Did Türkiye, together with Russia and Iran, show the US the door? - NEDRET ERSANEL

Did Türkiye, together with Russia and Iran, show the US the door?

Our column on Wednesday, ahead of the Astana Summit, was about the final state of the developments in both the Middle East and Europe specific to East-West relations, and concluded by asking, “...while the world is in this state, shouldn’t the results of this summit address the big picture as well?” 

 Our curiosity was focused on what Iran and Russia would say about the prospective operation on Syria. It was an important headline, but even in “the worst scenario,” which would mean they oppose it, Türkiye has the military and political power to go ahead with this operation. 

 Thus, they did state at the summit that they are not happy with this likelihood, but they did not take their objection any further. Besides, the U.S. is against it too, but the nature of Russia and Iran’s objections are different. This is the main issue. 

 At the current rate, Ankara is trying to keep the operation on its agenda – despite the U.S., Russia, and Iran. 

 

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Though, have the timing and conditions been added to the logbook of the “Big Picture”? 

 Absolutely! Together, Ankara, Moscow, and Tehran told the U.S. to “leave” Syria. In fact, while the matter concerns the east of Euphrates because Syria is in question, it might not be considered independent. We feel that these three big countries are disturbed by U.S. presence in all of the Middle East. 

 This is a new and important position that will extremely annoy the U.S. It needs to be understood properly. 

 All three countries signed an agreement stating that they are against an organization that is making efforts in the region to shape an “autonomous administration,” whose objective is clear: "We reject all sorts of attempts aimed at creating new realities on the ground under the guise of anti-terrorism!” 

 The joint statement includes a series of clauses along this line, and each one of them is focused on the U.S. 

 The recipients of fuel revenues, the sanction decisions applied on certain areas and exempt in other areas, statements regarding the separatist policies threatening neighbors’ borders all point to the U.S. 

 Essentially, beyond the official document, the individual statements made by the leaders of all three countries after the summit leave no room for question either. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s individual statements all mean, “The U.S. must leave the area.” 

 The U.S. must be fuming. It will likely attack the Russia-Iran cooperation, keeping Türkiye out of it. But Türkiye is not keeping the U.S. out of it! 

 

WHAT HAPPENED IN DUHOK? 

 It is torture to discuss or even write about this slander. However, we need to understand the background, because the event presents serious anomaly. 

 Neither the Turkish state nor its people will accept any harm to civilians. It has made sacrifices even in areas that create a risk to it. 

 Thus, even its arch enemies couldn’t accuse Türkiye of “doing wrong against civilians” in the numerous military/intelligence operations conducted to date. Ankara never had such a strike against its name. 

 Ankara has always shown sensitivity towards international law, “humanitarian values.” Though, the countries that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people, civilians, elderly, infants, women in dozens of countries for decades, sling mud at Türkiye regarding human rights. 

 Türkiye’s Foreign Ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) also said such an attack never happened, and the subject was closed. Of course, on our side. 

 It will help to make an “ordinary suspects” list. 

 One, it is strange that the Baghdad administration is attacking Ankara without even understanding what is going on! It contrasts Iraq’s recent interest in security matters. Two, timing is the other strange matter: The event develops upon the Astana Summit outcome, Russia, Türkiye, and Iran’s statement, “We don’t want the U.S. here.” Three, a grain deal will be signed between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul the next day. Four, the exaggerated attacks on the Turkish diplomatic missions in Iraq as a simultaneous/quick reaction. It happened in such haste that protesters are going to our former embassy. Five, it happened right after the Iraqi prime minister’s meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden. Six, Iraq’s internal dynamics. Leader candidates’ attempts to gather their following. Seven, CENTCOM commander’s visit to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) ahead of the operation on Syria. 

 In brief, the question of “who this will benefit,” reveals the suspect’s profile. 

 

NATO’S EIGHTH SIN 

 China’s “People’s Daily” newspaper published NATO’s “7 Great Sins.” “Seven” is a special number in Western culture. In Christianity, it is known as the “primary/cardinal sins.” Those who watched the film titled “Seven” would know. Additionally, Lawrence of Arabia’s book titled, “Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” can also be recalled. 

 According to the newspaper, which has a readership in the hundreds of thousands, NATO’s sins are as follows: Racism, being ideological, failing to adhere to international law, encouraging blocs/polarization, spreading the Cold War mentality, forming a great threat to global development and desire to expand globally. Of course, this is the Chinese perspective, but nobody can say it is entirely wrong. 

 Additionally, greater than them all, there is another unforgivable sin from within NATO. 

 NATO members’ submission to the extent of being a minion of the U.S.! This is the worst of all sins. Like “arrogance,” because if it wasn’t for this, the other sins couldn’t manifest. Sadly, we too have been part of these from time to time – just as we were also the ones harmed. 

 It is different now. Nowadays Türkiye adheres fully to some NATO’s requirements, and at times it only adheres to them in "formality.” These formalities are generally present in policies that come with U.S. pressure. For example, when there are sanctions against Russia, Ankara forms a “privileged area” for it, and nobody can say anything. 


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