[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] O [/yt_dropcap]n 15 July 2016, Turkey faced a coup attempt. This attempt was a terrorist attack on Turkey. This attack, which took place outside the chain of command of the Turkish Armed Forces, has failed. Those who carried out this attack are traitors belonging to Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). These traitors closed the Bosphorus Bridge, made low flights with warplanes, and went out to the streets with tanks.
They captured the Headquarters of the General Staff and the Gendarmerie General Command building. They attacked the National Security Organization Campus, various buildings of the Security Organization, the Presidential Complex, and the Turkish Grand National Assembly. Many citizens have lost their lives in different places. Turkish Radio and Television Corporation was occupied and the manifesto of so-called coup d’etat was read.
The government has worked hard to prevent the coup attempt. People are invited to the squares by the government. President Erdogan came to Istanbul and stood against the coup. As a result, FETO’s coup attempt has failed with the cooperation of the state and the nation. Nations have been martyrs but have not given their homeland to these traitors. No citizen supported the coup attempt.
This coup attempt has been a turning point for Turkey. On July 20, the National Security Council convened and the State of Emergency was declared. The aim of the declaration of the State of Emergency was to remove the threat posed by this terrorist organization. Some European countries were anxiously approached to the declaration of the State of Emergency. But similar measures are being taken by European countries in similar terrorist incidents. In addition to the anxieties of the European countries, S&P has reduced Turkey’s credit rating from BB+ to BB.
Despite all these initiatives, Turkey continues its public investments. Osmangazi and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridges were opened; and the economy has not been affected badly as it was supposed to be. Turkey remains committed to its targets of 2023, 2053 and 2071.Turkey’s primary objective is to reduce its dependence to other countries in defense industry. Turkey is committed to becoming a regional power.
Domestic and foreign traitors who are disturbed by these aims of Turkey are trying to prevent Turkey with various initiatives. Turkey has been fighting the PKK terrorist organization for almost 40 years. The weapons used by the PKK are of Western origin. Moreover, in Syria, the terrorist organization called PYD was brought against Turkey. The DAESH terrorist organization is another terrorist organization against Turkey. Turkey is fighting terrorist organizations within and outside the country.
Turkey faced an invasion attempt on July 15th rather than a coup attempt. The attitude of the West is very interesting when Turkey encounters the invasion. In every opportunity, the West, who talked about democracy and human rights to Turkey, did not visit Turkey for a long time after this invasion attempt. On the contrary, various publications have been published about why the coup attempt failed.
The West, expressing no regrets to coup attempt, expressed concern as Turkey took measures against this coup attempt. The hypocritical policies of the West have once again emerged with this coup attempt. The same hypocritical policies have also been experienced in the field of refugees. Turkey has not been provided enough support from the West, which has promised support for refugees. Turkey has spent more than 20 billion dollars for the refugees.
Turkey does not want to be dependent on the West for these reasons. Turkey should not be dependent on agriculture, industry and technology to West. Economic independence is vital important. Turkey is not old Turkey anymore. The West should understand that. The United States and the West use some terrorist groups as tongs. By doing so, they are trying to make Turkey a part of their policies. But they will not succeed.
Sometimes it is said that there is no freedom of press in Turkey. Freedom of the press does not mean that foreign agents can operate in our country under the journalist’s identity. When Turkey starts to identify these foreign agents and give them the necessary punishments, the West speaks about democracy and human rights. However, after the treacherous coup attempt on 15 July, the attitude of the West against Turkey was not democratic at all. After a coup attempt, they did not have a phone call or a visit with our authorities for days.
In many countries of the West, the agents of terrorist organizations are traveling comfortably. It is also seen in the past that terrorist organizations have allowed their activities. The history of the West, which teaches democracy to Turkey, is filled with antidemocratic events, i.e. the exploitation of Africa, the turning of the Middle East to bloodshed, the conflicts in the Balkans, the death of innocent babies and the rape of women in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
Now they are trying to squeeze and isolate Turkey by threatening with economic sanctions. They force the minds to make Turkey a part of their policies with these threats. Again, for this purpose, the West supports terrorist organizations and attacks against Turkey. By weakening Turkey, they do not want our country to become a center of hope for the oppressed nations. They want their hegemons to continue.
