THE RED CRESCENT AND THE BEAR BARE THEIR TEETH
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
If ever you feel the need to say, “I told you so”, you can bet something has gone wrong. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing to defy the Treaty of Lausanne that defines borders with Greece.
Turkey now refuses to honour that 90 year-old Treaty and Erdogan is preparing to invade Cyprus as part of his planned reunification of the Ottoman Empire.
Turkish Republican People’s Party leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said Erdogan hasn’t gone far enough and called for all Greek islands within reach of Turkey to be seized in an effort to appease a domestic audience. Hmmm.
Turkey’s inflated idea of its geopolitical position is equalled only by Russia which is eyeing bordering States with Turkey and now Vladimir Putin is brown eyeing Trump with nuclear tipped ICBMs he claims can reach anywhere on Earth. Of course that’s mostly bullshit, but like North Korea, each day without confrontation and resolution brings the threats a little closer and a little more plausible.
Putin is also appeasing a domestic audience in preparation for a looming election that should see him again be confirmed as President carrying in excess of 80 per cent of the vote.
Sooner or later the West will have to choose between Russia and Turkey as its enemy! If that decision must ride on who is more theistically and violently addicted to a strain of Islam that is a shade worse than the strict Saudis’ Wahhabism. Then that choice of enemy can only be Turkey.
Although Turkey remains a NATO member, Trump is not happy about Article Five which demands when one NATO member is attacked, the US and other members must come to its defence. He has also shown extreme annoyance that other NATO members don’t pull their weight financially.
Turkey's President Erdogan addresses an economic meeting in the formerly named Constantinople (the “polis of” the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great.) The name remained in use until the fall of the Empire in 1922-3 when it became Istanbul.
It irks Erdogan that the title of Constantinople was used by the colonising Greeks who built the city around 3,000 BC, whereas he claims Ankara as Turkey’s capital, when the far more important Istanbul, which straddles both Asia and Europe (above), is not even the correct historical name.
The Ottoman Empire had ruled the geographically-critical Istanbul until it was defeated and occupied by the allies in World War I.
NATO readily accepted Turkey as a member and designated Istanbul as the European Capital of Culture in 2010, but the European Union still wisely refuses Turkey membership.
A middle east flashpoint is still on Turkey’s border States of Iran which is now aided by Russia bombing the Christ out of Damascus and Iran now has its rockets within a stone’s throw of Israel.
But a smouldering flame is forever burning on Turkey’s borders with what’s left of Iraq and Russia’s allies Iran and Syria, and on its southern borders with the Kurds who Erdogan claims are terrorists.
He is as determined as Saddam Hussein was to wipe out the Kurdish homeland with chemical weapons, only to purlion its massive oil deposits. To Turkey’s east are the contentious Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.
Turkey’s north borders Putin’s Russia with an eye on Ukraine and it borders an original Ottoman jewel in the magnificent Bulgaria which borders Greece.
Russia is aiming to not just share the Black Sea with Turkey it wants the old USSR back as a former world power with control of the Bosphorus Straight and Trump must seek a rapprochement with Putin... and soon, despite that POW idiot, John McCain.
If it wasn’t for the Ruskies we would now be speaking German and if it wasn’t for the Yanks we would now be speaking Japanese. So we have no allegiance to any Islamic country on Earth, especially Turkey.
Both World wars were started the same way we are now going; with sanctions. Although Japan had already invaded China and slaughtered ten times more people than Germany slaughtered Jews, it was denied the metals needed to defend itself, except for our Pig Iron Bob Menzies’ contribution of course, which didn’t stop it bombing Darwin.
The Nazis were virtually forced to defy the Treaty of Versailles, paving the way for World War II, in which the Allies refused to intervene until it was too late. Germany was denied everything bar salt and pepper following the Nuremburg Trials
Trump has wisely refused to impose the extra UN sanctions on Russia which is already suffering from relentless Western European support for Ukraine as a land buffer against Russia. But Ukraine and other States are stealing gas from Russia’s pipeline running west and refusing to make all former outstanding payments.
Strange stuff indeed… Germany is welcoming a million potential Islamic terrorists to the West while pointing a finger at Russia!
Is it any wonder Putin is flexing his biceps after copping 20 per cent of US uranium, thanks to Hillary and Obama.
We are repeating history unnecessarily and only Trump seems to partly recognise the folly.
Naturally Australia fails to recognise any bloody thing with its $60 billion man, Christopher Pyne, having his seat saved by a submarine order that will touch a quarter trillion in costs before we see one of the subs around 2050.
The new "Firefly" military drone
Those ridiculous submarines will be obsolete in five or six years as Putin even now is boasting of submarine drones! It’s the same with the equally expensive F-35 strike fighters… why risk good people in metal cylinders when as much, and more accurate, damage can be done with drones from an arm chair across the Potomac River.in the Pentagon?
Bloody hell, this globalisation bullshit isn’t going too well under the Left’s policies. But let’s face it, you can’t have a new world order without first arranging for the destruction of the old one,
… with friendly inoffensive names like climate change, safe schools, planned parenthood, "Understanding Islam", marriage equality, gender neutrality, etc, etc.