Erdogan Benefits From ISIS Aggression Against Kurds

October 21, 2014

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The western and Arab allies against ISIS express puzzlement that Turkey, under its Islamist leader, Recip Erdogan, are tepid in their support of the allied effort.There is nothing to be puzzled about. Turkey is not only a homeland to Turks, but also to Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians and also Kurds. The Kurds are estimated variously from 10- 25% of Turkey’s population of approximately 77 million people.

For years, the use of the Kurdish language was banned in public and in private. Even today, with relaxed restrictions on the use of Kurdish, they are subject to attacks on their communities and denial of rights given to other citizens of Turkey

. With the disintegration of Iraq and Turkey, a de facto Kurdish state has evolved in Northern Iraq. Safe havens are administered by and for Kurds. Like his secularist predecessors, Recip Erdogan does not want the sight of a Kurdish state neighbouring the Turkish Republic igniting Kurdish nationalism within Turkey. If ISIS is able to wipe out the Kurdish enclave, or at least keep them on the defensive, then Kurdish patriotism within Turkey’s borders will remain a demoralised political force. It is for this reason that the Erdogan government is ambivalent towards ISIS.

In many ways, Recip Erdogan and Barack Obama are political soul mates. Turkey was founded as a secular Republic by Kemal Ataturk. As an Islamist, Recip Erdogan is using the mechanisms of Turkish governance to put an end to Turkey as a secular republic. President Obama frequently displays a similar aloofness and disregard for America’s orientation as a secular republic.  Obama has come to power through America’s political system, yet seeks to transform America’s government into something fundamentally different from what it is today. His foreign policy, if it is intended to be in America’s interest, is vacillating and incoherent. If it is intended to undermine America’s interests abroad, it is devastatingly efficient.

National Interest article on Kurds

 

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