BREAKING: Convoys Of Berserk Muslims Headed Against US Air Force Base In Turkey

By Walid Shoebat

What you see on the news from Turkey are protesters shouting anti-American and anti-Israel slogans, but what most are not seeing are the miles long of convoys headed towards the Incirlik base where U.S. Air Force is stationed to stage a massive rally against the U.S.

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A critical turning point may have been the massive fire that broke out near the Izmir Air Base this weekend, with T24 news reporting that officials suspected that the cause was anti-American sabotage. The blaze came hours after President Erdogan’s leading Islamist newspaper, Yeni Safak, printed the image of the NATO International Security Assistance Force Commander, US Army General John Campbell, as a leading force behind the coup along with Fethullah Gulen.

The U.S. just shortly before the coup on July 15th knew that trouble was brewing and sent home all families of servicemen on the base. The air base, which is used by NATO and stores US tactical nuclear weapons, has been invaded by Erdogan’s militia two weeks ago when they entered the base in southern Turkey claiming that an investigation is connected with the coup attempt were electric power supply to the base was cut off, forcing the US military to switch to its own internal power supply in order to resume its anti-terrorist campaign in the region.

In summary, anti American sentiments are growing in Turkey and the population is reflecting to its past Islamist attempts to change that nation. Now that its Muslim Brotherhood real coup was a success after July 15th failed coup, we are beginning to see the rise of the Muslim storm.

This storm who many mock saying “was dead” especially after the Muslim Brotherhood failed in Egypt.

Do any now doubt? Now Turkey is the Muslim Brotherhood and the Muslim Brotherhood is Turkey.

Now the Muslim flood of this red dragon wants to stop the U.S. from attacking Turkey’s baby, ISIS, calling for the closure of the base shouting “shut down Incirlik”.

Sending convoys to where U.S. is stationed at Incirlik is becoming the style. Here is a young child with a toy truck going to face the U.S. at the base alongside the heavy convoy going there in accordance to the Quranic mandate for jihad “infiru khifafan wa-thiqala” (flood [for Jihad] light weight (young) and heavy weight”:

Blaming the U.S. has skyrocketed in Turkey under the Obama Administration. Is Obama giving the base as a farewell gift to Erdogan along with hydrogen-bomb tactical nukes?

A pro-Erdogan Turkish scholar has said that many people in Turkey believe the United States is behind the July 15 coup attempt because the head of the parallel state Fetullah Gulen lives in the country despite repeated requests for his extradition by Turkish authorities.

In an article published Wednesday in the Daily Sabah, an English-language newspaper based in Turkey, university lecturer and former EU minister Beril Dedeoglu said that in the history of coups in Turkey, the U.S. has always taken the side of the coup plotters.

In summary, Erdogan wants to be the tyrant Alp Arslan and Saladin who conquered Jerusalem and is why they burn Israeli flags. He wants to be all in all. He wants to “declare war on the strongest fortresses” (the US) to “advance his foreign God”, Allah, through warfare as Daniel predicted.

What we have here is a case where Muslims believe in their Quran and Christians do not believe in their Bible, and what God prophesied in it, that Islam is on its way.

Years ago, it was unthinkable to believe that Turkey will turn on the U.S. What we see here is just the spark before the coming storm. We urge all Christians (especially Jews, Greeks and Armenians) to leave Turkey before its too late.

Bron: http://www.shoebat.com

Erdogan gijzelt 1500 Amerikanen op basis om uitlevering Gülen af te dwingen

Turkse minister Werkgelegenheid: VS zat achter coup – Turkse premier Yildirim: Amerikanen zaten in complot – Defensiespecialisten: -Erdogan voert Stalinistische zuivering en alomvattende moslimrevolutie uit-

Deel van de NAVO luchtmachtbasis Incirlik. De gijzeling van 1500 Amerikanen zou theoretisch gezien voldoende reden kunnen zijn voor een oorlogsverklaring, of op zijn minst een militaire reddingsoperatie.

In tegenstelling tot wat we in het eerste artikel van vandaag berichtten, duurt de gijzeling van in totaal 1500 Amerikanen op de NAVO luchtmachtbasis Incirlik nog steeds voort. Ook mogen er nog altijd geen Amerikaanse toestellen vertrekken om ISIS te bombaderen. Sinds zaterdag heeft Erdogan de stroom op het Amerikaanse deel van de basis af laten sluiten, met uitzondering van een paar noodgeneratoren die bijna zonder brandstof zitten. Tevens wordt het terrein door een grote politiemacht omsingeld. De Turkse dictator wil hiermee de uitlevering van zijn voormalige kompaan Fethullah Gülen afdwingen.

 

De situatie op de basis is extra bizar als bedacht wordt dat het hier om een officiële NAVO lidstaat gaat, die het personeel van een bondgenoot gijzelt. Minstens zo vreemd is dat de Westerse media er vrijwel geen aandacht aan besteden, en zelfs de grootste Republikeinse tegenstanders van president Obama er op de Verkiezingsconventie –waar Donald Trump zoals verwacht tot officiële kandidaat werd gekozen- geen enkele melding van maakten.

Gülen, die al jaren geleden met hulp van de CIA naar de VS vluchtte, kreeg zoals gepland vrijwel meteen de schuld van de zogenaamde ‘staatsgreep’ van afgelopen weekend. Die zou hij vanuit zijn landgoed in Pennsylvania hebben voorbereid. De islamistische leider ontkent overigens iedere betrokkenheid.

Turkse vliegtuigen en schepen uitgeweken naar Griekenland?

Ook de Turkse commandant van de basis, brigadier-generaal Bekir Ercan, is gearresteerd vanwege zijn vermeende aandeel in de coup. Hij zou vliegtuigen en helikopters hebben ingezet, en verantwoordelijk zijn voor het spoorloos verdwijnen van een groot aantal toestellen. Die zouden –net als maar liefst 14 marineschepen, inclusief de bevelhebber van de Turkse marine, admiraal Veysel Kosele (2)- hun toevlucht hebben gezocht in Griekenland, eveneens NAVO-lid, maar sinds mensenheugenis op zeer gespannen voet met de Turken.

Mocht het bevestigd worden dat Athene de bemanning van de Turkse vliegtuigen en schepen asiel heeft gegeven, dan zou dat voor Erdogan zomaar een reden kunnen zijn om Griekenland de oorlog te verklaren.

In eigen land heeft de islamitische despoot al zo’n 50.000 tot 60.000 mensen laten oppakken of uit hun functie laten zetten, inclusief 9000 politieagenten en 3000 rechters. Ook de leidinggevende decanen van de universiteiten zijn ‘gezuiverd’, inclusief de media die ervan worden beschuldigd Gülen te steunen.

Tactische kernbommen, ‘Amerika zit achter deze coup’

Het gevaar van de ontstane situatie op de luchtmachtbasis kan niet genoeg onderstreept worden, omdat daar zo’n 50 tot 90 tactische kernbommen liggen opgeslagen, en inmiddels niet enkel pro-Erdogan journalisten de VS ervan beschuldigen in het complot te zitten. De Turkse premier Yildirim, marionet en spreekbuis van Erdogan, insinueerde dat de Amerikanen de partners van de coupplegers waren, en mogelijk hun vliegtuigen hebben bewapend om het toestel van Erdogan te onderscheppen.

Minister van Werkgelegenheid Süleyman Soylu ging nog een stap verder: ‘Amerika zit achter deze coup’, twitterde hij.

