The pace at which condemnation of the PKK occurred with out permitting time for evaluation and investigation is worrying. It suggests a bent towards appeasement, which is not any shock given the international coverage of the Obama administration, which Biden is reviving.
Early on Monday, the Washington Submit wrote:
Simmering hostility between Turkey’s authorities and the Biden administration burst into the open Monday when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused america of supporting Kurdish militants and his Overseas Ministry summoned the American ambassador.
The most recent outburst got here a day after Ankara stated that 13 Turkish hostages being held in northern Iraq by the militant Kurdistan Staff’ Occasion, or PKK, had been discovered executed by their captors. The State Division issued an announcement condemning the killings however suggesting the PKK’s involvement had but to be confirmed.
That was the accountable response, pending particulars, however Erdogan’s fury sparked a fast turnaround. In a while the identical day, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the PKK “below strain from Turkey.”
Erdogan conveniently exploited Turkey’s NATO membership, stating:
If we’re along with you in NATO, if we’re to proceed our unity, then you’ll act sincerely in the direction of us. Then, you’ll stand with us, not with the terrorists.
His platitudes about “unity” are a farce. Erdogan cares nothing about unity with the infidel nations of NATO. Turkish expansionism and a revived Ottoman Empire are his targets; his hatred for the EU, which he views as “collapsing,” is palpable. Again in 2016, Overseas Coverage Journal warned that “Turkey’s new maps” have been “reclaiming the Ottoman Empire” and that Erdogan’s “aggressive nationalism” was “spilling over Turkey’s borders, grabbing land in Greece and Iraq.” Even Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi warned that Erdogan “now overtly makes use of the Islamic issue,” and el-Sisi additionally warned of a “wave of terrorists in Greece sooner or later,” despatched by Turkey.
Lately, Erdogan additionally vowed “make use of his nation’s army to safe Turkey’s place in a rebalanced new world order.” And proper earlier than Christmas, he hailed leaders of the Armenian genocide and the “Islamic Military of Caucasus.” Erdogan is an Islamic supremacist manipulator and Turkey ought to have way back have been expelled from NATO.
The Biden administration’s swift appeasement of Turkey is a matter of concern that bears watching.
“US condemns ‘PKK’ assault below strain from Turkey,” DW, February 15, 2021:
US Secretary of State Anthony [sic] Blinken known as his Turkish counterpart on Monday, and stated Washington concurred that the Kurdish PKK group “bears accountability” for the killings of 13 Turkish hostages in Iraq on the weekend. The transfer adopted condemnations from Ankara after the primary US response expressed condolences however didn’t categorically blame the PKK.
“The Secretary expressed condolences for the deaths of Turkish hostages in northern Iraq and affirmed our view that PKK terrorists bear accountability,” a State Division press launch stated on Monday.
Hours earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had accused the US of backing the outlawed Kurdish militia group — after Washington didn’t instantly again up Ankara’s claims over who was accountable.
The federal government stated on Sunday that the Kurdistan Staff’ Occasion (PKK) had executed 13 Turkish hostages in a collapse Iraq. The PKK blamed Turkish airstrikes.
The State Division initially responded to the incident by saying: “If experiences of the dying of Turkish civilians by the hands of the PKK, a delegated terrorist group, are confirmed, we condemn this motion within the strongest potential phrases.”
The feedback drew sharp criticism from the Turkish president in a televised deal with to his supporters. In it, he instructed Washington: “You stated you didn’t assist terrorists, when actually you might be on their facet and behind them.”
Erdogan claims a free move in Iraq
The unique US assertion and the following telephone name confused the significance of the bilateral relationship between the international locations.
Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had expressed his frustration with the silence from “international locations which can be supposedly claiming to battle terrorism.”
The Overseas Ministry had additionally summoned the US ambassador in Ankara, David Satterfield, on Monday.
Erdogan stated no particular person or nation had the proper to “query, criticize or oppose Turkey’s operations in Iraq and Syria” after the “massacre” that occurred in northern Iraq.
He urged america to point out assist. “If we’re along with you in NATO, if we’re to proceed our unity, then you’ll act sincerely in the direction of us. Then, you’ll stand with us, not with the terrorists,” Erdogan stated….