Turkey, which has long been sharing an ethnically, religiously, geographically and culturally common history with Syria, is the most significant actor in solving the Syrian war
The U.S. and Russia, which do not even have borders with Syria, have come up with a decision to introduce a cease-fire in the country. But the joke does not end here. The Damascus dictator Bashar Assad, who has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians with chemical weapons, said that his forces would suspend their armed operations in Syria, except for a few that target several terrorist organizations.
The case is closed then.
You do not have to worry about the 10 million Syrian refugees, those drowning in the Aegean and Mediterranean while trying to flee to Europe, or the bombings and attacks in Ankara or Paris.Unfortunately, major states are behaving like this while ignoring the gravity of the issue. They urge everyone to remain silent.
But we can talk about Russia, which recently bombed hospitals and schools supported by Doctors Without Borders.
Or, we can mention the U.S., which provided 50 tons of weapons aid to the Democratic Union Party (PYD), an organization attacking moderate Syrian opposition groups and non-Kurdish ethnic groups.
Or, we can talk about Assad, a successful dictator who cut his country's population of 23 million in half by forcing the citizens who survived his torture or chemical attacks to migrate.
However, as you can guess, Turkey is the only agent that is not allowed to speak about the situation in Syria and the future of the country, which is really unreasonable.
But Turkey is a neighbor of Syria, which has turned into a situation of mayhem. Turkey and Syria share a 910-kilometer border. Turkey has about 3 million refugees in its territories. Ankara has so far spent nearly $10 billion for Syrian refugees. The safety problems arising from the chaos in Syria undermine Turkey's economic relations with the region. We have also heard that some Turkish companies based in the vicinity of the Turkish-Syrian border have already gone bankrupt.
Moreover, Turkey has been attacked by various illegal organizations based in Syria many times aside from the attacks by terrorist groups supported by the Damascus regime. Only over the course of the last few months, DAESH and the PYD's armed People's Protection Units (YPG) have organized several deadly terror attacks in Turkey that claimed dozens of lives.
On Feb. 17, some militants affiliated with the YPG organized a horrendous attack in Ankara. The YPG militants detonated a car bomb at a spot close to where many ministries, the headquarters of the General Staff and Parliament are located. Twenty-nine people died and dozens were injured in the bombing.As can be seen, Turkey is the country affected by the Syrian civil war at the highest level. Turkey also has the potential of being the most influential actor to overcome the problems in Syria and this potential does not only stem from Turkey's military and strategic importance. Centuries of common history shared by Turkey and Syria also has a role in it. The features of the two countries' demographic structures are identical. The ethnic and religious groups in Syria and Turkey are the same. For this very reason, the first safe stop for those fleeing Syria is Turkey.
Unfortunately, these facts, which are insistently ignored by those trying to resolve the Syrian crisis with teleconferences between European capitals, are becoming more prominent with each passing day.
It will be too late for all of us when the U.S., Russia or European countries finally understand that they could not exist in the Middle East with the 20th century's economic and political strategies since the region has reshaped the borders at the turn of the 21st century.
Turkey's inclusion in the resolution in a more active way can stop the rot in the region given that Turkey does not have any imperialistic motivations in the region. As Ankara's suggestion of forming a no-fly zone or a "safe zone" in northern Syria is delayed, the threats of migration and terrorism climb in European cities.
How many people do we expect to die before taking action?