The real face of the West, who attacked Turkey from four corpses, has become even more evident as the collaborators in our country were arrested. When the martyrs were given in the fight against terrorism and the coup plot of 15 July, the West, who did not give open support to Turkey, immediately came to our country when their own men were arrested and they started to give their support messages.
We see the same insincere politics during the arguments regarding the death penalty. The worries of the West, reminding the red lines to Turkey about the execution, are not fair. Because they know very well that they will not be able to use their collaborators in our country as they were when the death penalty was abolished.
Despite all these internal and external obstacles, Turkey continues its path with great determination. These obstaclesare only a source of ambition and perseverance for our nation. Nothing will affect the march of Turkey towards the targets of 2023. The West has no future.
Israeli contrasts: Likud’s favoured soccer teams veers left as Bibi turns further right
The contrast could not be starker. As Israel plays a dangerous game of US politics by restricting or banning visits by controversial Democratic members of Congress to seemingly please President Donald J. Trump’s prejudiced electoral instincts, the owner of a notorious Jerusalem soccer club draws a line in the sand in confronting his racist fan base.
The contrast takes on added significance as prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu woes Israel’s far-right in advance of elections on September 17 given that storied club Beitar Jerusalem has long been seen as a stronghold for his Likud party.
Mr. Netanyahu’s barring of Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar was as much a response to Mr. Trump’s tweeted suggestion that they should not be allowed to visit Israel as it was catering to his right-wing base that includes Beitar’s fans.
Beitar is the only Israeli squad to have never hired a Palestinian player. Its fans, famous for their racist slogans and bullying tactics, have made life impossible for the few Muslim players that the club contracted in its history.
Messrs. Netanyahu and Moshe Hogeg, the Beitar owner and tech entrepreneur who founded social mobile photo and video sharing website Mobli and crypto transactions platform Sirin Labs, are both treading on slippery ground.
Mr. Netanyahu, who initially raised out of respect for the US Congress no objection to the planned visit by Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar, has ensured that Israel for the first time in decades can no longer be sure of bi-partisan support in the Congress and beyond and is likely to become a partisan issue in the run-up to next year’s US presidential election.
His pandering to Mr. Trump sparked rare criticism from the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC), Israel’s most powerful and influential lobby in the United States even though AIPAC agrees that Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Ilham support the Boycott, Diversification and Sanctions (BDS) movement that targets Israel.
“We disagree with Reps. Omar and Tlaib’s support for the anti-Israel and anti-peace BDS movement, along with Rep. Tlaib’s calls for a one-state solution. We also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel first hand,” AIPAC tweeted.
A breakdown of bi-partisan support for Israel may not be what Mr. Netanyahu wants, but it may be, in a twist of irony, what Israel needs. It would spark a debate in the United States with a potential fallout in Israel about whether Mr. Netanyahu’s annexationist policy and hard-line approach towards Palestinian aspirations serves Israel’s longer-term best interests.
Israel’s toughening stand was evident on Tuesday when police broke up an annual soccer tournament among Palestinian families in East Jerusalem on assertions that it was sponsored by the Palestinian Authority, which is barred from organizing events in the city. The tournament’s organizer denied any association with the Authority.
In a dismissive statement, Israeli public security minister Gilad Erdan’s office scoffed: “We’re talking about scofflaws who lie and blame the agency that enforces the law when they know full well that the Palestinian Authority is involved in the event that Minister Erdan ordered halted.”
The incident was emblematic of an environment that prompted columnist and scholar Peter Beinart, writing in The Forward, a more than 100-year old, left-wing Jewish weekly, to argue that “the United States has a national interest in ensuring that Israel does not make permanent its brutal occupation of the West Bank and blockade of the Gaza Strip.