‘Stalinistische zuivering en alomvattende moslimrevolutie’

Israëlische defensiespecialisten stellen dat de leiders in Washington, Jeruzalem, Caïro en Riyadh zo voorzichtig reageren omdat de ‘Stalinistische zuivering’ die Erdogan in de hele overheid en samenleving uitvoert overduidelijk deel uitmaakt van ‘een alomvattende moslimrevolutie’, die bij een (te) felle reactie alleen maar sneller zal verlopen.

Xander

(1) DEBKA
(2) Keep Talking Greece

Bron: http://www.xandernieuws.nl

 

Turkey’s Absurd Coup

by Burak Bekdil
Hürriyet Daily News
July 20, 2016


Originally published under the title “Turkey’s Schizophrenic Civil War.”

Turkey’s July 15 coup, as cartoonist Assad Binakhahi suggests, was a gift for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

It is amazing that the Crescent and Star never ceases to shock with the most unexpected insanity. The capacity to shock is a feature most observed at times of war. And Turkey is at war – a schizophrenic civil war.

The May 1960 coup was a conventional coup d’état but, like July 15, was outside the chain of command. So it was simply called a coup d’état.

March 1971 was called a “soft coup.” September 1980 was a conventional coup – this time inside the chain of command. Some called it the “people’s coup” after more than 90 percent of Turks approved its constitution and generals as their leaders.

Turkey had a “post-modern coup” in February 1997 and an “e-coup” (in reference to the anti-government, pro-secularist memorandum posted on the military’s website) in April 2007.

If history will have to name the failed coup of July 15 the best way to recall it would be as the “absurd coup.” The events of July 15 looked less like a coup and more like a Turkish opera buffa, a tragic one though, with the curtain closing with more than 200 people getting killed.

Fortunately, even an absurd coup can give an unruly nation a temporary sigh of unity. Pro- and anti-president Turks seem to have united – which is great – probably until they start firing at each other again, which is not so great.

With or without unity against any military intervention in the democratic system, absurd or not, the great Turkish divide is there and will probably deepen, exposing Turkey’s hybrid democracy to further risks of “road accidents” of this or that kind.

The crowds that stood against the soldiers mostly chanted not pro-democracy slogans, but the words ‘Allahu Akbar.’

Turkey’s “war of religion” will not disappear just because the pro- and anti-president forces of the country have united against a coup attempt. It is a war of religion between the adherents of the same sect of the same religion.

It was not without a reason why the anti-coup crowds that bravely stood against the troops and their commanders did not mostly chant pro-democracy slogans when they took to the streets but rather passionately chanted “Allah-u Akbar” (God is the greatest).

They were there not to defend democracy in the word’s liberal meaning. They were there to defend the man whom they view as the guardian of their faith, hence their readiness to kill or die, or to lynch the pro-coup troops, and a journalist who was just photographing the scene. Willing lynchers who defend democracy chanting Islamist slogans? Nice one.

Whether the perpetrators belong to the clandestine Gülenist terror organization or were a bizarre coalition of secularist and Gülenist officers, they were simply moronic thugs in military uniforms. Speaking to a “pro-democracy” crowd of fans who interrupted his speech with the slogan “we want the death penalty [back],” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that the Gülenists had been secretly – and illegally – trying to capture the state over the past 40 years. And now they finally staged a coup.

The president was probably right. But he did not explain why he allied with them during the 37.5 years of the Gülenist campaign to capture the state – until he and the Gülenists broke up in December 2013. Remember his famous complaint: “Whatever they [Gülenists] wanted, we gave them.”

This is the last act in the hundreds-of-years-long opera buffa of in-house fighting between various Islamist factions, not just Turkish. Despite the bloodshed and tragic scenes, like in any other Turkish opera buffa, it often can be amusing, too.

Newswires dispatched a story that said Saudi King Salman congratulated President Erdoğan for the return to “normality” – normality here must mean the defeat of undemocratic forces and return to the democratic regime. Hybrid or not, Turkey at least features a ballot-box (head-count) democracy. Let’s hope one day King Salman’s Kingdom too returns to normality.

Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist for the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Bron: http://www.meforum.org

 

The Fairy Tale of “Post-Modern” Turkey

by Burak Bekdil
June 6, 2016 at 4:00 am


  • In 2014, one Yeni Akit columnist wrote that a “Gaza fund contribution tax” should apply to Turkish Jews, as well as foreign Jews doing business in Turkey, Turkish nationals with commercial ties to Israel, and any business that maintains a partnership with a Turkish Jew. The penalty for failing to pay the tax should be the revocation of the Jew’s business license and the seizure of his property.
  • It was not even considered shocking when the Turkish man who shot at the journalist Can Dundar outside a courthouse said in his testimony, “I was deeply annoyed by his news reporting … I knew he had been to Britain for a while… I thought he was a British spy…”

The Western euphemism for Turkey’s supposedly mild, “post-modern” Islamists, who came to power in 2002, was problematic from the beginning. The past five years has seen the Turkish “post-modern” Islamist’s sad funeral — sad because they, in reality, never lived in this universe. They were the brainchild of the optimists sipping their coffee at a Washington café, or a London pub or a Berlin beer house. Now there is just the official funeral service with an empty coffin: there was, in fact, no such a thing as “post-modern” Islamism.

Political Islam, when it wins popular support, tends to adopt direction of the majority rather than the pluralistic route [see Turkey and Egypt]; and when mixed with cultural and religious nationalism in the Orient, it often adopts not just the direction of the majority but also a few militant turns [see Hamas].

It was not even considered shocking when the Turkish man who shot at the journalist Can Dundar outside a courthouse said in his testimony, “I was deeply annoyed by his [Dundar’s] news reporting … I knew he had been to Britain for a while… I thought he was a British spy… I planned this [shooting] in order to teach him a lesson.”

Why did the man think that a Turkish journalist, declared an undesirable by the country’s president, was a British spy? Was it actually because Dundar had been to Britain, like thousands of other Turks do every year? Hardly. It was because the president of the country had loudlylabelled him a spy, a traitor, a terrorist — even without a court verdict. Dundar was eventually acquitted of the charges.

Murat Sahin (left) attempts to shoot journalist Can Dundar (crouching at right, with his back to the camera) outside a court in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 6, 2016. Sahin later stated that “I was deeply annoyed by his news reporting … I knew he had been to Britain for a while… I thought he was a British spy… I planned this [shooting] in order to teach him a lesson.” (Image source: RT video screenshot)

In his newly-published book, The Glorious Defeat: The Islamists’ Test With Power, the author Levent Gultekin, himself a figure from the Islamist ranks, concludes:

“The war [within] has been won by the Akit line thanks to [President] Erdogan. The Akit approach has captured not just the Islamists but Turkey as a whole … Erdogan has hauled the voters to this line. That [Akit’s] is the [political] lingua franca in every field.”

The “Akit” in question is the daily newspaper Yeni Akit. It is a fiercely pro-Erdogan, fiercely Islamist newspaper, whose editors often find a seat in the president’s private jet on his foreign trips — an expression of the president’s appreciation of their less than subtle editorial line.

In 2014, one Yeni Akit columnist wrote that a “Gaza fund contribution tax” should apply to Turkish Jews, as well as foreign Jews doing business in Turkey and Turkish nationals with commercial ties to Israel. He suggested that the tax should apply to any company or business that maintains a partnership with a Turkish Jew. The penalty for failing to pay the tax should be the revocation of the Jew’s business license and the seizure of his property.

