America and Turkey are even alienating their Gulf allies: Egypt and Syria
America and Turkey are even alienating their Gulf allies: Egypt and Syria
Nuray Lydia Oglu and Helmet Joachim Schmidt
Modern Tokyo Times
It appeared several years ago that President Obama and Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey were part of a powerful alliance within the Middle East and North Africa whereby other nations took notice. Of course, this doesn’t imply that other nations in the Middle and North Africa followed America and Turkey blindly; but clearly it appeared that America and Turkey held many aces. However, fast forward to 2013 and the words of Erdogan appear to be based on “militant rhetoric;” while very few nations take much notice of Obama because of “empty promises and shallow words.”
In Syria despite certain disagreements it is clear that America, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have similar ambitions with regards to overthrowing the government of Syria. Yet, when it comes to Egypt then clearly Erdogan is now creating tensions with Saudi Arabia and other conservative Gulf states – apart from Qatar which is equally becoming “a leper.” At the same time, the Obama administration is confused about the dismantling of their “Muslim Brotherhood dream ticket” in controlling compliant nations. Of course, being Obama, then stage two leads to confusion and ineptitude on a scale of mega proportions.
Lee Jay Walker from Modern Tokyo Times comments that “If America desires to refrain from providing economic and military support to Egypt in the short-term; then who will really be missing out? Not only this, the fact that conservative Gulf states, like Saudi Arabia, are firmly backing Egypt; then does America’s boat really matter to such a great extent? Also, if America wants to sulk over the failure of their “Muslim Brotherhood dream ticket” then Washington will be left behind because times are changing. On top of this, the so-called moderate angle to the Muslim Brotherhood painted by the Obama administration is now a very hard sell. After all, the destruction of so many Christian churches is testimony to the sectarian and violent reality of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Likewise, despite the backing of sectarianism, terrorism and sedition against Syria it is clear that this nation is not only standing tall but this nation is much stronger today than one year ago. Of course, Syria is still faced by many dangers because NATO Turkey is an open al-Qaeda and terrorist conduit. Similarly, religious zealots from all over the world are still entering Syria in vast numbers because of the connivance of major Gulf and Western powers. Yet, despite everything the Syrian armed forces remain determined and Hezbollah is trying to cut the ratlines in parts of Lebanon alongside providing limited military support on the ground. It goes without saying that Christians and other minorities are not fleeing the Syrian armed forces or Hezbollah. However, all minorities are extremely fearful of terrorist groups which are being aided and abetted by powerful Gulf nations and members of NATO.
Egypt is now facing a brutal media war whereby it appears that killing approximately 100 government personnel is deemed to be “peaceful.” Of course, the reality is abundantly clear and this applies to Muslim Brotherhood supporters mutilating police officers, attacking Christian churches, parading Christian nuns, killing soldiers and torturing captured individuals during many violent demonstrations that set Egypt ablaze. The response by Obama was ineffectual because after several years of pro-Muslim Brotherhood propaganda his administration couldn’t hide the brutal anti-Christian nature of the Muslim Brotherhood. Nor can the Obama administration ignore the reality that terrorism in the Sinai is increasing based on the entire Islamist terrorist and militant threat to Egypt.
Erdogan is now isolating even his last remaining friends in the Middle East therefore modern day Turkey appears to be out of the loop when it comes to Europe and the Middle East region. Turkish citizens are also being divided by his policies and now Turkey is showing the entire world that NATO members have no problems with working with al-Qaeda affiliated groups. In other words, Erdogan is becoming a major embarrassment to many NATO members which don’t support the rhetoric and usage of al-Qaeda affiliates unlike America, France, Turkey and the United Kingdom which are all involved in many terrorist and sectarian ratlines.
Prior to the latest Erdogan spat towards Gulf nations Lee Jay Walker commented that “The real beauty of Erdogan and Davutoglu is that they can isolate friends and foes alike. After all, to anger Egypt, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Syria and many elements within Lebanon takes some doing. Other nations like Armenia, Cyprus, the Russian Federation and others also have a tense relationship with Turkey. This is based on Turkey being a NATO Trojan horse but wrapped up within Turkish nationalism and a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy mentality. Yet, true to Erdogan and Davutoglu they even alienate some NATO members therefore recently Germany showed its disdain towards the abruptness of the current Erdogan administration.”
