Subject: to the point
From: Ilnur Cevik
Date: 23/08/16 11:12
To: =?UTF-8?B?QmF0dWhhbiBUYWvEscWf?= <takisbatuhan@gmail.com>, Daily Sabah <dailysabahoped@gmail.com>, serdarkaragoz@yahoo.com, beratalbayrak@yahoo.com

TO THE POINT

 

Welcome to the land of the true brave Mr. Biden

 

By İlnur Çevik

 

Welcome Vice President Joe Biden to Ankara, to the land of the courageous and the brave people who stood up against tanks, armored vehicles, helicopter gunships and F-16 fighters and defeated a coup attempt by sheer faith and dedication to democratic values on July 15, 2016. This is the land where the people have proven how brave they are by shedding their blood for democracy and not as a fantasy like in the Hollywood movies…

 

This is the land where 250 people lost their lives and more than 2000 were wounded in the hands of senseless coup plotters who opened fire upon crowds indiscriminately on that faithful night. It is the land where fighter jets flown by the rebels bombed the Parliament building along with several other security buildings…

 

The people of Turkey have been told by the coup plotters that the mastermind of the coup plot is a devious man called Fethullah Gülen who has been living in a plush Pennsylvania ranch in self-imposed exile. His organization has infiltrated all state offices and the Turkish Armed Forces as well as the judiciary and the police. Now Turkey simply wants him extradited from the US to face justice in Turkey. Turkey has launched a massive crackdown against the Gülen organization which has now transformed into a kind of terrorist apparatus.

 

Investigators hired by Turkey have unearthed several of the criminal dealings of this organization in the US from money laundering to misuse of tens of millions of dollars allocated for charter schools. They have discovered so many congresspersons and senators who were practically bought by Gülen… There are even reports that the Gülen militants have managed to sneak into the American military…

 

Witness after witness, confessions after confessions by the coup plotters have pointed the finger directly at Gülen and his terrorist organization for the coup. This should have at least created some “strong suspicion” in the US that Gülen was up to no good and should have allowed the American authorities to keep him in house arrest. Instead he has been allowed to continue threatening our people and insulting us. This is too much for a nation that has suffered a massive coup trauma in the hands of this creature. Hence the anti-American sentiment that is mushrooming into hatred which is extremely dangerous for the good of Turkish-American friendship.

 

We know well that the US Administration has not been behind the coup attempt. Yet we also know that there are some people in the US who want to topple the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at all costs and may well have been behind Gülen’s badly failed coup. So it is only natural for us to wish that the American justice system finds and prosecutes these criminals.

 

Another area of deep resentment in Turkey is the strong cooperation between the US and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria which is a clear extension of Turkey’s secessionist PKK terrorist organization. The US has provided training and arms to the PYD which at times has been used inside Turkey in terrorist attacks that have killed scores of our citizens. This is an intolerable situation and yet the US has remained indifferent to Turkish complaints.

 

The US promised Turkey that the PYD forces would cross into the west of the Euphrates (which is a declared red line for Turkey) end the DAESH presence there and then hand over the region to Free Syrians Forces and then withdraw to the east of the Euphrates. Well the PYD has not returned to the east of the Euphrates and instead has been pushing further deeper into the west of the Euphrates which has resulted in Turkish shelling. The PKK-PYD duo feels that they can exploit the negative security situation that has been created after the July 15 coup attempt and thus hurt Turkey both by stepping up terrorist attacks in eastern and southeastern Turkish provinces and also creating a new Kurdish zone on Turkey’s borders.

 

Turkey’s hand has been strengthened with its successful fence mending moves with Russia and thus can play a more active role in Syria. So our major ally the US should see the reality and start disengaging with the PYD as soon as possible.

 

Mr. Biden is the first and only Western leader who has visited Ankara after the failed coup. He will see for himself the depths of Turkish sentiments after the coup and hopefully report back to his president about the mood here. Let us hope for the best.