Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals

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The Turks have a bloody history in the Middle East. And while Trump may have given the Turks a green light, I don't recall Assad doing the same.

Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals



By invading northern Syria last week, Recep Tayyip Erdoğanachieved what many thought impossible – uniting all the regional countries and rival powers with a stake in the country in furious opposition to what they see as a reckless, destabilising move.

A truculent nationalist-populist with dictatorial tendencies, Erdoğan has often cast himself as one man against the world during 16 consecutive years as Turkey’s prime minister and president. Now he really is on his own.

Fighting along the border is limited, so far, but that could quickly change. “Should hostilities intensify, a broader Turkish advance into densely populated areas could entail significant civilian casualties, displace many inhabitants and fuel local insurgency,” the International Crisis Group warned.

...Worries about an Isis revival, considered more likely thanks to Turkey’s move, are common to all the regional players. Strangely, in this respect at least, the US, Iran and Saudi Arabia, on the brink of war a few weeks ago, now find themselves on the same side.

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"Next week, the EU will discuss the introduction of an arms embargo on Turkey"
Strange, but no one stopped supplying arms to France itself, when Sarkozy gutted and destroyed Libya, killing innumerable quantity of people and triggering a powerful crisis of millions of refugees who instantly lost everything.
 
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The Turks have a bloody history in the Middle East. And while Trump may have given the Turks a green light, I don't recall Assad doing the same.

Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals



By invading northern Syria last week, Recep Tayyip Erdoğanachieved what many thought impossible – uniting all the regional countries and rival powers with a stake in the country in furious opposition to what they see as a reckless, destabilising move.

A truculent nationalist-populist with dictatorial tendencies, Erdoğan has often cast himself as one man against the world during 16 consecutive years as Turkey’s prime minister and president. Now he really is on his own.

Fighting along the border is limited, so far, but that could quickly change. “Should hostilities intensify, a broader Turkish advance into densely populated areas could entail significant civilian casualties, displace many inhabitants and fuel local insurgency,” the International Crisis Group warned.

...Worries about an Isis revival, considered more likely thanks to Turkey’s move, are common to all the regional players. Strangely, in this respect at least, the US, Iran and Saudi Arabia, on the brink of war a few weeks ago, now find themselves on the same side.

Read on: Erdoğan has managed the unthinkable: uniting all the other Middle East rivals
As we speak, there are 200,000 refugees heading for US military bases looking for protection. The next move will be which of those countries in the region start taking in refugees.
 

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Not directly related but I don't want another thread and it needs to be shared. Dotard's latest justification for his stupidity.


Part 2 of the tweet:
.....The Kurds and Turkey have been fighting for many years. Turkey considers the PKK the worst terrorists of all. Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other. Let them! We are monitoring the situation closely. Endless Wars!
Several foreign affairs reporters and academics are saying they don't have a clue what he's talking about.

Maybe it's him playing 3D chess again, or maybe he's just butt-ugly stupid.
 
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....The Kurds and Turkey have been fighting for many years. Turkey considers the PKK the worst terrorists of all.

Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other.

Let them! We are monitoring the situation closely. Endless Wars!
Yep, the whole situation was created so that everybody would start to fight each other, and then at some point the US will be compelled to join in the next great war

:)

Doesn't work so far. What I'm starting to become sure about is that Erdogan didn't act as some rogue leader, but rather as good servant of the masters.
 

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Iran has been strangely silent...anyone wonder why?
Well, Trump just gave them a great victory. But they know that his ego wouldn't be able to stand them rubbing his face in it.
 
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