Column: There can be no regional war with Turkey present .. Then let’s first hit Turkey!

İbrahim KaragülBY: İbrahim Karagül*

 Iran is sending ballistic missiles from country to country for the first time. It is hitting a target in Syria which it claims to be responsible for the Tehran attack- much like the ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis it previously supported in Yemen that targeted Mecca, targeted Riyadh.

U.S. forces down a Syrian warplane. The Damascus administration confirms it. Immediately after, Russia announces that it ended the agreement, its cooperation with the U.S. in Syrian airspace. This termination then turns U.S. aircraft into targets for the Russian air forces. Just imagine the kind of consequences likely “accidents” will lead to.

US-Daesh-PKK partnership a pro-Atlantic map plan

When the Damascus administration joins the clashes with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) Syrian franchise, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Daesh issue turns into a game and the Raqqa operation into a trick; the U.S.-Daesh-PKK partnership turns into a map operation. It becomes clearer that terms such as “terrorism,” “fighting terrorism” are a covert intervention, an attack on our region, our countries, our lands and our minds.

The plan being implemented by the U.S. jointly with the PKK in the north of Syria, especially in the region where Turkey feels close threats, is intensifying. As the efforts at connecting Iran and the Mediterranean connection move further south, it is clear now that the U.S. is going to clamp down on Turkey throughout the border together with terrorist organizations, that through this “siege,” a map is in the works, that the “map” also includes a “domestic political power map.”

Shout at Iran, hit Turkey

As the Donald Trump administration’s discourse on “besieging, threatening, punishing Iran” continues, somehow, Turkey is the “country being sieged.” We know that the power constituents in Washington are working overtime in relation to Turkey together with all security and terrorist organizations.

It was the same in the past as well. The U.S. administration, including the Republicans, constantly threatened Iran and manipulated the period of crisis with Israel in Iran. However, in the last three decades, those who always lost have been the Arabs, the “U.S.’s ally” and the one that always wins is Iran, “which has been in conflict with the U.S.” “Pointing to Iran while targeting another country,” again, is possible. Three decades offers us a lot to take example from, to take a lesson from.

Qatar crisis lit the fuse

Therefore, every statement, discourse and action in our region must be followed with extraordinary attentiveness – such as U.S.-PKK relations, Iran’s ties with the organizations in the region, Russia’s Syria overtime with pro-Atlantic powers and reactions to Turkey’s sensitivity toward the region.

The crisis area is always expanding. It was first Iraq, then Syria and, immediately after Syria, the Persian Gulf is starting to stand out as the new crisis area. Saudi Arabia, which is fighting Iran in Yemen, started a heavy blockade against Gulf Cooperation Council member Qatar. This blockade is the sign of the “Great Gulf Wars” I have always been mentioning with concern.

Regardless of how much the Qatar crisis may calm down, the next step, every step to follow over this crisis, will bring that big clash even closer. Because that is how it was planned.

This war won’t happen while Turkey is present. They are trying to drag the region into a major disaster. A disaster so big that there will be no state left standing, that no country can remain whole. They are trying to ensure that no strong political and military will can remain. Turkey is the most powerful country in the region and the strongest line of resistance standing against the great disaster.

This is the reason they have been trying to break this line with the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, the Dec. 17, 2013 coup attempt and the Gezi Park events: The great regional war. They know that this is going to be difficult with Turkey present. They know that it won’t be easy to get the region worked up. They know that they will not be able to stage this scenario solely with those they keep in power.

With Turkey present, they cannot break out the great regional war. Then let’s hit Turkey, let’s restrict its elbow room, let’s siege it, let’s destroy its relations, reduce its number of friends – this is all they have been doing. This is why they are stopping us in Syria, causing a rift in our ties with Iraq, destroying the bridges with the EU and exposing us to covert aggression with the U.S.

Look at your own country first

Now, a new balance is being set in Syria. After the organizations, the states took action themselves. A new game is being set in the entire region. The final preparations, the final provocations of the Arab-Persian war, the Iran-Saudi war, the Shiite-Sunni war are in the works. Countries’ positions are being estimated; punishments and awards are being prepared in accordance with these positions.

The latest division in Syria, Iran’s ballistic missiles, Turkey’s view of the new situation in Syria after Qatar will impact much. It seems as though the knot is being tied over Turkey. Its stance, its position determines a lot.

Therefore, immediately turn to Turkey when it is said that “a new game is being set up in Syria.” When the Qatar crisis breaks out, when Iran’s ballistic missiles hit Arab territory, when Russia and the U.S. diverge in Syria, turn your focus toward Turkey.

They are on a quest for new FETÖs

I feel the preparations of a new wave these days. I see that we are entering a brand new threat period from the region, from within, from the Fetullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), from circles  used to try and replace FETÖ. From main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s march, from his pursuits aimed at expanding his march front, from the psychological operations conducted through unjust treatments, from the activity of the powers, the financiers behind the July 15 coup attempt, I feel “something is approaching.”

I guess many of us see this.

As they act upon the presupposition that “Unless the Turkey front falls, we can never apply the plans aimed at the entire region,” every new situation in the region will concern Turkey. Recently, it seems they are on a quest for new FETÖs. A new plan is being set from outside, from the region and within. I am calling on you all to be careful.

The point I am trying to make is that a new and very savage game is being set up in the region. In connection to this, the masters of July 15 both within and on the outside have started to become active. They are up to something. Don’t worry, they are going to be disgraced again. Just be careful.

*Ibrahim Karagül is a Turkish writer and journalist. He is the editor-in-chief of Turkish Yeni Şafak newspaper.

(Published in Yeni Şafak Turkish newspaper on June 20, 2017)