For every era, there must be a psychopath that the world’s most sapient powers must set aside their differences and join forces to disempower, weaken and eventually dislodge. Genghis Khan in one era, Hilter in another, and Augusto Pinochet in one more. For now, his name is Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The former mayor of Istanbul and current ‘president’ of Turkey, has gone so far in his fantasies to revive the deceased Ottoman Empire. The man certainly knows no red lines for fulfilling his ambition.
Since serving as the President from 2003 to 2014, Erdogan has tirelessly began to ‘customize’ Ataturk’s Turkey to commensurate with his Islamist trends. After all, the man was imprisoned 10 months for reciting a religiously intolerant and hatred stirring poem; a conduct not uncommon for the teen who graduated from a religious vocational high school.
It was the Turkish Army that Erdogan wanted first and foremost to be under his full control. The ‘sacred’ institution which for long fought for the secularism of Turkey is about to turn into an Ankhari Army sweeping the earth upon the Sultan’s orders. Hundreds of senior army officers have been demobilized and referred to trial for ‘plotting a military coup’ against the State.
Judges, police officers and senior government officials have also been replaced. Hundreds of journalists, activists and political rivals have also been arrested, tortured and even assassinated. Yes, this is all happening is the country that has gone out of breath trying to be a member of the European Union.
Then the opportunity was offered on a sliver plate. With the outbreak of the so-called “Arab Spring” in late 2010, Erdogan was deeply engaged in regime-change game along with his ideological allies: the mini-state of Qatar and ‘Holy’ kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The aim was crystal clear; replacing secular and anti-Islamist regimes with the notorious Muslim Brotherhood group, an organization that, along with Wahhabism, is widely believed to be the biological parents of al-Qaeda, and more recently and barbarically, ISIS.
Things went well in Tunisia and Egypt, harder and bloodier in Libya, but next-to-impossible in neighboring Syria.
The educated, polite and seemingly lenient Ophthalmologist, whose friendship has been Erdogan’s preoccupation for years before, proved willful and uncompromising when it comes to his den.
Five years on, the Turkish authorities are up to ears with the Syrian bloodbath through training, arming and facilitating the access of tens of thousands of radicalized foreign and local fighters.
Furthermore, the Turkish Army was reported to have directly engaged in combat actions against the Syrian Army in bordering governorates like Latakia, Idlib and Aleppo. The latest, a former Silk Road city and Syria’s economic capital, was literally looted by Erdogan.
The new Sultan, as many of his fervent supporters and critics prefer to call him, has undoubtedly built a state that is so strong and solid that even a bunch of fanatics and psychologically-troubled apes cannot establish a de facto Islamic State without its knowledge, if not consent.
Evidently, Erdogan recognized ISIS as a real State with which he followed an Open-Border policy, concluded oil and arms contracts, and definitely a Good-Neighborly treaty.
The Islamization of a secular country, militarization of a peaceful and sovereign neighboring state, fueling sectarian and racial hatred, and most disgustfully, helping the rise of a death cult, are all but the latest episodes of a long and deep-rooted massacres perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire in the last century.
One can easily recall the way world powers led by Russian have conglomerated to finish off the Sick Man of Europe. But will they have the courage today to remove the Mad Man of the Globe?
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