Regardless of whether you are enthusiastic about conspiracy theories or not, Global Research's claim that 'former National Security Agency (NSA) systems analyst Edward Snowden recently revealed that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was trained by the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence and spy agency' is a topic worthy of debate.
It seems to me that the current phenomena give more striking signals than conspiracy theories, however. Put yourself into the shoes of Israeli leaders: you can no longer fool the whole world when you heavily shell the Gaza Strip under the pretence of counterterrorism. With each and every offensive, you awaken the world to your brutal standpoint on Gaza. While you are suffering in the depths of despair and things seem dire for you, ISIS, which has intruded into Syria and Iraq, comes into the picture and lends a helping hand to you (in part, by virtue of a distraction). This organization, which regularly shares the footage of its relentless massacres on YouTube and Twitter, diverts the attention of the Western world from Zionism to a fabricated image of "brutal Islam." Moreover, the entire world is wondering whether Baghdad will fall or not. Now, confess: if you were an Israeli administrator, you would be walking on air in the presence of such a situation, right?
Anyone that realizes those who make use of ISIS's existence in the region becomes dumbstruck. For example, as his last political move, Obama wanted to dethrone Nouri al-Maliki to maintain Iraq's territorial integrity (and did so successfully). However, it was impossible to convince the American people to interfere militarily into the internal affairs of Iraq yet again. This time, however, ISIS came to Obama's assistance. The number of Americans, who supported the removal of ISIS who suddenly started to advance upon the Yazidis and Christians, has grown rapidly in a week. This, of course, opened some doors for Obama. After the U.S. launched air operations against ISIS, both the Iraqi army and peshmerga troops gained a confidence boost. Meanwhile, al-Maliki was made to resign from office in a more quick and uneventful way than expected.
The removal of al-Maliki is also for the good of the Shiites, who disfavored him but did not dare to send him in fear of an internal conflict, and of the Sunnis who were oppressed during his tenure. Moreover, İlhami Işık, who is renowned for his analyses on the Kurdish movement, stated in an article published in Hurhaber that, "ISIS is marching towards Irbil instead of Baghdad, and the Baghdad administration falls. When al-Maliki decided to step down, the same ISIS, diverted its course to Damascus. Do you see how strange the situation is?" According to what Işık suggests, ISIS refocused on the Syrian conflict, and this points to the possibility that the West will soon interfere in Syria once again.
Well, where does Turkey stand in this equation? Even though Turkey was relieved after al-Maliki resigned from the prime ministry, it still cannot find a sphere of action due to hostage diplomats and their families. Moreover, now there is the PKK in the region to fight against ISIS with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Later on, we will see what this situation will bring for Turkey and region. The dust has not yet settled in the Middle East, and it seems that more time is needed until things slide into place in the region. However, two points have become clear for Turkey: the first one is Turkey will not give up promoting relations with the KRG and will continue its economic cooperation with the Kurds. The major political actors of the West also tried to intimidate Turkey, but it did not transpire the way they had hoped. The second is that those who bet that Turkey will lose its interest in the Middle East due to the previous tactical mistakes in foreign politics, will be badly frustrated, as Turkey will consider any developments in the Middle East as an internal matter under Erdoğan's presidency.
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