less than a year, with quantum speed, and to the great satisfaction of its US-NATO masters, Turkey made its 180 degree turn. The following paragraphs from Turkish Newspaper Hurriyet in November of this year provide a good summary of this new status-stand:
Jeffrey Feltman, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, during his testimony on Syria at the U.S. Senate this week, summarized Turkey’s contribution to the events in Syria in three points: Sheltering refugees, opening up a space for Syrian oppositions to organize and imposing arms embargo on the Syrian regime. Luke Bronin, deputy assistant secretary at Department of Treasury, at the same panel, stated,”it is hard to overstate Turkey’s break with Syria.” Both officials compared Ankara’s close relations with Damascus only a year ago with today and appeared as if they were explaining a miracle taking place and they are certainly not alone.
One senior official from Ankara this week gave detailed account about how Turkey’s Syrian policy evolved over the summer. According to this official, “pursuing realist policy to protect our economic interests in Syria was one of the options. But we quickly brushed aside this option as we thought such policy only give more room to Assad to increase his pressure, possibly kill or torture many more people. In such a turn of events, we might have ended up facing with 300 to 500 thousand people in our borders as refugees.”
US-NATO’s assigned new role and position for Turkey is clearly stated in these excerpts:
Feltman said when we look at how far we came in recent weeks with regard to Syria, “I can basically say Assad is finished.” Feltman, for the first time, publicly mentioned there is the idea floating around of organizing an international contact group for Syria, one similarly and successfully done in the Libya case.
Turkey must lead such international gatherings to accelerate the transition in Syria. All indications show we are getting closer by day to that point and this time Turkey cannot excuse itself from leading.
Only yesterday there came headlines which read: Pentagon Appoints Turkey to Police Iraq & Confront Iran.
The U.S. secretary of defense is visiting NATO ally Turkey. He arrived in the Turkish capital, Ankara, after attending a withdrawal ceremony Thursday in Bagdad of American troops all of whom are due to leave by the end of the month. With the U.S. withdrawal, Turkey is now being seen by Washington as playing a potential key role in Iraq.
The NATO allies are already increasingly cooperating in the region. Last month, the U.S. transferred drones from Iraq to the Turkish airbase of Incirlik close to the Iraqi border.
"I suppose many more drones, flying over Iraq in order to continue to monitoring things," said Ozel. "And I guess they want Incirlik to be open, more open, to American use as well. Politically, they would want Turkey to make sure that things never get of hand between Kurds and Arabs. And in [a] way maintaining the autonomy or viability of the Kurdistan regional government territory." The semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region, which borders Turkey, is, according to observers, strategically important to Washington.
Diplomatic columnist Semih Idiz for the Turkish daily Milliyet says Ankara shares Washington's concerns about growing Iranian influence in Iraq. "The increase of the Iranian through Shia elements in Iraq, that is what Turkey will be worried about," added Idiz. "And with Turkey there is a political competition going on for influence between Iran and Turkey."
The Erdogan-Gul government may excel in public performances, such as tough-talk on Israel solely put on to appease their constituents while doing business as usual behind the scenes. They may be good at appearing as committed Muslim men serving their Muslim nation on behalf of their people. But when it comes to action and real servitude, they are not able to hide their real masters; those who come first-before Islam or maybe even Allah. They are and have been accessory to murders, and murders to be committed per order of their US-NATO masters in the game of Muslims killing Muslims. And that my friend is anything but moderately Islamic in the real sense.
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