Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview that his country will send ground troops against ISIS in Syria “if others do their part.” This is clearly a reference to the removal of Bashar al-Assad. Davutoglu argued for a “comprehensive” strategy to prevent another terrorist group from replacing ISIS if the latter is destroyed. Any such removal would constitute a giant step toward a Caliphate that would make al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State look like Rhode Island by comparison.
“We shouldn’t be separating pre-ISIS and post-ISIS Syria,” Davutoglu told Amanpour. “From the first early days of the crisis until now, no other country did more than Turkey; what Turkey did against the attacks, brutal attacks of the regime, as well as against ISIS.”
He said that American airstrikes in Syria were necessary but not enough for a victory.
“If ISIS goes, another radical organization may come in,” he said. “So our approach should be comprehensive, inclusive, strategic and combined … not just to punish — to satisfy our public opinion — to punish one terrorist organization, but to eliminate all terrorist threats in the future, and also to eliminate all brutal crimes against humanity committed by the regime.”
That may sound good but if that strategy includes removing Assad, doesn’t the likelihood of another terrorist group filling the vacuum actually increase? Call Assad what you want but removing him from power instantly makes Syria even less stable; just look at Libya today. Any call for the removal of Assad comes with a consequence of handing control of Syria over to the Turks. That’s the part that Davutoglu doesn’t say:
As Shoebat.com reported in April, Syria is TOAST when it comes to the Iranian-Turkish alliance. The U.S., which has had a policy in the region that is both schizophrenic and rudderless, has been attempting to play nice with Iran against ISIS and work with Turkey as a NATO ally. While Turkey is still – inexplicably so – a member of NATO, it is no ally to the U.S.
When it comes to Iran, Turkey, and Syria, Assad is the only one that can be trusted right now for one simple reason. His agenda has no angle; it’s self-preservation.
Yet, as Turkey’s Davutoglu talks about a “comprehensive” strategy that includes the removal of Assad and the elimination of a power vacuum that prevents something like ISIS from filling it, no one is talking about what that means. It means Turkish control of Syria. Shoebat.com also reported on the growing Iranian-Turkish alliance in June. Each recognizes the other as a rising power and is willing to negotiate. In exchange for Iran not coming to Assad’s aid, Turkey will look the other way as Iraq is annexed by Iran.
It’ll be as if a leopard and a bear are fighting over the same animal. There’s enough flesh for each to agree to split it.
Davutoglu also spoke of the infamous ‘red line’ Assad allegedly crossed last year:
On the front lines of Syria’s war, Turkey is trying to dispel the idea that the United States can become involved in Syria by going after ISIS but not al-Assad.
“We said chemical weapons are the red line. He used chemical weapons. What happened to him?”
“We didn’t do anything.”
Who’s “we”, Mr. Davutoglu?
As Shoebat.com has maintained consistently – beginning almost immediately after last year’s chemical weapons attack in Syria – evidence points overwhelmingly to Turkey being responsible. Then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan – a student of Hitler’s Mein Kampf since at least the first grade – was setting Assad up. That’s if you believe highly respected journalist Seymour Hersh, who actually takes it all the way back to Benghazi.
Meanwhile, U.S. politicians with scales on their eyes far outweigh the ones who can see. The former chairman of Dar al-Hijrah, perhaps the most notorious mosque in the U.S. – with very real connections to BOTH World Trade Center attacks (1993 and 2001) – now sits on the board of the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), a U.S.-based group that lobbies Congress for Syrian opposition assistance. That chairman – Bassam Estwani – is rather cozy with Davutoglu. Here are the two men walking arm in arm in Istanbul in early September 2012:
Here is Estwani in Cairo with SETF Executive Director Mouaz Moustafa:
Here is Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) in Turkey with Moustafa near the border with Syria (Kinzinger is one of the many U.S. politicians with scales covering his eyes who recently voted to arm Syria’s rebels):