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The Turkish enigma

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Dec 29, 2014 at 06:01

HI, RT

I'm glad you have Recep Tayyip figured out. I sure haven't.

Something weird is happening in the Middle East lately:

Qatar has reconciled to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and expelled the leader of HAMAS. Since Turkey and Qatar had stood alone in the Middle East as both supporters of HAMAS and the Muslim Brotherhood, on the one hand, and as opponents of Iran and Syria on the other, what's happening in Qatar has implications for Turkey.

According to DEBKA, an Israeli news outlet, the HAMAS leader may seek to set up shop in Tehran. Iran has been on-agan/ off-again in its relationship with HAMAS over the yers, so a move like this would strongly tie the terrorist group to Iran. What about Turkey, then? Will Turkey also draw closer to Iran? Yes, and it has been making overtures in that direction.

Another odd thing in the ME has been the war the US initiated against ISIL. We have three types of allies in that war:

1. our European allies, who will only fight in Iraq,

2. our Arab allies, who will only fight in Syria, and

3. Turkey, which won't fight in either place.

Obama's War has brought about another very curious circumstance: The Iranians are fighting alongside the US, against ISIL. Iraq, of course, is in the Shiite Iranian sphere, as is the government of Bashar Al Assad in Syria. The Kurds have been fighting alongside all three, and the Turks are having to do a dance between their Iraqi Kurdish so-called friends, the Turkish Kurds, their so-called "peace partners" with whom they are actually at war, thei Syrian Kurdish presumed enemies, the Obama Administration, which is adamant about policies that nobody can understand except Obama, and other players.

The Bible says that Turkey will team up with Iran, Sudan and Libya against Israel. From the latest shift of Turkey toward Iran, that seems likely to be fulfilled very soon. That prophecy, at least, tells me the end of the matter (The Israelis will win that war, by the way). If it weren't for that knowledge,I would be wondering to no end, what Erdogan is up to and why. As it is, I know he will ultimately attack Israel and lose. The only think I'm not sure of, is exactly when this will happen.

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