New Age Islam Edit Bureau
17 May 2017
Trump’s Policies Take Extremists By Surprise
The UN’s Silence About Israeli Apartheid
Egypt’s Future Rests On Its People’s Shoulders
Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor
Will Turkey Burn Its Bridges With The US?
White House Vs The Russia House
President Erdogan’s Road Map As AKP Chairman
Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Trump’s Policies Take Extremists by Surprise
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
16 May 2017
nothing has angered extremists, be them regimes or organized radical groups, as
much as the policies of US President Donald Trump has done.
surprised them with his policies and speed of movement in the Middle East, and
that is quite the opposite of what his predecessor did; the former president’s
approach was to keep his government passive and neutral, and later on, he tried
to reconcile with extremists.
first day in the White House, Trump chose government officials who agree with
his intention to target extremism, including governments, such as the Iranian.
The other surprise is that the president has immediately embarked on the
missions in Iraq and Syria, as well as Yemen; thus it was not just an election
analyzing the new US policy, some believed that Trump would be controlled by
the nuclear deal binding his country, and that he would be against Muslim
countries without distinguishing between them. However, his Government had
accepted to respect the deal and insisted that Tehran should abide by its
not want to be controlled by the deal, unlike Obama who has been silent on the
serious abuses that Iran has done, whether through its military expansion in
Iraq and Syria, by the oppression in the waterways when it fired at US naval
forces and others, or by smuggling arms across the sea to Yemeni or Bahraini
considers that all of the above are unacceptable and will be dealt with
accordingly. Thus, Tehran’s regime did not use the nuclear deal as an advantage
in imposing its interests and programs at the expense of others.
other hand, President Trump is determined to deal with terrorism, not only as a
security issue but as an integral political movement. He surprised everyone
with his project and actions that began when he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman in the White House; a program was drawn up to determine the allies he
plans to cooperate with.
later on to send an important message when he said that his first visit would
be to Riyadh and he decided to come to the Islamic world to hear from and
listen to their leaders. They will consequently begin joint actions to control
extremism and terrorism.
relations project, in which the Emirates played an important role, within the
bilateral Saudi-Emirati cooperation on all levels, is unprecedented and very
important in terms of type and size. The visit of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed,
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to the White House comes also in line with these
is taking his first step towards his grand project: eradicating terror in terms
of ideology, organization and networks. At the Riyadh Islamic summit, which
will be attended by 50 Islamic countries, almost all of them agreed to attend
and dialogue with the US president. This is a serious step that cannot be
compared to what former President Obama did; he made a couple of speeches to
urge the cooperation with the Muslim world and that was it.
There is no
doubt that Obama’s speech was beautiful, but the mistake was that he did
nothing else. He thought that neutrality was the best policy for his country.
During the long absence of the US, ISIS grew stronger and more dangerous than
al-Qaeda. Violence spread throughout the world, threatening everyone.
witnessing a collective project, Muslim governments and individuals are
involved in it, and that is the difference. Trump’s policy lies in transferring
responsibilities to the international community, especially to Muslim
countries. This is the right step, instead of dropping the accusations through
the media and be limited to security pursuits.
The UN’s Silence about Israeli Apartheid
By Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi
withdrawal of a UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
report led to the resignation two months ago of Rima Khalaf, executive
secretary general of the Commission. The report titled “Israeli practices
toward the Palestinian people and the question of Apartheid” was pulled from
the Commission’s website following intense pressure on UN Secretary General
Antonio Guterres by the United States and Israel. Khalaf announced her
resignation after the UN chief asked her to remove the report from the ESCWA
website. The report accuses Israel of imposing an “Apartheid regime” on
Khalaf is a
prominent Jordanian figure in the political and economic fields. She obtained
her bachelor’s degree in economics from the prestigious American University of
Beirut. She then secured her Master’s and doctorate degrees from the United
States. Khalaf has held several ministerial portfolios in Jordan, including the
ministries of industry and commerce, and planning. She has also served as
Jordan’s deputy prime minister.
