It's funny to see the efforts of certain figures in Western media to ‘evidently' portray Turkey as the most dangerous ally in international relations
Christopher Dickey, the world news editor of the Daily Beast website, thinks that the U.S. administration should remove the estimated 50-90 thermo-nuclear weapons from Incirlik Air Base because Turkey has become the most dangerous ally of the United States. According to Dickey, Turkey is now a menace to the integrity of NATO because President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is falsely accusing the U.S. of allowing the architect of the failed July coup to live in Pennsylvania. His references are to the works of the followers of the leader of that coup. He has a factual mistake in every paragraph. It is impossible to comprehend how he jumps to the "nightmare scenarios" he depicts: Anti-Erdoğan officers in the military taking the nuclear bombs from İncirlik, Daesh terrorists raiding Turkey and snatching the bombs, Erdoğan followers removing them to an unknown location.
He evidently tries to portray Turkey as dangerously unstable. He writes that Erdoğan is seeking to win what amounts to dictatorial power with a constitutional referendum. Oh, finally he blurts what he has in mind! It is the referendum again!Dickey is not alone in being infatuated with the idea that the day after the referendum Erdoğan assumes all the dictatorial powers they envision. Almost the entire European media have been engaged in an effort to make sure that Erdoğan fails to assume those imaginary powers. It is difficult to see why editors from Bonn to Paris are stubbornly determined to achieve this objective.
After all it is the internal business of Turkey; the country is still a republic, willing to stay a part of Western civilization, etc. and it is only switching from a system of government that makes a coalition of parties a necessity. Despite the fact that the Turkish people have chosen a single party with enough deputies to form a majority government for the last decade, a series of weak governments with short life spans made the country waste valuable time and energy. Establishing a presidential system, the constitutional reform package will make sure that the country will have a stable government from one election to the next. This fact alone ought to make Turkey's European allies happy that it is not going to lose valuable resources in its development efforts.
But they are not happy! They seem concerned that the quality of democracy will suffer. Why do they think so opposite to what the majority seems to believe?
Mustafa Kartoğlu in his article in the Star newspaper concludes that it is not democracy that concerns Europeans. After citing a long list of demographic numbers, the author reminds us that strong administrations in Turkey will only make Turkey more developed economically and stronger socially. Kartoğlu says that if Turkey was a full member today, Turkish deputies would have the highest number of members in the European Parliament and European Commission. In other words, Turkish ministers will be at the helm of the European Union.
The more you blacken the good name of Turkey and its president, the more opportunity you might have to keep Turkey out of that helm-house.
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Hakkı Öcal is an award-winning journalist. He currently serves as academic at Ibn Haldun University.