By taking on La Familia, a militant Beitar Jerusalem fan group that has driven the club’s discriminatory policy, Mr. Hogeg is going not only against Mr. Netanyahu’s policies that emphasize Israeli Jewish nationalism at the expense of the rights of Palestinians with Israeli citizenship as well as those subject to occupation.
He is also challenging a global trend spearheaded by civilizational leaders like Indian prime minister Narendra Modi who, two weeks after depriving Kashmiri Muslims of their autonomy, is planning to build detention camps for millions of predominantly Muslim Indians suspected of being foreign migrants, Victor Orban who envisions a Muslim-free Hungary, and Xi Jinping who has launched in China’s troubled, north-western province of Xinjiang the most frontal assault on Islam in recent history
The degree of polarization and alienation that civilizational policies like those of Messrs Netanyahu, Modi, Xi and Orban is highlighted by the fact that Mr. Hogeg’s battle with his fans is over a name.
Ali Mohammed is Beitar Jerusalem’s latest acquisition. The only Muslim thing about him is his name. Mr. Mohammed is a Nigerian Christian.
That wasn’t good enough for the fans who demand that he change his name. During Mr. Mohammed’s first training session fans chanted “Mohamed is dead” and “Ali is dead.”
Unlike his predecessors, Mr. Hogeg seems unwilling to back down. He has threatened to sue the fans for tarnishing Beitar’s already battered reputation and demand up to US$500,000 in damages. Lawyers for Mr. Hogeg have written to fans demanding an apology.
“They are very good fans; they are very loyal. They love the club and what it represents … but they’re racist and that’s a big problem,” Mr. Hogeg said.
Convinced that the militants are a minority that imposes its will on the majority of Beitar fans, Mr. Hogeg takes the high road at a time that the likes of him threaten to become an endangered species.
“I was surprised to find that Mohamed is not Muslim, but I don’t care. Why should it matter? He’s a very good player. As long as the player that comes respects the city, respects what he represents, respects Israel, can help the team and wants to play then the door will be open. If those radical fans will fight against it, they will lose. They will simply lose,” Mr. Hogeg said.
“Today Saudi Arabia finally lost the war on Yemen.”
On August 17th, an anonymous German intelligence analyst who has perhaps the world’s best track-record of publicly identifying and announcing historical turning-points, and who is therefore also a great investigative journalist regarding international relations (especially military matters, which are his specialty) headlined at his “Moon of Alabama” blog, “Long Range Attack On Saudi Oil Field Ends War On Yemen”, and he opened:
Today Saudi Arabia finally lost the war on Yemen. It has no defenses against new weapons the Houthis in Yemen acquired. These weapons threaten the Saudis economic lifelines. This today was the decisive attack:
Drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia’s sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a “limited fire” in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. …
The Saudi acknowledgement of the attack came hours after Yahia Sarie, a military spokesman for the Houthis, issued a video statement claiming the rebels launched 10 bomb-laden drones targeting the field in their “biggest-ever” operation. He threatened more attacks would be coming.
New drones and missiles displayed in July 2019 by Yemen’s Houthi-allied armed forces
Today’s attack is a check-mate move against the Saudis. Shaybah is some 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) from Houthi-controlled territory. There are many more important economic targets within that range. …
The attack conclusively demonstrates that the most important assets of the Saudis are now under threat. This economic threat comes on top of a seven percent budget deficit the IMF predicts for Saudi Arabia. Further Saudi bombing against the Houthi will now have very significant additional cost that might even endanger the viability of the Saudi state. The Houthi have clown prince Mohammad bin Salman by the balls and can squeeze those at will.
He went on to say that the drones aren’t from Iran but are copies from Iran’s, “assembled in Yemen with the help of Hizbullah experts from Lebanon.”
