NATO Should Give Turkey the Boot



By Sigrid Weidenweber

I have, in the past, opined a few times on the subject of Turkey and Mr. Erdogan’s ambitions to establish a new Ottoman Empire.  It seems a fever has affected not only Turkey with dreams to return to former glory, but China, Iran and Russia also have made strong moves in that direction, and shown signs of piecing together quilts of yesteryear’s glory.

I took the above headline from an article written by Bernard-Henri Levy in the Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Wall Street Journal.  It is a bold statement that is echoed by many of us who have watched the antics of the would-be Ottoman Emperor.  Once, when it served his purpose, Erdogan evinced democratic-secular notions, which almost gave Turkey entry into the European Union.  Those self-same professions admitted the Muslim nation to NATO. However, lately Erdogan has shown himself more of a Sultan than a democratic ruler.  As a member of NATO, his behaviors are disconcerting, to say the least.  The release of American pastor Andrew Brunson should be a foregone conclusion to a drama created by Erdogan. He is burning to lay hands on Fethulla Gulen whom he would have immediately killed or imprisoned were he in his power.

As a member of NATO, Erdogan and his staff are receiving military secrets that are shared among all members of the treaty organization.  How safe are these highly important pieces of knowledge with one who has openly worked against US objectives in Syria.  Turkey, through arms of its secret service, delivered arms to groups of al Qaeda and later to Islamic State.  The Kurds of Afrin and the Manbij zone near Aleppo were under Western protection and yet the Turks bombed them relentlessly.  Manbij especially had US support.  Erdogan chose to ignore the US presence and, in fact, made war on allies.

But the most egregious breaches of trust should be Erdogan’s close contact with Russia’s Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani.  Furthermore, a rapprochement with China’s Xi Jinping would put Erdogan directly in confederacy with every adversary of the US and NATO and clearly dictates Turkey’s exclusion from the treaty organization.

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Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weindenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weindenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

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