Libya and Syria: Erdogan’s Dual, Contradictory Positions

Hardly a day passes without official statements being issued by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his foreign minister, his defense minister or one of his advisers, in one direction, which is that the decision to intervene in Libya stems from the fact that the Fayez al-Sarraj government is internationally recognized and represented at the United Nations, so their support is consistent with international legitimacy. The Libyan National Army, which enjoys popular support, stems from the authority of the internationally recognized parliament, and it exerts its influence over more than 90 percent of the country’s territory, and includes approximately one hundred thousand fighters distributed over the land, sea and air, yet in the eyes of the Ankara regime, they are merely merely “militias”.

If the issue is one of international legitimacy, as Erdogan says, the Syrian government is still the legitimate representative of its country in the eyes of the world, including the United Nations and the Security Council, but in this case, the Turkish regime collaborates with an interim government run from Turkey, which it considers the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, while they deploy militias that bear the name of the Free Syrian Army, to maintain chaos in large parts of the country, relying on it in its war against the Kurds, then sending the mercenaries to fight alongside its allies in Libya.

Can Erdogan explain this duality? How can he convince us that he is with the Saraj government because it is internationally recognized, while he supports an interim government in northern Syria that is not recognized by any country other than Turkey, even supporting another government in northern Cyprus that is also not recognized by anyone else, that was imposed by force when Turkey invaded Northern Cyprus in July 1974?

The political schizophrenia that Erdogan suffers from is only understood if we realize that defending the militias of the Libya’s Tripoli government and militias in northern Syria serves the new Ottoman expansion project under the cover of the Brotherhood and its allies who do not respect neither the country nor the sovereignty of the state, and transcend all values ​​of belonging back towards the illusion of belonging to the caliphate project that Erdogan is attempting to revive, to provide a dogmatic framework for reshaping imperial and nationalist ambitions at the expense of the Arabs.

The issue is not related to legitimacy, law, religion or principle, but rather to the interests of a group that hides behind the slogans of Islam, while committing the most heinous crimes, hatching the dirtiest conspiracies against states and peoples in search of a former influence that Erdogan is trying to restore.

Erdogan speaks about the cultural rights of Libyans or Syrians of Turkish or Ottoman origin, but does not recognize the rights of the Kurds, whether they are in his country or in neighboring countries, and he does not hesitate to launch military attacks on their cities, villages and gatherings, as if eliminating them is a national and patriotic obligation lying on his shoulders.

Erdogan talks about the rights of the Palestinians and accuses Arab moderation countries of abandoning them, while he is involved in cooperation and integration relations with Israel at all levels, including the military and security, and he cannot cut diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, or refrain from receiving Israeli tourists, or stop his trade with them, and he will not abandon the military industrial projects that his country is carrying out with the Zionists.

Erdogan teaches his Islamic allies in the Arab countries how to turn against patriotic states and their historical leaders accused of secularism, while placing all his offices and palaces pictures of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of secularism in Turkey, out of respect for the history of his country, in exchange for his contempt for the history others.

He himself dealt with ISIS and al-Qaeda organizations and all branches of terrorism, and opened the doors of his country to receive them and pass them on to Iraq and Syria, then re-exported them to Libya, to use them to promote the interests of his regime, he supervised the smuggling of oil to his country, and the dismantling and theft of Syrian factories, and looted antiquities to sell on the black market, and encouraged Libyan merchants to sabotage their country’s institutions, turn them into scrap transported to his country.

He criticizes the Egyptian people’s stance towards the Brotherhood who sought to overthrow the state, while repressing hundreds of thousands of Turks for allegedly attempting to overthrow his regime, because the people are insignificant before the interests of the regime, the party’s ideology, and the project of Ottoman expansion in the region.

Those who have followed the transferring of terrorists from northern Syria to western Libya to be used as mercenaries in the Fayez al-Sarraj militias, understand the nature of Erdogan and his regime. The issue is not one of legitimacy, law, religion or principle, but rather the interests of a group that hides behind slogans of Islam, to practice the most heinous crimes and dirtiest conspiracies against states and peoples, in search of former influence Erdogan is trying to restore, to serve the interests of the family that he wants to consecrate as a ruling family in a new caliphate, and a party that works to transform it into a force of recruitment, polarization, and containment of agents and traitors in the region, and a system that extends beyond the political into a colonial mechanism that transcends regional borders, aiming to expand at the expense of others.

Al Arab