Putin is right; Turkey’s rising Islamic fundamentalism has made it a traitor in the war on terror. Turkey has stabbed Russia in the back just as it has stabbed the United States in the back. Unlike the United States’ doormat diplomacy, Putin’s is likely involve measures not words.
Whether you are Russia or the United States, Turkey is unreliable. In a way similar to that often ascribed to President Obama, when the political winds turn in an ugly direction against radical Islamic fundamentalism, you can expect Turkey to choose Islam. Turkey’s current population, as a majority, is not interested in Western, Christian values such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of association and security in one’s person from tyrannic imposition by any form of government. This majority makes Turkey a traitor in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism because a great number of their voting population embrace radical Islamic principles.
By the way, the Marxists have all left Russia. Apparently, they’ve immigrated to the United States and are faculty chairs at Harvard. Nevertheless, the United States and Russia now have more in common than the United States and Turkey, but don’t expect anyone among the learned Western elite to admit that.
Consider Turkey’s unwillingness to open the northern front for the American invasion of Iraq in March of 2003. Instead of opening the front, by July Turkey had special forces in Northern Iraq trying to assassinate Kurdish leadership. Then, in August of 2015, Turkey finally agreed to let the Obama administration fly sorties “against ISIS” from its air bases. But instead of helping target ISIS, Turkey limited its air war to intense attacks on Kurdish fighters in Northern Syria and Northern Iraq. In so doing, Turkey used its U.S. “ally’s” air war against ISIS as a pretext to break its 2013 ceasefire with PKK and to harm one of the regions best fighters in the war against ISIS.
The entire American air war against ISIS is very suspect. It is dismaying that the Kurds had made significant inroads against ISIS in Northern Syria throughout 2014 and 2015 only to be attacked by what surely appeared to them to be an American-Turkish air alliance. Russia took in the back once; we got it twice..but shhh… We don’t want to offend our important ally.
The standard logic for Turkey’s failure as an ally is that the Kurdish PKK rebel forces in Turkey are a terrorist group like ISIS. If the PKK are a terrorist group, it is only as the Irish were terrorists in Belfast. There is a political guerrilla, civil war going on. These are not religious terrorists like many of those in Palestine and all of those in ISIS and Al’ Qaeda. However, the truth is far more complex. In 2015 Turkish officials worked with top ISIS leadership. (OK, make that three times Turkey has stabbed America in the back). Is it simply oil money? Is it simply a territorial problem with the Kurds? The rational West, if one still exists, ought to be asking itself why Turkey can’t get along with the Yazidis and the Kurds, and why they can’t deal in good faith with the United States’ war on terror.
Despite the proliferation of liberal fluff pieces on the Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) by outfits like the Berkley Center or the Brookings Institution (groups that want secularism above all else and turn a blind eye to the reality of faith for virtue and for evil), Turkey’s ascendant Muslim fundamentalist majorities have ongoing associations with the Muslim Brotherhood, and, reputedly, they openly raise funds for ISIS and other terrorist organizations. The fact that Putin is bellowing about an ISIS-Turkey link only shows that he believes our once great ally Israel.
Given this background, it’s certain that the Russians were not targeting the Kurds or their allies in Northern Syria, and, given Turkey’s history, it’s more likely that Turkey shot down the Russian Su-24, not for a violation of Turkish airspace, but as payback for successful Russian sorties against Islamic fundamentalist groups. Their brazen ambush of an unsuspecting Russian pilot, was not a traditional shot across the bow; it has the hallmark unprovoked cowardly violence one expects of terrorists.
Meanwhile, American “leaders” continue to fight the cold war. Instead of recognizing that Christians, Yazidis and non-aggressive Muslims are far safer under Assad than they are under the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Queda and ISIS, they carry on as though Russia needs to be brought down a peg.
Russia may have taken over America and NATO’s leadership role in the Middle East, but the West has no one to blame but its liberal blindness. If the western powers can actually bring themselves to say “we are at war against radical Islam,” they would be fit to lead once again. Perhaps, if the West would actually name names of Radical Islamic groups, and if they openly exposed the central doctrines that are hateful to all mankind, they could emerge again as a profitable force for conscience in the Middle East. Until the West can do these basic things, they should be quiet and stay out of the way of real leadership, wherever that leadership may arise.