Turkey and the Qatar crisis

Published 04.08.2017 23:03

During World War I, leading Western states, most notably the United Kingdom, occupied the Muslim lands to a large extent. After the War of Independence, Turkey became one of the only free Muslim countries, joining the short list with Afghanistan. Even after successive wars of independence in the 1950s, Western colonialism continued to exploit the natural resources of Islamic countries through the innovative channels of neo-colonialism. Although the Middle East has been able to establish a relatively stable ground of independence in comparison to African countries, the region's natural resources have been pillaged by Western colonialism.

Whenever a Middle Eastern country actually managed to achieved tremendous power in terms of wealth and military capacity, the accumulated capital was then pillaged by Western arms dealers, as seen in the war between Iraq and Iran that spanned 10 years or in the first and second Gulf wars. In these cases, the wars devastated the wealth and prosperity of every country involved. While Western colonialism appears to be the main cause of the devastation, those Islamic countries could not have adopted a prudent and prescient stand by themselves. Therefore, we cannot truly analyze the Qatar crisis without studying the Middle East's recent history, the ongoing Syrian civil war and Iran's imperial ambitions boosted by former U.S. President Barack Obama's administration.

Although a small country in size, Qatar is not small in terms of quality. By improving its economic capacities, investing in international trade, and just like Israel, managing a complex web of international lobbying, Qatar has adopted an independent position against the U.K. and the U.S. By exposing anti-democratic and unjust practices, Qatar's Al-Jazeera disturbed the tyrants of the Middle East. Yet, the dependent countries of the Middle East, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), rejected Qatar's independent attitude. More recently, the countries of the Gulf have started to resemble a deer in headlights. Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump extracted $250 billion from those countries.

When the Qatar crisis emerged, Turkey adopted its traditional multidimensional and multifarious foreign policies. Through legitimate channels of diplomacy, Turkey has taken Qatar's side, because in the end a war among brothers would only be beneficial to neo-colonialism.

With the diplomatic support of Turkey and Iran, Qatar's diplomatic maneuvers relying on its trade relations with many Western countries have resolved the crisis to a great extent. In terms of international prestige, Qatar is better off than Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE. Just like Qatar, Turkey has showcased its effective use of diplomatic and constructive channels to resolve the tension. Turkey's multifarious and multidimensional foreign policy attitude actually stems from its unique history and geographic location. The Qatar crisis was only one example of Turkey's historical position.

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