(Photo by Joshua Tartakovsky, September 2017. (C) All Rights Reserved 2018).
By Joshua Tartakovsky
24 January 218
Greeks, by and large, and known not to be exceptionally Turkophile. However, in my recent visits to Greece, it was from Greeks, not from others, that I heard a commonly expressed view that NATO, after destabilizing Syria, will go after Turkey, seeking to divide it and fragment it.
Dimitris Kazakis, a leader of the EPAM political party, told me how the western financial system does not want to see sovereign states. Instead, it wishes to fragment these states, divide them, unify them under its command, destabilize them, all for the sake of increasing its profit.
Can an independent sovereign country maintain its own economy and resist attempts to be bought of cheaply?
This remains an open question.
Another Greek thinker, who prefers to remain anonymous, also said that he believes that NATO will try to destabilize Turkey within a year, whether by encouraging a civil war or by carrying out a coup.
But conspiracies aside, one cannot accuse these Greeks of being exceptionally fond of Turkey, and yet they interpret reality this way. How can we measure if this is true? When one looks coldly at the current crisis in Turkey, one has to ask:
Why would the US want to support the Kurds against Turkey?
Well, arguably, the US would want to divide Syria by creating a Kurdish enclave in the north.
But what will happen once Turkey sabotages this plan?
And can President Erdogan, who ran on a pro-peace platform at first, solve the Kurdish issue peacefully?
As long as guns keep flowing into the region, a peaceful resolution is unlikely.
Turkey lies between east and west, at a crucial geopolitical axis, and its economic potential is immense. It is home to an ancient culture, vast historical riches, and a vibrant and educated youth (much of whom has been radicalized by President Erdogan’s Islamization program). Anyone who comes to Istanbul can witness its vibrant secular culture and sophisticated tastes. It is tragic enough that Syria’s ancient civilizations (Palmyra for instance) have been badly damaged. Let us hope war will not come to Turkey too.