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article imageOp-Ed: Turkey reneging on promise to confront IS

By Robert Weller     Oct 4, 2014 in Politics
Ankara - Instead of launching tanks to hit ISIS targets 10 miles away, Turkey President Recep Tayyap Erdogan has gotten into an argument with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
The argument is over whether Turkey did enough to stop the rise of the Mongol Hordes of this century, and it was likely a former U.S. soldier would be the next victim. Kurds in the Syrian city of Kobani, which is in range of Turkish Leopard tanks on a hill above, also have been killed.
The BBC reported Turkish troops used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters angry that Ankara's army hasn't moved to rescue civilians in the Syria city of Kobani, within sight of the army's tanks on a nearby hillside.
So far, only air raids by Western warplanes, and some jets from Arab nations, have hit IS as it appears to be on the verge of taking the city of Kobani, which once had a population of 400,000.
NATO has vowed to defend Turkey if it is attacked by IS.
At the same time, Islamic leaders who have condemned IS say Western nations should let Arab nations root out the apostate Muslims.
The conduct of the new Islamic caliphate can be compared to the worst excesses of the Mongol Empire, which included Turkey, and was the largest contiguous domain the world has ever seen, stretching from Central Europe to the Sea of Japan, south into Indochina and north to Siberia. It also reached Arabia and the Levant.
There is no doubt that IS recruited members from Turkey, just as it has from the West. For Erdogan to deny doing enough to stop the pandemic is disingenuous. Even now Turkey’s NATO tanks sit idle, while its Army, the second-largest in NATO, blocks Kurds from crossing the border to fight to save their ethnic brothers.
In an OP Ed piece in the New York Times, Turkish writer Asli Aydubtasbas, said Turks need to drop their long-standing enmity for the Kurdish minority. “Turkey must embrace the Kurdish presence in Iraq and Syria, and help the Kurds in their fight against ISIS. We are much better off protected by a Kurdish buffer zone than facing ISIS alone along our 600-mile border with Syria.”
Doing so will require a huge paradigm shift for Turkey: It must abandon its nationalist legacy and reimagine itself as a joint Turkish-Kurdish entity. Turkish Kurds represent about 25 percent of the population, and the government has wisely been pursuing a peace process with the P.K.K. There are ups and downs in the talks between Turkish intelligence and the imprisoned P.K.K. leader, Abdullah Ocalan. But at the end of the day, both sides need each other.”
Some historians would say Turkey has other debts to pay, including for its alleged massacre of more than 1 million Armenians during World War I.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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