Turkey's new policy shakes regional balances

Published 26.08.2016 23:32
Updated 27.08.2016 00:58

Turkey's recent incursion into Syria as part of operation Euphrates Shield is an indication of a new policy against the profound siege that upset countries and disturbed balances in the region in the last five years. Turkey is now aware that its proposal to form a buffer zone to end the civil war and welcome more than 3 million refugees did not stop global power groups.

On the contrary, Turkey has increasingly become the target of both global power groups and regional terrorist groups. The Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), the outlawed PKK and DAESH have been organizing constant and simultaneous attacks in Turkey, which is not coincidental, as these illegal groups are used as a tool in the proxy wars in the region. It is also not coincidental that they simultaneously target President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani.

To put it bluntly, a global project was set up and every dimension in the region, including the promise to "liberate" Kurds, were mere tools of this project. This game could have been spoiled by changing regional politics, which came to a dead end. In recent months, Turkey has carried this into effect. It moved for a rapprochement with Russia and Iran and initiated a significant political move.

The primary purpose of this rapprochement is to stop the global project whose objective is to turn the country into a new Syria. Barzani is an important name since the Kurds are manipulated to destabilize the region.

Barzani's trip to Turkey this week showed that the Kurdish question must be resolved by the initiative of regional countries. Contrary to the claims of the PKK and its proponents, the problem in the region was not evaded but rather Turkey tried to prevent the problem from becoming the focus of the new micro-nationalistic conflicts in the region.

Turkey's second step in its new policy is to find a new Russia-, Iran- and Turkey-centered formula to make Bashar Assad step down.

We will see how this step will be taken in the following period.

The main aspect that is highly anticipated is the U.S.'s answer to this new politics. Turkey's operation in Jarablus, which is the vital supply line for DAESH, started on the day when U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Turkey, which was an important step. The U.S. pushed Turkey for years to take a more active stance to battle DAESH, so it was not possible to object to that wish.

However, the U.S. also knows that Turkey has its own reasons for choosing this path today despite refusing to follow it before. The first reason is the presence of the PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces, which were ensconced on the western side of Euphrates River in northeastern Syria with the support of the U.S.Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told Biden that a terrorist group cannot be employed in fighting another terrorist group, and the U.S. would understand this one day, which was an important observation and supposedly the indication of a change in this direction.

We are on the threshold of a new politics, a new process and a profound change in the region. For a long time, the U.S. has pursued a policy that ravaged, in particular, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

The countries where the U.S. claimed to introduce democracy were all ravaged. The siege of Turkey by FETÖ, PKK and DAESH is an extension of this global game. The attacks by global media must also be added to this equation. But all the attempts were in vain, including the July 15 coup attempt, and Turkey said stop to the global schemers by entering Jarablus. Now, what is highly anticipated is whether the U.S. will pursue a new and more moderate policy by stepping back until the U.S. presidential elections or give a harsh and troubling answer by opposing its strategic partner Turkey.

When Biden's recent remarks are considered, it seems that the U.S. is likely to choose the first option. Choosing the first option would favor not just us, but the entire world.

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