Shortly before the November 1 general elections, another Yeni Akit columnist claimed that Erdogan would become the new “ecumenical” caliph once he has won the executive presidential powers he so passionately desires: the 105th Caliph!

Yeni Akit also recently published a list of companies under the headline: “Muslims who pay [buy from] these companies are bathing in Palestinian children’s blood.” The subtitle read: “Muslims who consume these products are financing Israel that occupies Palestine.”

The list includes the world’s most prominent brands: 17 in the tobacco industry, six fast-food chains, 11 soft-drink producers, 12 technology giants, 15 carmakers and brands of cars, 16 clothing and fashion brands, a whisky producer, two cargo companies, three oil companies, one battery-maker, one famous cigarette lighter producer, dairy products companies, coffee, tea, drinking water producers, detergent, margarine and ice-cream companies and… one credit card company, one of the usual top three that we all use — call it X.

This author asked a friend to call Yeni Akit’s subscription office for our little socio-political experiment. This was the conversation:

– Hello, is that subscription?

Yeni Akit: Yes, how can we help you?

– Could I subscribe to your newspaper and pay by credit card?

Yeni Akit: Of course you can. What region or city are you in?

– Ankara, (…) neighborhood. Can I pay with my X credit card?

Yeni Akit: Sure, you are more than welcome.

Ah, those Muslims who bathe in Palestinian children’s blood…

Burak Bekdil, based in Ankara, is a Turkish columnist for the Hürriyet Daily and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Bron: http://www.gatestoninstitute.org

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Turkije’s Nepoorlog tegen Jihadisten

door Burak Bekdil
21 Mei 2016


  • Afgelopen jaar concludeerde een peiling dat een op de vijf Turken van mening was dat de aanval op Charlie Hebdo te Parijs een natuurlijke reactie was tegen mannen die profeet Mohammed beledigden.
  • “Afvalligen, die de vijand van de islam zijn, dachten dat ze de islam in de dieptes van de geschiedenis hadden begraven toen zij het Kalifaat op 3 maart 1924 ontbonden… Zo’n 92 jaar later… schreeuwen we het uit dat we het Kalifaat zullen herstellen, hier, direct naast het parlement.” — Mahmut Kar, chef persvoorlichting Hizb ut-Tahrir Turkije.
  • Tijdens een meeting met hoge vertegenwoordigers van de VS in maart, beschuldigde de Jordaanse koning Abdullah Turkije ervan terroristen naar Europa te exporteren. Hij zei: “Het feit dat terroristen zich naar Europa begeven is onderdeel van Turks beleid. Turkije blijft tikken op de vingers krijgen, maar uiteindelijk laat men ze er altijd mee wegkomen.”
  • En Turkije is het land waar westerse bondgenoten op rekenen in hun strijd tegen jihadisten? Veel succes!

In theorie maakt Turkije deel uit van de internationale coalitie die tegen IS strijdt. Sinds Turkije zich in de strijd mengde heeft het een veelheid aan IS-militanten gearresteerd, heeft het zijn best gedaan de poreuze grens met Syrië te dichten en heeft het IS aangemerkt als terroristische organisatie. De Turkse politie is de huizen van verdachte IS-strijders binnengevallen en heeft deze doorzocht. Recenter heeft Turkije’s ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken hun lijst met “meest gezochte terroristen” ge-update met 23 IS-militanten, en beloningen uitgeloofd van meer dan $14 miljoen voor tips die tot aanhoudingen leiden. Maar dit is slechts een deel van het verhaal.

Op 24 maart sprak een Turkse rechtbank zeven IS-leden vrij, waaronder de commandant van IS-jihadisten op Turks grondgebied. Meer dan 96 mannen stonden terecht, waaronder de zeven die opgepakt, maar vervolgens vrijgelaten werden. Nu zijn ze allemaal op vrije voeten, ondanks dat de aanklacht tegen hen luidt dat zij:

“betrokken waren bij de terroristische activiteiten van IS. De verdachten strijders naar conflictgebieden hadden gestuurd, dat ze druk, dwang, dreigingen en geweld hadden uitgeoefend in naam van een terroristische organisatie, en dat ze leden hadden voorzien van logistieke ondersteuning.”

De vrijlating van terreur-verdachten stond in schril contrast met een andere beslissing van de rechtbank, namelijk, dat vier academici die, terwijl ze in hechtenis zaten een petitie tekenden voor vrede in het Turks-Koerdische conflict, voor zouden moeten komen. In tegenstelling tot de IS-strijders, zitten de academici nog altijd achter de tralies.

De Turkse overheid, die een nagenoeg complete controle over het rechtssysteem heeft, rekent op de steun van verscheidene islamitische grassroots-bewegingen. Van islamisten en jihadistenlight tot radicalen.

Afgelopen jaar concludeerde de peiling MetroPOLL dat een op de vijf Turken van mening was dat de aanval op Charlie Hebdo te Parijs een natuurlijke reactie was tegen mannen die profeet Mohammed beledigden [slechts 16.4% van de Turken zag dit als een aanval op de vrijheid van meningsuiting]. Onder de Turken die op de AK-partij stemmen keurden 26.4% de aanvallen goed, slechts 6.2% zag het als een aanval op de vrijheid van meningsuiting. Slechts 17.8% van de AKP-achterban dacht dat de aanval het werk was van radicale islamisten. Drie kwart van de AKP-achterban was van mening dat moslims de dupe waren van de aanval, terwijl slechts 15.4% van mening was dat de vermoorde cartoonisten het slachtoffer waren. Tweederde van de AKP-achterban is van mening dat aanvallen tegen de islam door christelijke kruisvaarders nog altijd doorgaan.

Het feit dat IS-verdachten nu op vrije voet zijn omdat de overheid vreest voor de gevolgen vanuit de islamistische achterban als ze hen te hard behandelen, verklaart de rechtelijke uitspraken over jihadisten en academici maar deels. “De verdachten moet de Turkse overheid in gijzeling houden … Wat als ze aan het adres van de autoriteiten dreigen de overheidssteun aan hun organisatie in het verleden kenbaar te maken? Normaal gesproken ga je niet vrijuit na zulke ernstige aanklachten,” zei een westerse diplomaat in Ankara.

Rusland claimt dat Turkije IS steunt door met hen te handelen in olie, IS’ grootste inkomstenbron. Een nieuw rapport claimt dat de totale aanvoer naar terroristen in Syrië afgelopen jaar bestond uit 2500 ton ammonium nitraat, 456 ton potassium nitraat, 75 ton aluminiumpoeder, sodiumnitraat, glycerine en salpeterzuur. Het rapport stelt:

“Om de grens ongeschonden over te kunnen steken, in feite met de medeplichtigheid van de Turkse autoriteiten, worden producten verwerkt voor bedrijven die ogenschijnlijk in Jordanië en Irak geregistreerd staan… Registratie en verwerking van de vracht wordt georganiseerd door douaneposten in de [Turkse] steden Antalya, Gaziantep en Mersin. Zodra de nodige bewerkingen zijn toegepast, kunnen de goederen de grens ongeschonden oversteken bij Cilvegozu en Oncupinar.”

