Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu took his office with a self-styled peace offensive to give a human face to his country’s battered foreign policy. His goal was double-pronged: zero problems with neighbors and spreading new Ottomanism to increase Ankara’s hegemony over nations formerly enslaved by the Ottoman Sultans. The two goals were inherently incongruous because peaceful relations with neighbors required respect towards their sovereignty, which Ankara’s policymakers did not seem to care about.
A zero problems with neighbors policy, while spreading hegemony? Seems like a contradiction.
Turkey "enjoyed the acquiescence and the encouragement of the major powers, because as Turkey began to implement its newfound policy, it was mindful to pay its dues to those powers. It did not take too long to divulge the farcical nature of that policy, as Turkey adopted a hostile posture against its neighbors.
Ankara ruined its relations with almost all neighboring countries, while paying lip service to the idea of reducing its problems with them to zero.
Or simply lip service as the writer postulates?
Armenia-it shelved the much-heralded protocols with Armenia.
Cyprus- threatened to send its warship to Cyprus to block the exploration of oil and gas on the continental shelf off that country.
This bluff did not last long due to the" involvement of the American oil company, Noble, and Israeli participation in the exploration"
Syria- Syria had become one of the major trading partners of Turkey, with whom the visa regime was eliminated with great fanfare. Ankara reversed its policy and hosted a Syrian government in exile, which angered Damascus to such a degree that it placed a ban on Turkish imports.
At one point, Turkey announced that it was prepared to send its troops to Northern Syria (Der Zor included) to “protect” minorities, among them Armenians.
Today, Turkey is meddling in Syria’s internal affairs to destabilize that country.
Greece- Angry rhetoric was also exchanged across the border, when Israel requested that Greece host an Israeli military base.
Turkey is getting away with murder, because, despite its vitriolic exchanges with Israel, basically it is serving that country’s long-term interests, by helping to dismantle all the hostile Arab regimes.
Ankara has also agreed to install NATO rocket defense system in Malatia, supposedly to protect Europe from potential Iranian rockets, but actually the move is directed at Russia, by resurrected Cold Warriors, because Russia has a military base next door in Armenia. Even if the installation is limited to Iran, that still compounds Ankara’s hostility towards the Damascus- Tehran axis.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s diatribes against Israel are at best lip service designed to appease the credulous Arab street, so as to gain more lucrative contracts in Muslim countries.
Despite heated rhetoric between Ankara and Greece or Cyprus and Israel. The only action Turkey has taken has been against Syria. Another Arab nation. How can this gain them any credibility, really?
Turkey's foreign minister is due in Britain today for the Silver Tongue forum- That is really the name, I kid you not! A forum for smooth talkin' shills, I guess?!
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will travel to Britain on Friday to attend the first meeting of Turkey-Britain Silver Tongue Forum, his office said on Thursday.
The Silver Tongue Forum will largely contribute in further strengthening the impetus obtained in our bilateral relations with Britain in political, economic, cultural and social fields.
The "British-Turkish Silver Tongue Forum" will be held in Turkey next year.
What a name! I wonder is it a forked silver tongue?