The West, Iran and Turkey - EROL GÖKA

The West, Iran and Turkey

As the nuclear negotiations are finalized and it was understood that from now on this process will be progressing positively, I guess that you've read comments related with how the situation in Iran, which has the possibility to re-merge with the world economically, will affect Turkey. As you know, many people were making economic evaluations and stating that magnificent developments will be happening for Turkey's benefit. What's being said wasn't sitting well with me. On July 20th, Süleyman Seyfi Öğün's article that ended with “A reminder to the ones rubbing their hands while looking at the possibility of 30 billion dollars' worth of trading volume…” partially explained my feelings.

“The Iranians' literal languages, which possess Hindu-Europe roots, and their established systems, which correspond to a long history, had gained them a special position in the eyes of the West. Compared to 'violent' Turks, who are Asiaic and have a nomadic history, 'civilized' Persians had been a matter of weird intimacy and warm interest in the Western perception. The Mevlana 'philosophy', which they've known as the Ömer Hayyam poem and Rumi, are the symbolic responses of this perception.” These fixations of Master Öğün are facts that people interested in Turkish history won't find odd, but the people that don't know Turkish history should engrave in their minds. These facts also hold a great share in Western academies' doubtful look on the Asia-Turkish history and the Turkish existence in the geography, and the declination of Huns from being regarded as Turkish. Even the Islamists responded to the Westerners' love towards Persia, and carefully preserved the “Iran” name, which emphasizes the Aryan roots after the “revolution” and which means “the country of Aryans”. Up until the “revolution”, Iran's reputation in the West had been way higher than Turkey. The West's interest in Turkey and our country's geo-cyclical value increased only after the “revolution”, and according to some, even the September 12th Coup had been conducted in order to fill the gap caused by Iran's disappearance.

According to Master Öğün, other than West's love towards Iran, there are also other factors that will affect Turkey negatively against these developments. “Turkey is quite lonely in a Middle East without the Muslim Brotherhood. As for their perception in the West; it's regarded as pro-ISIL for being Sunnis. As the Shi'ite bloc participates in the conflicts, which are on an anti-ISIL line, and sides with the US; Turkey is being pushed into the perimeter. Thus, the West will avenge themselves against Turkey for past accounts. (Let's not forget that the coordinates of the “Anti-Erdoğanizm”, which is becoming chronic in Turkey, in the world conjuncture is resting here.) In order to have Turkey and ISIL perceived as intimate towards each other, informatics are doing all they can. This will partially help to conceal the Saudi – US tension. In the forthcoming period, we will experience days where Iran will be polished while Turkey falls from grace. Let me speak more generally; to a certain extent, polishing Iran is for the use of extinguishing Turkey.”

Without a doubt, Master Öğün's above words are exceedingly general and leave many strategic evaluations outside. It's not like Turkey is unable to do anything; like every community, we also possess risks and possibilities. Above all, Turkey is one of the indisputable leaders of the whole Muslim world, not just Sunnism that forms 85% of it, and one of the countries whose advices are listened to…. Our geographical position is making us an important country as an energy producer. We have a unique democracy experience. After Turkey, Iran is one of the countries that possesses the most people of Turkish origin… When these types of facts are approached with geo-strategic displays (the US's tension with Russia in the recent period, the process that leads to a Russia-China alliance, etc.), possibilities, other than the “Iran shines, Turkey deflates” formula that is getting closer to West, like “Iran-Turkey cooperation will increase” are bursting more into prominence. Beyond the cyclical and geo-strategic possibilities, which reinforce the possibility of increasing the Iran-Turkey cooperation, there are also some other reasons. For example, despite the revolution issuer and sectarian obsessions of the post-revolution administrators, since the Treaty of Zuhab, both countries are striking an astute attitude against the people that want to play them against each other… For example, the modern versions of the rooted Iran-Islam idea, important thinkers like Ali Şeriati, Seyid Hüseyin Nasr, Abdülkerim Suruç, Muhammed Şebisteri and Muhsin Kediver, are always increasing our hopes for the unity of Muslims. However, we cannot disregard Master Öğün's above fixations. Forget about disregarding them, we should place it in our memory with his fixation towards the end of his article: “One of the most important outputs of the process is the fact that the Kurdish movement, which had been settled in an anti-ISIL bloc, is being placed on its old axis, in other words the Iran-Syria axis. Besides, this time with the support of the US. This this the darkest point of the display.”

When I was exactly pondering over these on July 20th, the scums conducted the abominable Suruç massacre that cost the lives of 32 youngsters. Another trauma has been added to our never-ending trauma history. Once again, they've shown how merciless they are and how our country has an irreplaceable importance for them. We will continue suffering; however, we will also continue pondering over the reasons behind the Suruç massacre. Besides all the other factors, it might be fruitful to continue from where Master Öğün left off. Will Iran's intimacy with the West, increase or decrease their militant support towards the Assad regime? Could it be that the continuous progress of the antagonists in Syria, and the decision to be united under a single army, added the strategy of spreading the fire in the region all around in Assad's violent deliriums?


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