For four years now Turkey has been watching a cruel war along its approximately 1,000-km border where savagery is getting into worse. It has resisted all kinds of pressure in order to avoid becoming a part of the war. Countless actions, such as the attack on our consulate on Mosul, the Reyhanlı bombing and the downing of one of our planes, have failed to make Turkey a part of this dirty war.
The American secret state apparatus, however, has always wanted to see Turkey a part of this war in Syria. A war involving bases in Turkey would be much easier and cheaper for the US. The US Army knew that it would be facing a worse situation in Syria than it had confronted in Iraq, because this time Daesh was also on the scene. In addition, the costs of a land operation would now exceed America’s means. But it could use Turkish troops right on the border for that purpose. Turkey possesses NATO’s second largest army, and if Turkey entered the war with its bases and troops, that would change everything.
The pretext was the increase in acts of terror in Turkey. In fact, however, the US had won Turkey over on the subject of its bases. Four Turkish bases, including Incirlik had been made available for coalition Reapers. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis reported the awaited disaster when he said, “Military officials launched armed drones over the weekend.”
So what do these Reapers do? What do these simple words of Davis’s actually mean? Let me explain by going back to recent attacks in Syria and Iraq. Research under the scope of the Airwars project by a team of independent journalists revealed that 459 civilians died in 52 aerial attacks on these regions. A 100 of these were children. The number of civilians who died in more than 5,700 aerial attacks carried out over 5 years is a mystery. But the data suggest that the figure is very high. Of course, these figures are nowhere to be seen in the official data. Although John Hesterman, the general in command of the coalition, claims that these attacks “are the most precise and disciplined,” this does not alter the fact that a bomb dropped from the air proceeds toward a blind target. Airwars project director Chris Woods, says that these official data are incompatible with genuine information from the attack zone. According to Al-Jazeera and Reuters, 70 local civilians died in a single attack on June 3.
That is what the drones, the Reapers, that carry the bombs do. They lock onto an objective and target civilians, women, children and the elderly, there. The sad thing is that although those in remote control of these toys claim to be “precise and disciplined,” they still have to risk more or less civilian casualties. That is what makes the dirty war in Syria and Iraq even dirtier.
They now want to make Turkey a part of this dirty war; in return for meeting Turkey’s legitimate demand for a safe zone. That safe zone will not be a secure region in the sense Turkey expects, but will at least go some way to meeting those expectations. However, the plan is for Turkish and coalition planes to protect a region some 110 km long and 40-km wide between Azez and Cerablus.
The plan is for members of the moderate opposition to be installed there and for the region also to be a place of safety and protection for refugees wishing to stay in Syria. So far so good. But there is also the problem of the YPG in the region, a matter of major importance for Turkey. The following statement by US Department of State spokesman John Kirby reveals the scale of this horrifying scenario: “The fact that we now have access to bases in Turkey will allow for that support (to YPG) to be more timely and perhaps even more effective.”
As I have made clear many times in these pieces the YPG, which has taken control of the Kurdish region of Syria, is an arm of the PKK. Turkey’s only war in the last 40 years has been against the PKK. The only reason why the Turkish Armed Forces are now bombing PKK command centers in the Qandil mountains is the refusal of the terror organization to negotiate, and the fact that it knows nothing but terror and anarchy. That being the case, it is unacceptable for the US to use Turkish bases to supply and arm the PKK and increase its room for maneuver. If Turkey’s border is really to resemble a safe zone, then the area needs to be purged of all terror organizations. Including the YPG.
Turkey, which is now locked in struggle with the PKK inside and outside the country, has been condemned to pay a great price, and efforts appear to be being made to force it into the Syrian war. Turkish planes will not enter Syrian air space and in that sense Turkey will not directly involved in the war. However, by opening its bases to coalition planes Turkey will still have become involved in this dirty war, albeit indirectly, in which innocent people are attacked. As a Muslim country, we must fear that we will have to bear the responsibility for every innocent life that is lost.
In addition, Turkey’s agreement with the PKK, its violent scourge, being supported in this way means no less than being party to the emergence of a new terrorist state in the region. The worst thing is it is not only Turkey that will suffer, but the entire region and the US that laid the foundations for it. We reject the idea that the Kurds, Turkey, the Middle East or America should have to face this Marxist scourge.
Precautions must therefore be taken beforehand. Turkey is well aware of the scale of the threat and must exhibit a determined posture. It must oppose with all its might the support being given to PKK in Syria.
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