As Syrian government wins on the home front, Turkey steps up

It appears that another false flag operation was scheduled, this one on its Syrian border designed to allow Turkey to make war. Our covert forces are in mad rage these days, setting fires in Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and probably behind violence in Iraq as well. Something big is afoot, maybe, as a commenter says that we are on the verge of economic collapse. This is the full story from Al-Monitor, a news service I subscribe to:

Turkey ‘unhinged’

Turkey’s municipal elections campaign became consumed by the political crisis which swept the country and social media this week.

On March 27, an audio tape was posted on YouTube appearing to capture a conversation among four of Turkey’s top national security officials, including Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, discussing orchestrating an attack on the Tomb of Suleiman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, which is just over the border in Syria but which Turkey considers its territory, as a pretext for a military action in Syria.

The leak led the government to deny Internet users access to YouTube just one day after a Turkish court overturned an earlier government ban on Twitter.

On March 23, a Turkish F-16 shot down a Syrian MiG-23, which Kadri Gursel suggested could have been a useful distraction to energize popular support for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he rallies voters for his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The preoccupation with a rationale for action in Syria was also evident in Turkish military preparations to defend the tomb following a threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), as Fehim Tastekin reports. Davutoglu has alleged that ISIS is allied with the Syrian government.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), told Amberin Zaman this week: “Erdogan recognizes that he is in trouble. That is why he wants to go to war with Syria. We raised the issue of the Tomb of Suleiman Shah [the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman dynasty whose tomb is protected by Turkish troops]. They instantly shot down the Syrian plane. They are doing their best to go to war against Syria, to drag us into that quagmire. To this end, they are playing good cop, bad cop with al-Qaeda. They tell al-Qaeda, ‘Go attack and tear down our [Turkish flag raised over Suleiman Shah’s tomb] so we have an excuse to go in.’ Syria is no threat to Turkey. The whole world knows this. The Syrian plane was a reconnaissance plane that was seeking al-Qaeda targets. By shooting it down, they helped al-Qaeda.”

The bans on Twitter and YouTube provoked criticism from European and US officials and, as Cengiz Candar writes, “Erdogan and associates continued with their established practice of blaming the Gulen movement for its troubles, accusing it of bugging the ‘Syria war planning’ meeting and for its disclosure via the Internet. They labeled the incident as an ‘espionage offensive,’ signaling the possibility of a witch hunt after the March 30 municipal elections.”

Mustafa Akyol agrees “it is undeniable that Turkey is in a downward spiral toward authoritarianism, in part because the government feels threatened by hidden enemies using effective tactics — including wiretapping, hidden cameras and other forms of espionage — and is therefore responding with extreme measures, such as blocking Twitter and YouTube.”
Akyol adds, “The March 30 elections are so significant, because they will show how popular the government’s alarmism is concerning its hidden enemies,” concluding, “If Erdogan wins big, a dark era will begin for all the ‘traitors’ at whom he has been pointing his finger. If he instead faces his first political setback, the war of attrition against him, especially by those veiled forces behind the wiretaps, will probably push for a bigger fall. In any case, Turkey is likely to continue to be a political war zone in the months to come, at least until the presidential elections scheduled for August 2014.”

Henri Barkey describes Turkey as on “the road to Fahrenheit 451.” He writes: “The lesson from Turkey is that a secretive and nontransparent government can easily be unhinged by the almost instant free flow of information. And when it becomes unhinged, it will resort to all possible means to contain the flow. When it undoubtedly fails, it will resort to increasingly more draconian measures.”

One thought on “As Syrian government wins on the home front, Turkey steps up

  1. It seems to me Libya is a template for the new, perpetual, asymetrical war the U.S. and it’s “allies” are waging worldwide. Devolution and chaos is the vision, goal and objective. Nation states are being dismantled, which is a form of deregulation en masse to facilitate privatization and looting of formerly state-run enterprises.

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