At minimum, Turkey needs ISIS. At a maximum, it really needs ISIS. The government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood-backed rebels all want the same thing – an Islamic Caliphate. This gives them all common cause. Turkey has made great strides – and has had some setbacks – when it comes to resurrecting the Ottoman Caliphate. It needs a Junkyard Dog to protect what it has and conquer what it has not.
When it comes to Syria, they all share the same objective when it comes to achieving that Caliphate; they all want Bashar al-Assad removed from power. It is for this reason that whenever reports are filed that state Turkey is fighting ISIS, such reports should be viewed with both great skepticism and with the understanding that a game of good cop / bad cop is being played.
At issue currently is the 500 mile-long border between Turkey and Syria. It is wide open and ISIS terrorists are traveling freely into Syria from Turkey.
For example, in an otherwise informative report, a Turk named Kemal Kirişci is quoted as an expert with the Brookings Institute and pushes the notion that the border can’t be secured:
Turkish officials, “could tighten control of official border crossings, said Kemal Kirisci, an expert at the Brookings Institute. “But you could never seal it.”
He sounds like the typical amnesty supporters in the U.S.
Here is a video of Kirişci on the Brookings website in which he calls for deepened economic relations between the U.S. and Turkey. Bear in mind that Turkey harbors both Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas leaders:
Perhaps Turkey’s closest, most unofficial ally is Qatar, a nation that should be identified as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. Qatar has harbored Hamas leaders as well as Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi for years. Qatar has also been partnering with Brookings for years.
Beginning in 2004, Brookings and Qatar have co-sponsored the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum (US-IWF), held in Doha every year (save for 2011 when it was held in Washington, DC), as Shoebat.com has reported. Here is a Brookings Institute video about that 2011 US-IWF (WARNING: It starts with Hillary Clinton):
Last year, it was the New York Times that revealed Qatar contracted to enrich Brookings with $14.8 million over four years. At a minimum, this is a conflict of interest. In fact, the Times article even interviewed a former Brookings employee…
…who served as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar and who said he had been told during his job interview that he could not take positions critical of the Qatari government in papers.
Time for a metaphor that needs no explanation:
ISIS is a group with a stigma on par with al-Qaeda – if not worse. It’s a group that Turkey cannot support publicly but make no mistake; Turkey sees ISIS as a junkyard owner sees a junkyard dog – as an asset.
If that’s not a good enough metaphor, try this:
Again, ISIS and Turkey share a common goal – the removal of Assad. This critical piece of the story consistently goes untold.
As Shoebat.com reported, earlier this month, it was revealed that the U.S. and Turkey had agreed to arm and train Syrian rebels. Turkey, however, was more interested in doing so in order to remove Assad, rather than take on ISIS:
The U.S. has said the goal is to go after the Islamic State group, but Turkish officials have suggested that the trained rebels could also target the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad.
In reality, what this means is that Turkey wants the U.S. to help remove al-Assad while allowing ISIS to do the same.