By Adel samara
One of the destructive aspects of Arab resistance media is the continuous repetition of two false issues:
The first is that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a dreamer to be an Ottoman Sultan;
And that Turkey’s is a “miracle”.
This form of repetition is an indirect Internalization of Defeat (IoD).
To begin with, it is the Turkish people to be blamed for electing a fanatic party, on one hand, and an enemy against its neighbors on the other.
It is important not to delude people through open and absolute adaption of traditional statement that the public is always right. In fact, all peoples who support and or elect politicians to lead countries to aggression against other nations are not civil societies. They are aggressive, sick and opportunist societies. This challenges the history of colonial societies since the beginning of colonialism until today’s war of US and its 83 clients against Arab Homeland especially Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya and may be more soon.
Turkey’s power never stemmed from internal factors, and accordingly, Erdoğan’s aggressions do not meant that he himself has a real self-confidence since he knew deeply and fully that the main source of his state’s power stems from its role as an agent for imperialism and Zionism.
Since its defeat in the World War I, Turkey accepted the role of being a tail and a tool for western capitalist center. There is a doubt that Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, really defeated Allies’ invasion of Turkey following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Ataturk, like the Zionists later, benefited from USSR support but ended as an imperialist tool. There might be an internal compromise between Ataturk and the West to turn Turkey into a client state for the West against the region. One of the early indications was the change of Arabic alphabet to Latin and later the French conspiracy which cut Eskandaroun province in North-West Syria from the Syrian territories and “donated” it to Turkey.
It is not by accident that Turkey was chosen by the West to be an aggressive force against Arab Homeland. Turkey’s geographic place is needed by the West as an eternal enemy against Arabs and against USSR. A semi-westernization was necessary to make Turkey different form the eastern culture and Islamic religion and against the USSR as well, despite the fact that USSR supported Turkey against Western invasion at the end of the World War I.
That is why Turkey has been an early member in NATO which is a power against Arabs and USSR. When Britain was the main super power, Turkey was used for Baghdad Act which was devoted to serve the interests of British imperialism and the Zionist Ashkenazi regime (ZAR). When USA became the dominant power, Turkey changed the rifle from one shoulder to the other.
The same goes for ZAR, which was inherited by the United States especially after 1967 Arab armies defeat and became a pure base for US regime. In the same period the US built 26 war military bases in Turkey. But Arab media still consider Turkey as a miracle!
Turkey was the first Islamic state to recognize ZAR, 29th of March 1949 when the Palestinian Moslems were still suffering from severe winter and looking for shelter to protect their children. Is it any policy other than a Zionist fascist one? Since that time Turkey maintains and develops military, economic, and political deep ties with ZAR.
What is common between Turkey and ZAR other than their antagonistic contradiction with Arab nation? There is no common geography, religion, culture, race or even a necessity for direct trade relationship between both of them. Zionists look for more land to settle, while the Turkish looking for domination and both are part in the US regional strategy.
As long as this is the truth of Turkey as dependent and lumpen-imperialism, it is not understandable why Arab media still exaggerate the role of Turkey?
Some might argue that there is an economic miracle in Turkey especially under the current regime of Politicizing Islamic Religion (PIR).
This regime jumped to power following the failure of neo-liberal policies of Kamal Darwish of the people republic party which applied the prescriptions of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
But, how did PIR succeed to change the economic situation that fast?
Erdoğan stopped negotiations with the World Bank and IMF, encouraged the private sector and maintained liberal policies, i.e. maintained conservative ones, privatized state public sectors, and stimulated productive sectors to its full capacity. All of this benefited mainly the Turkish bourgeois.
All those policies are successful, but not enough to create that high growth rate. Turkey jumped from the rank of 27th among world largest economies to number 16 or 17, 6 in Europe, with 7 percent growth rate. Its GNP reached $740 billion, with a population the same of Iran whose GNP is $350, and Egypt of nearly 90 million and a GNP $280 billion. Turkey’s exports jumped from 36 billion in 2002 to 135 billion by 2011. It’s income from tourism jumped by the year 2011 to $23 billion from $8.5 in the year 2002.
The answer might lie in different level, i.e. abroad.
During the rule of Erdoğan’s PIR party western investment in Turkey jumped largely. It is possible that western capital deeply and seriously comprehend the statement of Kamal Drawish that Islamists will rule in a fascist manner and accordingly decide to invest in Turkey were workers wages and rights are brought to their possible lowest level.
The deterioration of OECD’s economic situation might support our analysis.
