In the 60’s, the expression: “You’re such a turkey!” implied that the person on the receiving end of the comment was a loser, inept, a fool, or generally uncool. Turkey a member of NATO has become all of those things and much worse under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A much stronger adjective is need to describe what a non-ally Turkey has become. Under Erdogan, Turkey has gone from being a decidedly secular nation to a decidedly Islamic nation.
Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum has written a series of excellent articles on the evolution of Turkey from friend to foe. The first article I want to direct yo to is titled How Turkey Went Bad. This is an excellent background article on the history of Turkey, which includes the rise of Erdogan to power and the disturbing parallels between his style and that of the late Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. The next two articles are titled Turkish Support for ISIS and More on Turkish Support for ISIS. These two articles are loaded with links and evidence that Turkey is anything but a US/NATO ally in the fight against ISIS. Turkey’s relations with its neighbors in the region have, including Israel, have gone from good and very good to very bad in the last three years. Today it only has good relations Qatar and the Kurds of Iraq.
This morning Fox News.com leading story is about the how the Kurdish city of Kobani, Syria on the border with Turkey is about to fall into the hands of the ISIS as Turkish forces amassed on the Turkish side of the border sit there and do nothing.
The White House is growing more frustrated with Turkish inaction against Islamic State fighters as Kurdish forces desperately battle to keep the Syrian border town of Kobani from falling into militants’ hands, according to a published report.
“After all the fulminating about Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe, they’re inventing reasons not to act to avoid another catastrophe,” the official continued. “This isn’t how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s throw from their border.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the U.S.-led coalition’s air campaign launched last month would not be enough to halt the Islamic State group’s advance. Turkish troops have been massed near the border since the assault on Kobani began, but have so far not taken an offensive posture.
“Kobani is about to fall,” Erdogan told Syrian refugees in the Turkish border town of Gaziantep, according to The Associated Press. The Turkish president called for greater cooperation with the Syrian opposition, which is fighting both the extremists and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“We asked for three things: one, for a no-fly zone to be created; two, for a secure zone parallel to the region to be declared; and for the moderate opposition in Syria and Iraq to be trained and equipped.”
It’s time to throw Obama’s best buddy in the Middle East (Erdogan) and the nation he leads out of NATO. Turkey is proving itself to be anything but an ally of the NATO nations.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?