How Turkey will displace Kurds from its territory using EU funds
The situation in Syria seems to never end as a “thorn” will
appear every time, which will not allow the securing and perpetuation of peace
in that region of the Middle East.
The problems began with the great idea of the incumbent Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who tried to resurrect the Ottoman Empire, not through
the military-style conquest of the then Ottoman Empire territories, but by
fundamentally controlling the governments of the Islamic states that
constituted the then territories of the Ottoman Empire. Essentially, he wanted
to transform as satellites these states through the religion of Islam.
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The initial strategy
Turkey’s unsuccessful attempt began with Turkey’s funding from Qatar and
after the events of the Arab Spring (2011) that appeared in the Islamic states
of North Africa. Turkey and Qatar ‘s goal was to overthrow the governments of
the countries of North Africa and replace them by governments coming from the
Muslim brothers’ Sunni parties.
In this way, the reconstruction of the Ottoman Empire would achieve through
those states that would have governments from the parties of the Muslim
Brothers’. The ideological and spiritual guiding of these governments would be
Turkey’s Islamic party of AKP, led by incumbent Turkey President Recep Tayyip
In this way, Turkey would have succeeded in transferring the traditional
power centres of Islam in Saudi Arabia and Egypt to Turkey and whatever this
would mean for the Middle East and North Africa.
Within this framework, which was ensured by the turmoil of the Arab Spring,
and after the establishment of the democratically elected Muslim brothers in
Egypt failed, it was decided to implement this plan both on the territory of
Syria through the overthrow of Syria’s President Assad and Libya by securing
the new government to come from Islamic parties.
In today’s day, the officially recognized by EU government of Libya is
battling with its troops backed by Turkey against General Haftar’s troops
supported by the US, Egypt and Russia.
In 2012, Turkey systematically trained hundreds of thousands of Islamic
fundamentalists and sent them to Syria to overthrow Syria’s President Assad,
creating and fueling the civil war in Syria, which began when the Syrian army
has moved against the Syrian insurgents of the parliamentary opposition.
The “thorn” in this strategy
During these operations, the Syrian Kurds managed to create autonomous
areas on the territory of Syria on the border between Turkey and Syria. Syrian Kurds
named these autonomous regions as “western areas of the great
Kurdistan” and since both sides of the border (Turkey-Syria) there are
solid Kurds populations that could in future be merged with these “western
areas of the great Kurdistan” and given that there is a territorial and population
continuity between them.
In such a scenario the territorial integrity of Turkey would be chopped up
having lost a large chunk of its territory by inserting between Syria and
Turkey the Kurdistan state.
The new strategy
Given these data, in 2014 Turkey is changing its strategy until then and is
trying with the assent of Russia and the US to create a secure zone of 30-40
kilometers in depth within the territory of Syria and starting from the borders
of Turkey with Syria. The reasoning of this strategy based on the need to
protect Turkish citizens living in Turkish territory and close to the Syrian
The argument accompanying the implementation of this Turkish strategy is
because in this safe zone within the territory of Syria Turkey intends to build
new modern states and houses of course to house all these Syrian refugees
living in camps and tents guests on the territory of Turkey. This refugee
population of Syrians is estimated at about four million.
In practice, however, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plan is aimed at clearing the Kurds citizens living in Turkey and near Turkey’s border regions with Syria and transferring them into this security zone that is in the territory of Syria.
Ethnic cleansing in Turkey
By controlling Turkey fully, from 2016 onwards a territorial area of
approximately 3500 sqm in the northern part of Syria, unleashes a peaceful type
of systematic ethnic cleansing that includes Kurds, Yazidi and Alevites
residing in the territory of Turkey and close to the Syrian border.
Silently, in all these places there are seizures of property, terror of the
above populations, destruction of sites of religious worship and cultural
monuments to erase any ethnic and cultural memory and arrest with imprisonment
as terrorists of any reactive.
The achievement of this ethnic cleansing ceases to exist a
common Kurdish population continuity, always accompanied by territorial
continuity, between the areas of the “western areas of great
Kurdistan” in Syria and the respective Kurdish regions in Turkey. In the
place of these populations located in the territory of Turkey and which will be
transported to the safe zone within Syria, will be settled Sunni Arabs
The causes of pressure on the EU
At the same time, Turkey to reduce the number of Syrian refugees living on
its territory is continually increasing the outflow of refugees from its
territories to the EU and always through Greece and Bulgaria.
On the other hand, however, to build all these modern states in the safe
zone that Turkey controls within the territory of Syria, Turkey needs funds
that the Turkish economy does not have. That is why Turkey and its President
are asking for funding and logistical support from the EU with a view to building
these states and supposedly settle Syrian refugees living in camps in Turkey.
Otherwise, and as the President of Turkey says, if Turkey does not receive
these funds that it asks the EU, it threatens to start promoting an
ever-greater refugee population to the EU.
But the problem for Turkey to date is that Turkey is receiving this funding
to provide housing and food for refugees from the EU, but only through the
organizations’ and NGOs officially recognized by the EU and never go to the
coffers of Turkish state.
That is why Turkey has created this so-called ‘humanitarian program for the
reconstruction of new states’ in order to receive this funding from EU directly to the funds
of the Turkish state.
Without also overlooking the fact that all the technical-construction
companies that will be used to rebuild these new modern states are controlled
by relatives, close friends and fanatical followers of the President of Turkey.
Essentially, we have an example where modern enrichment is created without risk
on the ruined lives of others.
The EU should not change the way is financed the aid for war refugees and
never give direct funds for any reason to the Turkish state. The EU immigration
policy that should be implemented should be mutually acceptable to all its
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