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7/29/2016 8:59:34 PM
Posted: 3 months ago
What is #turexit? Well, there have been talks about Turkey leaving NATO. This was the subject of some discussion before, but now with the Turkish coup and Erdogan's purges, the consideration of Turkey leaving NATO is returning. Several weeks ago, the United States Secretary of State John Kerry warned Turkey it could lose its NATO membership if it fails to uphold the principles of democracy. Around 8,000 police officers have been sacked in the country following the attempted coup, with more than 6,000 people in the army, the judiciary and other state bodies detained as part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown (http://www.independent.co.uk...).
Turkey was a strategic asset to the United States, especially during the Cold War, but now mainstream Western media gives the impression that Turkey under the Erdogan administration has become hostile to Western interests; a "strategic liability", an "irresponsible loose cannon", or a "reckless, aggressive ally" and a "fifth column". Despite repeated terrorist attacks in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, Turks supposedly feel as though their specific worries and interests are "not respected" within the North Atlantic Council. Instead of being friends and allies on equal terms, the US and its European allies continue to speak down at Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey - most recently France's foreign minister, who was told to mind his own business. Aljazeera suggests that, if Turkey left NATO, NATO will find it far more challenging to win the war against ISIL, if Turkey were to destabilise, the repercussions would be grave for Europe, and could potentially strengthen ISIL, and it will embolden Russia to act more aggressively in the region (http://www.aljazeera.com...).
Turkish Labor Secretary Suleyman Soylu said during a live interview with Haberturk television that "The US is behind the coup" " a statement that Ankara still refuses to condemn. Erdogan demanded that the US extradite the "head of terrorist" referring to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara claims was behind the failed government overthrow effort while the crowd sang "death penalty for Feto". The US State Department has cautioned that accusing the United States of attempting to overthrow an allied government is "harmful to bilateral relations," expressing continued support for the Erdogan regime, and has attempted to explain to Turkey that under US law evidence is needed to support the extradition request Turkey seeks (http://sputniknews.com...). German political scientist Alexander Rahr said "As far as Turkey is concerned, if it turns out (and it is no longer possible to hide anything) that the attempted putch against Erdogan was somehow sponsored by Saudi Arabia, or by other states " if it turns out that once again, as in 1980, US intelligence is behind the coup, I think that the question of Turkey"s exit from NATO can be put on the agenda." (http://en.news-front.info...).
It doesn't stop at NATO though. In Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said talks on Turkey's bid to the join EU would end if Ankara restores the death penalty. Turkey's foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, "You officially made a promise to Turkey in 1963. It's been 53 years. You are still wasting time. Why are you wasting time? " They are discriminating against Turkey. If the EU dismisses Turkey, we will go to the people. We'll ask if Turkey should continue membership talks with the EU." Adding that he thinks the reason why the EU has been stalling Turkey's accession process is because Turkey has a large Muslim population. " Turkey's most prominent polling company said that the majority of Turkish citizens would vote for ending talks of joining the EU (http://www.dailysabah.com...). Former Prime Minister David Cameron said Turkey would probably not be ready to join the bloc "until the year 3000" on its current rate of progress (http://www.express.co.uk...).
So, what do you think about this? Do you think Turkey will leave NATO anytime soon? If they did, what do you think the pros and cons would be? Do you think it would overall be beneficial or overall harmful? Would Turkey drift towards Russia or even China if it dropped out? Do you think that Turkey should leave NATO, given their recent anti-democratic tendencies? Can Turkey be trusted as a US ally? Do you think Turkey will ever join the EU, or will they end negotiations? Is Turexit next? Discuss.
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