Turkey, the Ticking Time Bomb: Sultan Erdogan’s Scheme for New, Old Ottoman Empire

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Turkey is aiding and arming ISIS, going so far as to attack US allies against ISIS. This is not new, but it is now out in the open.

And this is after European Union has promised Turkey visa exemption for Turkish citizens. “Further, The European Union will prepare a report in March 2016 on the situation of a readmission agreement, which basically covers third-country citizens who traveled to Europe from Turkey, and visa liberalization, which is closely linked to the readmission deal. Turkey is scheduled to fully implement the readmission agreement with all EU member countries as of June 2016.  The document will also welcome European Commission preparation for Turkey’s EU membership talks on chapters covering ‘energy,’ ‘the judiciary and basic rights,’ ‘justice, freedom and security,’ ‘education and culture’ and ‘foreign, security and defense policies.’”

Europe dismantles while rebuilding the Ottoman Empire.

Shelling of the Syrian territory is continuing from Turkey. “Instead of accusing us of indiscriminate airstrikes we call on the Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders and other organizations to give their official position on these criminal actions by the Turkish armed forces,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Konashenkov said today.

Internally, “hundreds of Turkish human rights activists, academics and journalists have been prosecuted in recent months in what critics say is a wide-ranging crackdown on free speech. The Islamist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has attracted international criticism as tensions increase between his government, Syria and the Kurds.”

Here’s what Obama’s “favorite,” “most trusted” ally is up to.

February 24, 2016

Islamist Turkey is Imploding

By Alex Alexiev

In the past two weeks a number of events have taken place in Turkey that, taken together, indicate that this erstwhile U.S. ally is spinning dangerously out of control with neither Ankara nor Washington and its European allies having the slightest clue of what to do. It started several days ago with the Turkish artillery targeting the Kurdish YPG military units n Syria, a key U.S. ally against ISIS, as they made progress in taking over formerly terrorist-occupied terrain north of Aleppo. This was followed by Turkey enabling thousands of jihadists entering Turkish territory from Syria with all of their weapons and exiting back into Syria from a different border crossing to join the battle against the anti-Assad forces. As if to show on whose side Ankara really is, a local news agency provided pictures of trucks loaded with Turkish ammunition delivered to these very people. It may be recalled that for publishing similar pictures of supplies to Syrian jihadists by the Turkish Intelligence Organization (MIT), in January 2014, two prominent journalists were accused of “treason and espionage” and are facing the prospect of life in prison. In yet another proof of Turkish collusion with ISIS terrorists, wiretaps of phone conversations between Turkish military and ISIS commanders have just been made public that show close cooperation.

The problem that Turkey and its Islamist leadership are now facing is something that has been known for a long time, but is no longer credibly deniable. Under Erdogan, Turkey has never been interested in fighting ISIS, Al-Nusra, and other Sunni terrorists. On the contrary, it has assisted them in every way possible for at least the last three years. Washington under Obama preferred to look the other way, but the latest events have faced it with a stark choice — either defeat ISIS and limit growing Russian influence in alliance with the Syrian Kurds, or continue to put up with Erdogan’s duplicitous Islamist agenda and lose the last shreds of credibility it has left in the region. With the leader of the Turkish parliamentary opposition, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, now openly calling for the leaders of the AKP to be tried for “aiding and abetting terrorist organizations,” it is high time for Washington to reconsider its failing policies.

There is yet another compelling reason to stand up to what more closely resembles an Islamist dictatorship in Turkey. After suffering a major electoral defeat with the rise of the Kurdish HDP party in parliamentary elections last June, Erdogan opted for new elections that many experts both in and outside of Turkey believe were rigged, along with massive repression of the Kurds. In a number of Kurdish cities in southeastern Turkey, military suppression of the youth wing of the PKK and de facto martial law imposed have been so heavy-handed that civil war is a more accurate description of what’s happening. In the town of Cisre, for instance, after two months of curfew and heavy fighting, the Turkish General Staff announced on Feb. 12 that it had successfully rid the town of terrorists, though it did not lift the curfew. It gave the following figures for terrorists killed and weapons confiscated: 600 terrorists killed, 2 machine guns, 27 AK-47s and 2 RPGs plus ammunition. This, of course, means that all but 31 of the ‘terrorists’ killed were unarmed. No wonder that Selahattin Demirtash, co-chairman of the HDP, has accused the government of ‘mass murder.’ His charges were seconded by the European Parliament’s rapporteur for Turkey, Kati Piri, who on Feb. 22 from Diyarbakir described the operations of the Turkish Security Forces as ‘civil war’ and accused the military of “ opening fire on civilians.”

