Obama’s words on press freedom in Turkey
Would any rational person say there is freedom of the press in Turkey?
Is there any rational person who thinks the judicial system in Turkey is fair and unbiased?
Is there a single person who says the Syrian policy is correct and in Turkey’s interests…
Unfortunately, there is nobody.
That means we have a situation that can truly be criticized.
Isn’t it true that despite all the pressure coming from its domestic press, U.S. President Barack Obama has pursued a policy that was extremely careful against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and that he is a friend of Erdoğan?
This is a truth that even Americans know.
If Turkey has a situation to be criticized, if the person that has made criticisms has proven his friendship in the past, if that person is a leader that came to power through elections and if he is a leader of a democratic country, his words should be seen as the criticism of a friend.
A genuine thank you
As a Turkish citizen, I owe three persons a genuine thank you.
First: a big thank you to the president.
You did not mind the criticism that you could not get an appointment with Obama and went to Washington. You explained first hand Turkey’s problem with terrorism.
The second thanks go to the judge and the prosecutor in the Can Dündar and Erdem Gül case.
Thank you both of you. You did not ask for the detention of these two journalists, turning a deaf ear to the irrational columnists of the irrational government media.
And thus you did not give an advantage to the opposition in the States while our president was talking about our fight against terror.
These are good signs
The fact that Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “We won’t strain our relations with the United States because of the PYD,” is the first sign of an intelligent maneuver in Syrian policy.
The fact that the man who proudly told how he killed the pilot of the downed Russian plane was arrested is a sign of an intelligent maneuver in Russian policy.
The fact that the Constitutional Court ruled against the detention of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül despite all the pressure is a sign that there is still hope in justice.
Developments in northern Syria
If in a matter of a month, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Arab organizations that are allied to it enter Manbij, if the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is removed from Turkey’s borders and if all the fanatical Islamic organizations are taken out of Aleppo, we will find out about the most important issue that was discussed between Obama and Erdoğan.
And we will know that Turkey has finally abandoned the dream of writing a legend in its Syrian policy and the delusion of creating a United States of Muslim Brothers.
And we will know that Turkey has entered a transformation that will be in the interest of the country as it reaches an agreement on the issue of ISIL with the United States.