By Theodore Shoebat
Like clockwork, it never fails: major governments will use terrorism as a means of empowering themselves, by taking territory and expanding their hegemony. Germany did this with Belgium in the First World War, when it affirmed that it wanted to deploy troops into Belgium to protect German workers as they were building a railway in that country. Japan did this when they set Japanese troops in China under the pretext of protecting Japanese officials — after Sugiyama Akira was beheaded by the Muslim Kansu Braves — with the intent of taking Chinese territory. Powerful countries use real situations, or real crises, for their own advancement.
Now Turkey wants to do this with Syria, essentially arguing that since Turkish forces are in Syria fighting terrorists, that Turkey has a right to take Syrian territory. As we read from one report from Tass:
According to Fitin, to eliminate the terrorist stronghold in the area, it is necessary to conduct negotiations taking into account the interests of all parties, primarily Turkey. “These talks [will be] very difficult and comprehensive,” the expert stressed.
He recalled that militants who earlier left other Syrian regions are currently in Idlib. “These are members of the Jabhat al-Nusra (terror group, outlawed in Russia – TASS), which changed its name to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army and various Jihadist units, which were sent in particular from Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said.
“Turkey has many other interests [in Idlib]. First of all, it wants not only to preserve but also to expand the buffer zone on the border with Syria, and it needs the absence of counteraction on the part of both the US and Russia,” Fitin stressed.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on June 27, 2018, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing that: “They [Turkey] will ultimately be part of political resolution there [Manbij, Syria] and an important part. And we need to recognize that and do our best of work alongside them”.
This is reflected in a recent Whitehouse statement from late March, that says:
“President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France. Both leaders expressed support for the West’s strong response to Russia’s chemical weapons attack in Salisbury, United Kingdom, including the expulsion of numerous Russian intelligence officers on both sides of the Atlantic. President Trump stressed the need to intensify cooperation with Turkey with respect to shared strategic challenges in Syria.”