Although Turkey remains the only country the West can depend on within the fight against ISIS, several Western media outlets insist on blaming Turkey
The terrible situation in the Middle East, combined with the growing conflict in Ukraine, has sent a reminder to all the democratic countries that they will have to stick together more than they have at any time. The NATO alliance, whose very existence was questioned after the demise of the Soviet Union, remains one of the major instruments of establishing a semblance of deterrence in most of the world regions, beginning with the Middle East.
The U.S., in view of the alarming situation in Syria and Iraq perpetrated and perpetuated by ISIS, has decided to take "action." In fact, since the Arab Awakening, old despotic regimes of the region, hand in hand with non-democratic regimes like Russia and Iran, have already taken action to repress democratic developments.
They have not been really successful, the dictatorial regime of Assad has lost its chance to rule Syria again, but it has not disappeared.
Instead, there is no Syria left to speak of. Nobody knows how peace will be established, if ever. The ISIS, probably the most terrifying terrorist movement in the world, has started to provoke the international community by murdering innocent civilian Westerners and sharing the footage online. The same movement stormed the Turkish Embassy in Mosul in last June and continues to hold hostage 49 Turkish citizens, mostly diplomats and their families. The civil war in Syria has already caused the death of at least 200,000 people, displacing almost half of Syria's 22 million people. Turkey alone hosts 1.5 million refugees.
The intervention in Syria should have taken place long ago, not to leave the ground to the criminal tactics of Assad's army, supported by Iran and Russia. Now it is too late to establish a swift cease-fire. More seriously, the conflict has expanded to Iraq, where the sectarian Shiite policy of Maliki and the Central Iraqi government has definitely cut the country into three distinct and hateful populations, Kurds, Sunnite Arabs and Shiite Arabs.
This is a terrible quagmire, and what is more astonishing is the fact that hundreds of foreign fighters, mostly from Arabic countries but also in important numbers from EU countries, have tried to join the ISIS fighters, in a war in which they will almost certainly lose their lives. This incredible despair should be thoroughly studied and understood, especially taking into consideration that populations of a whole region have been left unprotected and unsure of anything.
Now that the U.S. has, at last, taken the lead on the operations to stop the bloodshed, the attention of the international media has focused upon the single democratic country which has been trying to help the populations of the region, which has opened its 900 km long frontier for humanitarian purposes, which has been alert since the moment its allies walked into this human tragedy: Turkey.
One might find it incredible, but the Wall Street Journal has produced an article, relayed by a number of international mass media, where it plainly accused Turkey of failing its alliance commitments and asked the U.S. to move its military base in Incirlik/Adana to Northern Iraq. Such a thing is definitely impossible, there are three armed forces in the region capable of running a military structure like Incirlik, these are Turkey, the U.S. and Israel. Notwithstanding the terrible black propaganda it pushes, these kind of articles are plainly insulting to Turkey, adding to the injury caused by the 49 diplomats held hostage in the hands of a terrible terror movement. Turkey is the only reliable, powerful, democratic ally of the U.S. and the EU in the region. And if it does not please the Israeli government and its supporters in the mass media, that is just too bad. The reality of the Middle East is too terrible and to striking to be distorted through black propaganda.