Asiatica Association

Turkey’s Dream of a New Ottoman Empire and Great Powers

16 oct 2019, archived in policy briefs

The fate of the Kurds in northern Syria is now in the hands of Vladimir Putin. The USA, worldwide flag of liberty and democracy, last week withdrew from Syria, unleashing the imperialist greed of the Turskih president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Trump knew that the US withdrawl from Syria - and from Afghanistan - would destabilyze the region. Still, in Syria he did it. Yesterday Erdogan said that they will never declare a ceasefire because "we do not sit at the table with terrorist organizations."

As we know, last week Turkey last week launched an offensive across the border into Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria, and local Syrian Kurdish leaders made a deal with Syria's government to enforce the border. While five days ago Turkey threatened to send millions of Syrian refugees to Europe, if Europe sanctioned or condemned their military intervention in northeast Syria, Europe has been silent for days. Yesterday Trump announced that he would sanction Turkey for its offensive in Syria.

US Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut commented in Twitter the decisions of his President: "Trump waved Turkey into Syria. He sent out a press release proudly announcing their invasion. He effectively put rose petals on the ground to welcome them. Inviting Turkey to invade and then sanctioning them for invading is insanity. No one should fall for it".

What is going to happen now? The situation is tragic for the Kurds, and for the security and stability of Europe and Asia. Europe should be united, firm and active in preventing further bloodshed at his doorstep. The local NGOs have already left the invaded area. The US, Europe, Russia, and Turkey will have to seat at a table and make a deal to ceasefire; but I am afraid that, in the meantime, too many innocent civilians will be Turkey's casualties. Time is almost over.


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