German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has called on Turkey to show restraint with regards to its recent conflict with Syria.
Westerwelle, who is in Istanbul for talks with Turkish officials, made the remarks in a meeting with his counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday.
"It is important that no one pours oil on the fire," he said. However, he backed Turkey's decision to intercept a Syrian plane flying from Moscow.
Tension between Turkey and Syria soared on October 3 after a mortar shell fired from Syria landed in Turkey’s border town of Akcakale, leaving five people dead.
Ankara promptly responded with retaliatory fire that continued through the next days, and Turkish lawmakers also authorized the government to use military force against Syria when deemed necessary.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Kevin Barrett, Islamic Studies expert from Madison, to further discuss the issue.
The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.
We have the German Foreign Minister in Turkey saying that Ankara is moving towards a dead end. Turkey, it seems, is beating the drums of war with its neighbor Syria. The first question that comes to mind is why? I mean what vital interest does Turkey see in preparing for a war with Syria, taking into consideration the costs and benefits Ankara has summed up for itself?
Well that is a good question. You really should be asking the policymakers in Turkey because I do not think anybody really understands what in the world they can probably be thinking of.
They were doing very well with their policy of no problems with neighbors, they were trading with all countries in the region, they were maintaining a certain kind of neutrality, they refused to let the US come through their country when the US invaded Iraq and they were beginning to develop some independence vis-à-vis the Zionist entity that is Turkey has been a long time ally of Israel due to the corrupt network of Donmeh Jews who are in very high positions in Turkey especially in its military.
So it looked like Turkey was moving towards independence, democracy, non-aligned foreign policy and increasing sway in the region. Turkey has a hinterland of Turkish speaking people that goes all the way to China and they were really moving in the right direction and then this instability in Syria which we could call destabilization actually broke out and I guess the only explanation that I can think of and that anybody has put forward and makes any sense to me is that Erdogan is trying to apologize to the powerful forces in NATO and … Israel for having crossed them a couple of years ago.
Somehow the power seems to have shifted in Turkey and the Israeli-linked Likud crazies along with the people in NATO that they work with have recaptured a lot of the power in Turkey. And this is a disaster for Turkey because Turkey is going to be destabilized itself if the destabilization of the region continues.
The incitement of Kurdish nationalism, the breakaway of the Kurdish part of Iraq perhaps followed by Syria threatens Turkey’s territorial integrity especially since Turkey has to behave reasonably towards the Kurds due to its aspirations to be family with the Europeans but at this point it looks who wants to join the European Union anyway, it is a sinking ship.
So I think the leadership in Turkey is just making a terrible, terrible mistake and I hope wiser people in Turkey realize this, certainly the people of Turkey do. Two-thirds of the people of Turkey are against the current policy of bellicose increasing animosity towards Syria.
So let’s hope that the government in Turkey follows the wisdom of its people.
Briefly, at the end of the day, who will benefit from such a conflict, and what would be the consequences for Turkey?
Well I would be arguing all along that the Israelis are working on the Oded Yinon plan to destabilize the entire Middle East and break up the Middle Eastern countries into smaller enclaves based on ethnicity and religious sect.
So they do not want any large powerful successful countries in their region because the people of the Middle East have never accepted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine which we might even call the Palestinian genocide.
So in order to survive and thrive in the region and perhaps even create greater Israel which is supposed to go all the way from the Nile to the Euphrates River, the Israelis have to smash their neighbors into little pieces and that is what has been happening since 9/11 which was an Israeli sponsored coup d’état here in the USA designed to launch America’s military power against the Middle East in order to smash up all of these Middle Eastern countries into small ethnic and sectarian enclaves that would never be able to threaten a greater Israel.
So that is the policy I think it’s been dictated by the crazies in the Likud faction of Israel and they gain when the region is destabilized and broken into pieces.