Turkije blijft bezig met een nep-oorlog tegen jihadisten. Tijdens een maart-bijeenkomst met hoge vertegenwoordigers van de VS, beschuldigde de Jordaanse koning Abdullah Turkije ervan terroristen naar Europa te exporteren: “Het feit dat terroristen zich naar Europa begeven is onderdeel van Turks beleid. Turkije blijft tikken op de vingers krijgen, maar uiteindelijk laat men ze er altijd mee wegkomen.”

In feite is de geheime affaire tussen de Turkse overheid en verscheidene islamistische groeperingen vaak lang zo geheim niet. In maart verzamelden duizenden aanhangers van Hizb ut-Tahrir, een wereldwijde islamistische groepering — met dank aan de Turkse overheid — zich bij een publieke sporthal in Ankara, om de herstichting van het Kalifaat te bespreken. In zijn speech zei Mahmut Kar, chef persvoorlichting Hizb ut-Tahrir Turkije:

“Afvalligen, die de vijand van de islam zijn, dachten dat ze de islam in de dieptes van de geschiedenis hadden begraven toen zij het Kalifaat op 3 maart 1924 ontbonden… Zo’n 92 jaar later… schreeuwen we het uit dat we het Kalifaat zullen herstellen, hier, direct naast het parlement.”

(Hizb ut-Tahrir, Rusland en Kazachstan aangemerkt als terroristische organisatie, beschrijft zichzelf als een politieke beweging die er naar streeft “de Ummah te leiden” naar de hervestiging van het Kalifaat, waar de sharia heerst.)

En raad eens wat Turkije nog meer doet terwijl het de wereld voorhoudt tegen jihadisten te strijden? Erdogan heeft zijn zelfverklaarde politieke ambitie uitgesproken “toegewijde generaties op te voeden” een hoop kracht bijgezet. De Diyanet, Turkije’s hoogste religieuze autoriteit, bracht onlangs een serie stripboeken uit die ’s lands kinderen vertellen hoe prachtig het is een islamitische martelaar te worden.

De Diyanet, Turkije’s hoogste religieuze autoriteit, publiceerde onlangs een serie stripboeken die vertellen hoe rpachtig het is een islamitische martelaar te worden.

Een strip-dialoog is er eentje tussen een vader en zijn zoon. “Wat is het toch prachtig een martelaar te worden,” zegt de vader. Niet overtuigd, vraagt de zoon: “Zou iemand een martelaar willen worden?” De vader antwoordt: “Ja, dat wil men. Wie zou de hemel niet willen winnen?”

En Turkije is het land waar westerse bondgenoten op rekenen in hun strijd tegen jihadisten? Veel succes!

Burak Bekdil, gevestigd in Ankara, is een Turkse columnist voor de Hürriyet Daily en een Fellow bij het Middle East Forum.

Bron: http://www.nl.gatestoneinstitute.org

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Wanted: New Grand Vizier for Turkey’s Sultan

by Burak Bekdil
May 15, 2016 at 4:45 am


  • Erdogan could just well choose a computer or an advanced office machine to appoint as the new prime minister.
  • What many critics call a “Palace coup” illustrates that the Turkish constitution is, effectively, null and void.

Why would a prime minister, who only a few months ago won a general election with 49.5% of the vote, step down? Corruption allegations? A soaring opposition? Plummeting public approval for this or that reason? A scandalous affair that fell into the public domain? None of those applies to Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, who on May 5 announced that he would take the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to an extraordinary general convention, where he would not run for chairman or prime minister. After barely 20 months in office,Davutoglu was abruptly quitting.

At the press conference where he announced his decision to stand down, Davutoglu said this was “not my choice but a necessity.” He then blamed the AKP’s central executive committee for not having exhibited the “comradeship” he would expect of them.

Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, publicly announced on May 5 that he would step down. (Image source: Al Jazeera video screenshot)

But why were the committee’s 50 members so mean to a super-popular (and successful, in his account) leader? Simply because he was not a leader, but just a Grand Vizier appointed 20 months ago by the Sultan who goes by the title President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Indeed, Davutoglu’s resignation was a “necessity,” not his choice. It was a necessity because the Sultan wanted a lower-profile, more obedient Grand Vizier, who would work in line with the Sultan’s priorities, and not his own. No doubt, Davutoglu has been loyal to Erdogan. Even as he announced his resignation he pledged full fidelity to the president and the party. And he meant it.

So, what was the problem? Simple: Erdogan wanted a Sultan-Grand Vizier partnership, whereas Davutoglu mistakenly thought that the two Islamist comrades were the President and Prime Minister.

Davutoglu, who became prime minister in August 2014 after Erdogan was elected president and had handpicked him to take the job under his dark shadow, thought that he really was the prime minister. Bidding farewell, he lamented that: “We agreed [with Erdogan in 2014] that the country needed a prime minister, not a caretaker prime minister.” Twenty months later, the Turkish Putin-Medvedev system collapsed, primarily because the Turkish Medvedev mistakenly thought that he was free to run the executive as the Turkish constitution dictates but was in fact expected to be a pawn — fully, not partly, controlled by the Turkish Putin.

At an extraordinary party congress on May 22, the AKP will elect its new “leader” who will automatically become the new Turkish prime minister. There will not be a race among several contenders. Instead, there will only be one nominee, the Sultan’s new choice for the Grand Vizier. There are a number of hopefuls, including Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, Transport, Maritime and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law.

Naturally, everyone is curious about the new head of the Turkish executive. In reality, it matters little which of the hopefuls will take up the job. Erdogan could just well choose a computer, or an advanced office machine to appoint as the new prime minister, instead of a person, had technology allowed him to do so. Whoever takes the job he will be a rubber-stamp prime minister working as the Sultan’s appointed party commissar. As one senior AKP official said: “The new prime minister should be a low-profile figure.”

Can anyone instantly tell the name of the Chinese prime minister? Well, his Turkish counterpart may be a bit more well known to the rest of the world but much more than a ruling party secretary general controlled by the president who, according to the constitution, does not have authority over the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the state.

Davutoglu’s departure seals two more facts about Turkey:

  • What many critics call a “Palace coup” illustrates that the Turkish constitution is, effectively, null and void and,
  • The office of the prime minister, from now on, will be a secretariat of the president’s palace, whoever gets the job.

As Dexter Filkins reminded us in the New Yorker: “It’s an old story: the loyal satrap, who makes a career for himself by faithfully snarling at his master’s critics, finally gets thrown overboard himself.”

When Erdogan came to power in 2002, his most trusted political allies were Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based Muslim cleric running a (now ailing) global network of schools, enterprises, NGOs and charities; Abdullah Gul, Erdogan’s predecessor as president; and Bulent Arinc, former parliamentary speaker and deputy prime minister. In 2009, Davutoglu joined the court of the Sultan’s most favored men. Today, Erdogan is fighting to jail Gulen, with an extradition warranton his head; Gul and Arinc have already been sent into the political wasteland; and Davutoglu has been the last victim of “comradeship.”

The next Sultan’s favorite will surely try to behave better. But he may not survive too long — only until the Sultan decides to choose another.

