After today, relations with the US won’t be like before - HASAN ÖZTÜRK

After today, relations with the US won’t be like before

The apparatuses the U.S. placed in Turkey to manage its macro plans said the following things while trying to keep perception in Turkey about the Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) Syrian wing:

“So, will we allow the Daesh terrorist organization to be a neighbor on our southern border? Would you like a bloody, radical, cut-throat and horrible Daesh, or Kurds [referring to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and PKK] as a neighbor? Daesh is a religious, radical and bloody terror organization that came to the region from outside. Kurds, however, are the people of this region."

They also argued that “Turkey must absolutely establish good relations with the PYD. The apparatuses culminated in the media, civil society and academy. Moreover, they also influenced one wing of the state.

In recent history, we saw counsellor deputies who presented “naïve" proposals like, “The establishment of a Kurdish state is inevitable. Therefore, we must establish it with our own hands."

(First, let us remember that Turkey emphasized the following point while voicing its theories about the PYD and its armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG). Turkey has no problems with Syria's Kurds. The problem is that the PYD/YPG, the Syrian wings of the PKK terror organization, threatens Turkey's security.)

Kobani is strategic for the US, do we see that now?

When we analyze the past until the present time, we can see some incidents in a calmer way. For instance, we see more clearly how the Kobani incidents were managed in the public.

Let's remember the statement, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was prime minister at that time, made to Barack Obama: "At this moment, Kobani is not a strategic location for you. At best, it is a strategic location for us. And we are the ones who should show sensitivity in this regard." These statements were not credited those days and became a subject of criticism.

Back when this statement was made, the apparatuses within Turkey adopted the "Rojova revolution" romantics and argued that the PYD/YPG must be addressed as the sole representative of Kurds.

They highlighted Daesh and made people forget the fact that the other terrorist organization displaced 300,000 people who did not see eye-to-eye with them.

They constantly displayed propaganda to the public.

They got a result.

Finally, they incited Turkey's Kurds to rebellion, saying that Kobani was about to fall.

US's strategic goals include Turkey's fragmentation

As you read this article, Erdoğan is in Washington for talks which will perhaps directly influence the upcoming decades.

President Erdoğan and his U.S. coounterpart Donald Trump will address the Syria issue and the PYD /YPG terror corridor in northern Syria – which has lingered for a long time – as well as other issues including the extradition of Fetullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) leader Fetullah Gülen.

I have been reiterating the following statements in my latest few articles:

There is no change in the U.S.'s long-term strategic goals. We expected and expect a change in the U.S.'s Middle East policies especially after former President Barack Obama left. But with Trump, the American civil war has escalated. And Trump's America is being convinced of the long-term (bloody, unjustly and absolutely unacceptable) strategic goal in the Middle East.

Let us repeat:

Condoleezza Rice said, “the borders of 22 countries in the Middle East, including Turkey, will change" in The Washington Post on Aug. 7, 2003.

Cengiz Çandar, who is living abroad at the moment, also said in an interview, "Either Turkey will solve the Kurdish question, or vice versa."

Turkey resolved the Kurdish issue. However, what Çandar and his supporters understood from the Kurdish question was the issue of the PKK and its wings. That is why today a thorny problem has been created and protected on the southern border of Turkey.

How many of our people's lives have been claimed by US explosives?

They point to Daesh as an excuse to have us accept the PYD/YPG. While they were providing arms to the PYD/YPG for the first time, some of these arms were consciously provided to Daesh, so that the clash would further escalate. We know some of these weapons were used inside Turkey.

Remember what Istanbul Police Chief Mustafa Çalışkan said about the origin of the explosives that were used in the attack that martyred 44 police officers in Beşiktaş, Istanbul on Dec. 11, 2016. “These are fabricated explosives – which means that they have to be registered in a state inventory. They cannot be found easily, which shows that there is government support behind them. The identities of those who carried out the attack were determined: It is certain that the separatist PKK terror organization conducted it."

They are providing armed vehicles and heavy weapons to the PYD/YPG this time on the pretext of fighting Daesh.

To understand my point, just remember one of the guarantees the U.S. gave to Turkey.

We wanted the PYD/YPG to withdraw from Manbij. The U.S. promised this in a definite rhetoric several times.

What happened?

The point where the U.S.'s long-term Middle East strategy comes is the survival issue of Turkey!

Turkey's issue of survival will be negotiated in Washington today.

Turkey loudly says that it will fend for itself if the U.S. does not do what is necessary as an ally.

From now on, Turkey-U.S. relations will no longer be like before.

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