chosen by the Financial Times newspaper as one of the top 50 personalities who
have carved a niche in the last decade. She worked as assistant secretary
general of the United Nations and as regional director of the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP) before assuming the post of executive secretary
general of ESCWA, which she sacrificed for the sake of the principles that she
which led to the resignation of Khalaf, is considered a research reference and
high-level study, meeting all the criteria of international law. This report
should have been translated into action by the international community and the
United Nations so as to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian
territories, as well as to halt the construction of settlements that have
already devoured most of the Palestinian territories, and stop the racial
practices of Israel against the Palestinian people.
is considered to be the first scientific survey based on the parameters of
international law about the crime of Apartheid, which is an inhuman practice
aimed at the control of one ethnic group by another. This is what Israel is
perpetrating against the Palestinian people. It is worth noting that those, who
applied pressure on the UN Secretary-General, neither discussed the text of the
report nor questioned its content. They also did not refute what was stated in
it, but merely attacked the report and asked for it to be withdrawn.
Secretary-General also distanced himself from the report. The UN spokesman
said: “The report as it stands does not reflect the views of the
Secretary-General and was done without consultation with the UN secretariat.”
In fact, such reports published by ESCWA or any other similar UN committees are
not supposed to be prepared after any consultation with the UN
Secretary-General or any other officials or agencies. The US ambassador to the
UN welcomed the UN Secretary-General’s position of distancing himself from the
could have ended at this point. But Israel was not satisfied with this and
continued mounting pressure on the UN Secretary-General and the United States,
and this led the UN chief to pressure Khalaf to withdraw the report. But she
refused to succumb to the pressure and instead asked him to waive the request
to withdraw the report. When he did not respond to this request, she tendered
her resignation, saying “my resignation is simply because I feel it my duty
towards the people we serve, towards the UN and towards myself, not to withdraw
an honest testimony about an ongoing crime that is at the root of so much human
could have been the same as other reports and resolutions adopted by the United
Nations and other international organizations condemning Israel for its crimes
against the Palestinian people. Israel does not bother about such reports, as
they remain mere ink on paper mainly because of the US position of constantly
blocking any move to condemn Israel. However, the case of this report is
different as it was instrumental in mounting pressure by Israel and the United
States on the UN Secretary- General and his surrender to this pressure and
eventually to his pressure on Khalaf to withdraw the report. She refused to
withdraw the report but instead resigned from her post at the helm of ESCWA,
and this led to the wide circulation of the report.
human rights organizations described the withdrawal of the report as a slap in
the face of international justice. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry denounced
the act in a statement saying, the ESCWA report is an alarming signal about the
plight of the Palestinians who are victims of Israeli Apartheid. The ministry
also noted that the report should lead to an awakening in Israeli society so
that it pressures its government to end the occupation, halt the building of
settlements as well as its racist practices before Israeli society drowns in the
By Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor
several of its neighbors, the Arab world’s most populous nation has thankfully
succeeded in regaining its political, security and social equilibrium following
years of turmoil. Egypt is on the right track, and with wise governance could
emerge as a regional success story. Often forgotten is that from 1926 until
1953, Egyptians were among the richest, most educated and progressive Arabs.
Cairo was the cleanest and most beautiful city on the planet. Egypt’s coffers
were overflowing. At one time, the guinea was made of 7.43 grams of gold, and
the dollar bought a mere 25 piastres. In the 1940s, the Egyptian stock exchange
was the world’s fourth largest.
loaned the equivalent of $29 billion to Britain during World War II, and the US
asked Egypt to give financial aid to European countries. Egypt was a land to
which Greeks, Italians and Armenians, among others, gravitated seeking often
menial employment. Working there was seen as a dream job. Unemployment never
exceeded 2 percent. Ethiopia and Uganda sought union with Egypt. In 1862, Japan
sent a mission to Egypt to learn how it could emulate the latter’s success.
evidenced from black and white movies produced during Egyptian cinema’s golden
age and archived Pathé newsreels, cosmopolitan Alexandria was dubbed the
region’s Côte d’Azur; its port was a hub for European cruise lines en route to
India and Singapore. Royal princes were students in the city’s illustrious
Victoria College. Fashion designers used to show their new collections in Cairo
before Paris. Taxis were luxurious American Cadillacs. In those days, the
country was renowned for producing the finest cottons and for constructing the
world’s first solar station.
former President Gamal Abdel Nasser was prominent among the army officers who
gave Egyptians their independence from Britain, and his nationalist pan-Arab
fervor served as an inspiration to Arabs everywhere. His intention to improve
the lives of the poor was worthy, but sadly many of his socialist economic
initiatives were misguided. Wars with Israel also contributed to the depletion
of Cairo’s finances.
