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Erdogan scoring own goals galore with Syria stance: Analyst
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (file photo)
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (file photo)
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On every issue, Erdogan’s fiery words and actions have a knack of rebounding with self-inflicted damage to his own integrity and that of his government.”

Finian Cunningham, political columnist

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An analyst says Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “scoring one own goal after another” on the political arena by “brazenly” participating in a covert war of aggression against neighboring Syria.


“On every issue, Erdogan’s fiery words and actions have a knack of rebounding with self-inflicted damage to his own integrity and that of his government,” Finian Cunningham wrote on the Press TV website.

The analyst was referring to Erdogan’s recent remarks in a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party, where he labeled the Syrian government a “terrorist state.”

"The regime in Syria has now become a terrorist state," Erdogan said on Wednesday.

Cunningham said in light of Turkey’s complicity with the foreign co-conspirators against Syria in waging an unprovoked, criminal war of aggression, in short state terrorism, on a sovereign state, Erdogan’s excoriation of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “sounds rather more like the words of a man who is talking into a mirror.”

Among the repercussions of Erdogan’s campaign of sabotage in Syria is a public backlash within Turkey against his ruling party, he stated.

“Polls and protests show that the Turkish people are deeply opposed to Erdogan’s neo-Ottomanism. His former popularity is melting rapidly like snow in spring as the Turkish Labor Party and other opposition parties condemn the Ankara government for ‘engaging in terrorism’.”

Furthermore, the analyst argued, the terrorism that Erdogan and his planners are unleashing in neighboring Syria is rebounding with a refugee crisis that is “placing an acute strain on Turkish economic resources.”

Cunningham said a further backlash is the resurgence in Turkey’s decades-long battle with Kurdistan’s Workers Party, the PKK, as the separatist group “takes advantage of the cross-border chaos engendered by Erdogan.”

Erdogan government’s “machinations in Syria with its repercussions of reopening Kurdish wounds” will also likely further undermine Turkey’s long-sought goal of EU membership, he added.

“One paradox from Turkey’s self-serving intervention in Syria is that the world is being reminded of Turkey’s own dark, terroristic past.”

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