Mustafa Kaya: "Are we driven towards World War II?"

Mustafa Kaya: "Are we driven towards World War II?"
Date: 6.4.2021 17:00

Milli Gazete columnist Mustafa Kaya writes on NATO. Here is the full article.

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Following the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from the stage of history and the end of the Cold War that began after the Second World War, NATO set its sights on Central Asia in its enlargement strategy. Britain's conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who became famous with the nickname "Iron Lady", actually started to set a new vision for NATO with the statement that "ideologies without enemies cannot survive". Although a decision to operate on Iraq in the 1st Gulf War in 1991 was not taken with the NATO joint decision, this war was in a sense the United States' attempt to determine the direction for NATO. The plans that were called "New World Order" at that day and later turned into the "Greater Middle East Project" (BOP) aimed at the redesign of the Middle East. Meanwhile, based on the fact that it is not possible for NATO to act against the will of the USA, the situation reached with the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003 can only be interpreted with this top view and a road map such as BOP.
In addition, it has become more evident today that Turkey, the only NATO neighboring country to Iraq, lost ground with each passing year as a result of siding with the USA in 1991. In the region that was destabilized, the result that emerged in Syria with the Arab Spring process in 2011 brought the security concerns of Turkey to the ceiling. The years 1991, 2003 and 2011 were historical turning points, and unfortunately Turkey came out of all three dates with a loss. At the center of today's security concerns are the negative consequences of these dates.
However, Turkey is no longer an indispensable country for NATO. In fact, during the Cold War, Turkey was the most advanced point for NATO against the Soviet threat with its strategic location. Turkey was being presented almost like NATO's glue. Today, much water has flowed under the bridge. NATO does not even take Turkey's concerns into account. The territorial integrity of Turkey is threatened primarily by the United States. The reason for all this is the wrong political decisions taken on the dates listed above.
On the other hand, behind the tension between Russia and Ukraine are NATO's enlargement strategies. However, it should not be forgotten that Russia especially sees Putin and the whole Central Asia as "Russian Commonwealth". Russia, which constantly sticks to Ukraine and acts with the pre-acceptance that "every place where Russians live belongs to Russia", aims to take steps and develop strategies against the USA and NATO. In other words, it is obvious that Russia, which reacts to the enlargement of NATO but wants to expand itself as much as possible, will not go through a rosy process with Turkey in the final analysis.
Yes, Turkey has a problem of siege, but it is not only done by the United States. There are areas of conflict of interest with Turkey such as Russia's annexation of Crimea, its permanent settlement in Syria, its settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh, its standing next to the rebel General Haftar in Libya, and Russia has entered into a siege effort in this sense. case.
Now, the following questions may come to mind; But what is the solution to these crises with the USA and Russia? In fact, there is no need to resort to such complicated sentences or deep strategic game theories. Although the USA and Russia seem to be fighting each other, they may meet at a common point tomorrow. One should not include Turkey in this bargain between them. Both need to make sure they know that Turkey is not any country that can be disposed of. Otherwise, Turkey may face a fait accompli at any time. The economic crisis created by the epidemic conditions coincides with the "Great Depression" in 1929 and the infrastructure of the Second World War can be said to be formed, but the US insistence on the Black Sea and Russia's increasing tensions with Ukraine to hold Crimea is also a power before the First World War. it reminds me of their struggles. Both situations herald the imminent danger. Turkey must be sane right now. It should be well aware of the temporality of daily political goals. In order for the future to be built on the right ground, it should focus on the whole photo.


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