Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

January 6, 2017

What Turkey has become

Filed under: Turkey — louisproyect @ 3:24 pm

What Turkey Has Become

Almost every week lately, there is another incident that can be tied to ISIS whether or not it actually takes “credit”. On New Year’s Eve, we were at her brother-in-law Mehmet’s apartment on the upper west side of Manhattan sitting down for dinner with Prosecco, the poor man’s Champagne, when the news broke about the terrorist attack on the Reina nightclub in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul. When I first met Mehmet on a visit to Istanbul in 2003, he anticipated that this sort of thing would eventually begin to take place in Turkey. He thought that the war in Iraq could spill over into Turkey and that it would be best for his family to relocate to the USA. This is pretty much what has happened.

ISIS is a product of the invasion of Iraq, a war that Turkey opposed and whose decision was welcomed by the left. While most people might remember the AKP as key to voting down a resolution that would have permitted Turkey to be a staging ground for the invasion, the truth is that its opposition was based more on cash than principle. Like a mafia gang, it offered the USA a deal. A fifty-two-billion-dollar aid package would buy Turkey’s backing but when Bush refused to pay more than half of that, the AKP nixed the deal.

In fact, the baksheesh economy prevailed in Syria as well, the “anti-imperialist” country often depicted as the polar opposite of NATO member Turkey. Clifford Krause reported in the NY Times on January 2nd, 2003 that the Bush administration was “surprised and gratified by Syria’s recent vote in the United Nations Security Council in favor of the resolution demanding Iraq allow weapons inspectors to return or face possible military action.”

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  1. In your article you said, “Kissinger once said that America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.”

    I believe it was Lord Palmerston who said, “We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.”

    Or maybe you were quoting the pithy phrase of de Gaulle, “Les hommes peuvent avoir des amis, pas les hommes d’Etat.”

    Comment by E. Robinson — January 7, 2017 @ 4:37 pm

  2. Nice article, interesting and instructive. Also, touching. Best wishes.

    Comment by manuelgarciajr — January 7, 2017 @ 8:52 pm

  3. ISIS is not a product of US invasion of Iraq. Iraq was invaded because Israel and the neoconservative decided that after failing to destroy Islamic regime in Tehran – he might turned his guns toward Israel.

    In October 2016, Iraqi security forces burned a 16 thousands square meter of field planted with opium poppies by ISIS gangs near Sharqat district in Salahuddin province.

    ISIS which was created by the Zionist regime in 1990 (watch video below) is the main customer of ISIS opium poppy.

    According to Iraqi media sources, the US-Saudi Arabia-Israel-Turkey funded and protected terrorist group extracts heroin from the crops in laboratories of Mosul University which has been under ISIS control since the middle of 2014.

    The media has also claimed that the poppy cultivation is supervised by Afghan nationals who worked at the US-NATO poppy fields in Afghanistan….


    Comment by rehmat1 — January 16, 2017 @ 10:23 pm

  4. Rehmat, no offense, but I think you have a mental illness. You asked us to watch a video that supposedly proves that Israel created ISIS but the letters are not for the Islamic State but Israel Secret Intelligence Service. You need help. Maybe Thorazine. I don’t know but please don’t come here again. I really have enough to deal with when it comes to ultraleft trolls who think they are Trotsky in Coyoacan without having to deal with someone who thinks he is Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Comment by louisproyect — January 16, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

  5. Louisproyect, no offense, but I think you’re suffering from Jewish disease known as ‘Self-denial’.

    A 2010 study conducted by Professor Daniel Bar-Tal (Tel Aviv University) have found out that an average Israeli Jew prefer to live in ‘self-denial’ as he/she is not interested to know the facts about the Israel-Palestine conflict. They’re brainwashed with Zionist narrative of the conflict and hatred toward Arabs and Muslims from an early age…..


    Comment by rehmat1 — January 17, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

  6. Ah, I see. You are a flaming anti-Semite. Bye-bye.

    Comment by louisproyect — January 17, 2017 @ 1:51 pm

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