Not a single day passes without new allegations or fabricated information starting a new discussion about the governance of Turkey and about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Since the beginning of the feud between the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and the Gülen Movement, the strategy of the latter has been to try to decouple the prime minister from the ruling AK Party. The latest strategy is to accuse the prime minister of being nothing less than a "war criminal." Seymour Hersh has written a highly aggressive, very dubious and lightly substantiated article affirming that the sarin gas attack last August in the Ghouta neighborhood of Damascus was the deed of the insurgents, rather than the Assad regime, and that the gas was delivered through Turkey.
An amazing number of well-documented countervailing articles were published almost immediately from various independent experts in Israel, the Middle East and the United States, showing the biases contained in Hersh's article, without being able to contain the wave of hatred and propaganda that rolled over the prime minister.
The most recent blow came from Robert Fisk, a well-known journalist and Middle East expert, whose antipathy against U.S. and Israel policies has never been a mystery.
He takes a slightly different angle to vilify Prime Minister Erdoğan and his alleged Syrian operation. What is really unbelievable is the following paragraph in his article: "When The Independent enquired about the attacks in Syria, Russian sources stated that the chemicals had not been sold to Assad. They had come from stocks sold by Moscow to the former Gaddafi regime in Libya."
We are talking here about the Vladimir Putin regime that has been instrumental in letting the zombie administration of Bashar al-Assad remain in place, assassinating and slaughtering its own people, through the very conventional use of air superiority, heavy artillery and intimidation and torturing of the civilian population, with the help of Iranian militia. For Fisk, Russian sources remain dependable. In that case, the question we should ask ourselves is: Are we all going totally insane?
There is no doubt that some radical and marginal opposition groups opposed to Assad are using very inhumane practices, but whose fault is this? The Syrian opposition, at first, was united, pacific and rejecting any foreign intervention. All they wanted was free and fair elections to be held.
They have been answered by unnamable ferocity and violence. The Assad regime did not have the strength to do it alone, it has had (and is having) open support from Iran and Russia. Who is pointed to as the culprit in this terrible tragedy that the democratic countries have watched without reacting?
Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan. Very simply put, this whole strategy of attacking the prime minister is getting out of hand to say the least. It is creating immense trouble in public opinion in NATO countries, and in the meantime, the Syrian people are merrily slaughtered and the country totally destroyed by its own totalitarian regime.
According to Fisk, this is somehow due to Turkish policies, which have, by the way, welcomed almost a million refugees to Turkey from Syria, without shouting for international help. Something is really rotten in the realm of international independent media, as perhaps Hamlet would say.