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Turkey is seeing red

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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Jun 23, 2015 at 13:19

Hello, Dr. Awwad

Are you still following events in Turkey? I just noted the following recent article, which touches on an important issue:

Turkey warns US against Kurdish autonomy in Syria

DEBKAfile June 23, 2015, 10:56 AM (IDT)

Kurdish YPG and rebel forces last week captured from ISIS the key border town of Tel Abyad, thereby linking two Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border to establish a contiguous Kurdish region from Kobani to Hasakah. As the Kurds made further conquests against ISIS Tuesday, Ankara warned the US that a green light for a Kurdish autonomous state in northern Syria would cross Turkey's red lines.

-- http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/11728/

I was especially interested in the use of the word "red lines" -- something that is an absolute joke when US President Obama or Israeil PM Netanyahu says it; but perhaps it means more when the Turks say it. There can be no doubt, that Turkey is diametrically opposed to US policy along the parts of Syria bordering Turkey. The area is inhabited, and largely controlled, by Kurds; and the dominant Kurdish party there (the YPD) is sympathetic to the PKK in Turkey; yet the US has found that the YPD is our ONLY reliable ally in Syria-Iraq against the Islamic State. Up until now, Turkey and the US have managed to side-step each other and coldly look across the Syria-Turkey border. The term "red line", however, suggests that US-Turkish relations are becoming more hostile. The fact that the US has been drawing closer to Iran lately, moreover, which supports the regime in Syria that Turkey opposes, has only added kindling to the fire-stack.

A Turkish demand over the years, besides a call for the removal of Syrian President Assad, has been the establishment of a "safe zone" on the Syrian side of the border, that suspiciously coincides with the Kurdish-controlled areas. One can't help but think that the "safety" envisioned is not safety for Syrian internal refugees, but safety for the Turkish regime from its Kurdish enemies.

The Biblical passage Ezekiel 38-39 prophecies Turkey attacking Israel in the "last days", after Israel has been re-established as a nation (namely, today). Such an attack would probably come by air, sea and land; and the "land" part of the attack will most likely go through Syria.

One result of the recent Turkish election, has been to make Turkish President Erdogan feel less secure in his 1000+ room palace. This is not good news for the region; and his using words like "red lines" is not an indication of change for the better.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Erdogan is a terrorist [44 words]Michael SOct 10, 2015 15:40225553
1Turkey is Tubal-cain [88 words]JackJul 5, 2015 02:52224062
Turkey - cruising for a bruising [92 words]Peter C.Jun 30, 2015 12:40224009
as usual, outsider analysis' are again exaggerated and came out to be false and narrow perspectived [216 words]
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servet cevikJun 12, 2015 07:00223775
Now that Erdo's been taken down a peg, will you change your analysis? [17 words]
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Solomon2Jun 9, 2015 08:47223745
Alliances shifting: Saudis getting cozy with Turkey [336 words]Michael SJun 9, 2015 04:47223743
Thank goodness your prognosis of the Turkish elections yesterday was wrong! [88 words]
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BobJun 8, 2015 15:29223734
Turkey on the brink of political implosion [356 words]
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Mehmet S. TurkelJun 6, 2015 08:36223709
withering Secularism [142 words]
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Dr.AwwadJun 5, 2015 12:38223692
Erdogan: on a collision course with Israel [450 words]Michael S.Jun 6, 2015 10:58223692
reply to Michael S [163 words]Dr.awwadJun 10, 2015 02:40223692
Erdogan is secure from a military coup. Expect attention in the region to shift to Egypt [411 words]Michael SJun 12, 2015 15:33223692
Turkey is seeing red [427 words]Michael S.Jun 23, 2015 13:19223692
1Turkey : A dictatorship [63 words]BilalerdoganJun 5, 2015 02:36223688
Erdo, the Turkish Putin! [15 words]steven LJun 4, 2015 23:59223686
Obama: Lunatic and Buffoon; Erdogan: Just a Lunatic [353 words]Michael SJun 4, 2015 22:05223685
dictators end [10 words]havasJun 8, 2015 05:25223685
1Erdogan is, and likely will continue to be, absolutely in control -- even after the election [222 words]Michael SJun 12, 2015 14:00223685

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