Mar 04 2018

Afrin a test of global sincerity - columnist

“Operation Olive Branch” Turkey’s military campaign in Afrin is a test of sincerity for the five permanent members of the United Nations (U.N.) security council and the international community more generally,  writes Kerem Alkın in pro-government Turkish Daily Sabah.

In the past, says Alkın, the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain and France have overlooked numerous massacres carried out in places such as  Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Africa for the sake of their political and economic interests. “Afrin is literally a litmus test for those who play a theater game on behalf of humanity and those who are insincere.”

Alkın also accuses the wider international community of turning its back on human suffering in Asia and elsewhere. “Since the 1990s, it (the international community) carried out a systematic perception manipulation and guerrilla communication in order to destabilize and atomize the Caspian, Caucasus, Turkey and the Middle East and make them dependent on the asymmetrical order.”

The global elite, says Alkın, is disturbed that emerging economies like Turkey are gaining importance. In consequence of this there is a global “guerrilla war” against Turkey that aims to destabilize the country and stop it breaking free from the “asymmetrical” world order. Events Alkın provides as examples include the assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007, the closure case against the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in 2008 and the Gezi Park protests of 2013.

Alkın also called for the Turkish business community, finance system and economy circles to “read what is happening in the global system in order to eliminate the global guerrilla war against Turkey.” This will “help Turkey have its well-deserved share of the global system through sincere and reliable relations that it is about to establish with all global stakeholders.”