Category Archives: Turkey

America’s Dubious Ally

In theory, Turkey is allegedly an ally of the United States and NATO, and has been so for over fifty years. But, its leader, Recep Erdogan is a man with one goal in life, and that has nothing to do with ISIS or al-Qaeda or any other terrorist group. He seeks POWER,that is for himself. At this point in time, Kurdish soldiers are among the most fearless in the war against ISIS. They are among the few groups that have actually defeated ISIS in battle. BUT, to Recep Erdogan, they are THE enemy!He is attempting to stir up anger and fear against Kurds in order to win an election. He has transformed Kurds into the greatest threat confronting Turkey.

Ironically, for years he has been arguing the importance of reaching an agreement with Kurds who live in Turkey since previous governments have never attempted reaching out in peace. But, when his Justice and Development Party suffered an electoral defeat, Erdogan decided to play the “Kurdish card” of hate. So, he bombs Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria rather than ISIS forces. Such is the behavior of America’s “ally.”

The Turkish Dilemma

President Recep Erdogan is the Donald Trump of Turkey. He takes umbrage at anyone who dares challenge what he does or says. Challenge his policy and one hates the Muslim religion. Complain about human rights abuses,and one is in league with his enemies. His political party was denied a majority in Parliament which prevented him from changing the Constitution in order to give the President even greater power. His latest anger is directed at The New York Times which printed a picture of him leaving a mosque from which at least 100 men went to join ISIS. How dare he connect the President of Turkey with support of ISIS?

Here is the record. After refusing to launch any air strikes against ISIS, the man of action finally allowed–THREE. Of course, his air force launched over 200 air strikes at Kurdish forces which battle ISIS. To Erdogan the enemy is NOT ISIS, it is any Kurdish armed force seeking rights for Kurds in Turkey.

Erdogan-I Demand Power!

For many years President Recep Erdogan was the prime minister of Turkey, and he did a few good things about assisting the economy to become more modern. He did a few good things about checking the power of the military. He did assist Turkey on its march to become a modern society. But,alas, POWER soon became the name of his game. He wants POWER and he wants to crush any and all factors in Turkey that prevent him from having POWER. Just last year he was working to have Kurds become an integral part of Turkish society. But, alas, his desire for POWER led to an election that resulted in his political party losing its majority. So, what has he done since that event?

He launched attacks on Kurdish military units fighting in Syria and Iraq against ISIS. Beating ISIS will not gain him any votes, so the hell with that game. However, there are Turks who do not like the Kurds-a minority in Turkey–so fight them and call a quick election in hope of gaining COMPLETE POWER!

Too bad Erdogan is not head of North Korea -now that is one country in which the ruler does have COMPLETE POWER!

Who Is On Whose Side??

Among the groups in Iraq which are fighting most effectively agains ISIS are Kurdish troops who belong to the Kurdish Workers Party. Turkey is allegedly an ally of the US and NATO so it is expected to join in the fight against ISIS. Heck, an ISIS suicide bomber last week murdered over twenty Turkish young people. So, what is the stand of President Recep Erdogan of Turkey? You must understand that up to this moment he has refused to aid those fighting ISIS?

1. Erdogan is now willing to allow US planes to use Turkish airports.

2. However, according to President Erdogan, the real enemy is NOT ISIS. The real enemy is any Kurdish led military group.

3. In other words, the US is cooperating with Kurdish forces while our ally, Turkey, is bombing Kurdish forces.

4. Recep Erdogan is a bully, a man consumed with a desire for power, and a man who refuses to work in a cooperative manner with Kurds who live in Turkey or any other place in this world.

Is Turkey Awakening?

Turkey borders on Syria and most Turkish people living on the border can daily listen to the sounds of war. Just about every day dozens of people walk through Turkey on there way to join ISIS or some other group in Syria while Turkish officials simply ignore this group. The government of President Recep Erdogan believes the most important issue in the Middle East is the desire of Kurds to have their own nation. At this point, Kurds in northern Iraq and parts of Syria have carved out a Kurdish state which is capable of handling ISIS. Erdogan would rather have ISIS on his border than a Kurdish state.

