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Turks worth more than Kurds

Turks worth more than Kurds

President Donald Trump could not let the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan throw himself further into the arms of Russia and China. He shot down the Kurdish armament card to force Ankara to return. The Turks now want to urgently change the American plan to arm the Kurdish fighters in Syria. Indeed, a well-armed Kurdish people, capable of defending themselves, would still remove Erdogan from his great dream of reforming the Ottoman Empire.

After the US-led coup against Erdogan during Barack Obama's tenure, relations between Ankara and Washington were strained ... The people who helped the candidate Trump come to power, Place of the actions intended to enter, as quickly as possible, into the good graces of the Turkish president. For those who believed that Mr. Trump's election was a surprise, a firm owned by Michael Flynn, a former Trump security advisor, had received more than $ 500,000 during the election campaign, To discredit a political rival of Erdogan.

But the United States must urgently shift the Islamic state of Raqqa, Syria, perhaps because too close to Tel Aviv. For this, it is, perhaps, useful to arm the Kurdish fighters. In any case, this is what they hinted to the Turks.

The invitation of Erdogan to the White House is welcome for the strong man of Ankara, who slips frankly towards dictatorship after winning, under conditions foreign to democracy, the referendum which gives him total control over Turkey . Mr. Erdogan had no choice, after the military coup of July 2016, he had almost lost everything. Today, he has taken firm hold over his country. Nearly 150,000 soldiers, judges, academics and journalists were victims of the purge he imposed to the country.

Despite the highly debatable conditions in which the referendum was won in Turkey, Trump congratulated him on his victory. Erdogan, meanwhile, is negotiating his return to the American fold, at the expense of the Kurds and all the ethnic minorities who would spoil the Turkish monopoly ambition in the region. Erdogan obviously puts the fate of the Incirlik air base, which hosts about 1,500 US military personnel, in the balance. Incirlik is used for US air strikes against the Islamic state, Iraq and Afghanistan. Washington can not afford to lose Incirlik, the Kurds will wait.

Source: Margaret Talev, on Bloomberg.com

Le président Donald Trump ne pouvait pas laisser le président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan se jeter plus avant dans les bras de la Russie et de la Chine. Il a abattu la carte de l'armement des Kurdes pour forcer Ankara à revenir. Les Turcs veulent, désormais, infléchir d'urgence le projet américain d'armer les combattants kurdes en Syrie. En effet, un peuple kurde bien armé, capable de se défendre, éloignerait encore Erdogan de son grand rêve de reformer l'Empire Ottoman.

Après le coup d'état organisé par les Américains contre Erdogan, pendant le mandat de Barack Obama, les relations entre Ankara et Washington étaient, disons, tendues... Les gens qui ont aidé le candidat Trump à arriver au pouvoir, ont mis en place des actions destinées à entrer, au plus vite, dans les bonnes grâces du président turc. Pour ceux qui pensaient que l'élection de M. Trump était une surprise, il faut savoir qu'une firme détenue par Michael Flynn, ancien conseiller de Trump en matière de sécurité, avait reçu plus de 500 000 $, en pleine campagne électorale, pour discréditer un rival politique d'Erdogan. 

Mais les États-Unis doivent d'urgence virer l'État islamique de Raqqa, en Syrie, peut-être parce que trop proche de Tel-Aviv. Pour cela, il est, peut-être, utile d'armer les combattants kurdes. C'est, en tout cas, ce qu'ils laissent entendre aux Turcs.

L'invitation d'Erdogan à la Maison Blanche est bienvenue pour l'homme fort d'Ankara, qui glisse franchement vers la dictature après avoir gagné, dans des conditions étrangères à la démocratie, le référendum qui lui accorde le contrôle total sur la Turquie. M. Erdogan n'avait pas le choix, après le coup d'état militaire de juillet 2016, il avait failli tout perdre. Aujourd'hui, il a repris solidement son pays en main. Près de 150 000 soldats, juges, universitaires et journalistes ont été victimes de la purge qu'il a imposée au pays.
 
Malgré les conditions très discutables dans lesquelles a été remporté le référendum en Turquie, Trump l'a félicité pour sa victoire. Erdogan vient, de son côté, négocier son retour dans le giron américain, aux dépens des Kurdes et de toutes les minorités ethniques qui viendraient gâcher l'ambition turque dans la région. Erdogan met évidemment le destin de la base aérienne d'Incirlik, qui accueille environ 1 500 militaires américains, dans la balance. Incirlik est utilisée pour les frappes aériennes américaines contre l'État islamique, l'Irak et l'Afghanistan. Washington ne peut se permettre de perdre Incirlik, les Kurdes attendront.

Source : Margaret Talev, sur Bloomberg.com



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