Before 'Shanghai' - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

Before 'Shanghai'

For too many moons now, the European Union's policy aimed at Turkey could not go beyond the “let us neither let them in nor leave them out” position. While many countries ruled by authoritarian regimes in the Cold War period, primarily Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Croatia, were made to quickly and easily join the EU, constantly assigning “homework” to Turkey cannot mean anything else but make things difficult. All along there has been a “circle” within the EU that has been defending that Turkey should not be accepted into the union. From time to time they reveal their true colors. For example, the “privileged partnership” suggestion for Turkey is the product of this approach.

The “circle” in question, which defends that Turkey should not be accepted into the union, has a mindset that is quite obsessed with Turkey's historical past. A careful analysis of the justifications put forth by this circle reveals to us a very different Europe. Europe also has masks that it wears depending on the occasion. The EU was founded on the legacy of a circle that had made it a “holy cause” to eradicate the “Turks” from Europe between the 14th century and early 20th century in any way it could and which largely succeeded in achieving it, too. It seems that those defending this historical legacy are quite effective within the EU as well.

These groups within the EU think that Turkey increasing its strength will weaken the “Union's Europe” in the long term. Hence, they are trying to delay the process through stalling instead of taking Turkey in. Despite rolling out the red carpet for those who had thousands of civilians massacred in squares before the eyes of the world, dictators who passed hundreds of execution penalties to the opposition forces they arrested through fabricated cases, when the matter is Turkey, EU countries are able to take on a completely different form.

The EU cannot actually risk leaving Turkey on the outside for certain. There are many reasons for this. The “migrant” card is only one of these, but this is not the most important reason. Turkey has the potential power of impact over the terrestrial geopolitical zone spanning the Chinese borders and the Balkans. Even though this geopolitical zone is currently not bringing itself forward in the “global game” which the outlines could not yet be fully drawn, it at least makes its presence felt. Just as Europe cannot remain indifferent to the revival of the geopolitical zone that has kept the Silk Road alive for thousands of years, it will want to be connected to this zone in one way or another.

This geopolitical zone, which extends from East Turkestan to the Balkans is also of extreme strategic significance in terms of its energy sources and energy corridors. A Europe that has no “energy security” will fall behind the times and become mince between the U.S. and Russia. Hence, the potential of the zone in question is a reality toward which the EU will probably remain “cold,” but which indifference to it will lead to its destruction.

This geopolitical zone cannot revive without Turkey's involvement and contribution. The European peoples' security, generally speaking, is closely related to the fate of this historical/geopolitical zone. This geopolitical zone was the zone of peace, stability, security and welfare for both Europe and Eurasia in the long eras of history. One of the most important components of this geopolitical zone consisting of the heart of the world is, today, as it was yesterday, Turkey. In the case the EU continues its relations with Turkey in a way that will lead to deep emotional discord, Turkey is of course going to keep different options on its agenda. Turkey was built on a geopolitical foundation that offers it new options in every period of history. Western Europe grasping this and ending the games it is playing on Turkey's foundations will be in its interest.




Before 'Shanghai'

For too many moons now, the European Union's policy aimed at Turkey could not go beyond the “let us neither let them in nor leave them out” position. While many countries ruled by authoritarian regimes in the Cold War period, primarily Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Croatia, were made to quickly and easily join the EU, constantly assigning “homework” to Turkey cannot mean anything else but make things difficult. All along there has been a “circle” within the EU that has been defending that Turkey should not be accepted into the union. From time to time they reveal their true colors. For example, the “privileged partnership” suggestion for Turkey is the product of this approach.

The “circle” in question, which defends that Turkey should not be accepted into the union, has a mindset that is quite obsessed with Turkey's historical past. A careful analysis of the justifications put forth by this circle reveals to us a very different Europe. Europe also has masks that it wears depending on the occasion. The EU was founded on the legacy of a circle that had made it a “holy cause” to eradicate the “Turks” from Europe between the 14th century and early 20th century in any way it could and which largely succeeded in achieving it, too. It seems that those defending this historical legacy are quite effective within the EU as well.

These groups within the EU think that Turkey increasing its strength will weaken the “Union's Europe” in the long term. Hence, they are trying to delay the process through stalling instead of taking Turkey in. Despite rolling out the red carpet for those who had thousands of civilians massacred in squares before the eyes of the world, dictators who passed hundreds of execution penalties to the opposition forces they arrested through fabricated cases, when the matter is Turkey, EU countries are able to take on a completely different form.

The EU cannot actually risk leaving Turkey on the outside for certain. There are many reasons for this. The “migrant” card is only one of these, but this is not the most important reason. Turkey has the potential power of impact over the terrestrial geopolitical zone spanning the Chinese borders and the Balkans. Even though this geopolitical zone is currently not bringing itself forward in the “global game” which the outlines could not yet be fully drawn, it at least makes its presence felt. Just as Europe cannot remain indifferent to the revival of the geopolitical zone that has kept the Silk Road alive for thousands of years, it will want to be connected to this zone in one way or another.

This geopolitical zone, which extends from East Turkestan to the Balkans is also of extreme strategic significance in terms of its energy sources and energy corridors. A Europe that has no “energy security” will fall behind the times and become mince between the U.S. and Russia. Hence, the potential of the zone in question is a reality toward which the EU will probably remain “cold,” but which indifference to it will lead to its destruction.

This geopolitical zone cannot revive without Turkey's involvement and contribution. The European peoples' security, generally speaking, is closely related to the fate of this historical/geopolitical zone. This geopolitical zone was the zone of peace, stability, security and welfare for both Europe and Eurasia in the long eras of history. One of the most important components of this geopolitical zone consisting of the heart of the world is, today, as it was yesterday, Turkey. In the case the EU continues its relations with Turkey in a way that will lead to deep emotional discord, Turkey is of course going to keep different options on its agenda. Turkey was built on a geopolitical foundation that offers it new options in every period of history. Western Europe grasping this and ending the games it is playing on Turkey's foundations will be in its interest.

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