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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a mukhtars meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara. File photo.

    Blame Game: Erdogan Hunts for Enemies Within and Without as Turkey Suffers

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    The Turkish government insists on blaming the misfortunes that befall the country on foreign and domestic enemies.

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting in Ankara, Turkey.
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    Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed that the January 12 terrorist attack in Istanbul was masterminded by some 'secret actors' who used Daesh as a 'subcontractor', according to Daily Sabah.

    The prime minister also accused the Syrian government of cooperating with Daesh militants, and argued that "certain foreign powers have an obstructing stance against Turkey's airstrikes on Daesh targets," the newspaper adds.

    However, it becomes more and more apparent that the actions and policies of President Erdogan are largely to blame for the dire state of affairs in Turkey, according to the Austrian daily Die Presse.

    Only a year ago the peace process with the Kurds was one of the cornerstones of the Turkish president’s agenda, the newspaper points out. However, as it became apparent that Erdogan’s party was losing the support of Turkish nationalists who were against any sort of peaceful negotiations with the Kurds, the president quickly shifted his stance and launched a violent crackdown against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). As a result of these actions, the southeastern regions of the country now became the battlefield for a full scale war, Die Presse remarks.

    The newspaper also suggests that the recent victories won by Kurdish forces against Daesh in Syria also vexed Erdogan considerably, prompting him to provide support to Bashar Assad’s enemies regardless of how questionable their background may be. Yet despite these efforts the Syrian leader still remains in power, much to the Turkish president’s displeasure.

    Furthermore, Erdogan’s actions drastically worsened Turkey’s relations with other influential Middle Eastern powers, such as Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Israel. In addition, the crisis sparked by downing a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft in Syria by Turkish fighter also threatens to undermine Turkey’s influence in the region, the newspaper adds.


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      The use of "Daesh (being used) as a subcontractors,,,by certain foreign powers" is an interesting observation by the Salaaman, isn't it? Who are we left to fill the blank with? Syria? Iraq? Iran? New Jordan? Israel? Russia. Chechnya? Of course, Daesh has no known personality or profile so we can't accuse them of using themselves, can we? That trail could not be followed, right? In the course of his administration, Putin has held INTERNATIONAL press conferences that have been blatantly honest and open. Do you think that the same would be true that we could ask the obvious question here of Erdogan: "Who are you referring to?" Nah! I did not think so, so don't reserve me a seat for anything he has to say.
    • Blackie
      Is Erdogen worse than Merkel, maybe she is worse.
      Sometimes it is better to have a strong Dictator.
    • Erdogan turns Turkey into a Pariah State.. and to my surprised.. nothing is being done by more of their nation to protect their Motherland's Dignity in the eyes of the world as a terrorists hub.. Really hope they'll wake up and kicked him out.. the sooner the better..
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      michaelin reply toThor(Show commentHide comment)
      puffinwillow, as an anglophone and teacher of ESL amongst other things, I can state that the use of 'within and without' is correct.
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      michaelin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, agreed. Whilst there are a number of errors on this site at any one time, I would state that I could find more errors on a site written by anglophones - well known media sites at that. :)
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      Of he does. He has to obey the constraints of his psychopathic personality, beaten badly by Putin he needs to lash out at others to protect his ego.
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      as much as I too find erdogan and his actions repugnant, I would like to know his end game rather than to assume that it is based on ego or psychopathy or an attempt to recreate the ottoman empire. He may very well simply be out of his depth and fear the motivator of he and his supporters - maybe. We don't know. :(
    • Huh?
      I'm sorry...I forgot to look at the headline again.....did it say, "Witch hunt or Scapegoat"
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      in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, end game - for him - a dark corner.
    • The culprit is always someone else..looks like the us behaviour!
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      michaelin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, hmmm, prison, psychiatric hospital or hole? :)
    • FlorianGeyerin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      "masterminded by some 'secret actors' who used Daesh as a 'subcontractor ".

      How about the United states of America ?
      A shot across the bows perhaps to an errant Erdogan?
    • avatar
      Erdogan's actions have left Turkey with few friends, like KSA and Ukraine. In even the most criminal circles, he would stand out as especially vile. On the phone to NATO within minutes of ambushing that Russian bomber, crying for help against a beating that never came. Supporting terrorism in Crimea. Cruising around Iraq in tanks, profiting from terrorist oil, murdering his own citizens, feeding the fire in Syria, promoting terrorism in China and central Asia, securing a military base in Qatar, ad nauseam. Worse, he was only recently re-elected...
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      marcanhaltin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, Do you think that would make Erdogan any less nervous then if he were implying, say, Russia? I would hope so myself. Who then would he have to turn to for emotional and regional support except Israel? Can you hear the Hebrews already high-fiving each other at the thought of that one? I don't know who Erdogan thinks he can trust without seething about the matter.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)

      If Erdogun were to lose the support of the US he would de facto lose the support of NATO. Its a shot in the dark I know but 'who gains'?
      Its not ISIL,the Kurds,Syria,Iraq,or Iran or Russia.

      The biggest power to gain could be the US if Turkey flails around the Middle East like an enraged elephant. It would create more chaos and also weaken Turkey which might please Israel.
    • Mother Gorilla
      What is the difference between Assad who according to the Washington Post is to be blamed for the death of 7894 people, where this must be considered uncertain in the situation of civil war that has existed in Syria since 2011, and Erdogan's regime, with 145 Kurdish victims only in the last couple of weeks, and the state of Turkey to be blamed for over 45000 victims?

      In addition, it is rumoured that Erdogan and his family are indirectly responsible for the death of some critics of his regimes, journalists, judges etc.

      Yet there are no NATO planes zeroing in on Istanbul and Ankara!
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      marcanhaltin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, I don't know about you, but I refuse to feel like I am the elephant in the room just because Erdogan sneezed out a thought. "Please release me!" :-)
    • Huh?in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,
      HEY...look over there...there goes Elvis. Erupticon doesn't need anything other than an active imagination, someone to supply his material and a dreamy look of conquest in his eyes. Of course, he gets his material from the other Decepticons.
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      in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, I would opt of 1) for a decade or so then 3) by dropping him off alone and stripped in the middle of Kurdistan.
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      Erdogan has strange bed fellows and is now caught in his own web. As he is an expendable tool of those who play him as a piece on a chess board, he can be discarded in relatively short order. Though probably also leaving Turkey in chaos in the process as the controllers wouldn't mind.
      So he is probably doom either way, best for him to wise up and do the best for Turkey in the name of Ataturk and have a orderly resignation and a completely new government based on representing the real interests of the Turkish people.
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