Smoke Begins to Clear in Turkeyby Daniel McAdams
Jun. 05, 2013
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Turkey is fascinating and confusing. What is happening? A protest over a new shopping mall turns into the spark of a revolution? Is Taksim Square the new Tahrir Square?
As ever it is complicated and there are many lines and strains and competing interest groups. However the smoke is starting to clear a bit.
1) Turkish protestors decide to raise $55,000 for a full page ad in the New York Times? Huh? As Scott Creighton points out:
"Yes folks, it looks like the uprising in Turkey is being directed and marketed from abroad. Hell, they're taking out ads in the New York Times...2) Humanitarian interventionists Amnesty International fully on board. Amnesty International not long ago hired to head up its US operations Suzanne Nossel, a woman who has spent her career shilling for the use of the US military to impose "democracy" at the barrel of a gun. Her pedigree is soaked in the blood of the most enthusiastic servants of the US empire:
"Nossel would have worked for and with Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Samantha Power and Susan Rice, and undoubtedly helped them successfully implement their 'Right to Protect (R2P)' -- otherwise known as 'humanitarian intervention' -- as well as the newly created "Atrocity Prevention Board.'"Amnesty International is an illegitimate and thoroughly compromised organization that true supporters of peace and non-interventionism should avoid like the plague.
It is this same Amnesty International which is now "Calling for urgent action" -- i.e. foreign interventionism -- in Turkey's current unrest.
Amnesty is instructing its (duped) foreign supporters in the exact steps they need to take to help ensure the protest in Turkey turns into a full blown color revolution:
1. Continue the actions outlined yesterday. These include:That's pretty handy!
It is interesting that this crisis came at a perfect time to obfuscate other developing crises, like the fact that the Turkish government kept uncovering terrorist plots and attacks against Turkish territory planned and carried out by the US-, Israel-, and Gulf State-allied Free Syrian Army and its partners the Al-Nusra Front and other extremist groups. These plots were clearly designed to draw Turkey's NATO allies into the rapidly imploding insurgency against the Syrian government. The planned "Geneva II" conference scheduled for later this month was rapidly turning into a laughable farce, as it has become all too obvious that there is simply no opposition side to go to the negotiating table.
Erdogan was coming under increasing pressure domestically over his foolish decision to back the US-led plot against his neighbor and certainly these rapidly increasing plots against Turkish soil by his Syrian allies was threatening to stretch his policy to the breaking point. Was he going wobbly?
Again Scott Creighton offers a pretty plausible explanation:
If Turkey supports the inclusion of Iran to the Geneva II conference, NATO's little regime change and neoliberalization operation in Syria is doomed. Turkey is a big player in the Middle East. Their support can truly shift the power structure.Interesting indeed. The smoke is clearing, but it is not yet clear. These are just preliminary thoughts based on past experience and a nagging skepticism. Stay tuned.