This footage depicts the end of an era
There was interesting footage on Turkish television the other day. A U.S. soldier in the region controlled by the People’s Defense Units (YPG) was clearly saying this: “I am a member of the U.S. army. We are now going to kill them [ISIL].”
In my opinion, this footage was the official declaration to the whole world of the collapse of Turkey’s Syrian policy.
As of last week, U.S. soldiers officially started fighting together with Kurdish militants in Syria. They, moreover, have secular, moderate Syrian Arabs with them.
While the U.S. soldiers were warring side by side with Kurds, jets taking off from İncirlik base were bombing ISIL positions. In other words, another redline has become history.
This is the correct path because now the logical persons in the government wing know that this policy will lead to a total disaster for both Syria and Turkey, as well as the world.
The fiasco of the Umayyad Mosque
I had started telling this about two years ago. In an authoritarian system, the leader never does any wrong. I said it that day. The leader I know would, one day, sooner or later, notice the catastrophe in the Syrian policy and would pin it on Ahmet Davutoğlu’s shoulders before washing his hands of the matter.
I had also guessed that the undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) resigned just before the elections in an attempt to go into politics because of the horrible state of affairs in the Syrian policies.
My guess is still valid.
The pro-Erdoğan media started writing it openly. The cost of crashing into the wall in Syria is being loaded on Ahmet Davutoğlu, at a pace faster than I imagined.
I hope you get well soon, Turkey. Even though it is late, a disaster is being noticed.
Friends and foes
I had written about it, the concept of “decreasing enemies and increasing friends.” Now, when I heard it from Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, I was full of hope.
Now, I am wondering if this sentence is valid for only foreign friends and foes; will the new prime minister try to decrease the fairly solidified domestic animosity as well?
Who made the wedding gown?
Maybe you won’t believe it, but on the very first day I saw the design resembling a cloak on the shoulders of the wedding dress of Sümeyye Bayraktar, I said, “This resembles a Dicle Kayek design so much.” A designer friend of mine called yesterday. When I asked who designed it, he said, “I do not know, but my guess is Dice Kayek.” I called them and asked about it. Ayşe, one of the two sisters of Dice Kayek, said, “Yes we did it.” When I asked, “Why did you not say so?” she answered, “Costumer privacy. We would not have told anyone unless you ask.”
Ece also told me she was inspired by an old purple velvet dress embroidered with silver thread while designing the wedding dress.
Why then Dice Kayek? Presidents generally wear their own country’s designers. I remembered the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The wedding gown was prepared by Alexander McQueen.
President Barack Obama’s wife wore an American designer, Jason Wu.
It is a pretty good choice that Sümeyye Bayraktar chose a Turkish designer.