are feeling the pinch due to rising prices, but they can look forward with
confidence. I have visited Cairo on numerous occasions over the past year. It
is chaotic and traffic-jammed but it remains one of my favorite cities,
presenting every facet of life in the raw. Whatever their station and personal
burdens, Egyptians always manage a smile and a joke. The capital reminds me of
an old mysterious lady clad in a faded ball gown, whose beauty still shines out
of her wrinkled face. Tomorrow belongs to her heirs, the youth. They are
Egypt’s true treasure, and they need to be nurtured in terms of education and
people were disappointed by the outcome of their revolution; their dissipated
dreams of greater freedoms and prosperity led a minority to lose faith in their
motherland. The idealists were mistaken. Their vast country is blessed by an
excellent climate, magnificent beaches, natural resources (oil, gas,
phosphates, gold and iron ore) and its archaeological heritage has unique
touristic potential. More importantly, with all its advantages and
imperfections, it is theirs.
bemoan the fact that their country did not become a European clone overnight or
hasten to apply for US visas, young Egyptians should roll up their sleeves.
Like a mother newly released from intensive care, their country needs their
energy, enterprise, innovation… and yes, their love. No one turns their back on
a parent in their time of need. Without love of the soil that bore us, we are
as orphaned as the refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq. I was passionate about my
own when all around us was sand.
The UAE was
not produced from a magician’s hat. We built it together brick by brick on a
strong foundation of unity, belief and hope. With patience and a stable
government, there is nothing preventing Egyptians from doing the same, or to be
more precise, bathing their country in good fortune once again. It has been an
uphill battle, but today the country is back on a positive trajectory; its
shattered economy is slowly but surely improving. For example, this month its
foreign reserves reached a six-year high of $28.5 billion.
flotation of the Egyptian pound has resulted in inflation, but on the upside
has attracted substantial foreign investment that leapt by “39 percent in the
first half of the current fiscal year,” Reuters reported. A newly passed
investment law is designed to incentivize foreign investors by offering major
tax discounts and the availability of free zones exempt from taxes and duties.
And despite the fact that both Russia and the UK are dragging their feet
regarding restoring flights suspended following the downing of a Russian Metrojet,
the tourism industry is recovering.
news is that Egypt’s energy woes are over. British Ambassador John Casson
announced that British Petroleum is set to invest $13 billion to “make Egypt
the new energy superpower.” At the end of this year, the massive Zohr
Mediterranean gas field discovered by Italian company Eni is scheduled to begin
production, and the country is expected to transition from an energy importer
to an exporter.
there is much still to be done. Parallel to its spending on infrastructure, the
government should invest in its human capital, particularly in education and
medical care, which are below standard, as the president has acknowledged. A
gradual reduction of subsidies makes perfect economic sense, but there must be an
effective safety net for the poorest sectors of society.
crucially, the pervasive culture of corruption and cronyism that exists from
top to bottom must be abolished. All citizens should enjoy equal opportunities
according to their talents, and should not have to pay bribes. The long-term
solution lies with educators, televised public service announcements and harsh
penalties for infringers. The authorities are working to change this. Lastly, I
would strongly encourage all Egyptians to instill in their children the flame
of patriotism. Let it burn bright, and with enough patience and determination
on the government’s part, just as they did during the first half of the 20th
century, everyone will want to walk like an Egyptian.
By Murat Yetkin
President Donald Trump’s hosting of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in the
White House on May 16, it is not realistic to expect relations between Ankara
and Washington to either go back to normal overnight or to nosedive and destroy
a long-running alliance.
It is true
that the problems between them are serious. They are more serious for Turkey
than the U.S., because Ankara sees two existential threats while Washington
sees tactical details.
