Saturday, 11 February 2012

QATAR-TURKEY SCHISM OVER SYRIA



Contradictions between the regime-change camp

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
11 Feb 2012

This report from Al-Jazeera English shows-up the contradictions between Turkey and Qatar over Syria. This report indicates that Qatar is nervous with Turkey, and has no real confidence with Turkey when it comes to issues in the region such as Libya and Qatar. The Kurdish national area straddles Syria and Turkey, and Turkey must be worried that Syria could encourage elements of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) to strike back at Turkey for the latter's military meddling in the affairs of Syria. Frankly, its rather surprising that Syria has not encouraged and backed the PKK to step up attacks within the borders of the Turkish state.

Anti-imperialists in Syria are surely playing upon these divisions between the Gulfis (Saudi Arabia and Qatar are in competition for political patronage from the west in order to develop their own aspirations of hegemony in the region), and also between various regional powers and Turkey.

Turkey is playing its own game for its own interests, and doesn't give a damn about any hitherto positive relations they have had with anyone, one such an obvious example of this is how Turkish-Syrian relations seem to have been warming up only to develop into a nasty split with Turkey frothing at the mouth for regime change in Syria.

In retrospect, a few interesting questions arise about the rise of the 'Islamist' AKP ruling party in Turkey. Considering the Islamophobic hysteria in the west for the last decade, the rise of the AKP in Turkey resulted in little negative reaction in the west and western media. Furthermore, it is well known that the real power in Turkey is the "deep state" ie., the Turkish military, who are militantly secular - 'Kemalist' - but have more or less allowed the AKP to be the political ruling party, which seems to indicate that it has been the AKP which is the choice political cloak for the Turkish military's aspirations for regional hegemony.

Now that Russia and China have scuppered the rolling regime change juggernaut, at least for the time being, the west and its regional allies are going into a frenzied effort to try and fulfil their strategic interests, but the harder this is for those interested in pro-western regime change in the region, the more the contradictions between west and regional powers will show themselves. If one goes back to the summer of 2011 in Libya, similarly when nato seemed not be able to achieve their regime change goals in Libya, contradictions were opening up between the western powers, within western nations, and also between nato and regional powers, especially in the case of Turkey.

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