However, ISIS agents have decided to send suicide bombers into Turkey. Last week a suicide bomber murdered twenty young Turkish students and wounded dozens more. FINALLY, Erdogan is awakening to reality. ISIS is the most important threat to his nation. Turkish jets FINALLY went not action and bombed ISIS forces. Heck, he is now even going to allow US planes to fly from Turkey. Now,if Turkish officials at airports would arrest those young jihadists, then ISIS will suffer.

Turkish Quandary

The leadership of Turkey is uncertain as to how to proceed in any aspect of the Middle East quandary.

1. Should they engage in defeating ISIS?

2. Is it more important to support ISIS since that group hates Kurds who the Turkish government hates.

3. Should Turkey halt the flow of ISIS supporters who simply take a stroll through the land on their way to Syria?

4. ISIS just exploded a bomb in a Turkish city which killed twenty young people and wounded dozens. So, should Turkey seek revenge?

5. Turkey insist the main foe is Syrian leader Assad, the US believes there is a more important foe. So, what to do?

Frankly, it is time for Turkey to stand up against terrorism or would the government just go on ignoring the death of its citizens?

Muslims Murder Muslims

Another day,another murderous attack by one Muslim group upon another Muslim group. Some college students in Turkey were planning to go to the city of Kobani which is on the border of Syria and Turkey. Their plan was to rebuild parks and centers for children.They had no political agenda other than aiding fellow Muslims who are undergoing the horrible aspects of war.

A suicide bomber from ISIS blew himself up along with 30 other Muslims and wounded dozens more Muslims. I gather the bomber will be conversing with Allah about how he murdered Muslims. Somehow, I do not believe Allah will be thrilled with such news. Wouldn’t be wonderful if Muslims agreed not to murder one another–at least for a month!

Things That Will Never Happen

There are some adults in the Education Ministry in Turkey who apparently believe they still reside in the 19th century when adults ruled an youngsters knew their place in life. New edicts from the Ministry of Education make it illegal for students to use the social media without permission of their teachers. They also cannot share photos. The adults insist they are simply doing what is best for youngsters. Oh, kids can go to jail if they slander a school employee, act in a way contrary to national values, sentimental vaqueros public morality.”

Now that the law has been laid down,I await the enforcement of these interesting ideas. I hate to tell adults in Turkey,but teens are light years beyond anything banning use of social media. Want to be who wins this fight?

Where Is Turkey?

There is one Middle Eastern nation which has a strong army that is equipped for war and whose government opposes terrorism. The name of this land is Turkey. However, President Recep Erdogan believes that Kurdish forces represent the greatest threat to peace in the region. He refuses to close his nation’s border with Syria to cut off new recruits for ISIS. In fact, Erdogan regards the ISIS nut cases as a good force for peace since they battle Kurds, along with a few other groups.

Erdogan hates President Assad and he will support any and all groups involved in the war in Syria. A problem is that no one today even knows who are the bad or good guys in Syria. Turkey is allegedly a member of NATO but it refuses to cooperate in the immediate task of ending terror groups in the region. KURDS for Erdogan will always be THE enemy.

Recep The Great

Turkish President Recep Erdogan enjoys having conversations with the Great Leader of Russia, one Vladimir Putin. The other day he arranged to have Vladimir come over for a cup of coffee, and he waited, and he waited and he waited. Finally, Vladimir decided to head over to the hotel and meet with the man who so desires to run Turkey in the same manner as Vladimir runs Russia. Following was the conversation:

V: So, how goes it my friend?
E: I had an election and instead of gaining 95% of the vote, I wound up with 41%.
E: Yes, the opposition parties all together received 59%.
V: What kind of election was this? How can one only receive 41%? That has never occurred in Mother Russia.
E: So, how do you always win by such large margins?
V: Simple, decided BEFORE the election what you will receive and ensure that is the final vote?
E: But, what if the opposition receives votes?
V: Who ever heard of an opposition receiving votes that I had not planned?
E: You mean that you fix elections?
V: Of course, that is what we mean by a free election. All are able to vote. I decide the outcome.That is what we term a free election in Mother Russia.
E: Gee whiz, you are a Great Leader, I hope one day to be as wise and Great as you!