It is, of course, true that the PKK was a terrorist organization, but times and circumstances have changed and for the AKP to risk a full-fledged civil war with the Kurds now is suicidal. First, the peace process with the PKK, which had progressed well until Erdogan unilaterally cancelled it last June, demonstrated that the Kurds would be satisfied with autonomy within Turkey. Secondly, the previous war with the PKK in the 1980s and 1990s, which claimed 40,000 victims, was fought primarily in rural areas which could be controlled by depopulation. Today, the Kurds make a large percentage of the population in all large towns outside the southeast where it dominates. The HDP also enjoys considerable support among non-Kurds, who appreciate its secular stands against the oppressive and intolerant Islamist dogmatism of the AKP. Finally, the Kurds now have 2 million co-ethnics on the other side of the 565-mile-long Syrian border, who are well-armed and already enjoy wide-ranging autonomy. If Erdogan continues to insist on brutally suppressing the Kurds, Turkey will descend into chaos. As Abdullah Gὒl, former president of Turkey and founding member of AKP, put it succinctly, “Turkey is going through one of the most difficult days in its history.”

Finally, there is a third and hugely important reason for the United States and its allies to confront Turkey’s Islamist government. Since AKP’s coming to power, virtually unnoticed in the West, Turkey has become a major exporter of radical Sunni extremism in the West. Erdogan’s main instrument for Islamization in Turkey and abroad, the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs, better known as Diyanet, has had its budget increased sevenfold since 2003 and now has an army of 150,000 religious functionaries doing its bidding. It is active in promoting radical Islam in virtually every European state and dominates the Islamic establishment in countries like Germany, Austria, Belgium, and in the Balkans. In many of these countries it works in close cooperation with radical Islamist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Milli Gὄrὒs. It has also begun a program of funding and building mega-mosques worth hundreds of millions of dollars, often in places where there are but few Muslims like Bucharest, Budapest, and Lanham, Maryland.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that President Obama will do much along these lines for the rest of his term, because he was the one who in 2009 advertised Erdogan’s regime as a model of democratic Islam worth following. Nor are we likely to hear much from the presumptive democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, who did the same as U.S. Secretary of State. But it is more than curious than we have not heard a single Republican presidential contender mention Turkey’s nefarious role in the disastrous Middle Eastern conflict. Especially because it is certain that one of the first questions the next president of the United States will have to deal will be “Who lost Turkey?”

Alex Alexiev is chairman of the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies (cbbss.org). He tweets on national security at twitter.com/alexieff and could be reached at alexievalex4@gmail.com.

  • Mos

    Turkey has all along supporting ISIS and other rebels against Assad’ regime. Now they have misbehaved since they assume NATO will protect them. Though, the plane was downed in the Syrian Air Space and as per UN regulations, since it fell in Syrian space, it was not a violation of Turkish space. Let us see if Turkey can save their skin. They are directly responsible for 250,000 deads in Syria due to supporting ISIS and rebels against UN approved Government.

    Islam has no place in a civilized democratic society. It’s teaching are primitive and incompatible with western civilization. Just look at the world. It is a scourge to the earth. Speak up before it’s too late.

    No immigration, no tolerance, no diversity. We want peace, security, and liberty.

    We can no longer afford to “split the pot” with everyone who wants a piece, especially with “refugees” from the Middle East. It’s too risky. America is struggling enough as it is. Most of us are making below living wage and just had our health insurance forcefully taken away. I make 60k per year and my healthcare is up to $400 per month; compare this to my $25/month car insurance (from Insurance Panda) or my $10/month renters insurance. Both private enterprise (take note, Obama). Do we really want our tax dollars aiding these terrorists?

    It’s not racist or islamophobia to want to live in a free nation established on Christian values and anyone that says so is bigoted against you. When they get the majority you can guarantee they will force sharia law upon you. That is what they are taught.

    Now Turkey has to face the music since there is no other solution. NATO will not come to help them against Russia.

  • “… Sultan(?) Erdogan” but he is only making jihad, i.e. ‘debating’ to U.S. Homeland ‘Security’ – tax dollars at work https://twitter.com/schnellmann_org/status/702581143091200000
    “… and it is NONE but Allah Who punishes with FIRE (Q4:56), so, if you find them, KILL (i.e. ‘debate’) THEM.” – Bukhari, Book of Jihad, hadith 259

  • Judi

    He realises he’s running out of allies and is now making overtures to Bibi.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      After ratting out a bunch of Israeli agents a few years ago, there is a good chance Israel will not be in any rust to trust or assist him.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Turkey will be torn apart by tribal fighting, with Kurds getting the homeland that they deserve, carved out of plucked and roasted turkey. Turkey stuffing wlli be all over the countryside, once fighting starts.

    • Erdogan is very smart. As a matter of fact, thanks to him, Turkey is debt-free.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Sure he is, and turkey is debit free, don’t be so muslim, it is easy to get thr truth from various sources.

        During the Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule, external debts increased nearly 11 percent each year and in 2013, this figure has neared 15 percent. In just 2013, Turkey’s foreign debt burden increased by $50 billion.

