Iran-Turkey: The new global powers

The political aware people are watching the US empire on its death bed as they saw the British and Russian empires going through the same natural process. There are four new emerging powers – the Islamic Iran, Turkey, Brazil and Venezuela along with three old colonial powers, Russia, China and India – which are competing to replace the corrupt and demoralized US empire.

The first four are bonded by their national economic interests. Secularist Turkey is attracted to Islamic Iran for its energy needs. Turkey’s trade with Islamic Iran is increasing each year (US$10 billion in 2009). Ankara also sees Iran as a potential supplier of gas and oil to Europe with trasit pipelines through Turkey.

Similarly, both Venezuela and Brazil which want to free themselves from the political and economic stranglehold of US-Israel axis of evil. They all want to have more say in their respective regions and at the international forums which have been at the mercy of the dictorial control of the five UN Security Council members, eversince its creation.

The ‘Crescent International’, a monthly magazine of the Islamic movement – has published two interesting articles on Turkey. The first one is written by Seyfuddin Kora under the title Turkey, the new emerging power and the second one is an editorial written by Abu Dharr under the title Is Turkey the Trojan horse, or is it the Saudi Islamists?.

Seyfuddin Kora wrote: “Turkey had been a “wing country” of NATO throughout the cold war era, its assigned role being to stop or slow a possible Soviet invasion of Europe. In the post cold war era, Turkish policymakers wanted to devise a new foreign policy concept to adapt to the changing strategic role of NATO. They first implemented a US-centred foreign policy approach to ensure strong ties with Washington. Turkish policy makers were aware that if they needed US support, they had to develop strong bilateral relations with Israel. Hence, a rapid rapprochement between Israel and Turkey occurred in the 1990s.

Although Turkey gained some modest benefits during this period, the pro-American policies caused immense repercussions for the Turkish economy and isolated Turkey politically in the region. The dreadful sanctions imposed on Iraq cost Turkey more than $100 billion primarily for shutting down the Kerkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline. Political problems with neighbouring countries put severe strains on the Turkish economy, which suffered three major crises in 1994, 1998 and 2001.

The turning point for Turkey’s foreign policy came in the post 9/11 era. US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were a wakeup call for Turkish policymakers who felt their repercussions severely: instability in Iraq gave rise to demands by the Kurds for an independent state. Additionally, Northern Iraq-based Kurdish separatist group PKK that has been fighting against Turkey became significantly freer in conducting its operations against Turkey. Turks are worried about possible US attacks on Syria and Iran; considering the sizable Kurdish population in these two countries, it would inevitably lead to the declaration of a de facto Kurdish state.

Therefore, even before the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power, policy makers seriously considered changing Turkish foreign policy to survive in this volatile period. The new paradigm was devised by former academic and current Foreign Minister Ahmet Davudoglu. He outlined these ideas in his book, Stratejik Derinlik (Strategic Depth) while teaching at the War Academy of Turkey. The book presented a new approach to Turkish foreign policy and when the AKP come to power in 2002, it was put into practice……”

Abu Dharr wrote: “The issue of Israel hence is a Zionist/“Jewish”-Islamic issue par excellence; Christianity has been effectively domesticated by evangelical Christians and secular politicians who report to their Zionist spiritual and financial bosses respectively. With what is called the Christian world for all intents and purposes recruited to the cause of Zionist Israel there can be no expectation that the regime in Washington and the regimes in Europe will do anything at all to bring justice to the Holy Land. That is why this issue is now an Islamic issue that will inevitably clash with those Zionists who have not only hijacked Judaism, but are trying to wave it as a historical document of statelessness to rationalize their land larceny and now their sea piracy against innocent people who are trying to eke out a living or others who are helping them survive.

We do not believe that the American and Zionist presence in Turkey is asleep at the wheels. They are monitoring very closely the Islamic “New Turks” who are inching their way away from Washington and Tel Aviv. Necmettin Erbakan’s students who are now carefully steering Turkey in an Islamic direction will need all the help they can get. And the only significant help they can get will be from the Islamic State and the Islamic Movement. The time-frame that Turkey is in at this juncture is equivalent to labor-pains. But once the Islamic newborn arrives it will be a decisive factor in the politics of the region, and dare we say in the map of the world.

Turkey, when it was the Ottoman State in its final decades, was called the “sick man of Europe.” So, by European confession, Turkey belongs to Europe, but only when it is sick. When it is healthy Europe disclaims it. When the Ottoman Turks were defeated in the First World War, the whole Muslim world was wide open for all colonial powers of the time. To reverse engineer this whole process, Islamic Turkey has to come back to the Islamic fold, and that is what is happening now……”

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