Long time Virginia LP activist Marc Montoni (recently moved to Colorado) at freevirginia.blogspot.com:
Islamists and the American political left have been attempting mightily to portray ISIS as a project of Israel.
It would be hilarious if normal people didn’t think it was a credible story.
It is true that American money and material support has found its way to the murderous 8th century bigots of ISIS. But ISIS would not exist without Turkey. It is a proxy militia that was created, armed, and supported by Turkish intelligence.
Who has profited the most from events in Syria? Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the wannabe sultan of The Restored Ottoman Empire. De-stabilizing Syria at the moment of Arab Spring was a golden opportunity Erdogan couldn’t pass up.
The Syrian civil war is largely an Erdogan project. He hated Assad. Further, he wanted to drive a wedge through the heart of the Christian, Alawite, Kurd, and other political and religious minorities that live along the border region in both Turkey and Syria.
Those border residents are descended from refugees who fled the genocide of millions by Muslim Turks in the early 1900’s. As far as the Turks are concerned, those damned Jews/Christians/Kurds/Armenians/etc simply can’t move far enough away from the Fatherland — we have to reach out and kill them wherever we find them!
Erdogan had the same designs on Iraq but that one was easy because the central government was impotent.
Erdogan is a mafia don who is no different from 1500 years of Ottoman corruptocrats, and his family is profiting immensely from his racist, bigoted policies. The Restored Ottoman Empire will make his family rich beyond their wet dreams.
Of course, there is no doubt that US material and money has gotten to ISIS in a dumb attempt to support “rebel” groups that US spooks don’t really know a damned thing about.
Turkish spooks aren’t nearly as stupid as American spooks. They are all over Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon, and they’re much better at blending in.
The Syrian rebellion was sprinkled from the beginning by Turkish black ops assets.
No, this is a Turkish war of destabilization, and then ultimately, reconquest; in the long term. Short term, profit for Erdogan’s family (various estimates place his family’s worth now well in excess of a half-billion dollars — all riches gained in the last ten years and amassed largely from profits from looted oil fields in Syria and Iraq, gun running, and illegal (under Syrian law) trade in antiquities and looted mine products. And from opium smuggling.
Now about that “coup” attempt.
The “coup” was engineered by Erdogan to rid the military and police of those who did not demonstrate perfect loyalty — to Erdogan.
Up until the coup, Erdogan was struggling with sagging approval ratings and a restive population. What to do but generate a swell of nationalism with which to cape himself?
So Erdogan goes on a vacation to a secret location hidden even from the military. When the military overthrew Morsi in Egypt, what was the very first thing on their to-do list? To capture Morsi. In Chile? Capture Allende. In Turkey? Capture a bridge.
That was simply too dumb to have been anything but a feint set up by Erdogan.
b) Fed-up officers who didn’t like Erdogan “join”
the coup and mobilized their soldiers, believing they are part of a
majority of the army.
c) As the day progresses, opposition officers quickly figure out they were tricked and are a minority.
d) Worse yet, they have been revealed. Cornered, some of them decide to fight anyway, but
it´s a battle they’ve already lost.
e) Erdogan now knows which officers that not only are against him, but that
would also participate in coups, and he now has an excuse to slaughter them outright, and if they are not killed, to torture and kill them later.
f) Erdogan now has a good excuse to increase his powers, which he had done during previous opportunities. Turkey is well on its way to one-man-rule. He declares martial law, and purges 100,000 teachers, judges, civil servants, officers, and other bureaucrats he wanted to get rid of anyway, who had committed the crime of being in the political opposition.
g) Erdogan stirs up nationalist sentiments among the low-information populace.
h) Most army
units on the streets who were participating in the coup surrendered
peacefully; but some massacred civilians.
That may have happened as a
REACTION, after all, Erdogan itself clamored for his supporters to take
arms and FIGHT the coup perpetrators. (really, ask civilians to fight
with bricks and handguns to fight tanks and choppers to protect HIS
POWER?). Cornered officers and soldiers. A single shot against them, may
have mass panicked and run the tanks over people. Plus some that may
have done so out of pure cruelty.
Self coups are extremely common, and in Ottoman days, they were perfected to an art form.
What should “be done” about the situation?
Nothing, at least, nothing by the United States or NATO.
Savages and religious bigots stuck in the 8th century will remain savage and bigoted. No effort by us will ever change them.
We should disengage.
No American government assets, troops, or dollars should go anywhere near any nation in the region. Ottomans have sought to dominate and forcibly convert all minorities for well over a thousand years. Nothing has changed in this century. Being on the losing side in 1915 was a temporary setback for the empire, nothing more.
Let the Russians, Indians, and Chinese deal with them, because eventually they will have to.
Turkey should be thrown out of NATO, the US should dismantle its base at Incirlik, it should end its ties with Europe and all of the 8th-century bigot regimes in the Middle East…
And then go the hell home.