American report: Turkey lived in a situation similar to Iraq in the 1990s
13:10 - 06/10/2020
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A report written by Michael Knights of the American Enterprise Institute, on Tuesday, confirmed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan transformed Turkey into a modern counterpart to Iraq in the early 1990s as he sees his economy collapsing and is easily influenced from abroad.
"Erdogan, like Saddam, knows that he is unable to place the blame for his mismanagement and his choices, and he looks forward to valuable resources for Turkey's neighbors and the weakness of the international community," the report, translated by the agency, said.
He added, “The recent Turkish escalation in the region shows that Erdogan’s ambitions are out of control. The question for Washington, Berlin and Brussels is whether the United States and Europe are ready to stand up and close these ambitions before Erdogan puts pressure on the trigger? “.
He continued, "The Western reaction was restricted with Erdogan's encroachment on Greek territorial waters and oil exploration in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, and the West remained silent about Erdogan's use of Syrian militants in proxy regional wars, in addition to his increasing aggression towards his opponents abroad."
The report continued, "Germany is the epicenter of Western inaction, while diplomats say in private conversations that Chancellor Angela Merkel ultimately fears that Erdogan will incite the population of Turkish origin in Germany, many of whom support him."
He explained, “This is in the interest of some US State Department officials who seek to undermine efforts to hold Turkey accountable, and instead of imposing unilateral sanctions on Turkish officials and companies complicit in violating Cypriot or Greek waters, mid-level American diplomats argue that they only want to impose sanctions. In conjunction with the European Union, knowing that Germany will prevent its effective implementation.
The report indicated that “the future point of tension may be the Cypriot coastal city of Varosha, which has been left deserted since Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 in response to a brief Cypriot coup and the division of the north of the island, because Erdogan and his supporters will also earn billions of dollars because they use the Turkish state money and perhaps the proceeds of the resources that have plundered it. Turkey is rebuilding residential buildings and hotels that must be demolished and replaced after five decades. End / 25 z