On the centenary of the order established after World War I in the Middle East, almost all the regimes and borders of these countries, as well as all the components that created them, have remobilized. In fact, all of these mobilizations we have been experiencing in recent years reflect a situation in which all the players of World War I are recalled to the problem area common among them.
Undoubtedly, a century has passed over that problem area, and the world is no longer the world of the previous century. The players who executed the partition and closed the deal a century ago want to keep the initiative of having the final word today, but the world is no longer the old world, and both sociology and international relations have created new conditions.
First of all, the picture of the Middle East, which was outlined by the Sykes-Picot a century ago, was based on the partition of the Ottoman territory as a result of the Ottoman’s defeat in the war. As a result, today's Middle East is the Ottoman empire of a century ago. Perhaps the only thing that the great states of the time allied on the Ottomans, which they had defeated and shared among themselves, was that it was killed and would not return to the stage of history again.
Probably, one reason for the uneasiness that has been experienced for a while is that they feel the soul of the Ottomans that they all murdered in that slaughter area. This is because they based their current wealth on the fortune that they obtained from that murder. Also, these territories do not calm down and the distorted order that they try to create on them confronts them every day and claims their wealth; they collapse like a ghost over their comfort, and reveal the artificiality and hypocrisy of democracy that they claim to have established, that they are proud of and that runs like clockwork. Also, it makes them worry that all the comfort that they try to greatly try to establish is not eternal.
Nowadays there is no coherence in Europe’s policy on Turkey and the Middle East in general. European countries, which had an epic stance against crimes, human rights and humanity through Hitler and Nazis, are satisfied with exercising their right to remain silent in the face of crimes against humanity committed in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Palestine, if they are not actively and directly involved in these crimes. While, with their own contributions and interventions, humanity is dying in Myanmar, Syria and Egypt, they are hypocritically expressing their concerns that Turkey is moving away from democracy.
In a sense, everything is reminiscent of a scene in which the players of a century ago are once again reembracing the roles they assumed then. The pressure of democracy on Turkey only works as a means of colonization. They are resorting to terrorism, coups and conspiracy, which they resorted to with the aim of dividing this region and destroying its political will a century ago and even before that. The democracy claim and demands are all made up of a failing façade that cannot hide these archaic hostile politics well enough.
Perhaps the most important difference between the previous century and today is their pro-status quo attitude against the region’s dynamism in order to revive and come together instead of the plans they plotted a century ago to destroy these territories and the Ottoman Empire. In the past, when they tried to destroy what existed, they were more advantageous. But today the order they established is on the verge of collapse and they try to protect it. While trying to keep their dilapidated order in these territories, they are ruthless, brutal and inhumane. But they are moving with fear, and this leads to their inability, despite all their skills, to conceal their contradictions well enough. They are afraid because they will come face to face with each of their crimes sooner or later. They are committing more crimes to delay this.
While looking for the power to unite, they are doing their best to further disintegrate these territories. They try to present it as a good solution for us. If they had withdrawn and had not intervened, people of this region would not have had problems which they couldn’t solve amongst themselves. This region will ultimately find its own solution in the face of the fuel of separation that they ignited in Syria and Iraq, which makes it impossible for people co-exist in these countries.
It is not that they are trying to finish the job that was left undone a century ago, but the pains of the failure of the order that they established a century ago. They try to protect their dilapidated order and status quo, and continue to suppress the noble people of this region. To this end, they are taking the most brutal measures with new schemes and new collaborators. They are facing a deep-seated history and a dynamic sociology that has mobilized and that cannot be easily stopped. It is impossible for them to defeat it.
The process will obviously be more painful, but without experiencing it, history will not say its final word.