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.”
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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?
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