On April 17, the Western world would may wake up having to answer the urgent question:"Who lost Turkey?"
The day before that, Turkey will have completed its shocking transition from a long-term NATO ally and an imperfect democracy into an Islamist dictatorship that threatens the West and peace in the Middle East more than any other state actor, Russia included. There will be many answers, excuses, and justifications for this sad state of affairs, but what's not at issue is that Turkey is lost, perhaps for a long time, as a friend of the West.
In the run-up to the Turkish referendum on the 16th, there are still many pundits in the West who continue arguing that Turkey could go either way, implying that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could still lose the referendum, which is more a testimony of willful self-deception than of Turkish reality. The reality is that Turkey stopped being a democracy quite some time ago, and to imagine that democratic elections could take place under these conditions is wishful thinking at best.
Witness the following developments just since the purported coup last July: lifting the immunity of duly elected parliamentarians and jailing them on bogus terrorism charges; arresting and jailing 85 elected Kurdish mayors and 1,478 politicians; and closing down hundreds of NGOs and media organizations and firing countless teachers, university professors, and government officials. In yet another government crackdown reminiscent of the communist takeover of Eastern Europe after WWII, Erdoğan confiscated no fewer than 600 private companies worth $10 billion and accused them of terrorism.
How did all of this come to pass with barely any notice, let alone disapproval by the democratic West? We can start by suggesting two grievous miscalculations. Though it was obvious from the beginning that Erdoğan is a dyed-in-the-wool Islamist and a self-proclaimed "servant of sharia," this did not prevent those ever hopeful of finding a democratic Islamist, like the Obama administration, from declaring Erdoğan's Turkey a "strong, vibrant, secular democracy" even as he was arresting scores of journalists for criticizing his policies and throwing hundreds of top-brass military in jail on trumped up charges of plotting against the state.
The second reason is of more recent vintage and is just as uninformed. After German chancellor Angela Merkel made the catastrophic mistake of inviting millions of migrants to come to Europe in 2015, she sought to fix the problem by relying on Erdoğan to stem the tide in exchange for money. This has predictably led to even greater European unwillingness to confront Turkish misdeeds while convincing Erdoğan that blackmailing Europe pays.
What losing Turkey means has yet to seriously register in both Washington and Brussels, but it will, and soon. Turkey's transformation from a reliable ally into a rogue Islamist state will have huge and likely unpredictable consequences far beyond its immediate neighborhood.
What The Media Is Not Telling You: Turkey Is Not Fighting ISIS. Turkey Is Using ISIS To Bring In The Islamic Grand Caliphate And The Islamic Empire That Will Begin The Greatest Slaughter Of Christians
Is Turkey cleaning northern Syria from all the ISIS cockroaches? This is what Erdogan is saying. If this is true, we must then find a ton of dead roaches, right?
People talk of fake media, but how about a fake war with no real media exposing it?
If you plug “Syrian Army” “ISIS” and “corpses” on google images, you will find truckloads of ISIS corpses, videos of assassinations, atrocities and tons of civilian casualties. The war between ISIS and the Syrian army was real, serious, and you will find oodles of evidence to prove it.
But when you try to search the war declared by Turkey against ISIS in the so-called operation Euphrates Shield you come up empty handed; no photos of corpses of combatants from either side, no photos civilian casualties, no images of beheadings of POWs, no photos of women crying over their dead loved ones … nothing, zip.
Go ahead, try plugging “Euphrates Shield” “ISIS” and “Corpses” in google and you will find no corpses of any ISIS casualties, no civilian casualties, no beheadings of POWs, no women crying over their dead loved ones … nothing, zip.
Even if I tried it in Arabic searching for ISIS killed by Turkey’s Euphrates Shield (داعش جثث درع الفرات) and I find nothing, zip, no dead ISIS or living ISIS cockroaches. They simply vanished.
If I tried to find in Arabic “Syrian Army” and ISIS corpses, I instantly find tons of photos of stinking dead ISIS cockroaches scattered throughout the valleys, hills and meadows.
I took my problem to our friends at the Right Scoop and they too spent some time looking to find corpses of any ISIS fighters killed by Turkey’s operation Euphrates Shield and they only could find one photo and one video. At 2:05, the supposed body has no blood, not even a scratch, and the corpse even shaved its own beard which is very unusual since Islam and ISIS especially prohibits shaving the beards.
But what about civilian casualties. Even with air raids, a ton of photos always surfaced showing dead civilian Kurds when Turkey bombed them. ISIS’s Amaq media, was not shy in showing civilian casualties during their war with Syria, Russia and the U.S. But when it comes to Turkey, we only found one video of ISIS exposing atrocities committed against ‘Muslim’ civilians ‘woman and children’ with couple of bodies claiming it was committed by Euphrates Shield. The Turkish killing of ISIS must have been so merciful that ISIS were thanking Allah five times a day. I don’t even find any footage of the regular ISIS prisoners of war we used to see daily from Syria. Nothing. But when Russia bombed ISIS, it wasn’t only ISIS that cried foul about civilian casualties, the whole world was up-in-arms.
Okay, you might think that Turks kills by their kisses, and perhaps they are shy from showing dead bodies as trophies of war. Here, you find them, not shy of dragging bodies of Kurdish fighters:
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