Burak Bekdil, based in Ankara, is a Turkish columnist for the Hürriyet Daily and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Bron: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

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Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Foreign Policy

by Uzay Bulut
April 29, 2016 at 5:00 am


  • “We have never been involved in an attack against Turkey … we were never involved in such an action… Davutoglu wants to pave the way for an offensive on Syria and Rojava and cover up Turkey’s relations with the ISIS which is known to the whole world by now.” — YPG (Kurdish) General Command.
  • “Thousands of settlers from Anatolia were shipped in by the Turkish government to occupy former Greek villages and to change Cypriot demography — in the same manner the occupying Ottoman Empire once did in the 16th century.” — Victor Davis Hanson, historian.
  • Turkey, for more than 40 years, has been illegally occupying the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus, historically a Greek and Christian nation, which it invaded with a bloody military campaign in 1974.
  • What Turkey would call a crime if committed by a non-Turkish or a non-Sunni state, Turkey sees as legitimate if Turkey itself commits it.

Between March 29 and April 2, 2016, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, paid a visit to Washington D.C. to participate in the 4th Nuclear Security Summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama.

In an interview with CNN broadcast March 31, Erdogan said, “We will not allow an act such as giving northern Syria to a terrorist organization… We will never forgive such a wrong. We are determined about that.”

Asked which terror organization he was referring to, Erdogan said: “The YPG [Kurdish People’s Protection Units], the PYD [Democratic Union Party] … and if Daesh [ISIS] has an intention of that sort then it would also never be allowed.”

Erdogan was thereby once again attempting to equate Islamic State (ISIS), which has tortured, raped, sold or slaughtered so many innocent people in Syria and Iraq, with the Kurdish PYD, and its YPG militia, whose members have been fighting with their lives to defeat genocidal jihadist groups such as al-Nusra and ISIS.

The question is not why Erdogan or his government have such an intense hatred for Kurds. Turkey’s genocidal policies against the Kurds are not a secret. Turkey’s most recent deadly attacks are ongoing in Kurdish districts even now. The more important question is why Erdogan thinks that Turkey is the one to decide to whom the predominantly Kurdish north of Syria will belong — or who will not rule that part of Syria.

On February 17, Turkey’s capital, Ankara, was shaken by a car bomb that killed 28 people and wounded 61 others.

Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, immediately announced that the perpetrator was a Syrian national with links to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

“A direct link between the attack and the YPG has been established,” Davutoglu said. “The YPG attack was carried out with logistical support from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) inside Turkey. Just as al-Qaeda or Daesh do not have seats at the table, the YPG, which is a terrorist organization, cannot have one.” He then once again refused to permit Kurdish YPG participation in U.N.-brokered Syria peace talks in Geneva.

Saleh Muslim, the head of Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), replied via Agence France-Presse: “We deny any involvement in this attack. These accusations are clearly related to Turkish attempts to intervene in Syria.”

The General Command of the YPG also denied any involvement in the attack:

“Under challenging conditions, we are protecting our people from barbaric gangs such as ISIS and Al-Nusra. Countless states and media outlets have repeatedly reported about the support Turkey has been providing to these terrorist groups. Apart from the terrorist groups attacking us, we as YPG have engaged in no military activity against the neighboring states or other forces.

“We would like to repeat our message to the people of Turkey and the world: We have no links to this incident… We have never been involved in an attack against Turkey. The Turkish state cannot possibly prove our engagement in any kind of attack on their side because we were never involved in such an action. Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu’s remarks ‘Ankara attack was conducted by YPG’ is a lie and far away from the truth. With this statement, Davutoglu wants to pave the way for an offensive on Syria and Rojava and cover up Turkey’s relations with the ISIS which is known to the whole world by now.”

The Middle East is going through mass murders, kidnappings, rapes, the sexual slavery of women and other crimes. And Turkey’s aggressive and supremacist foreign policy, which does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors, has played a large role in this situation.

Syria and Iraq, Turkey’s southern neighbors, are now the breeding ground of genocidal jihadist groups, foremost the Islamic State (ISIS). Many reporters, experts and eyewitnesses have revealed that Turkey has contributed to the rise of jihadist terrorists in the region — by letting ISIS members get in and out of Turkey and even by providing funds, logistics, and arms for ISIS.

Inside its own boundaries, Turkey has been engaged in an all-out war against its own Kurdish citizens since last August. Turkey has been murdering them indiscriminately and destroying their homes and neighborhoods.

Turkey’s hatred of Kurds is so intense that it also targets Kurdish defense forces in Syria.

On February 13, Davutoglu confirmed shelling the Kurdish YPG group in Syria, after the YPG advanced on the rebel-held town of Azaz in Syria. “We will retaliate against every step [by the YPG],” Davutoglu said. “The YPG will immediately withdraw from Azaz and the surrounding area and will not go close to it again.”

The rebels in Azaz and elsewhere in Syria are mostly Islamist jihadists. According to the scholar Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, Azaz was mostly controlled in early 2015 by the group Liwa Asifat al-Shamal (“Northern Storm Brigade”), affiliated with the Islamic Front. Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (“Al-Nusra Front”) also had a presence there.

“Azaz is a symbol for Turkey,” said Fabrice Balanche of the Washington Institute For Near East Policy. “Prime Minister Davutoglu fears that if the Kurds capture Azaz, they could start a big offensive from Kobane to the west and from Afrin to the east,” he told BBC.

As widely reported, the crisis in the region reached a peak when a Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet shot down a Russian Air Force Su-24 bomber along the Turkey-Syria border on November 24, killing the pilot, Lieutenant-Colonel Oleg Peshkov. The Turkish government tried to excuse the attack by claiming that the jet was downed after it had violated Turkish airspace for 17 seconds.

The Russia Defense Ministry, however, denied the aircraft ever left Syrian airspace, and released a video they claimed shows that the Su-24 was not in Turkish airspace when it was shot down.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s neighbor to its West, Greece, has long been a victim of Turkey’s violations of its sovereign airspace. According to data recorded by the Greek military, in 2014 alone,Turkish aircraft violated Greek airspace 2,244 times. On just one day, February 15, Turkish warplanes violated Greek airspace 22 times, according to Athens News Agency.

After Syria, Greece and Russia, Turkey’s next target was its other southern neighbor, Iraq. In December, Iraq’s President, Fuad Masum, said, “The presence of the Turkish Army Forces in Mosul Province without our permission violates international rules. I want Turkish officials to get its force out of Iraq’s territory immediately.”

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also condemned Turkey’s action: “We have not asked Turkey for any force and no one had informed us about the arrival of the force.”

Two neighbors of Turkey, Cyprus and Armenia, have also been victims of Turkish aggression — for an even longer time.

Turkey, for more than 40 years, has been illegally occupying the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus, which it invaded with a bloody military campaign in 1974. According to historian Victor Davis Hanson:

“Thousands of settlers from Anatolia were shipped in by the Turkish government to occupy former Greek villages and to change Cypriot demography — in the same manner the occupying Ottoman Empire once did in the 16th century. … The island remains conquered not because the Greeks have given up, but because their resistance is futile against a NATO power of some 70 million people. Greeks know that Turkey worries little about what world thinks of its occupation.”

Turkey has also been blockading yet another neighbor since 1993: “Turkey and Azerbaijan have effectively been exercising an illegal unilateral economic blockade against Armenia, which has hurt the latter economically,” wrote Armen V. Sahakyan, the executive director of the Eurasian Research and Analysis Institute. “Turkey and Azerbaijan are in clear violation of the Principle of Good Neighborliness, as well as all of the General Assembly resolutions condemning unilateral coercive measures.”

Turkey has been assaulting its neighbors in what appears as outbursts of Turkish Islamic supremacy. What Turkey would call a crime if committed by a non-Turkish or a non-Sunni state, Turkey sees as legitimate if Turkey itself commits it.

