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Kastelorizo is just a sign

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Submitted by Alexandros (United Kingdom), Feb 27, 2012 at 11:47

I would like to comment not only the turkish politics towards the issue of Kastelorizo, but also towards the whole region. Turkey has always been a tremendously nationalist country, when Erdogan and Davutoglu took control there was a hope that this would change, this hope proved to be wrong. Actually Turkey became even more aggressive and not only towards Greece, which is a historic rivalry, but also against everyone else. They are trying to become the big brother of the region. Mr Davutoglu, which is the one that has the main control of the Turkish policy, explains his beliefs in a book he wrote 5 years ago. Well he has presented a nice picture of the Ottoman history and the goal of Turkey to create a new Ottoman empire. Well Ottoman empire was not nice for a start and all nations which were under Ottoman occupation never liked it, what was to like, the theft, the robbery, the genocides? In any case he wants to present his country as a guarantee for the Western interests and as a connection between the east and the west, even though this is not his real goal. His real goal is to kick out from the region the western interests and take their place in a unified Muslim region, under his leadership of course and a Balkan region which will be under his control as well, Israel is also a country that will be surrounded and eventually controlled by Turkey.

To succeed he is following some specific policies.

First he enforces all muslim minorities with fundamentalism in the Balkan countries exploiting that these minorities have been treated unfairly from their countries in the past for several reasons, even though i must make clear that there is no comparison between the way Turks treated their minorities and the treatment towards muslim minorities, the Turks have tried and still try to eliminate any kind of minority, in Balkans the muslims had less rights at some points, even though communism was harsh in any kind of religion.

Second Turkey has increased the aggressiveness in the Aegean, because the control of the Aegean is very important so to control the movement from Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic and Indian Ocean eventually and of course it seems that there is a huge Hydrocarbon reserve in it.

Third, Turkey is hostile towards Israel so to gain the Arab world, he enhances all kind of Jihadists especially in the countries of Arab spring and at the same time is hoping for two more revolutions in Syria and Iran perhaps and the rise of leaders that would follow Ankara.

Fourth, Ankara is increasing collaboration with Pakistan and all the Muslim countries of the Indian Ocean so to be able to have power on the biggest part of the Eurasian and African coastal line.

With all this, he is going closer to his goal and he succeeds to cut out from the Middle East EU, USA and Russia at the same time. I think the West has not appreciated this policy very good, west is overestimating it's capabilities one more time and falls for some arrests done in Turkey of some corrupted generals, but the only thing that is happening is replacing hostile to the government generals and also nationalists, with friendly to the government generals.

Well i tried to put as many ideas as possible in a comment, but i would like to discuss any of these matters, if someone is interested

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