        With Turkey’s external debt stock reaching $388 billion, its ratio to the national income, which was released as $820 billion, has exceeded 47 percent. In 2012, the ratio of external debt stock to the national income was 43 percent.

    • Jim Fox

      I SO hope so! Turkey under Erdogan is the vulture waiting to pick over the corpse of the EU

  • jon wright

    Buraq hussein is happy ergodan aiding Islam.Time for nato to say adios you turkeys. Looks like turkeys want to reestablish turkeys (ottoman) killer empire. He is a psychopath & very unstable

  • Obama & Erdogan’s special MB relationship makes me gag.
    Please America, don’t nominate another MB President; (that would be Hittlary in case you weren’t aware). http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2556

  • Turkey is supporting the Sunni Muslims not ISIS.

    • Joanne Long

      Isn’t ISIS Sunni?

      • Yes. So are the Kurds. Erdogan hates them so much because they fight ISIS.

        • they are called Khawarij .
          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khawarij

      • Sunni isn’t Isis.. Isis is calling themselves sunni to make us look bad. We sunni muslims are peaceful :)

      • Also, the Messenger of Allah, Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam, said regarding a man who once accused him of injustice, “From among the offspring of this man there will rise a people who will read the Quran but it will not go beyond their throats (meaning it will not enter their hearts). They will kill Muslims and spare Idol-worshippers. They will deviate from Islam (as fast and clean) as an arrow pierces the game. If I live to witness their appearance, I will kill them as the people of ‘Aad (whom Allah utterly destroyed and annihilated because of their disbelief) were killed.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim].

    • Kurds are Sunni Muslims who actually fight ISIS. Rather than bombing ISIS, Erdogan bombs the Kurds & yes, provides material support to ISIS. (& who do you think helps them sell their oil anyway?)

      The Sunni ‘rebels’ & ISIS are viewed as 1 in the same to kaffirs. The only difference is the name. Most ‘rebels’ consist of Al Nusra Front / Al Qaeda in Syria. That means they are terrorists & enemies of the US & free world.

      “At least 60% of Syria’s so-called ‘moderate rebels’ share the same ideology as the Islamic State (ISIS)” http://www.barenakedislam.com/2015/12/25/at-least-60-of-syrias-so-called-moderate-rebels-share-the-same-ideology-as-the-islamic-state-isis/

      Same objectives. Same jihad against minorities. Same goal of a Sharia state.

      We would appreciate not hearing the taqiyya here. Most infidels who frequent this site know better.

      • I think it will be better if you read the real Quran for yourself. I encourage you to read Sharia for yourself instead of watching people acting them out in the wrong way in the media.
        http://www.whyislam.org/faqs/understanding-shariah/

      • Jack Holan

        I can’t click ‘like’ it may be misconstrued. If there has been Good or Evil every time Obama has chosen the latter. No one can consistently pick Evil without trying. He has not only left the US in worse shape after almost 8 years but everything he has touched Overseas has turned to Cr&p! Also for Jews and Christians And the Judeo-Christian values forget it, he has made it clear what is true blue and that this Country was really founded on Muslim values. Yes, right

  • Jimmy Crackorn

    God Bless the Russian Federation

  • Aaron

    Erdogan is probably the biggest threat on the world stage, next to the Obama-Jarrett-Soros gang, and he’s slipping through the radar. Not one enough people how dangerous a foe he is. Anyone remember choreographer protester “Standing Man”? Erdogan is adept at manipulating the West, because he looks so “modern.” As a Moslem Salafist, he believes he has a direct connection to allah, and that his actions and allah’s will are one and the same. Erdogan envisions himself rising to the head–as THE leader of the new World Wide Caliphate.

    • Jack Holan

      What’s very dangerous about Kappo Soros; he has set up a Foundation with a sum managed by his son with a donor policy following Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel/Zionist and Anti-American beliefs. These hypocrites always seem to live the life within the Culture they disdain and make their fortune under the Capitalist System they hate.

  • Jack Holan

    I have only one question for you today Pamela. Does this mean that Barack Hussein Obama will bow (almost touching the floor) when he meets Erdogan when he visits Turkey? (Just as he did with the King of Saudi Arabia)

    • Dale Patterson

      I doubt it, as he sees Erdogan as an equal… it’s different with the Saudi royalty…

  • Stephen Honig

    Obama says he approves of what Turkey is doing, that’s why he made them part of NATO. Bad. bad move, like everything else he does.

    • Jack Holan

      Turkey has nothing in common with the other countries in NATO and Islam is not the top three reasons.

  • Jack Holan

    Rather than change Our Country why don’t people of Obama’s mindset go to their mythical land (not here). England is a strong contender these days. He can rude again and slap the Queen on the back and give a DVD of his Achievements (homemade)cheapo

  • Nighthawk

    I’ll bet he fancies himself as the cosmopolitan version of the mullahs.

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