When Turkey invaded Cyprus, historically a Greek and Christian nation, it is not called an invasion. Turkey still refers to the 1974 military campaign as a “peace operation.” Senior politicians and military officials from Turkey also participate in the official ceremonies called “the Peace and Freedom Festival,” organized in occupied northern Cyprus on July 20 every year, to celebrate what they “achieved” more than 40 years ago — namely, an ethnic cleansing and colonization campaign that they conducted through many crimes, including mass murders, wholesale and repeated rapes, torture and inhuman treatment, plundering Cypriot cultural heritage and destroying churches, among others.

The crumbling buildings of the Varosha district of Famagusta, Cyprus, photographed in 2009. The area lies within Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus. The inhabitants fled during the 1974 Turkish invasion and the district has been abandoned since then. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

If anyone blockaded another state, especially a Sunni state, Turkey would most certainly condemn it. But when Turkey itself blockades a Christian nation, it is always “justified” — most often as a response to some “unacceptable wrongdoing” by the other side.

If a non-Turkish, or non-Sunni state, treated a Turkish or Sunni minority brutally, Turkey would passionately condemn it. But Turkey sees no harm in slaughtering its own Kurdish citizens, and devastating their towns. Turkey claims this is a just way of “fighting against terrorism.”

Turkey can shoot down a Russian plane in the blink of an eye, because supposedly no one can violate Turkish airspace even for a few seconds — or even if no such violation takes place. But Turkey can violate the Greek sovereign airspace countless times as a national sport or hobby whenever it feels like it?

If Western authorities criticize Turkey for its policies, Turkey accuses them of “intervening in Turkey’s internal affairs.”

For instance, when a group of journalists close to the movement of the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen were detained in a mass arrest operation on December 14, 2014 in Turkey, the European Commission, in a joint statement, criticized the police raids and arrests of the media representatives.

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and the commissioner heading EU enlargement talks also said the arrests went “against European values.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded in a public speech:

“When we take a step, someone in the European Union immediately comes up and makes a statement. According to what do you make this statement? What do you know?

“Those who have made this country wait at the gate of the European Union for 50 years, do you ever know what this [our] step is? The elements that threaten our national security — be they members of the press, or this or that — will get the required response. It is impossible for us to make them sovereign in this country.

“And when we take such a step, we do not think about ‘what will the European Union say?’ or ‘will the EU accept us [as a member]?’ We do not have such concerns. We will pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. Please keep your intellect to yourselves.”

Erdogan also said that the detentions were not an “issue” of press freedom and claimed that the Fethullah Gulen movement was backed by Israel, which Erdogan referred to as “the country in the south that he [Gulen] loves.”

So, the European Union, of which Turkey is allegedly “striving” to be a member, cannot even issue a critical statement concerning Turkey’s policies because that would “intervene in Turkish steps for national security,” but Turkey can send jihadist fighters, arms or funds into Syria or Iraq and destroy lives and civilizations there?

Turkey seems to believe it always has to be strong and a leading force in the region. But if Kurds — an indigenous, stateless and persecuted people — are to gain a single right anywhere in the world, does Turkey find that unacceptable?

The entire history of Turkey as well as its current policies demonstrate that Turkey believes Kurds are inferior to Turks. Turkey does not even recognize the Kurds’ right to be educated in Kurdish, evidently in an attempt to separate them from their identity.

“The policy of Republican Turkey since its establishment in 1923,” wrote the author Amir Hassanpour, “is a typical case of what has been called ‘linguicide’ or ‘linguistic genocide.’ Forcing the Kurds to abandon their language and become native speakers of Turkish is the primary goal of the language policy.”

Freedom and sovereignty are for Turks only. Kurds are just to be murdered or to be Turkey’s servants. This has been the state policy of Turkey ever since it was founded in 1923.

“The master in this country is the Turk,” said Mahmut Esat Bozkurt, Turkey’s first Minister of Justice, in 1930. “Those who are not genuine Turks can have only one right in the Turkish fatherland, and that is to be a servant, to be a slave. We are in the most free country of the world. They call this Turkey.”

Uzay Bulut, a Turkish journalist, is currently based in Washington DC.

Bron: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

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Germany: “We Need an Islam Law”

Proposal seeks to ban foreign funding of mosques in Germany

Turkey’s Fake War on Jihadis

by Burak Bekdil
April 28, 2016 at 4:00 am


  • Last year, a Turkish pollster found that one in every five Turks thought that theCharlie Hebdo attack in Paris was the natural response to men who insulted Prophet Mohammed.
  • “Infidels who were enemies of Islam thought they buried Islam in the depths of history when they abolished the caliphate on March 3, 1924 … Some 92 years after … we are shouting out that we will re-establish the caliphate, here, right next to the parliament.” — Mahmut Kar, media bureau chief for Hizb ut-Tahrir Turkey.
  • At a March meeting with top U.S. officials, King Abdullah of Jordan accused Turkey of exporting terrorists to Europe. He said: “The fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy and Turkey keeps on getting a slap on the hand, but they are let off the hook.”
  • And Turkey is the country its Western allies believe will help them fight jihadists? Lots of luck!

In theory, Turkey is part of the international coalition that fights the Islamic State (IS). Since it joined the fight last year, it has arrested scores of IS militants, made some efforts to seal its porous border with Syria and tagged IS as a terrorist organization. Turkish police have raided homes of suspected IS operatives. More recently, Turkey’s Interior Ministry updated its list of “wanted terrorists” to include 23 IS militants, and offered rewards of more than 42 million Turkish liras (more than $14 million) for any information leading to the suspects’ capture. But this is only part of the story.

On March 24, a Turkish court released seven members of IS, including the commander of the jihadists’ operations on Turkish soil. A total of 96 suspects are on trial, including the seven men who were detained but released. All are free now, although the indictment against them claims that they

“engaged in the activities of the terrorist organization called DAESH [Arabic acronym of IS]. The suspects had sent persons to the conflict zones; they applied pressure, force, violence and threats by using the name of the terrorist organization, and they had provided members and logistic support for the group.”

The release of terror suspects came in sharp contrast with another court decision that ruled for a trial, but while under detention, for four academics who had signed a petition calling for peace in Turkey’s Kurdish dispute. Unlike the IS militants, the academics remain behind bars.

The Turkish government, which controls the judiciary almost in its entirety, relies on Islamist grassroots supporters of various flavors — from Islamists and ‘lite jihadists’ to radicals.

Last year the Turkish pollster MetroPOLL found that one in every five Turks thought that theCharlie Hebdo attack in Paris was the natural response to people who insulted Prophet Mohammed [only 16.4% of Turks thought of the incident as an attack on freedom of expression]. Among the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) voters, the rate of approval of the attack was 26.4%; and only 6.2% viewed it as an attack on free speech. Only 17.8% of AKP voters thought the attack was the work of radical Islamists. Three-quarters of AKP voters thought Muslims were aggrieved by the attack; while as few as 15.4% thought the victims were the cartoonists who were murdered. Two-thirds of AKP voters thought attacks on Islam by Christian Crusaders were continuing.

The fact that key IS suspects are now free because the government may fear looking mean to its Islamist supporters only partly explains the appalling judicial rulings on jihadists and academics. “The suspects may be holding the Turkish government hostage … What if they threatened the authorities that they would reveal the government support for their organization in the past? You normally don’t walk free over such serious legal allegations,” observes one western diplomat in Ankara.