He has been predicting for a long time that this war couldn’t be won by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud (MbS). In the present report, he says:
The war on Yemen that MbS started in March 2015 long proved to be unwinnable. Now it is definitely lost. Neither the U.S. nor the Europeans will come to the Saudis help. There are no technological means to reasonably protect against such attacks. Poor Yemen defeated rich Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi side will have to agree to political peace negotiations. The Yemeni demand for reparation payments will be eye watering. But the Saudis will have no alternative but to cough up whatever the Houthi demand.
The UAE was smart to pull out of Yemen during the last months.
If he is correct (and I have never yet found a prediction from him turn out to have been wrong), then this will be an enormous blow to the foreign markets for U.S.-made weapons, since the Sauds are the world’s largest foreign purchasers of those, and have spent profusely on them — and also on U.S. personnel to train their soldiers how to use them. So (and this is my prediction, not his), August 19th might be a good time to sell short U.S. armament-makers such as Lockheed Martin.
However: his prediction that “the Saudis will have no alternative but to cough up whatever the Houthi demand” seems to me to be the first one from him that could turn out to have been wrong. If the Sauds have perpetrated, say, $200 billion of physical damage to Yemen, but refuse to pay more than $100 billion in reparations, and the Housis then hit and take out a major Saudi oil well, isn’t it possible that the Sauds would stand firm? But if they do, then mightn’t it be wrong to say, at the present time, that: “Today Saudi Arabia finally lost the war on Yemen.”? He has gone out on limbs before, and I can’t yet think of any that broke under him. Maybe this one will be the first? I wouldn’t bet on that. But this one seems to me to be a particularly long limb. We’ll see!
The message behind the release of Iranian oil tanker
The Gibraltar court ordered the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 to be released. The tanker was seized by the British Royal Marines about a month ago.
This verdict was the ending of an elaborate game designed by John Bolton National Security Advisor of the United States and Mike Pompeo, carried out by the Britain government.
With seizing the tanker, Bolton was trying to put psychological and political pressures on Iran and force other countries to form a consensus against Iran, but he couldn’t fulfill any of these goals.
Iran’s firm, logical and wise answer to the seizure of Grace 1 (like making solid legal arguments) and the seriousness of our country’s armed forces in giving a proper response to Britain’s contemptuous act, made the White House lose the lead on reaching its ends.
Washington imagined that the seizure of Grace 1 will become Trump’s winning card against Iran, but the release of the tanker (despite disagreement of the U.S.) became another failure for the White House in dealing with Iran.
Obviously, London was also a total loser in this game. It is worth noting that U.S. was so persistent about keeping the oil tanker in custody that John Bolton traveled to London and insisted on British officials to continue the seizure of the ship. Their failure, however, clearly shows that the White House and its traditional ally, Britain, have lost a big part of their power in their relations with Iran.
Clearly, the illegal seizure of the Iranian oil tanker by Britain proceeded by the seizure of a British tanker by Iran and the following interactions between the two countries is not the whole story and there is more to it that will be revealed in coming days.
What we know for sure is that London has to pay for its recent anti-Iran plot in order to satisfy Washington; the smallest of these consequences was that Britain lost some of its legal credibility in international arena as it illegally captured an Iranian oil tanker.
The order of the Gibraltarian court revealed that London had no legal right to seize the Iranian oil tanker and nobody can defend this unlawful action. Surely, Iran will take all necessary legal actions to further pursue the matter.
In this situation, the Islamic Republic of Iran is firm on its position that it doesn’t have to follow the sanctions imposed by the European Union on other countries (including Syria).
No entity can undermine this argument as it is based on legal terms; therefore, Iran will keep supporting Syrian nation and government to fight terrorism. This is the strategic policy of the Islamic Republic and will not be changed under the pressure or influence of any other third country.
Finally, it should be noted that the release of Grace 1 oil tanker was not only a legal and political failure for Washington and London and their allies but it was also a strategic failure. Undoubtedly, the vast consequences of this failure will be revealed in near future.
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