Obama must equally be embarrassed by the Muslim Brotherhood attacking Christian holy places and with Erdogan blaming the Jews for the current crisis in Egypt. However, with Iraq ignoring the whims of America in relation to Syria and now with Saudi Arabia supporting Egypt; then the scraps left for Obama appears to be Jordan and the unstable Erdogan administration in Turkey. Likewise, Christians on the whole in Egypt and Syria are alarmed by Washington siding with anti-Christian forces. This applies to the Obama administration looking favorably towards the militant Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and supporting forces which are assisting various al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in Syria.
In the Hurriyet Daily News in Turkey it was reported that “In the second strongly-worded statement delivered in two consecutive days, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ pointed the finger at Egypt’s neighboring countries ruled by monarchs, claiming that these states supported the coup regime in order to better control Egypt, as “puppet administrations” were easier to control than democracies.”
“There are a lot of monarchic administrations around Egypt. People living under those monarchies might say ‘Look how it went in Egypt, a great success has emerged. Here, why shouldn’t it happen for us?’ Therefore it is clear that there are monarchic structures disturbed by the change in Egypt around the axis of democracy, human rights and people’s will. One must be blind not to see it. It is that clear.” Therefore, irrespective if Bozdağ makes some valid points towards feudal monarchies in the Gulf region, it still points to the Erdogan government turning against allies which are sponsoring the destabilization of Syria.
Ahram Online reports that “Egypt has scrapped a joint naval exercise with Turkey in frustration with the latter’s “unacceptable” position on Egypt’s affairs, the Egyptian foreign ministry said.”
“The move comes “in protest at the unacceptable statements and actions by Turkey, which constitute a blatant interference in Egypt’s [domestic] affairs and stand against the will of the Egyptian people,” read a statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Another important feature of recent events is that behind all the smiles it is clear that America and Saudi Arabia share different visions towards the Middle East. Both nations may be in tune when it comes to destabilizing Syria but clearly Egypt is a different issue. Therefore, while Erdogan blusters, it is clear that Obama can’t see beyond his feeble soundbites which are increasingly being seen to be nothing more than “empty words.”
F. William Engdahl comments about the split between America and Saudi Arabia over the crisis in Egypt. He states that “The Saudi decision to take bold action to stop what it saw as a disastrous US Islamic strategy of backing Brotherhood revolutions across the Islamic world has dealt a blow to the mad US strategy of believing it can use the Brotherhood as a political force to control the Islamic world more tightly and use it to destabilize China, Russia and the Islamic parts of Central Asia.”
“The Saudi monarchy began to fear that the secretive Brotherhood would one day rise against their rule as well. They never forgave George W. Bush and Washington for toppling the Baath Party secular dictatorship of Saddam Hussein in Iraq that brought a majority Shi’ite to power there, nor the US decision to topple close Saudi ally Mubarak in Egypt. America’s dutiful “vassal state” in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, revolted on July 3 by backing and supporting the military coup in Egypt.”
Two years ago the anti-Syrian alliance looked extremely potent but today it is a mismatch of nations which don’t trust each other. Indeed, France made sure that Qatar would not overstep its mark in Mali. Now Obama and Erdogan look like forlorn individuals whereby Obama is clutching at “Islamist militant and terrorist straws.” Meanwhile, Erdogan rants and raves at all and sundry with the end result being that Turkey is now isolated within the region. Therefore, America and Turkey can posture against Egypt and Syria respectively. However, the shifting sands are pointing to Washington and Ankara being more isolated throughout the region. Also, even a marriage of convenience between America and Turkey isn’t feasible because Erdogan can’t be trusted and Obama is out of his depth when it comes to foreign policy.
Lee Jay Walker gave guidance to both main writers