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My answer to Ianus

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Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Oct 26, 2011 at 22:51

"Russia will never join hands with Turkey - its historical and today's enemy Number 2. During the Chechen wars it was Turkey that provided most jihadists and support for the Chechen terrorists. China is well aware of Pan-Turkic dreams of Turkey as well. Every time the Uyghurs start riots and jihad they turn to the Turkish embassy for help and with complaints."

My Answer : Dear MR. Ianus , historically Russia's main enemy was not Turkey though they did fight many wars but the British Empire and then the German and Austro-Hungerian empires. You should not forget the two World Wars. And do not forget that throughout the last 60 years or so the main enemy of the Russians have been the Western NATO alliance and that is true for even today.

Russia's main weakness in modern times is a demographic decline. Here is where ethnonationalism should give way to pragmatism. Russian people are intelligent enough to understand that amongs the populations of Russia it is these Muslims of Chechnya who are more populous in numbers and thereby the possible ones who can continue with their civilization (as Slavs continue to decrease in numbers) So it will be in the interest of the Russians to cultivate her ties with the Muslim Chechens (remember Islam is as old in Russia as is Orthodox Christianity) and Turkey can certainly play an important role here.

The Chinese understand two things best. Stabilty and trade. They very well understand that it is only Turkey that can protect her backside as Chinse look to go into confronation with America in the pacific in the coming century. The Chinese and Turks can very well come into a detente whereby the two countries maintain good cordial defense and trade ties with each other in exchange of peace at Xingjiang. Remember the CHinese and the Muslims in Pakistan are already cooperating in that regard.

"Your miscarried trilateral commission shall be replaced by another trilateral body including Greece,Israel and Armenia and perhaps Kurdistan as observer . Its sole objective shall be the end of the Turkish anomaly for a more secure, peaceful and propserous future of the region without jihads, without Pan-Turkism , without genocides and their denials."

My Answer : My dear Ianus , remember the Turks are the successors to the Byzantine empire and the Byzantines were great in playing this game of "divide and rule". Remember one thing very clearly , if you want to play the game of "divide and rule" with Turks , the Turks certainly know how to play it better. You want to bring the Greeks into a commission.Fine , but who will bail those profligate Greeks out when they run into bankruptcy in the coming 6 months. You want to bring Israelis into this... Fine , but do not forget that a lot of Israeli population is non-Jewish plus the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank are also there. If you want to involve Kurds into these then surely the Turks can deploy Palestinians , Israeli Arabs and others in Israel to puncture the dreams of political stability in Israel. And Armenia .... do not forget there is something called Nagarno Karabakh and Ajerbaijan here.

As per as Kurdistan is concerned ... there is no sense in you that you only have PKK to do your bidding here. Most of the Kurds are religious Muslims and it is the secular anarchists in PKK that diviate the Kurds from their goals of peace and stability.Kurds in Iraq do not want to do anything with the PKK. The govts of Iran and Syria also do not want terrorists like PKK and PJAK to destroy peace and prosperity in the Kurdish areas. So if Turkey , Iran and Syria can come together then they just can finish off the PKK and PJAK. Then the peaceful and religious Kurds should be resetllled in places like Israel , Cyprus as wel as Greece to protect the already persecuted Muslims there.

Submitting....

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