Time to Part Ways with Erdogan

erdoganThere is no question that Turkey, because of its size and geo-strategic location maintains a pivotal role in NATO. Its armed forces are NATO’s second largest and its troops had acquitted themselves well during the Korean War. Turkey had also played a constructive role in bridging relations between Israel and the Muslim world acting as an effective interlocutor. But with the ascent of the Islamist Justice and Development party in 2002 and the rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as party boss, things have taken a stark turn for the worse.

Under the stewardship of an increasingly unbalanced Erdogan, Turkey has renounced secularism in favor of Islamist dogma and creeping sharia. Turkey’s new president elect has, through intimidation and strong-arm tactics, usurped control of Turkey’s judiciary and press. Indeed, Turkey holds the dubious distinction of being the world’s largest incarcerator of journalists followed only by Iran and China.

An increasingly paranoid Erdogan has also declared war on social media and in March threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube, accusing the sites of “every kind of immorality and espionage for their own ends.” Erdogan had already banned YouTube for two years though the restriction was lifted in 2010.

Erdogan’s disloyalty to the United States and NATO began early in his term of office as prime minister but his betrayals have only increased in recent years.

In March 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Turkey refused to allow the deployment of US troops on Turkish soil which would have enabled the US to open a second front against Saddam Hussein. Turkey also refused to allow the US to utilize Turkish airspace and airbases to launch strikes against Iraqi forces.

In 2010, Turkey was one of only two nations in the UN Security Council (the other being Brazil) that voted against imposing sanctions against Iran in connection with its nuclear proliferation activities. Turkey (along with China) is currently taking a lead role in helping the Islamic Republic circumvent sanctions, often fronting for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and instituting various other schemes to bypass legal obstacles.  Turkey’s stance on Iran has even drawn praise from mullah’s official propaganda outlet, Press TV.

It is clear that Turkey, acting as Iran’s conduit to Europe has become the Islamic Republic’s premier enabler. Turkey’s outreach to Iran represents a disturbing pattern by Erdogan to curry favor with nations and entities whose interests substantially diverge from Washington’s. Turkey has established itself as the world’s foremost supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, both of which are listed as terrorist organizations by the United States.  Turkey has also opted to purchase air defense platforms from a Chinese firm already on a designated sanctions list for violating embargoes against Iran and North Korea. Moreover, the Chinese systems are incompatible with NATO platforms but to Erdogan, NATO’s defense needs play second fiddle to his disconcerting policy of thumbing his nose at the West.

Central to any defense pact and cooperation between allies is trust. But Erdogan has proven that he is anything but trustworthy. In fact, he has established himself as the premier betrayer of trust when, in violation of all norms and protocol within the intelligence community, he betrayed a network of spies working to compile data on Iran’s proliferation activities.

Israel and Turkey have had numerous understandings and agreements with respect to intelligence sharing dating back to the 1950s and it was thought that despite strained ties between Ankara and Jerusalem, the intelligence protocols which had withstood the test of time, would remain intact. Erdogan’s perfidious actions torpedoed those assumptions. Intelligence and security officials from across the political spectrum termed Turkey’s act of betrayal, “despicable” and intimated that Turkey could no longer be trusted with sensitive data.

With every passing day, Erdogan appears more irrational and unbalanced. Protests against his authoritarian style are met with cryptic claims that the unrest was sparked by the “interest rate lobby” and just in case anyone had any doubts about what he meant, his deputy prime minister, Besir Atalay put them to rest when he blamed the “Jewish Diaspora” for the strife.

The Turkish leader’s vitriolic hate toward Israel has veered uncomfortably close to outright Jew-hatred. In September 2011, he absurdly claimed that Israel had killed “hundreds of thousands” of Palestinians in Gaza and adopting a classic anti-Semitic canard, boorishly stated that Israel used the Holocaust as a mechanism to gain world sympathy. In February 2013 Erdogan compared Zionism to fascism and further declared Zionism to be a “crime against humanity.” He also bizarrely accused Israel of engineering the coup that deposed Erdogan’s Muslim Brotherhood ally, Mohammed Morsi prompting the State Department to issue a stern rebuke terming Erdogan’s histrionics, “offensive, unsubstantiated, and wrong.”

During Israel’s recent counter-insurgency efforts against the Hamas terrorist group, Erdogan accused the Jewish State of committing genocide, lamented the fact that not enough Jews had been killed during the conflict and compared Israelis to Adolph Hitler.

These examples just scratch the surface when it comes to Erdogan’s Judeophobia. His hatred of Jews is ingrained and is inspired by a convoluted and radical interpretation of Islam, an interpretation with roots firmly embedded in the teachings of the fascist Muslim Brotherhood. But where there is hatred of Jews, there invariably is hatred of other minorities and misogynistic proclivities. In August, Erdogan lashed out at a female journalist telling her that she “should know [her] place.” That very month, he made pejorative and deprecatory references to Armenians.

There can no longer be any doubt that Erdogan is rabidly xenophobic. His war against social media and cryptic references to international conspiracies to dethrone him are indicative of a delusional mind, one wracked by extreme paranoia and fantasy. His efforts to distance Turkey from the West and undermine American foreign policy are demonstrative of a nefarious agenda. His betrayal of intelligence agents crystalizes the fact that so long as Erdogan maintains the reins of power, Turkey cannot be trusted as a reliable NATO partner. It is time for the United States to reevaluate Turkey’s role in NATO and make clear to Erdogan that there are consequences for his actions.

