The division of Turkey

Turkish National Flag

By Thierry Meyssan

The evolution of Turkish politics since Prime Minister Erdoğan disclosed his affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood is comparable to that of Egypt: the unquestionable support he enjoys is only matched by the hatred he arouses. More than ever, the country is divided, with no democratic solution in sight, and a future that – in whatever form – will necessarily be violent.


Neo Ottoman Islamist Sultan of Turkey - Erdogan

Political life in Turkey descended into chaos after the anonymous YouTube release, March 27, of the excerpts from recordings of a national security meeting in which the government was contemplating a false flag attack to trigger an open war against Syria [1].

This is not the first time that illegal recordings have been leaked. On February 24, an audio tape exposed the Prime Minister telling his son to stash 30 million euros in cash before the police arrive to search his home [2]. Despite Erdoğan’s denials, this incident shattered his image of a pious and law-abiding man.

In reality, things have stopped functioning normally since the courts and the police launched a vast crackdown at the end of 2013 against corrupt high-profile figures. The Prime Minister decried a plot hatched by his former erstwhile ally and current rival, Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen [3]. He responded by sacking thousands of public servants accused of being his disciples.

While the Western press has focused on the embezzlement scandal per se, the Turkish people have also opened their eyes to the real policies of Mr. Erdoğan. He funded – at the expense of the Turkish state – Al-Qaeda in Syria going so far as to receive several visits from the banker of the sect, despite his name appearing on the United Nations most wanted list of international terrorists [4]. Last Friday’s tapes throw the spotlight on the Foreign Minister, his deputy, the deputy chief of staff and the chief of intelligence. The four men were planning to stage a covert operation to be executed by Syrian agents and attributed to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in order to justify a Turkish invasion.

As soon as the recordings were out, the government panicked and blocked the access to YouTube. It threatened opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who had alluded to the plot on television before it was revealed, and ordered the arrest of Aytaç, an intellectual close to Fethullah Gülen, for the same reason. Erdoğan’s authoritarian response suggests that he no longer controls the situation.

Whatever the case may be, the disclosure undermines any Turkish attempt to further interfere in Syria. Since the beginning of the war, Ankara has provided logistical support to NATO jihadists in terms of weapons and intelligence as well as humanitarian cover for the military camps on its territory, and has funded itself by stealing machine-tools and plundering the archaeological treasures found in Aleppo. According to two credible witnesses, it is again Ankara that organized the Ghouta chemical weapons attack Ghouta in August 2013 [5]. Finally, the Turkish army infiltrated hundreds of jihadists one week ago into Kassab [6]. When they were shelled by the Syrian Air Force, the Turkish army shot down a Syrian plane to come to their aid [7].

Turkish involvement has lasted too long to still be denied. Ankara doesn’t just support a political opposition, but Islamist mercenaries who practice terrorism. How much longer will the Turkish people be willing to stand behind a Prime Minister who started out by pledging to have quit the Muslim Brotherhood, who has been given Washington’s support, and has easily achieved good economic results, before finally revealing his true nature? Since the NATO’s aggression against Libya, Erdoğan has returned to the Muslim Brotherhood fold; he applauded the destruction of the Libyan state, and later that of Syria, by NATO and the Brothers and halted economic growth. This turnabout was accompanied by an authoritarian drift that makes Turkey one of the worst countries in the world as regards the freedom of communication, the imprisonment of opponents and journalists.

If the Prime Minister has nothing to fear from the West, because he supports NATO, he should have thought twice before banding his opponents together by subjecting them to the same repression. In addition to his own people, he will now have to face his army, whose unjustly imprisoned generals are being released one after the other.

Sunday, March 30th, the people spoke during the municipal elections: Turkey did not rejected the AKP party of the Prime Minister, but it emerged deeply divided into two implacably opposed camps, on one side Islamists, on the other the secular population. The superiority of the former allows Erdoğan to aspire to the next presidential election, but his country will never be as before and will never be upheld as a regional model.

In short, here as elsewhere, the Muslim Brotherhood, even with a relative majority of 45% – can not hope to impose their vision of society. The election results were hardly announced when Erdoğan delivered at his party’s headquarters a vengeful speech threatening the “traitors” who attacked him.

Thierry Meyssan

  Turkey_Islamist Revivalism

 [1] “Turkish conspiracy to enter into open war against Syria”, Voltaire Network, 28 March 2014.

[2] “30 million dollars and Erdogan’s voice”, Voltaire Network, 26 February 2014.

[3] “Erdoğan attacks Gülen publicly”, Translation Alizée Ville, Voltaire Network, 28 November 2013.

[4] “Erdoğan received Al-Qaeda’s banker in secret”, Translation Alizée Ville,Voltaire Network, 6 January 2014.

[5] “Ghouta chemical weapons came from Turkish Army”, Translation Alizée Ville, Voltaire Network, 17 September 2013

[6] “Turkey helps foreign mercenaries slip into Syria”, Voltaire Network, 22 March 2014.

[7] “Turkish army downs Syrian combat aircraft”, Voltaire Network, 23 March 2014.

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  1. A very very bad country Turkey is. One day all the good nations of the world must take the whip to this country that exterminated the indigenous Christian population.

    • What can be said Petro… If one does not acknowledge the past or seek to reconcile issues that have their roots within the past, then one cannot move forwards. The natural conclusion as we see it and from what I hear from those that I know who live in Turkey, civil war, as well as armed conflict with neighbouring countries is where Turkey is heading. And given the prophecies that many Holy Elders have cited regarding about Turkey, it will be a nation that will implode and self-destruct. It was the former imperial power of the Middle East and the Balkans, and it left a nasty legacy in its wake to which the nations of this region still suffer from. The difference is, today they are now subject to Western influence and manipulation as that Ottoman legacy left a power a vaccuum in its destruction, and to which the region is always in the news as a result, since they hold a key geopolitical position within the world and are fought over. (Compare a newspaper written 150 years ago with one that is written today, it’s the same issues! Nonetheless if one looks to Arabic literature and historical assessments for example, the Arabs have characterised the Ottoman era as the age of darkness for the Islamic world which sent it into barckwardness and obscurity.)

      Nevertheless, the past continues to weigh heavily, as the Turkish authorities continue to adopt an aggressive and belligerent approach to their own people as well as other nations. To date, they have had a hand in stirring up the Syria conflict, agitate over the Aegean, threaten Cyprus, bully Armenia, cut Iraq’s water supplies through the “GAP project”, force villagers off their land without compensation to make way for the dams, threaten conflict with Iran, convert or desecrate historic churches and much more. This is of course at odds with where most Turks today stand regarding these issues, but their authorities continue in this abusive manner, and continue to overlook criminal offences such as the brazen public torture and decapitation of a Roman Catholic bishop in the streets of Iskederun some years ago. So the past would have remained in the past, had the Turkish authorities, since the inception of their republic, actually sought to live alongside their neighbours and to stop harrassing their own people, especially those of ethnic or religious minorities. The rise of nationalism amongst former Ottoman subject nations like Syria, Greece, Egypt etc only came about from this negative imperialistic political culture.

      In any case we can only sit and watch as developments occur, but I suspect that Turkey will either be drawn into the Syria conflict directly, war with Greece over the Aegean, or fall into civil strife. All 3 scenarios are very likely, if not imminent. And it seems that whatever does happen, Turkey’s close alliance with Azerbaijian, Albania and FYROM, along with jihadists in the Northern Caucuses, will also play a crucial role in whatever will unfold soon enough.

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