From Turkey’s Covert War on Syria to the “Crimea Connection”
Washington’s “Short Leash”
By Tony Cartalucci
March 23, 2014
Protests began in Turkey in May of 2013, allegedly over the government’s plans to develop a park in Istanbul. While the Western media attempted to portray the growing unrest as “grassroots” and leaderless, in fact, the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) was behind it from the beginning.
Now, CHP openly claims leadership of the movement as it applies pressure on the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). But to what end?
PM Erdogan for his part, did his best to aid and abet the United States, England, and their regional collaborators in the Middle East to destabilize and overthrow the government of neighboring Syria.
Erdogan would even go as far as harboring terrorists within Turkish territory, providing them with logistical support, and even helping steer vast quantities of cash and arms into their hands. At various points throughout the now 3 year conflict, Turkish troops were used to apply pressure on Syria by amassing troops along the border and threatening military action against fabricated and accidental border incidents. Turkish planes even violated Syrian airspace, with one being shot down over the Mediterranean Sea.
With a regime performing so willingly as a proxy for Western interests, why would the West then be interested in removing Erdogan from power?
CHP’s leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, currently seeking Erdogan’s job, was in the United States on December 2, 2013, to give a talk (full transcript .pdf here) before the corporate-funded policy think tank, the Brookings Institution. His warm welcome and announcement of a CHP chapter opening in Washington D.C. was only matched by his eagerness to fully integrate Turkey with the European Union. He also was eager to replace the current political landscape of Turkey where strongmen like Erdogan can still rule with an authoritarian streak, with a flaccid, ineffectual regime of administrators who serve merely as a medium for foreign corporate-financier interests.