The views of Turkish political analysts on the developments in Syria and the Kurdish issue

The views of Turkish political analysts on the developments in Syria and the Kurdish issue

Ankara, February 15, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Manolis Kostidis

Cengiz Çandar – Political analyst-expert in Middle East- Radikal

Turkey’s policy on Syria is not aimed at opposing the Islamic State. It is determined only by the fear of the relations of the Kurds of the PYD with the US.

An example of this is the announcement of the Turkish army that it hit the military base which passed into the hands of the Kurds in the city of Azez.

Was there an announcement that military struck at the ISIS targets that remain installed on the border with Turkey? No.

With these strikes, Ankara is trying to “stamp” the Kurds as terrorists and alienate them from Washington, an effort that has not proven successful.

For this reason, the Islamic-nationalist government in Ankara proceeded to forming a “love relationship” with Saudi Arabia. Together they supported and organized the Islamic groups in Syria. But that was not enough; now they speak of an invasion in Syria.

Turkey, which has reached a dead end in the Kurdish issue, has a government that is thinking of entering the “swamp” of Syria.

Mehmet Altan – Political Analyst-University of Istanbul Professor

Kobani is probably the most historic moment of the Kurds. Every nation needs a national history and Kobani created it. What’s more, the battles for Kobani showcased the value of a woman, which is equal to men and fights with them.

Turkey was once a model country. A Muslim country, a secular country in the process of democratisation.

By Tayyip Erdogan and his people began to move away from secularism and democracy. They wore the identity of Sunni Islam and began to form relations with the Islamic State.

As a result, in Kobani appeared a new nation, the Kurds, who can become a model in the Middle East.

This is why the US sends weapons to the Kurds, despite Erdogan’s objections. They plan to support this model against jihadism.

A model of women-men equality, in a secular state. The Kurds will become an example in the Middle East and especially to the women of the Middle East.