One of the
issues is the U.S.’s cooperation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL) with the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Stressing that the YPG
is the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) - which
has been waging an armed campaign against Turkey for over three decades and
designated a terrorist organization also by the U.S. - Erdogan has been urging
Trump to drop the YPG-focused Pentagon plan in order to reach full cooperation
with NATO ally Turkey.
issue is the situation of Fethullah Gülen. A former ally of Erdogan’s ruling
Justice and Development Party (AK Parti), the Islamist preacher living in
Pennsylvania is now accused of masterminding the July 2016 military coup
attempt. Turkey wanted Gülen back to be tried on subversion charges even before
the coup attempt, and at the very least it wanted legal action to be taken
against him - which is actually possible according to a legal agreement between
the two countries - in order to stop Gülen orchestrating his network in Turkey
But a few
days before Erdogan’s visit to Washington, Trump approved a plan by the
Pentagon to deliver more and heavier arms for the Syrian Democratic Forces
(SDF), of which the YPG is the backbone, ahead of the approaching military
operation by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to take the Syrian city of Raqqa
from the occupation of ISIL. By doing that, Trump also showed that he was ready
for the possible closure of Turkey’s strategic Incirlik air base to U.S.
flights, depriving Erdogan of a major “trump card” in a possible bargain.
recent meeting in China, Russian President Vladimir Putin also left Erdogan no
room to maneuver vis-a-vis Trump, by saying that Moscow would also maintain its
contact with the YPG against ISIL.
As if to
agitate the already tense situation even further, on the day when Erdogan
arrived in the U.S. the Washington Post printed an op-ed penned by Gülen
himself. In it, he described the U.S. as a “second home” and presented himself
as a man of peace in the world, holding Erdogan as exclusively responsible for
ruining hundreds and thousands of lives due to persecutions following the coup
attempt. It was as if Gülen’s own illegal network within the state had no
responsibility for ruining many other lives and institutions in Turkey up until
a few years ago, before and during the AK Parti rule.
situation of rights and freedoms in Turkey since the coup attempt has been
deteriorating under the state of emergency. In the latest example, Oguz Güven,
the chief web editor of daily Cumhuriyet, which has over 10 of its writers,
editors and executives already in jail, was arrested on May 15 over the
headline of a news report about a car accident in which a prosecutor
investigating many cases after the state of emergency was killed. Overall,
there are over 150 journalists, writers and media executives currently in jail
situation creates an antipathetic atmosphere against Erdogan in the West,
particularly when combined with the controversial way the referendum was
carried out last month and the content of the changes passed, which resulted in
the consolidation of all executive power in the president’s hands with weakened
checks and balances.
Turkey does have legitimate security concerns, as a member of the Western
between Turkey and the U.S. are not limited to the YPG/PKK and the Gülen
network. From Central Asia to the Balkans, from the Ukraine-Russia crisis to
Mediterranean security, there are more than a dozen issues where the two
countries are cooperating. And there are steps that both must take in order to
keep this relationship going, which is in the interests of both of them.
White House Vs the Russia House
By Ahu Ozyurt
By the time
you read this article, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with
President Donald Trump will be over. I wish I could be a fly on the wall to
predict the discussions inside the White House, but my instinct tells me that
whatever is spoken inside will be dictated by a force outside Washington - the
media and President Erdogan’s team have been raising the level of expectations
for this meeting since Trump’s inauguration. But that is hardly new. For the
group of advisors around Erdogan, the world practically revolves around him and
the U.S. president when they meet. This was also the case in the Obama years,
and we have no reason to believe it has changed.
pendulum swings both ways. In contrast with Erdogan’s widespread media comfort,
Trump is not enjoying much “yes man” rhetoric in Washington at the moment. His
meetings and disclosures of classified information to a Russian delegation last
week are the latest signs of trouble. Trump is not getting any help from his
institutions, and the U.S. is showing the world and Erdogan’s camp that there
is still something called the separation of powers.
Daily News editor-in-chief Murat Yetkin noted on private broadcaster CNN Türk
on May 15 that U.S.-Turkey relations are much more layered and complicated than
the recent PYD/YPG crisis. So why is the pro-Erdogan media dropping hints that
Turkey could cut its ties with the U.S. in an instant? Turkey may shut down the
Incirlik air base to the U.S. but that is OK with the Pentagon. For Russia,
meanwhile, such a move would be more than OK.
Take a look
at the great spymaster Vladimir Putin’s statement about the Kurds in Syria. “As
the Kurdish factor is a real factor in the situation in Syria and Kurdish armed
formations are taking part in combat operations against ISIL and are among the
most combat efficient units, we consider it right to maintain working contacts
with them, if only for avoiding possible collisions and situations that could
create threats to our servicemen,” the Russian leader said in Beijing.