Median Average Annual Per Capita Income Growth Rates, OEDC and Developing Countries
OECD 3.4 1.8
Developing Countries 2.5 0.0
(Low Growth, Excess Capital & Mountain Debt, Review of the Month, The editors. Monthly Review, April 2002, p. 3)
As noted above, Turkey suffer as Third World country, and the center found Turkish declining economy a good opportunity to exploit. It is not by accident that IMF favored Turkey over Argentina in that time.
“…Obviously unable to achieve this objective, the government was notified by the IMF in early December 2001 that a $1.3 billion loan was being withheld (exactly the same sum in exactly the same period was granted to strategically pivotal Turkey” (Joseph Halevu, The Argentine Crisis, in Monthly Review April 2002, p.p. 15-23)
During the last nine years, Turkey’s economy receive $110 billion as FDI and got the grade number 13 between economies attracting foreign investment on world scale (2012 A.T. Kearney FDI Confidence Index).In the last five years FDI concentrated in service, chemical, transportation, logistic and various industrial products. Those sectors attracted US investments. At the same period, ZAR received nearly the same amount of FDI. Is there a political and economic linkage?
But the major investments came from the EU. From the biggest projects of foreign investment, there are 64 from Germany, 30 from France, 26 from Britain, and 25 from Italy.
There is no doubt that investments from the imperialist Triad in Turkey has been attracted because of low wages, local adoption of neo-liberal policies by a regime of PIR whose social flexibility is less than that in Europe. As long as Turkey is located between the colonial Europe and Arab Homeland, it is a good workshop for EU companies which save a lot of wages and cost of transportation. In addition to Turkey’s using of Islam for marketing its products.
What enhances the economic “miracle” is the fact that the ruling party reached power during an era of oil prices hike which Turkey depends heavily on oil in all aspects of its economic cycle.
Accordingly, EU investments was the main lucrative behind that “miracle” which might tell that Turkey is EU workshop like China as US one, but with main difference which is that China is a superpower from development side since Mao’s era, the main reason behind its continuous growth during the coup de tat by Den Hsiao Bing. China is able to be political/economic pole, but Turkey is no more than lumpen -imperialism.
Despite its “miracle”, Turkey’s economy still is a push power of the local working power abroad. There are hundreds of thousands of Turkey’s workers in Europe and in ZAR as well. In this level it is different from Russian Federation which is re-calling Russian workers who fled the country during Yeltsin’s rule.
Those large EU and US investments in Turkey and its proximity to Arab markets encourage its current regime to dominate Arab Homeland as a market for the products of Euro-Turkish capital, a fact which explains EU support of war against Syria. In addition, Turkey uses the false slogan of Islamic Khilafa. The difference between direct European domination of Arab markets and proxy domination through Turkey, is Turkey’s role and interest in the second. As noted above, EU has benefited through the role of Turkey. Accordingly, the EU plays an opportunist role in the war against Syria and Iraq and if it succeeds it will go against the whole Arab Homeland. The re-colonization of Arab Homeland is in the interest of ZAR well.
Considering the above facts, Turkey has no other choice but to play the role of agent for the West or sub-imperialism as the case of Australia in its region and ZAR if Arab ruling comprador succeeds in normalizing with it and donate it the chance to be integrated in the region in the form of Integration through Domination (ItD).
However, the real description of Turkey is: It is a NATO base, cultural colony for western capitalist culture, semi-secularism which hides eastern traditions that are easy to be used by Forces of PIR, economic colony for Europe and military colony for NATO.
In comparison to Iran after Shah, Iran’s development is an auto-centric one, took place amidst struggle and siege by the West. This without ignoring the fact that Iran under Shah witnessed some form of industrialization and modernization of westernized style.
Because of that, the possibility for the region to solve contradictions with Iran is there because it is working and drawing its policies by its own, while Turkey’s policies are dependent and directed by the West to stay an enemy of the region.
If we examine all those factors, we will reach to the logical conclusion that Erdoğan is a tool and not a strong charisma which is able to be a Sultan. Neither Turkey’s structure nor the reality of the world support will allow Turkey to repeat its old colonial role, i.e. Arabs and the West will never accept that.
The last elections played a significant role in depressing Erdoğan’s ambitions. His party lost the chance of amending the constitution. One of the reasons of this loss is Turkey’s proxy war against Syria and its role in spreading terror in Libya, Egypt, Iraq and Yemen where Turkey is serving the US aggressive policy of New Middle East that is devoted against the Arab nation side by side with Arab regimes as agents for US and ZAR.
Corruption is another factor in the decline of the Turkish regime. Turkey is number sixty four in the world list of corruption; with Saudi Arabia is number fifty five. This uncovers the false Islamism of Turkey as Moslem Brothers and Saudis as Wahhabist. The irony is that both pretend that, as Islamists, their hands are clean.