The Arab Spring, which first erupted in Tunisia and spread across the Middle East, dramatically changed the structure of the region. Although there have been minor setbacks, the Arab Spring was a public movement that targeted democratic reforms. People of the Middle East wanted change; however, totalitarian regimes in collaboration with global powers wanted otherwise. For now, the Arab Spring has lost its momentum because of coups and intense chaos. But undoubtedly, it has the potential to give birth to new actors that will dominate the region in the near future. At this point, Turkey has stood beside the people of the Middle East in their just cause - unlike those who questioned Turkey's relevance within this movement and underestimated its power. From that point, Turkey has faced the bitter consequences of this stance. Consider the picture that has emerged since the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) seized Mosul on June 10, 2014, and ask the following question: Who has benefitted the most from the rise of ISIS and who has suffered?
No matter whether ISIS emerged as a socio-political outcome of the incidents in the region or was formed as a project, the results it brought are much more crucial and the results are obvious. Currently, Bashar Assad, the murderer of 200,000 people, is doubtlessly the one mostly pleased with ISIS' terrorist activities in the region. The existence of ISIS is a guarantee for Assad. The same goes for Iran and Israel. Arab dictatorships and Egypt's coup leader el-Sissi also do not have any complaints about the current condition. The other global forces, especially the U.S., are pleased with this insecure atmosphere on their energy transfer lines. The return of the U.S. to the region as a "savior" also indicates that. By first approaching Erbil and then bombing ISIS who attacked Kobani, the U.S. was applauded by the Kurds and it certainly has a reason to be involved in all these acts.
Now, here is the list of aggrieved ones: Turkey and the other communities in the region are at top of the list. Who are the ones who were either killed or forced to migrate? Kurds, Turkmens, Yazidis and Arabs. Turkey, meanwhile, has become the country where the aggrieved communities have taken refuge. Though it undertook great risks and responsibilities by doing so, Turkey was pitted against Kurds through Erbil and Kobani. Even the reconciliation process the Turkish government introduced, which ended deaths in the region for the past two years, has been undermined; the country was ravaged, and 40 people were killed. Could there be any greater damage than that?
Despite this, an incredible perception management operation against Turkey is being carried out both at home and abroad, by presenting it as a country that supports ISIS. It's quite apparent that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government has been late in telling people what's going on. All this might have happened anyway even if it had informed, but it would not have inflicted such a deep wound. Actually, even these recent events are an extension of the siege that began with the Gezi Park protests and continued with the Dec. 17, Dec. 25 and National Intelligence Organization (MİT) truck operations. The common goal of all these moves was to overthrow the AK Party government so that they could not compete politically.
Angry secularists and Alevis were mobilized during the Gezi Park protests, and during the Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 operations, the religiously oriented "parallel structure," which was in a "power struggle" within the state, was mobilized; But it did not work. The government, with the help of the people and the Kurds' staying away from them, defeated these attempts. And finally, they took a chance on the Kurds under the pretext of Kobani. This attempt too will be staved off, but it seems that traps will always be on the road. There is no other social segment left to mobilize through victimhood, indignation and hatred. But it is good to be on the alert. Special attention should be paid to the economy, which they have tried and wanted to throw into a crisis at every attempt.