Russia has been claiming that Turkey keeps supporting the Islamic State through trading the jihadists’ oil, their main source of income. A new report claims that total supplies to terrorists in Syria last year was 2,500 tons of ammonium nitrate; 456 tons of potassium nitrate; 75 tons of aluminum powder; sodium nitrate; glycerine; and nitric acid. The report stated:

“In order to pass through the border controls unimpeded, effectively with the complicity of the Turkish authorities, products are processed for companies that are purportedly registered in Jordan and Iraq … Registration and processing of the cargo are organized at customs posts in the [Turkish] cities of Antalya, Gaziantep and Mersin. Once the necessary procedures have been carried out, the goods pass unhindered through the border crossings at Cilvegozu and Oncupinar.”

Turkey keeps playing a fake war on jihadist terrorists. At a March meeting with top U.S. officials, King Abdullah of Jordan accused Turkey of exporting terrorists to Europe. He said: “The fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy and Turkey keeps on getting a slap on the hand, but they are let off the hook.”

In fact, the Turkish government’s secret love affair with various Islamist groups is not always so secret. In March, thousands of supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global Islamist group, gathered at a public sports hall in Ankara — courtesy of the Turkish government — to discuss the re-establishment of the Islamic caliphate. In his speech, Mahmut Kar, the media bureau chief of Hizb-ut Tahrir Turkey said:

“Infidels who were enemies of Islam thought they buried Islam in the depths of history when they abolished the caliphate on March 3, 1924 … We are hopeful, enthusiastic and happy. Some 92 years after … we are shouting out that we will re-establish the caliphate, here, right next to the parliament.”

(Hizb ut-Tahrir, viewed by Russia and Kazakhstan as a terrorist group, defines itself as a political organization aiming to “lead the ummah” to the re-establishment of the caliphate and rule with sharia law.)

Guess what else Turkey is doing while pretending to be fighting jihadists? Apparently, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s declared political ambition to “raise devout generations” seems to have geared up. Turkey’s Religious Affairs General Directorate (Diyanet), the ultimate official religious authority in the country, recently issued comic books to the nation’s children telling them how marvelous it is to become an Islamic martyr.

Turkey’s Religious Affairs General Directorate (Diyanet), the ultimate official religious authority in the country, recently issued comic books to the nation’s children telling them how marvelous it is to become an Islamic martyr.

One comic strip is a dialogue between a father and his son. “How marvelous it is to become a martyr,” the father says. Unconvinced, the son asks: “Would anyone want to become a martyr?” And the father replies: “Yes, one would. Who doesn’t want to win heaven?”

And this is the country its Western allies believe will help them fight jihadists? Lots of luck!

Burak Bekdil, based in Ankara, is a Turkish columnist for the Hürriyet Daily and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Bron: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

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Turkije chanteert Europa om Visumvrij Reizen

door Soeren Kern
27 April 2016


  • De EU bevindt zich nu in een klassieke catch-22-situatie. Grote aantallen islamitische migranten bewegen zich richting de EU, ongeacht of de EU een visumvrije regeling voor Turkije goedkeurt.
  • “Als de visumplicht volledig opgeheven wordt, kunnen al deze personen een goedkoop vliegticket naar een willekeurig Duits vliegveld boeken, het woord ‘asiel’ mompelen en een jarenlang durend juridisch proces triggeren, met een goede kans op permanent verblijft.” — Duitse analist Andrew Hammel.
  • In hun haast de aanwas van migranten te stoppen, hebben Europese officials het Turkije toegestaan twee losstaande zaken te vervlechten. Namelijk a) ongehinderde migratie richting Europa en b) een einde aan visumeisen voor Turkse burgers.
  • “Waarom zou een vredig, stabiel en welvarend land als Duitsland een gewelddadig etnisch conflict importeren uit een distante hoek van de wereld die niets met Duitsland van doen heeft, en waar 98% van de Duitsers niets van weet of er om geeft?” — Duitse analist Andrew Hammel.
  • “Democratie, vrijheid en de rule of law…. Voor ons hebben deze woorden absoluut geen enkele waarde meer.” — Turkse president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkije heeft gedreigd om zich terug te trekken uit de deal gericht op het terugdringen van illegale immigratie naar de EU, als de EU niet voor eind juni toegeeft aan de Turkse eis een visumvrije regeling te bieden aan 78 miljoen Turken.

Als Ankara woord bij daad voegt, zou het de sluizen opnieuw open zetten, waardoor mogelijk miljoenen migranten uit Afrika, Azië en het Midden-Oosten, via Turkije richting de EU bewegen.

Volgens de EU-Turkije-deal, die op 20 maart van kracht werd, ging Turkije akkoord met het terugnemen van migranten en vluchtelingen die via de Egeïsche zee de illegale oversteek van Turkije naar Griekenland maakten. In ruil daarvoor stemde de EU ermee in 72.000 in Turkije verblijvende Syrische vluchtelingen in de EU te herplaatsen, en zei het Turkije toe de komende vier jaar 6 miljard euro per jaar aan bijstand te betalen.

EU-officials beloofden tevens de EU-toetredingsgesprekken met Turkije tegen eind juli te hervatten, en de visumvrije toegang voor Turkse staatsburgers tot de Schengen-zone tegen eind juni door te voeren.

Erdogan (links) schepte op dat hij EU-leiders chanteert, inclusief het hoofd van de Europese Commissie Juncker (rechts), tot het beloven van visumvrije toegang tot de EU voor Turkse burgers, en het betalen van miljarden euro’s aan financiële bijstand.

Om voor de visumregeling in aanmerking te komen heeft Turkije tot 30 april om aan 72 voorwaarden te voldoen. Hieronder vallen: de veiligheids-eigenschappen van Turkse paspoort tot EU-standaarden verhogen; het delen van informatie over nagemaakte en frauduleuze documenten die gebruikt worden om naar de EU te reizen, en het toezeggen van werk-visums aan niet-Syrische migranten in Turkije.

De Europese Commissie, het bepalende orgaan van de Europese Unie, zei dat het een op 4 mei een rapport uit zou brengen waarin het oordeelt of Turkije voldoet aan de eisen voor visum-liberalisering.

Tijdens een hoorzitting in het Europarlement op 21 april, onthulde Marta Cygan, directeur van de Commissie’s migratie-tak, dat Ankara tot dusver pas aan 35 van de 72 eisen voldoet. Dit impliceert dat het niet waarschijnlijk is dat Turkije in staat is de overige 37 eisen voor 30 april te realiseren – een periode van minder dan 10 dagen.

Maar volgens Turkse vertegenwoordigers, voldoet Turkije aan alle eisen en is het nu aan de EU om de visumliberalisatie goed te keuren — of anders.

Toen hij de Europese raad op 19 april in Strasbourg toesprak, zei de Turkse premier Ahmet Davutoglu de migrantenaanwas in Griekenland tot een gemiddelde van 60 per dag te hebben verminderd, vergeleken met vele duizenden tijdens het hoogtepunt van de crisis, eind 2015. Davutoglu zei vervolgens dat dit bewijst dat Turkije zijn plichten vervult heeft, en de deal niet langer zal honoreren als de EU de visumvrije regeling niet voor 30 juni rond krijgt.