I am sure
the Pentagon’s critical men in uniform and President Trump would not hesitate
to echo Putin’s words to Erdogan. The only difference between Putin and Trump
is the former’s decision not to supply arms to the YPG in Syria. But then
again, Russia does not have to do that anyway.
So why is
President Erdogan’s visit to Washington being packaged as if it is the most
critical meeting of his career? Let’s admit it, this is Erdogan’s
post-referendum tour. The presidential palace’s staff and army of advisors,
including Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and National Intelligence
Organization (MIT) Chief Hakan Fidan, are all aware of the fact that the U.S.
military will not change its position regarding the Kurds in Syria. Trump may
comfort Erdogan with a couple of gestures and try to put his worries to rest.
But both leaders are seeking international alliances and legitimacy these days.
That is why right after Erdogan, Trump is going on a tour of Saudi Arabia,
Israel, the Vatican and Brussels, (pay attention to the order of the first
the U.S. could help Turkey get better relations with Syria’s Kurds. That was
the original plan before Turkey shot down a Russian aircraft in November 2015.
A first meeting is only a first meeting, but Turkey’s approach toward Syria and
the Syrian Kurds will likely be determined in the Kremlin rather than in
President Erdogan’s Road Map as AKP Chairman
By Serkan Demirtas
Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be elected as the chairman of the Justice and
Development Party (AKP) during the party’s extraordinary convention in Ankara
on May 21, marking another first in the country’s recent political history.
historical note: Both Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Ismet Inönü, Turkey’s first two
presidents were also members and chairmen of the Republican People’s Party
(CHP) until 1950, when the latter was replaced by Celal Bayar from the ranks of
the Democrat Party (DP). Although Bayar resigned from the chairmanship of the
DP after his election as Turkey’s third president, he continued his membership
in the party.
of an “impartial president” was introduced to the Turkish constitution in 1961
after the coup attempt in 1960 and has been preserved until today. One of the
articles of the comprehensive constitutional amendments that was narrowly
approved in the April 16 referendum permits the president to retain links with
his or her political party. Although the constitution still underlines the
impartiality of the president, Erdogan’s return to the leadership of the ruling
party will practically end his impartial status.
weekend’s convention will also mark a new era for the AKP government as it will
determine the short- and long-term priorities as well as policies to be adopted
under Erdogan’s leadership to secure simultaneous presidential and
parliamentary elections in 2019.
short-term, Erdogan’s priority will be to reshape both his AKP and the
government through a comprehensive reshuffle. It’s anticipated that he will
replace his top aides in order to let the AKP gain new momentum for the
upcoming elections. A study will also be carried out to analyze the
performances of the AKP’s provincial and municipal organizations in the light
of the referendum results.
aftermath of the AKP’s convention, a reshuffle is also expected at the
government but its scope will be outlined together with Prime Minister Binali
Yildirim. It’s believed that the change in the government will ease the hands
of Erdogan and Yildirim in their efforts to put the economy and international
relations in order.
address at the extraordinary convention will certainly give many messages in
regards to the government’s policies inside and outside the country, as well as
beacons on probable developments in the interim period until 2019.
three main areas on which Erdogan should focus: a further divided nation in the
light of the results of the referendum; risks in the field of international
relations and the economy.
his AKP team have realized that the 2019 elections will not be a piece of cake
given the referendum results and that they need to adopt a new language to
expand the 51.4 percent “yes” block. It will be quite important to what extent
Erdogan can pursue an embracing stance and language in this very difficult
international front, the AKP’s convention will take place days after Erdogan’s
first in-person meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and days before he is
set to meet NATO and EU leaders in Brussels. It’s no secret that Erdogan wants
to repair the damage to ties with the United States and the European Union and
that these meetings will provide an important opportunity to do so. We’ll hear
more about them from him on the convention day.
is sending new alarms with figures announced regarding inflation and
unemployment. The government is using each and every occasion to spread the
message that things are on the right course in Turkey and that there is nothing
for international investors to worry about.
deterioration in the level of democracy and poor human rights conditions, as
well as restricted fundamental freedoms, are also important factors that need
to be addressed by the president and the government in this very crucial
period. Turkey’s democracy is seen as third world even though it once set an
example to underdeveloped countries.
road map as the AKP’s chairman will certainly give us the necessary evidence to
determine how all the aforementioned issues will be addressed in this interim
period until 2019.
