Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu at every opportunity displays how he will run Turkey, with whom he will form alliances if he was to obtain even a small authority in foreign politics, may God forbid. It is impossible to understand in which state of mind, with what logic he makes the statements he makes one after another, as well as the so-called warnings he made.
Similar to all irrational statements, these words, in fact, tell a great deal. Perhaps, these words tell a lot more than he actually wants to say.
On the one hand, he expresses support of Turkey’s attitude with respect to the S-400s, he does not want Turkey to give up its rights in the East Mediterranean, yet on the other hand, he claims that all the policies Turkey is following to achieve these are overzealous.
For example he suggests withdrawing from sending weapons to Libya, improving relations with Egypt despite all the human rights violations and unbelievable practices there, and holding direct meetings with Syria’s Bashar Assad, who has the blood of millions of people on his hands.
What is all this for Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu? What will we gain from these? Is doing all this less adventurous than what you referred to as Turkey’s politics? Do you not see that improving relations with Egypt, which is currently unlawfully under the administration of Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who took over the country through a coup, would mean directly surrendering to a bloc that is openly against Turkey and out to enslave Turkey?
Everyone knows that the coup in Egypt was staged not only against the country’s first democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi, but also Turkey. Kılıçdaroğlu may not be aware of this yet, but Turkey is an extremely important country. It is important enough to be the source of inspiration of the Arab Spring process. Hence, it is considered significant, and even though it does nothing (it had not done anything during the Arab Spring process), it is targeted for its rise, democracy, development and role-model characteristics alone.
This is why a sister of the coup that was staged to overthrow Morsi, was simultaneously implemented as the Gezi Part events were happening in Turkey. Kılıçdaroğlu was in the front lines of this failed coup attempt in Turkey. Of these actions taken simultaneously in both Turkey and Egypt, the one in Egypt reached its goal, and we saw what happened after it. This means that had it been successful in Turkey as well, the situation we would see would be no different to that in Egypt today.
Kılıçdaroğlu sees Turkey’s interest in Libya as adventurism – he could not possibly be ignorant of the fact that Turkey’s security extends there to ensure our rights in the East Mediterranean. According to Kılıçdaroğlu, there is nothing concerning Turkey in Libya, where everybody from France to Italy, from Egypt to the United Emirates (UAE), from Italy to Russia is intervening.
We do not know if Turkey sent weapons to Libya, but even when it only announced that it is in the equilibrium, all balances changed. The coup by former Gen. Haftar, who is backed by the UAE, which has become the head of all sorts of activities and operations against Turkey, instantly collapsed and was forced to return the majority of mercenaries and withdraw those that could be saved.
Does this not suffice in explaining that Turkey is the party with the most natural right to intervene there? In this case, in the name of which of these involved countries may Kılıçdaroğlu be talking? In whose name may he be demanding withdrawal from a country where Turkey is the most natural authority to speak?
He not only salutes Assad in Syria, Sisi in Egypt, Haftar in Libya, but what is the meaning of suggesting this to Turkey as a good foreign policy?
Let us say we did all this, what would we gain? The Sisi-led Egypt is currently on its way to bankruptcy. Even if we improved ties with Sisi, there is no project, no partnership opportunity we can carry on with Cairo in the current state as Sisi is incapable of administrating his own country. If it is about improving relations, this is not really that arduous. You can forget all that has happened – if possible – and establish diplomatic ties. But it does not end here. For example, let us say relations have been improved, how are you going to sustain these relations, what are you going to do and how are you going to trust it? At the time when Turkey’s relations with the Sisi bloc were good, they did not stand back from operations (coups, interventions) aimed at undermining Turkey.
If we were to take a look at the economic aspect of it all, there is no chance of opening even a small artisan shop in Egypt safely and securely. Corruption and bribery are extreme. No economic index provides even the slightest hope for the future. Because coups spoil everything to the utmost and prevent the routine operation of any task.
Therefore, Egypt is currently a wasted country. Do not be envious Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu, there is nothing gained by those that maintain a good rapport with Egypt. Relations with an Egypt run by Sisi will lead to nothing but detriment.
You can ask the same questions concerning Assad’s Syria, and the answers you will receive are even worse. It is impossible to understand why Kılıçdaroğlu envies these dictators who have blood on their hands.