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Submitted by Alexandros (United Kingdom), Nov 9, 2015 at 06:05

Hi Michael,

I pretty much agree with what you write, but i have to be clear that i do not see any benign side in this struggle. It has become a struggle of material interest for everyone. This being said, i do not get why America's government has fallen so deep in love with Turkey. And this is not a recent story. We are talking for the last 50-60 years at least. I have to be honest and write that i suspect that this is happening due to personal gains for American politicians other wise it does not make sense however someone interprets national interest. There is only pressure to the opposers of the wills in Turkey. Misperceptions is a very common thing in politics also and in addition when someone has been rooting for a policy sometimes he/she cannot admit the mistake easily, want the policy to succeed and eventually stick with the mistake for a long time. Of course lack of knowledge or partial knowledge, which is even worse in some cases, for what is happening on the ground is a serious disadvantage. If you add all this together then you have you explosive mixture. However if you have taken a wrong turn on the road and the road leads you to the cliff it is wiser to turn back rather than keep going.

The American government was played by Turkey since the Cold War, when they were threatening that they will join the USSR. This blackmail along with the development of personal friendships among Turkish and American Politicians, fooling Johnson with people shouting in favour of him in Ankara, sending gifts etc. convinced the American leadership giving the clearance for the Turkish invasion in Cyprus, Henry Kissinger has also played a very dark role in this matter and the reason he did it still remains unclear. However all the above are quite easily accessed and are on documents released by the American government legally.

The last few decades the American government is convinced that the Turkish model of "democracy" is the right for the Islamic world on the one hand and second they are convinced that the Islamic people in the Balkans will serve the American interests because the Orthodox Christians or the Catholics support Russia and Germany respectively. This trap was again a well organised trap by the Turkish government. Both opinions are completely ahistoric and extremely biased in favour of Turkey! I mean it is ridiculous, someone must be completely uneducated to believe that the Ottoman empire was a multicultural benign world! Those two positions has returned as boomerang for the American government, which does not decide to step back and say wait a minute, all this crap has lead us to nowhere why are we still doing this? Not only they have not gained the support of the locals, but the locals believe that the US is a monster which supports the most extremists powers of Islam! And this happened because Turkey never had any kind of democracy, however you mean democracy not even close and second the people in the Balkans never were really antiamericans and the relations among Russia, Germany and the balkans were exaggerrated by Turkey when actually those countries were pro-American in their vast majority and could become bridges between America and Russia at least. The american position though has sent a lot of people to the arms of Putin both in the Middle East and the Balkans.

I know that Israel had problems with Syria in the past, but honestly is there any Israelite who actually believes that ISIS will be a better negotiator than Assad, or that ISIS can be controlled? It is a worse version of Hezbollah in the borders of Israel. Is there anyone who believes that Turkey will stop in Syria or Egypt, or the Saudis will do so? And if there is such a mess in that area is Israel going to be safe. If anyone sees waht is happening and reads also the writings of the Turkish leadership then everything is there. The Turkish leadership says Greece, Cyprus and Israel are our enemies and they oppose those three states anyhow they can! Any issue Greece has with FYROM or Albania, Turkey intervenes to make it more difficult, the same in Palestine. America supports this because of a mixture of reasons and closes the eyes when people are validly warning that Turkey wants to become a nuclear power with very threatening missile capabilities! Even last week they gave for free planes to Pakistan, why? Is it because they are nice people or because they want Pakistan to give them back nuclear technology?

Anyway, i think that America is digging graves which are probably and unfortunately for her by supporting Turkey and especially if Trump becomes president, who has huge business in Turkey, then America is definitely going down!

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