Turkey’s ISIS Crisis by Sinan Ülgen – Project Syndicate

President Barack Obama addresses his remarks t...

President Barack Obama addresses his remarks to the Turkish Parliament Monday, April 6, 2009, in Ankara, Turkey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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This is an excellent, must-read, article published by Project Syndicate.

via Turkey’s ISIS Crisis by Sinan Ülgen – Project Syndicate.

The author, Sinan Ülgen, explains that Turkey sees the challenges very differently from the US  and questions the the US’s long term objectives. Let me give you a flavor:

If the US and Turkey are to work together to eradicate the Islamic State, they will first have to agree on a longer-term strategy for restoring some semblance of order to a crisis-ravaged region.

So once again, we are back with the US not having an effective strategy. Obama admitted as much publicly then he announced his strategy for dealing with ISIS. Sadly, Obama did not share his overall strategy for the Middle East as part of the US foreign and defense policies.

If you read  Sinan Ülgen’s article carefully, it increasingly brings into question the effectiveness the US’s Middle Eastern policy under Obama. {See related FT article on how the US has teamed up with countries who have financed terrorism}


One response

  1. Dr Alf has put forward an interesting article about the differences between how America and Turkey view ISIS and the issues of Muslim radicalization.

    How we in the West deal with it requires clarity and an understanding of the situation as it actually is and where our long term interests lie.

    A no fly zone over Syria would be viewed by the Russians as an act of war, so Turkey is not in a position to demand one without triggering World War 3.

    Replacing the Assad regime might sound like a great idea but as with Saddam Hussein the alternative has proved very much worse because under his regime which we once supported, ISIS would have been stopped from ever happening.

    Our military leaders in Britain have already told the Government to stop Saudi Arabia and Qatar from funding ISIS.

    The response has been that it is all down to wealthy individuals which is clearly a lie because the
    acquisition of American military hardware on such a scale requires massive logistical expertise and Government sanction.

    The UK through British Aerospace Defense Systems has in Saudi Arabia a puppet regime to which it exports vast amounts of military equipment and in Qatar it has the same.

    Thus, we profit from ISIS’s financial backers, whilst at the same time wanting to crush ISIS, who are now out of control, and in charge of oilfields and other even greater treasures we spent much blood and toil to seize.

    America always wanted a Balkanized Iraq, with its $61 trillion USD’s worth of oil, plus control over whatever it is that lies in the museum in Baghdad, the first building they occupied after the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

    Turkey wants a rebuilt Ottoman Empire, having lost the first one in 1918.
    ISIS is one problem; radicalized Islam is another.

    Dealing with ISIS requires that we stop being squeamish and take a radical and firm action; here is my strawman:

    1)Assassinate any private funders of ISIS as message to all the others.

    2)Replace the Saudi and Qatari regimes with regimes run by people who buy our military hardware and do as we tell them.

    3)As part of 2, stop ISIS funding

    4)Surround the area marked out by ISIS, and declare everything within it a free fire zone.

    Use killer robots and a new version of Operation Arclight with B52’s to lay waste the obvious areas of infestation using thermobaric weapons with the power of Hiroshima style nuclear bombs to eliminate what is there.

    Cleanse the areas with napalm and use robots to be the “boots on the ground”.

    5)Put a bounty on the heads of those that remain sufficiently attractive to encourage ex-Blackwater and Executive Outcomes contractors and our own sacked soldiers to re-enlist as private contractors to track down and terminate anyone left.

    6)This will involve collateral damage but we had casualties of 775,000 in Iraq plus 1 million dead children because of sanctions, damaged water supplies and damaged hospitals not to mention deformities caused by uranium tipped armor piercing ammunition.

    In the scheme of things, this would be a small price to pay.To be clear, by way of comparison, it will be far greater casualties than Israel inflicted on Gaza. for example.

    7)Take Erdogan in Turkey to one side, and remind him of who controls his fate, and that his dreams of an Ottoman Empire are for the history books.

    8)Stop the building of any new mosques anywhere in the West, ban the burqua and the niquab

    9)Close down and demolish any existing mosques where treason and sedition or Jihad was preached.

    10)Deport all inflammatory imans who are not from the UK.

    11)Apply the Treason Act 1318 to all Muslims calling for Caliphates, Jihad or acts of terror

    12)Terminate with extreme prejudice any person from the West who goes to Syria or Iraq with murderous intent

    13)Make the police do their job by arresting all Muslims calling for Jihad which is nothing more than incitement to murder

    14)Call in all Muslim leaders and give them the stern word that religous freedom is one thing but giving licence for people to undermine the country is another.

    This with a clear understanding that citizenship and the legal right to remain for Muslims who have come from elsewhere is contingent on them integrating and following the laws of the land.

    If these leaders balk at this, or there is trouble, then pick a number of them and deport them along with any other troublemakers from those Muslim communities, preferably in very large numbers.

    15)Come to a private arrangement with the Russians vis-a-vis Syria, the Assad regime and actions against ISIS in Syria that does not involve an officially sanctioned no fly zone

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