Eyes on Ankara
Is Kobani Erdogan’s Warsaw?
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  • Anthony

    A troubled Middle East convulsed in a period of changing alliances. See Erdogan of Arabia http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-10-14/erdogan-of-arabia

    • Curious Mayhem

      Erdogan is now accusing various actors of being new “Lawrences” — a good example of the psychology of projection, a classic symptom of paranoia.

      Erdogan is the one who has long harbored neo-Ottoman fantasies, starting with Turkey’s increasingly aggressive denial of the Armenian genocide. It’s mostly backfired on him and Turkey, however; he and Turkey are largely isolated in the Middle East.

      • Anthony

        Some have likened Turkey’s (Erdogan’s) latest actions to old Soviet Union (using proxies to enhance position). But one thing is clear, Recep Erdogan interests may not be in U.S. interest.

  • gabrielsyme

    Kurdish anger is not due to Erdogan’s “passivity” but due to the active measures Erdogan has taken to frustrate the Kurdish defence of Kobane. Since Erdogan until recently allowed ISIS and al-Qaeda fighters and matériel to move without hindrance across the border, it is doubly galling that he has prevented reinforcements and resupply from reaching Kobane.

    Kobane is besieged by ISIS. Erdogan is enforcing one part of the siege line. Erdogan is on the side of those who have murdered, forcibly converted, raped and enslaved thousands of Kurds. Describing his actions as passive is entirely inaccurate.

    • Curious Mayhem

      The reality is that ISIS was supported until recently by Turkey. And ISIS, like Erdogan and the AKP themselves, was catapulted into significance by money from the Gulf, mainly Qatar.

      All of these are the Muslim Brotherhood in various mutant forms. Again, why is Turkey a member of NATO?

      • Tom

        The Cold War and bureaucratic inertia.

        • rheddles

          And listening stations for the NSA. Look at a map.Turkey has what all realtors want, location, location, location. And until the AKP a secular military.

  • Angel Martin

    but, but, but… i thought Turkey was going to help deal with ISIS and was going to recognize an independent Kurdistan in Iraq…

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Turkey should be expelled from NATO, or the US should withdraw from NATO, either would be a better choice than the present Enemy inside our own camp.

  • AndrewL

    Perhaps we can learn something from the Turks: First, sit back and watch ISIS fight it out with Syria and Iran. Then, after the belligerents are exhausted, we swoop in and impose the peace on our terms.

  • Curious Mayhem

    Explain to me why Turkey is still a member of NATO – ?

  • Jojo Jobxyzone

    Repeating my comment on an piece by Adam Garfinkle of a few days ago –

    Assume there is a tacit agreement between IS and Turkey – “don’t hurt us and we will not hurt you”
    That would explain why:
    1. Turkey allows the international IS volunteers to freely cross the border to Iraq and Syria (see what happens when they want to stop the flow in the case of Kurdish volunteers who want to cross the same border)
    2. Turkey allows contraband oil flow the other direction to finance IS
    3. Turkey does not aid Turkemans, Yazidis, or moderate Sunnis either – not just Kurds
    And in return
    1. The Turkish hostages were nicely treated and then freed
    2. No IS terrorism inside Turkey – even though beheading some beer drinking immodestly clad western tourists on the Turkish riviera must be a very exuberating thought in the minds of many IS sympathizers inside Turkey.

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