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  • johnlac

    I would think after the slaughter of the Armenians during WWI, Turks should be the last people accusing others of genocide. it’s a shame, because Turkey in the twentieth century seemed to be finding its way apart from the snakepit of Islamism that afflicts so many other mideast states. Erdogan is a typical Islamist toad.

    • hrwolfe

      Much as modern Japanese do not know of the atrocities the Imperial Government imposed on the world I doubt that modern Turks are any differant. They have never officially recognized their atrocity and have denied it to this day. I feel sorry for the Turks that have embraced Western Culture and life as they stand at the edge of loosing it to Erdogan but they will have to fix that them selves but it would not hut them to know we support them.

      • IslamDownpressesHumanity

        It is a CRIME to publicly discuss the Armenian Genocide in Turkey — this despite the official position of Turkey that it never happened. I’ve had a discussion w/a Turkish moslem about the Armenian Genocide and he stated it was a defensive action by Turkey’s moslems to the genocidal actions of Armenian Christians. He also denied the Istanbul pogrom.

  • Marcio

    With Obuma as president turkey will continue to be a NATO member.

    • 1keith1

      That’s right-Obama is “President Turkey”!

    • kasandra

      Our president has said that Erdogan is one of his five favorite foreign leaders.

    • Americana

      Turkey should continue as a NATO member. All governments are transitory and Erdogan will remain in power only so long. The sum political body of a country does not revolve around its leaders.

      • Drakken

        Your ignorance again shows no bounds. Turkey is going full on islamist by leaps and bounds, the turks in Germany and Austria openly side with Erdogan and against the countries they live in. Time to throw Turkey out of NATO and the Turks out of Europe.

      • IslamDownpressesHumanity

        Yeah, after all Erdogan had only been in power for a decade as PM and now he’s become president.

  • Arlie

    Most dire circumstance to freedom of internet: ” “the 9th annual internet governance forum (IGF)” conference to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 2-5. Heading up the confab: UN under-secretary Gen. Wu Hongbo, a functionary of the Communist Party-China, where posting an unapproved internet posting can bring a visit from cyber police & commenter to “disappear”. ” Read article at thenewamerican.com (Turkey, of all places! – We’re in trouble with this forum -people wake up, please).

    Other info on Erdogon at Shoebat.com “secret-behind-isis-turkey article.

    My favorite story about Turkey however, in a non-serious, i need a good laugh today -is a youtube video “WKRP “Turkey’s Away”. As God is my witness I thought Turkeys could fly.

    For another type of emotional release there’s always war p0rn:Apache…makes us feel like maybe we’re winning on precision – too slowly to get them ALL now, imo.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=456_1408421473

  • William James Ward

    Tayyipiokya Erdogan is a Thanksgiving day Turkey for Iran. We can
    not trust their government, Erdogan has cleansed Turkey”s Officer
    Corps of anyone friendly to the West and Nato while encouraging
    Islamism in Turkey. The Turks are lost as and ally of the West.
    Only and internal revolt will remove the Jihadist favoring Islamist
    government in Turkey and considering their jails and the fear of
    their secret police it probably will not happen any time soon.
    Yes Obama loves Erdogan amongst other enemies of mankind.
    William

  • Jakareh

    The question “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” has been answered once and for all. No.

    • billobillo54

      No a thousand times over a thousand years.

  • Mike Wilson

    “Turkey holds the dubious distinction of being the world’s largest incarcerator of journalists followed only by Iran and China.”
    Being followed by only 2 nations would make them the 3rd smallest incarcerator of journalists. I think what the author meant was ‘comparable only to Iran and China’.

  • JIMJFOX

    “radical interpretation of Islam”

    Please explain to me how quoting actual koranic verses is in any way ‘interpretation’??
    Besides that, how does a devout Muslim interpret the actual Words of Allah- which is what the koran claims to be??

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      It’s simple, for example:

      (Quran 8:12): Remember Thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you: give firmness to the believers, I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, Smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips of them.”

      As others have pointed out what this verse really means is: invite the disbelievers over to your home for a spot of tea and crumpets.

      • JIMJFOX

        The peace-loving Verse of the Sword- not popular with the Islamic apologists!

  • JIMJFOX

    Turkey is 98-99% ‘nominally’ muslim. Judging by voting patterns many ‘westernised’ Turks don’t care much about Islam but the majority uneducated eastern Turks are devout. There is no no viable secular party in Turkey now, in spite of their supposed reverence for Ataturk; the relentless indoctrination of children has seen to that.
    However, anti-semitism is rife in both categories and it won’t take much to push all Turks back to Islam IMO. Perhaps being excluded from NATO would do it?

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Yes and Turkey is becoming more “nominal” all the time.

  • IslamDownpressesHumanity

    Um, the Turkish troops slaughtered S. Korean soldiers at least once during the Korean War, by “mistake”.

  • IslamDownpressesHumanity

    In 2003, two synagogues were blown up in Turkey on the same day. 26 people died and the longest prison sentence handed out to the all moslem perps was SIX YEARS.

  • Kruton

    Time to end NATO.

  • IslamDownpressesHumanity

    Just remember we can trust the moslem Kurds, they’re different, just like all the rest.

    • billobillo54

      I get and support the sarcasm. All alliances with Satan have a great price.