By Ysuf Kanli
the May 16 White House meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S.
senators and members of the House of Representatives reported to have written a
letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, urging him to concentrate more on Turkey’s
appalling retreat from fundamental rights, which constitute the backbone of
all members of the notorious Fethullah Gülen organization, also known as the
Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) gang, which Erdogan and his
government loves to hold responsible for whenever something bad happens.
agenda of the two leaders neither press freedom nor freedom of expression might
be as dominant as cooperation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL), or the ways in which ISIL would be fought. Why would Trump be bothered
with what has been happening to newsmen in Turkey while he himself has been in
such antagonistic state of affairs with the American media? Would he indeed be
impeached by the congress soon because of nasty undertakings – including but
not limited to passing on sensitive operational intelligence to the Russian
ambassador – as president?
the prestigious Financial Times, Gideon Rachman asserted that at the meeting
the two presidents might discover they have a lot in common. Like what? Both
are nationalists. Both promised to make their countries great again. Both have
turned governing into a family business and rely heavily on their sons-in-law,
Jared Kushner and Berat Albayrak. That’s what Rachman wrote. Both are despised
by metropolitan elites, but mostly beloved outside their countries’ big cities.
Both have accused their countries’ permanent bureaucracies of plotting against
them, the Financial Times writer stressed.
similarity between the two presidents might be seen in their approaches to the
media. Yet, so far, Trump has not yet acquired the power to engage in a
full-fledged war with the media. He might be bashing them of being “the world’s
most dishonest people” engaged in concocting “fake news.” But in Erdogan’s
Turkey, as of the end of April, the number of scribes in prison has reached
159, and is still increasing. Only yesterday an Istanbul court ordered the
arrest of the web editor of daily Cumhuriyet over a news story on the daily’s
website that was removed immediately after 55 seconds about a deadly traffic
accident that killed a prosecutor was inappropriately broadcast under a
How could a
journalist of 32 years be sent to prison for a headline, which he, as the
editor, found it inappropriate and changed it in 55 seconds?
really important whether American senators wrote such a letter to Trump ahead
of his rendezvous with Erdogan? Would it really matter whether or not those
senators and representatives were “influenced” or “deceived” by U.S.-based
Fethullah Gülen or his followers to write such a letter? Is it a secret that
Turkey has become an autocracy? Is it a secret that a merciless pogrom against
critics, opponents, and those who refuse to obey the regime of the supreme
power of the country has been continuing in this country under the pretext of
Erdogan was at the Blair House preparing for his meeting with Trump across the
street from the White House, an operation was continuing at four ministries in
Turkey and there were reports that scores of Gulenists were netted again. But
while thousands of civil servants, officers, teachers, journalists, academics
and businessmen were deprived of their liberties and placed behind bars on
grounds they were members of the FETÖ gang, somehow only a handful of
politicians and surprisingly all inactive politicians, were accused and
detained over FETÖ links. Apparently FETÖ was unable to infiltrate the ruling
Justice and Development Party (AKP) or other parties.
Erdogan must be waiting for the appropriate time to harvest the “political
FETÖ” or he might be considering better for his interests to hold some
FETÖ-tainted politicians hostage. He probably might have briefed Trump while
demanding the extradition of Gülen to Turkey about the political contamination
the gang created in Turkey. Obviously, if there was contamination in all
spheres including media, bureaucracy, military, and the religious affairs
directorate, how could politics be immune from it?
Was it not
Erdogan who publicly asked for forgiveness from God for being deceived by
believing Gülen? Awkward as it was, God’s forgiveness did not work for
thousands of bureaucrats, soldiers, judges, prosecutors, journalists and others
who were deceived by FETÖ…
would probably also ask Trump, “Tell me what you wanted from us that we did not
give that you opted to get it through the Syrian Kurds?” Or, perhaps he would
tell Trump, as he said in China, he would not see it appropriate that the U.S.
was aligning with terrorists and engaging in a war to liberate Raqqa in
collaboration with the Kurds. Trump would probably tell Erdogan, once Raqqa is
conquered, that Syrian Kurds would leave the city…
Erdogan believe that? Well he may ask God’s forgiveness for being fooled by