A recent HRW report has vividly demonstrated the PKK and its Syrian branch PYD’s use of children in their military ranks.
In a sensitive time when the country fights against many branches of the PKK at home, in Syria and Iraq, European demands only further frustrate the people of Turkey.
It seems, even though German society becomes ethnically, religiously and culturally more diverse, the political trend goes back to the idea of the so called Leitkultur (meaning core or dominant culture), a social philosophy which stems from the Syrian political scientist Bassam Tibi, an academic in the line of neo-conservative thought on the likes of Samuel P.
n the biggest battle of the ongoing Syrian war for Aleppo since July 2012, the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies benefited from the international community’s discord to corner the rebels into a small area of the city.
The EU has truly become the “tête de turc”, the cause of all problems, in Europe! If the issue is about money and finance, it should be stressed that Turkey is not wealthier than Europe, yet Turks are sharing their meals with Syrians.
Without doubt, a great majority of Turkey’s humanitarian assistance was delivered to Syrian s who were forced to leave their country due to the civil war that has been continuing since 2011.
At the top of the list were three policies: eliminating the intake of Syrian refugees entirely, re-instating a Bush-era tracking system for immigrants coming from “high-risk” countries, and ordering border security to question Muslim travelers on their views on “sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, the United States Constitution” – something the Trump team has dubbed “extreme vetting.
Millions of Afghans, Iraqis, Syrians and others in the Middle East are struggling to survive in their respective countries or elsewhere and they believe the Washington establishment is responsible for their impoverished condition.
Especially after Western reactions to the coup attempt on 15 July, 2016 and the American military support for the PKK’s partner organization PYD in Syria, on top of the never-ending accession process with the EU, both the EU and the United States lost their leverage on Turkey.
As Washington seeks to leave a fragmented Syria and Iraq so it can disengage from the Middle East, Turkey, facing grave security threats emanating from that very fragmentation, seeks to bolster democracy while preserving the territorial integrity of the region.
If the EU cannot agree on its strategic goals beyond the most basic issue of securing its borders, why should Middle Eastern governments pay attention to its policy towards them? Compared to Russia and the US, Europe is effected more by the civil war in Syria in terms of a spill-over of terrorism, and major waves of refugees fleeing from Assad and DAESH brutality.
Invasions have severely disrupted the traditional and social fabrics of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, where different segments of society have clashed with each other.