Allow me to start with a reminder from my May 18, 2017 article titled, “The three men that will change the world and the Erdoğan-Trump meeting”:
A new world, spearheaded, controlled and shaped by strong leaders is being formed. States, institutes, political discourse, political plans, and the established system have all fallen behind the leaders. In the past, leaders used be shaped in accordance with the established system, however, in the new period established systems are taking form in accordance with the leaders. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Erdoğan and Trump are the most striking examples in this regard.
Putin put Russia together after the collapse of the Soviets; he reshaped the state and re-defined the power structure within it. He transformed the state and united the nation around the ideal of a new Russia. Once he completed the internal transformation, he then started setting up world-scale games and twisting many core countries around his finger. After transforming Russia, he started leaving deep traces on the global power map. He shook the international system.
Erdoğan declared victory internally: Now the showdown is on the outside!
President Erdoğan struggled under the severe pressures of the established system. He was ostracized, looked down upon and they wanted to destroy him. What he fought against was not Turkey’s established system alone. The international system that had him under tutelage actually wanted him obliterated.
This was such a war that throughout the long years, each time the method of attacks changed, many of those who were continuing on the path with Erdoğan withdrew. To destroy him, he would first have to be isolated. Through this, one can also guess the purpose of those who walked beside him and with which inducements they abandoned him half way.
He put his life on line and reached the current state by fighting against the established system with his political discourse, understanding of power and the road map he drew. He took giant steps aimed at re-establishing and shaping Turkey. The more success he achieved in the transformation internally, the more he attempted to take big steps externally.
Erdoğan and Putin draw their strength from this fight
He tried to carry Turkey, with the claims of the past, to the future, to turn it from the Cold War era’s “front country” to the 21st century’s “core country.”
He overcame many internal and external interventions; the latest of which occurred on July 15, 2016. The president won the great showdown on the inside with the April 16 referendum and declared victory.
While Putin restructured Russia, Erdoğan re-established Turkey while demolishing the century-old governance system. In other words, he fought the big battle against powers that were keeping Turkey under control.
It is from this fight that both Erdoğan and Putin draw their strength. It comes from both of them drawing new horizons for their countries, their nations, and from reconstructing political history to the advantage of their countries.
Trump takes Erdoğan and Putin’s struggle as an example
The latest to join these two leaders was U.S. President Donald Trump. He struggled until elected and won elections when nobody thought he would. However, his fight against the established system began after the election. His resignation and even his discharge were debated. His battle continues.
Plans to “discipline, to domesticate” have been unsuccessful to date. The showdown within the U.S. is going to grow further. It is going to take many lives and cause damage. Either the established system is going to take Trump hostage and waste him or, Trump is going to transform the U.S. and change its axis.
Trump’s struggle is almost exactly the same as Erdoğan and Putin’s struggle. The Erdoğan, Putin model is going to show itself in the U.S. as well. Other countries will likely try to bring forth their own leader. We have a world in which leaders walk in the front with a very fast pace, with states, institutes and political discourses trying to catch up with them.
We saw it in Hamburg: The world revolves around three leaders
My observations from the G20 Summit in Hamburg confirm the accuracy of these evaluations. We saw the “three leaders who will change the world” here as well. It seemed like the entire summit was set up through these three leaders. Their speeches, attitudes, bilateral communication, the extraordinary security protocol applied, and the interest of the other leaders in the three…
As a matter of fact, even the protesters who turned Hamburg into a battle zone were producing discourse through these them. Because they were the only ones saying new things, questioning the old global system, taking a clear attitude against the power maps and making calls for a new global system. Because all three of them spoke their mind and all three were openly accusing/warning countries.
To be honest, the current international system is being shaped and discussed through these three leaders. The source of all the anger, love and respect is this leading quality, the power they represent.
‘The queen’s men burned down Hamburg’
Germany, the host of the summit, experienced a complete state of helplessness despite extraordinary security measures. Although the protesters, who flocked in from across Europe, protested the G20 leaders, they clearly displayed the helplessness and despair of Germany. Here, I more than once observed the “German isolation,” which I have been discussing for a long time now.
Almost everybody whom I spoke to in Hamburg related the demonstrations being so immense, and were basing the form of the organization to powers extraneous of Germany and almost everybody was talking about the “U.K. factor.” London, which is recently getting closer to the northern region, is almost striking the EU’s center, weakening it and making it debatable.
They were saying, “The queen’s men burned down Hamburg.” This was a clear indication of how division and separation within Europe could drag it into a battle zone.
They made Germany the homeland of terrorism
Unfortunately Germany continues to make error upon error and is turning itself in to the “homeland of terrorism.” It is holding in great esteem all those opposing Turkey as well as terrorist organizations. It has taken thousands of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Fetullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) members under protection in a provocative manner – and continues to do so. As for the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), it is directly being managed by German intelligence.
I hope that German intelligence, which financed and managed the Gezi Park terrorism, has taken a little lesson from the events in Hamburg. I hope it has seen that every action will have an internal effect. Because Europe and Germany are now weak, because the international power bloc it relied on has cracked. It has been ascertained, in Hamburg, that the organizations it has taken under protection will one day cause trouble, that in this weak period, certain powers within Europe will sinisterly utilize these organizations. Germany will soon see the kind of internal threat these organizations will pose – as matter of fact, the kind external threat they will turn in to.
‘Era of extraordinariness’ and waking up to surprises
We really are in the “era of extraordinariness.” We are yet to see the increasing debilitation of powerful states. The G20 summit in Hamburg presented incredible clues as to how the new global power map is shaping – for those who see. I think, we will not have to wait too long for the map to become clear. We are incredibly likely to wake up to surprises.