Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Foreign Policy

Between March 29 and April 2, 2016, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, paid a visit to Washington D.C. to participate in the 4th Nuclear Security Summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama.

In an interview with CNN broadcast March 31, Erdogan said, “We will not allow an act such as giving northern Syria to a terrorist organization… We will never forgive such a wrong. We are determined about that.”

Asked which terror organization he was referring to, Erdogan said: “The YPG [Kurdish People’s Protection Units], the PYD [Democratic Union Party] … and if Daesh [ISIS] has an intention of that sort then it would also never be allowed.”

Erdogan was thereby once again attempting to equate Islamic State (ISIS), which has tortured, raped, sold or slaughtered so many innocent people in Syria and Iraq, with the Kurdish PYD, and its YPG militia, whose members have been fighting with their lives to defeat genocidal jihadist groups such as al-Nusra and ISIS.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “Islamism” is just a smokescreen word for Islam, plain and simple.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      My hope is that Trump will reorganize NATO and kick Turkey out.
      And Europe, too.
      It’s time they stood on their feet.

  • Alain

    Turkey, that NATO member and much courted future member of the EU, now what is wrong with this?

  • ntt1

    Erdogan really is a bent, nasty example of the excrescences that rise in an islamic state. Support Israel and the Kurds but include the swath of Kurdish iran as well.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Both Putin and Netanyahu support Kurdish independence. If Putin concludes that an Israeli-Kurdish alliance better serves Russia’s interests than the Iranian Shiite axis, things will turn around in the region.