President van de Europese Commissie, Jean-Claude Juncker, staat erop dat Turkije aan alle 72 eisen moet voldoen om in aanmerking te komen voor de visumregeling, en dat deze eisen niet verminderd worden. Maar Europese vertegenwoordigers – onder gigantische druk om de deal met Turkije intact te houden – zullen zich verleid voelen voor de Turkse eisen te zwichten.

EU-immigratie-commissaris Dimitris Avramopoulos gaf op 20 april toe dat het voor de EU geen kwestie van aantallen of voorwaarden is, maar een van “hoe snel het proces verloopt.” Hij voegde hieraan toe: “Ik geloof uiteindelijk, dat als we op deze manier doorgaan, de doelen zullen worden behaald.”

Enkel en alleen Europese vertegenwoordigers treffen blaam voor het feit dat zij zichzelf op deze manier laten chanteren. In hun haast de aanwas van migranten te stoppen, hebben Europese officials het Turkije toegestaan twee losstaande zaken te vervlechten. Namelijk a) ongehinderde migratie richting Europa en b) een einde aan visumeisen voor Turkse burgers.

De oorspronkelijke criteria voor de visumregeling werden in december 2013 opgesteld – meer dan twee jaar voor de EU-Turkije-deal – door middel van de zogeheten Visum Liberaliseringsdialoog, en de daaraan verwante Hertoetredings-overeenkomst. In die overeenkomst gaat Turkije ermee akkoord dat zij derde wereldburgers terugnemen nadat deze de EU via Turkije illegaal betraden.

Door nu te verklaren dat de visumdeal-eisen niet langen bindend zijn omdat de aanwas van migranten in Griekenland is verminderd, onderhandelen Turkse vertegenwoordigers als kooplui op Istanbuls Grand Bazaar, en dansen ze rondjes om de kansloze Europese vertegenwoordigers.

Of, zoals Erdogan onlangs stelde: “De EU heeft Turkije meer nodig dat Turkije de EU.”

De EU bevindt zich nu in een klassieke catch-22-situatie. Grote aantallen islamitische migranten bewegen zich richting de EU, ongeacht of de EU een visumvrije regeling voor Turkije goedkeurt.

Critici van de visumliberalisering vrezen nu dat miljoenen Turkse burgers uiteindelijk naar Europa migreren. Inderdaad, veel analisten zijn van mening dat Erdogan de visumregeling ziet als een mogelijkheid om Turkije’s “Koerdische probleem” naar Duitsland te exporteren.

De Beierse minister van financiën bijvoorbeeld, is bezorgd dat door Erdogans vervolging van Koerden in Turkije, miljoenen gebruik zullen maken van de regeling om naar Duitsland te vluchten. “We importeren een intern Turks conflict, waarschuwde hij, en voegde daaraan toe: “Uiteindelijk zullen er minder migranten per boot verschijnen, maar meer per vliegtuig.”

In een bepaald inzichtgevend essay, schrijft de Duitse analist Andrew Hammel:

“Laten we de cijfers eens bekijken. Er leven nu 16 miljoen Turkse burgers van Koerdische komaf in Turkije. Er bestaat een lange geschiedenis van vervolging door Turkse overheden tegen etnische minderheden, inclusief marteling, gedwongen herplaatsing, en andere onderdrukkende middelen. De huidige conservatief-nationalistische Turkse overheid strijdt een open oorlog tegen verscheidene Koerdische rebellen-groepen, zowel binnen als buiten Turkije.

“Dit betekent dat de huidige wet, zoals deze heden wordt toegepast door de coalitie in de echte wereld (niet die in de Duitse wetboeken), zijn er mogelijk zo’n 5-8 miljoen Turkse Koerden die in aanmerking kunnen komen voor asiel en bescherming. Dat is slechts een gok, het aantal kan hoger liggen, maar waarschijnlijk niet veel lager.

“Als de visumplicht volledig opgeheven wordt, kunnen al deze personen een goedkoop vliegticket naar een willekeurig Duits vliegveld boeken, het woord ‘asiel’ mompelen en een jarenlang durend juridisch proces triggeren, met een goede kans op permanent verblijft.

Hammel vervolgt:

“Er wonen reeds 800.000 Koerden in Duitsland. Zoals migratieonderzoekers weten verhoogt het hebben van bestaande familiebanden in het land van aankomst de kans op en schaal van migratie gigantisch… Aangezien Turkse Koerden waarschijnlijk arriveren zonder Duits te spreken en met beperkte arbeidsvaardigheden, net zoals de huidige migranten, waar gaat de extra 60-70 miljard euro per jaar [10 miljard euro per jaar voor elke 1 miljoen migranten], om hen van woningen, voedsel, uitkeringen, medische zorg, onderwijs en Duitse lessen te voorzien, dan vandaan komen?”

En uiteindelijk, “de belangrijkste, meest fundamentele, dringende vraag van allemaal”:

“Waarom zou een vredig, stabiel en welvarend land als Duitsland een gewelddadig etnisch conflict importeren uit een distante hoek van de wereld die niets met Duitsland van doen heeft, en waar 98% van de Duitsers niets van weet of er om geeft?”

Turks-Koerdisch geweld is nu gemeengoed in Duitsland, dat zo’n drie miljoen mensen van Turkse origine huist — waarvan ongeveer een vierde Koerdisch is. Duitse inlichtingen-vertegenwoordigers schatten dat zo’n 14.000 van deze Koerden actieve aanhangers van de PKK zijn, een militante groep die sinds 1974 voor Koerdische onafhankelijkheid strijdt.

Op 10 april raakten honderden Koerden en Turken slaags in München, en tientalen vochten met elkaar in Keulen. Tevens op 10 april, raakten er vier mensen gewond toen Koerden en Turken slaags raakten in Frankfurt. Op 27 maart werden er bijna 40 mensen gearresteerd nadat Koerden een demonstratie van zo’n 600 Turkse demonstranten aanvielen in de Beierse stadAschaffenburg

Op 11 september 2015, raakten tientallen Koerden slaags in Bielefeld. Op 10 septembervochten meer dan duizend Koerden en Turken in Berlijn, en tientallen in Frankfurt.

Op 3 september vochten meer dan 100 Koerden in Remscheid. Op 17 augustus vielen Koerden een Turkse moskee in Berlijn-Kreuzenberg aan. Tijdens oktober 2014, raakten honderden Koerden en Turken slaags bij het hoofd-metrostation in München.

In een essay voor de Financial Times, getiteld “De EU verkoopt haar ziel voor een deal met Turkije, schreef columnist Wolfgang Münchau:

“De deal met Turkije is verdorvener dan wat ik ooit in moderne Europese politiek heb gezien. Op de dag dat EU-leiders de deal ondertekenden, bekende Erdogan kleur: “Democratie, vrijheid en de rule of law…. Voor ons hebben deze woorden absoluut geen enkele waarde meer.” Op dat moment had de Europese Raad het gesprek met de Turkse premier Ahmet Davutoglu moeten beëindigen, en hem naar huis sturen. Maar in plaats daarvan maakten ze een deal met hem — geld en nog veel meer in ruil voor hulp met de vluchtelingencrisis.”

Soeren Kern is een Senior Fellow aan het in New York gevestigde Gatestone Institute. Hij is tevens Senior Fellow voor Europese politiek aan de in Madrid gevestigde Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Volg hem op Facebook en Twitter.

Bron: http://www.nl.gatestoneinstitute.org

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