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YUSUF KANLI > Which country will be next?

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Conflicting reports from and about Syria indicate that perhaps the Syria chapter of the so-called Arab Spring – or should I say “the Greater Middle East and North Africa Project”? – is approaching a close as well. Whatever opened in Libya, Egypt or Tunisia with the closure of the “spring” may soon open in Syria as well.

Barack Obama, the American president who has proved to be a “Black Bush,” and may indeed be worse than the original white one, the other day voiced his praise for the Muslim fighters for democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere. His words reminded me, and perhaps many others, of the Rambo series: fighting hand-in-hand with the Muslim Taliban and other Muslim guerillas against the Soviet infidel occupiers in Afghanistan. The Soviet Union is long gone, and Americans are now fighting the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other Muslim guerilla groups in Afghanistan in a war that has begun to turn into a second Vietnam.

Yesterday was the time of the “Green Belt Policy” devised by the great strategist Zbigniev Brzezinski, the aim of which was to shield and contain the advancing communists. Today, many people have fathered a bastard called the Greater Middle East and North Africa Project. It is still ambiguous. Some say its goal is to change the political map and produce a more secure living area for the Jewish state; some claim is it a project to domesticate the rough Muslims into a milder version of Islam, allowing some sort of democratic governance, thanks to a friendly Muslim cleric now living in Pennsylvania. Those goals might be valid, but it is obvious that the real aim of the project is to convert these large regions into an open market and capitalize on their vast natural riches. That’s what must be seen after the mask is removed: the mask that says the aim is to bring democracy to those countries, grieving under dictatorial, oppressive regimes.

Guess who is the co-chair of the project, which has been under implementation for quite a long time through exploitation of governmental woes, poverty, oppression and gross violation of human rights? Turkey, where critics of the Islamist government are either physically imprisoned or imprisoned in their brains, scared to speak or write. Who is financing it? The Saudis and the Qataris. Are they more democratic than, let’s say, Syria?

In some parts of the region, disorganized, unarmed and civilian opposition groups were armed to the teeth and organized as much as possible; “advisors” helped them to develop strategies, and they began “rebelling” against oppressive regimes. In some other parts of the same region, neighbors and regional organizations helped with international approval to silence people demanding rights, at gunpoint or under the turrets of tanks.

The operation is continuing: On a December day in 2010, Mohammed Buazizi converted his body into a torch to herald the “coming of spring.” Tunisia plunged into unprecedented chaos; 23-year-old Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s regime collapsed within days. Since then, Iraq has become further destabilized, Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi has become history, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has been toppled, and now Bashar al-Assad of Syria appears to be on the way out.

Which country will be next? Saudi Arabia? Turkey? Which country, indeed?

July/23/2012

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Blue Dotterel

7/24/2012 1:14:59 AM

Morse, "The project for the New American Century" is a neo-con document written in the nineties. So is the Ralph Peter's map for remaking the Middle East which, of all things, was presented to Turkish cadets by NATO in Rome of 2005, despite Turkey being shown without its Kurdish provinces. There is more than enough evidence to condemn Bush, Blair, Obama, and many more of crimes against humanity. In Malaysia a court of independent lawyers and HR groups did convict Bush and Blair..

Morse Fan

7/23/2012 9:58:30 PM

What I really don't understand is how someone who believes this doesn't believe in Ergenekon. At least there's sworn testimony that can be said to support the existence of Ergenekon.

Nikos T.

7/23/2012 9:37:12 PM

Not liberation nor freedom can be established with mercenaries and religion fanaticism, guided and armed by interests of global rulers and businesses. When the Arab "spring" hits your houses, you 'll be wishing the "winter" had never ended.

Morse Fan

7/23/2012 9:21:10 PM

I got lost when the narrative shifted from "the U.S. is the bad guy for kicking good ole Mubarek, Hussein and Assad in the groin" to "AKP is the bad guy for not liking free speech/press.". I'd heard Assad wasn't too keen on a free press, and if the U.S. is trying to dislodge him, it's doing a really lousy job of it. Maybe Turkey should get a promotion from co-chair to "Chairman of the Board.". Sorry - I've heard this storyline before, and it never makes sense, because it isn't true.

ismail demir

7/23/2012 7:52:16 PM

Arab spring was already started in Turkey.US forced military to not topple islamic government.Arab spring is impossible in saudi arabia since possible islamic government in saudi arabia have oil not has to listen US unlike Turkey economically depend on west.But other gulf states US may allow democracy in kuweit, UAE since they are threatened by iran, so they continue to ally with US.

mara mcglothin

7/23/2012 4:41:51 PM

YOu are spot on! BUT you cannot make most people undestand! The USA is a big target and we cannot please all the people all of the time. There will always be someone unhappy with our actions and you probably already know that good deeds usually don't go unpunished. So if we get involved then we are "evil war mongerers only interested in gas and oil" and if we don't get involved then we are blamed for the suffereing of millions. Damned if we do and damned if we don't !

B Medic

7/23/2012 4:33:04 PM

@Agnes. Nonsense. How can you be so sure that another "devil" will come if Al-Assad falls? I know a number of Syrians. They all hate Al-Assad and want him to go. Their families in Syria are of course worried about an armed conflict. But not of what Blue and others call "NATO-sponsored mercenaries", but of that government forces will retaliate against civilians. The Arab Spring must continue.

Agnes Smith

7/23/2012 4:01:13 PM

@ B Medic - Better the devil you know than the devil you don't theory. Would you be happier now in Syria (if you and your family were still alive) or better off 2 years ago alive and well. Why do so many lives have to be lost in the name of freedom amd democracy. Does not add up to your argument and it is a senceless waste of humanity on a horrific scale.When its all over they will be ruled by another as bad, doing deals with the outside world. Nothing will change, just more dead.

Nikos T.

7/23/2012 3:53:58 PM

@B Medic, most of the world's dictators were US's friends at some point. Since the Soviet Union died, US's arrogance has become extraordinary. Iraq,Somalia,Serbia,Panama,Afghanistan is the same story. They are going after the same people that they were allies with, when they realize they don't have anything more to gain. I am afraid that the same will happen one day with some NATO's countries. They are putting them to do the dirty job but when the time comes they will leave them on their own.

B Medic

7/23/2012 3:08:05 PM

@Blue You don't need to educate me on US foreign policy. I know US wants cheap oil and gas. But all you who agree with Kanli - do you really believe that the Mid-East was better off before, with dictators who stayed in power for life, who denied their people democratic rights, who tortured and killed all political opponents, who took tax payers money and gave to their friends and family? I don't.
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