A movement against peace and democracy

Published 17.12.2014 01:48

Nowadays Turkey's agenda is preoccupied with the operation that was conducted against the Gülen Movement on the weekend. I would like to address the operation in terms of economic policy to show that they aren't what they seem. To this end, I need to go back in time to Sept. 12, 1980 when the 1980 coup d'état was staged. Fethullah Gülen, the U.S.-based leader of the movement living in self-imposed exile, and his group played a crucial role in those days that dragged Turkey into darkness. At that time, Gülen was a preacher at a mosque in İzmir's Bozyaka district. However, overstepping the limits of his profession, he collaborated with the coup leaders that ruled Turkey. This is the leader of a movement that schemes in any kind of plot against its own country under the guise of a religious group.

Even though Turkey has overcome those dark days of 1980, it could not duly settle old scores with institutions and people who masterminded, advocated and supported those plots. The fact that coup plots such as Ergenekon and Sledgehammer, which came after a closure case against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), gave us hope about a new era. At that time, we could not anticipate that the judiciary, which litigated these cases, had an agenda working for a different purpose and structure. This agenda was unveiled blatantly after Dec. 17, 2013. Let us look at the process that the Gülen Movement has recently tried to prevent in Turkey and the region.

In 2010, Turkey and Brazil signed an important agreement with Iran. This step should have been understood as the first step of the agreement between the West and Iran made in Geneva. With 2010's agreement, Iran consented that low-enriched uranium would be sent to Turkey in return for nuclear fuel that would be used in research reactors. It was of the utmost importance that Turkey and Brazil took part in this agreement, as then Brazilian President Lula da Silva and Turkey's former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were two leaders who resisted the conventional global system, criticized the shortcomings of this system and therefore were targeted by the neocon blocs. Lula and Erdoğan, in a nutshell, were representing a new alternative structure of the U.N. along with U.S. President Barack Obama. Erdoğan began criticizing the U.N.'s traditional order more frequently during and after this time.

The years of 2011, 2012 and 2013 were critical for global neocons and the huge financial oligarchy that supported them. Obama was re-elected in the U.S., the Muslim Brotherhood fortified its victory in Egypt and Dilma Roussef came to power in Brazil following Lula's footsteps. However, the main problem was Erdoğan, who pursued economic and foreign policies that would gradually tear down the IMF's prescriptions and the Treaty of Lausanne that debarred Turkey from the Misak-i Milli (National Oath). The Gezi Park protests broke out to stop the whole process, while similar uprisings were also witnessed in Brazil simultaneously. The military coup succeeded in toppling the Muslim Brotherhood and its democratically elected leader Mohammed Morsi in Egypt, which is the key country to complement Turkey in North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. At this time, the reconciliation process was running smoothly in Turkey despite provocations, and the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) project was added to this success atmosphere. A critical agreement was signed in Baku several days after the Dec. 17 operation. In Baku, the agreement was signed to launch such important energy projects as the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP), which will run from Azerbaijan and Georgia to Italy. These projects indicated the realization of the SGC as well as the emergence and integration of Eurasia in the strictest sense. With the implementation of stage two of the Shah Deniz project, the economies of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria entered an integration process, starting with energy. During the hours when this agreement was signed, then Prime Minister Erdoğan was verbalizing Turkey's resolution on EU membership, saying that visa obligation would be removed between Turkey and the EU.

All of these developments indicated the end of the ill fortune of the regional countries that had experienced economic challenges for years thanks to political divisions and conflicts. They also meant steps taken toward a true market economy and democracy in the Eurasian region, as well as the permanent end of neocon blocs and dictatorships in the region. The SGC, which was actualized by significant contributions from Turkey and Azerbaijan and carries historical, economic and political significance in addition to its physical existence, was one of the most important and historic steps toward peace, welfare and true integration. Furthermore, Iran and Israel were also added to the SGC and Turkey signed energy agreements with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). As I noted many times before, all this points to a new Turkey, a new Middle East and a new world. And the Gülen Movement is an illegal organization that is set against this new world.

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