Why does the US have a problem with Erdoğan? - YASIN AKTAY

Why does the US have a problem with Erdoğan?

I had previously mentioned in this column that the discourse claiming that the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party is the "opposition in power" no longer applies. This is because the national forces that see themselves above the people and laws collapsed, their powers are completely destroyed. There is no more resistance point in the country that can be used as an excuse for duties that need to be fulfilled but are not. The existing opposition can now put forward all its arguments in a democratic discussion atmosphere and confront its opponents in elections. Needless to say, this alone is a major gain for Turkey.

However, while the discourse that the AK Party is an opposition dropped in Turkey to normal levels during the party’s second term in power, why is it that it increasingly continued at the global level? Did the AK Party discover the political profitability of the claim that the powerful nations of the world are against us, that we are surrounded by enemies? Also, is drawing attention to the foreign powers an excuse to veil the failures within?

First, everybody can vouch that the AK Party never needed an excuse to explain what it could not achieve after the successful development operations it carried out while in power.

From education to health, transportation to social services, defense industry to general industrial production, housing to urban transformation, and national income level, it made Turkey experience non-stop development. However, these developments were happening in Turkey while there were other developments around us. However, though Turkey has always adopted a constructive attitude, we were encountering hostile moves targeting Turkey for these developments. The Arab Spring was not a process started by Turkey, but as a reflection of peoples’ will, it was a development that we respected. These processes placed Turkey at the heart of the greatest change of the century. In response, a hypocritical anti-Turkey axis developed in addition to the inhumane counter-revolution coups that were staged. It is obvious what and which values this axis represents in the world today. Their order involves coups, massacres, human rights violations, all sorts of scheming in the Islamic world, invasion, and corruption. This order carries out its business without experiencing any issues with neither the U.S. nor EU countries.

While Turkey was busy persevering on its own path, it suffered a few coup attempts with the U.S. as this system’s head, and other countries as the financiers. It is said that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s popularity in the U.S. is declining because he is extremely authoritarian. Is this truly the case? When has the U.S. ever had a problem with dictators?

Why does it not have any issues with Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who brutally slaughtered some 3,000 people from among his own people within one day, and who established the most despot system in world history since the moment he came to power?

Why does it not have any issues with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who had his own citizen savagely chopped into pieces by his hired murderers at his own country’s consulate in Istanbul? It is clear that the U.S.’s problem with Erdoğan is something else. Clearly, Erdoğan does not please the U.S., because he is the result of true democracy in Turkey. This democracy leads to the people’s will, and the people’s will cannot overlook U.S. support for a terrorist organization and develop it as a threat against Turkey, a country it has promised alliance. The U.S. had done this in the 1990s. It carried out the same process in Northern Iraq, but nobody in Turkey was able to speak up against it for years. However, now, Turkey is not the same country that it was in the 1990s, and Erdoğan would never overlook such a thing.

Meanwhile, the AK Party is almost going to be accused for a speech that Joe Biden made months ago leaking to the press only recently. Frankly, I saw it recently too. There could be nothing more natural. What difference could there be between criticizing this now and seven months ago? Biden reflected very well a perception that will not change from one day to the next, and explained very well a series of policies that are clearly the result of that perception.

In his speech, Biden stated the U.S. perception of Erdoğan and mentioned what will be done to collapse him, almost confessing what was done until now. Did he say something we do not already know? No. The U.S. is the one that supports the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the People’s Protection Units (YPG), and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), getting them to conduct whatever operations it wants, whenever it wants, striving to destabilize Turkey. The U.S. is the one that implemented Israel’s plan to entirely annex Jerusalem by providing Israel unconditional support, while Erdoğan stands against it.

Is the matter and target here Erdoğan or Turkey?

Let us ask this another way: Would the U.S. or the EU prefer a more democratic administration in Turkey instead of Erdoğan, or would it want Turkey to move away from its model, which inspires Arab revolutions, would it want the region – including Turkey – to further divide? Does Washington want a true dictator, who is deaf to their people’s cries, who does not care about the plundering of the Turkish Blue Homeland in the Mediterranean?

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