Why Is Turkey Still In NATO?
11-4-19, * -- NATO member and Turkey’s President Erdogan has repeatedly attacked the Kurds in Syria, who — whatever reservations some may have about them – have been US allies against ISIS. Clearly Turkey has not. A short list of Erdogan’s unfriendly behaviors:
There is overwhelming superiority of the 57 Muslim states [coalition?] to Israel in their populations, in the numbers of their soldiers, in their defense budgets, and in their combined weaponry. Among the decisions that can be taken at the OIC [summit] is to form a ‘Jerusalem Task Group.’ If an Islamic army is formed, Israel will be under a siege involving 250,000 soldiers, and the establishment of joint land, air and naval bases for use in the short term. This task force would include: 500 tanks and armored vehicles, 100 war planes, 500 attack helicopters and 50 warships and submarines can be mobilized. When this was published not a peep of objection from other NATO members – clearly stated Islam coalition intends to destroy the Jewish State of Israel.
Yet Turkey remains a member of NATO, in apparent good standing. Of what conceivable benefit, militarily, is Turkish membership in NATO to its other members?
And now we come to the killing of ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi. President Trump thanked Turkey for its assistance; it came second on his list, just after Russia, and the Kurds came last. But Turkey — like Russia — did nothing to help the Americans. One report said, lamely, that possibly Turkey’s contribution may have been to let the Americans fly over its territory. But if one looks at the flight plan of the planes coming from a base near Erbil, Iraq, they at no point flew over Turkish air space. There seems to have been absolutely no contribution by Turkey to the locating and killing of Al-Baghdadi. In fact, as Brett McGurk, who had been the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Turkey has “a lot of explaining to do.” How is it that Baghdadi managed to hide out just a few kilometers from the Turkish border, an area bristling with Turkish military outposts and troops? It strains credulity to believe that the Turks did not know where Al-Baghdadi was. It was the Syrian Kurds, Turkey’s enemies, who tracked Al-Baghdadi for months to his final lair. They ought to have been thanked first, not last, by President Trump. And Turkey need not have been thanked at all.
As the veteran Middle East correspondent Trudy Rubin has noted:
Baghdadi was found, not in ISIS’s traditional area of eastern Turkey, but far away in western Syria, near the Turkish border and Turkish military outposts. This suggests that Turkish military intelligence knew Baghdadi’s location and didn’t share it.
Shouldn’t all this matter?
All this bespeaks THAT TURKEY IS NOT AN ALLY – much less a NATO ally that deserves our protection – but an enemy.
Why is Turkey still in NATO?
*Excerpted and adapted full original report fro Hugh Fitzgerald, Jihad Watch - More here
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