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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Feb 29, 2012 at 17:47

Hello, Alexandros !

I have read your comments with interest. I agree with a number of points you make. Yet when you say

" 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... Well he has presented a nice picture of the Ottoman history and the goal of Turkey to create a new Ottoman empire...

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 have got a question on how you assess the Turkish-US axis which is a problem of primary importance in the Near East ? Do you really believe that Turkey can behave like a thug and an empire-builder without her main sponsor's consent and approval ? Can she really try in earnest to cut off from the Middle East ... ...USA" without provoke a confrontation with it? America is doing its best to bring all of Eurasia under its sway according to Brzezinski's Grand Chessboard doctrine and Turkey can remain not a part of it? I can hardly believe it myself. The two have too long and notoriously intimate a past to get divorced so quickly without a painful row, accusations and blows exchanged.

To the best of my knowledge what Turkey is today, all she has grabbed (Cyprus, influence in Azerbaijan an central Asia), extorted and cheated out for her benefit she owes to America and no one else. Her army is a NATO army with best US equipment, with US military know-how, with a potent pro-Turkish lobby acting in America and many more things.

Don't you think that the US is just using Turkey as a Trojan horse and/or a battering ram to achieve its own strategic goal , i.e. control of Eurasia ? As Eurasia is too big to be controlled by one thug, more of them are needed and a friendly Turkish thug with his known record is more than welcome, isn't he? He is a Moslem and as experience shows America prefers Moslems to non-Moslems. He gets his share of the booty which doesn't harm the master and takes some burden from his overstretched shoulders. A neo-Ottoman and Pan-Turkic empire within a larger US protectorate over Eurasia is a viable and useful option for the US grand strategists, isn't it? What do you think?

Best wishes

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