Turkey On Brink Of Civil War

Sep 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: News Posts
Islamist Tayyip Erdogan and Barack Hussein Obama -- BFFs.

Islamist Tayyip Erdogan and Barack Hussein Obama — BFFs.

John Hannah, the former national security advisor for Vice President Dick Cheney, has recently reported on the impending civil war in Turkey – caused in large part by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an Islamist and friend of Barack Hussein Obama. Erdogan has targeted the Kurds for destruction. They are one of the few forces in the Middle East actually fighting effectively against the Islamic State.

Hannah writes:

We break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this disturbing news: Turkey, a vital NATO ally, is teetering on the brink of civil war. Dormant for more than two years thanks to a 2013 ceasefire, the state’s four-decade-old conflict with the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) is again raging. The peace process that once generated such high hopes lies in tatters. Since late July, close to 1,500 people have been killed.

Here’s another news flash: The person most responsible for the resurgent violence is Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is a political war if ever there was one, ginned up by Erdogan to salvage his political fortunes and advance his despotic agenda.

In parliamentary elections last June, Erdogan’s Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party, the AKP, lost its governing majority for the first time since 2002. For Erdogan, the result was intolerable and could not be allowed to stand. In his eyes, maintaining the AKP’s uncontested control over Turkish politics is essential for at least two reasons.

First, without it, Erdogan stands almost no chance of achieving his monomaniacal goal of changing Turkey’s constitution from a parliamentary system to a presidential one. Erdogan’s ambition is nothing less than to be a modern-day Sultan, a near-absolute executive whose power and authority cannot be challenged or checked. Think an Anatolian version of Russian President Vladimir Putin and you’ll begin to get the idea.

The problem is that the Turkish people by large majorities appear to want no part of Erdogan’s power grab. If the elections carried any message, that was it.

What better way to consolidate power than to foment a war with the Kurds.

Hannah continues:

Despite his supposed peace process with the Kurds in Turkey, it quickly became apparent that Erdogan viewed the rising power of Kurds in Syria as a much bigger threat than the barbarian hordes of the Islamic State. While international pressure finally forced Erdogan to allow assistance to flow and Kobani was saved, the deep sense of betrayal felt by Turkey’s Kurds was profound. Erdogan’s fundamental animosity had been laid bare. His hopes of coopting them into his Machiavellian schemes were dashed, probably irreparably.

If appearing to make peace with the Kurds failed to serve his broader political goals, Erdogan is now banking on the hope that making war on the Kurds will do so. By whipping up anti-Kurdish hysteria, Erdogan is aiming to generate a rally around the flag effect whereby Turkish nationalists of all stripes are mobilized behind his leadership.

Read the rest of this story at Foreign Policy.

 

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