Turkey's Barks And Bites

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Authored by Burak Bekdil via The Gatestone Institute,

  • This is the first time that Erdogan is openly challenging a concerted European stand.

Turkey's foreign policy and the rhetoric that presumably went to support it, has, during the past several years, aimed less at achieving foreign policy goals and more at consolidating voters' support for the Ankara government.

Self-aggrandizing behavior has predominantly shaped policy and functioned to please the Turks' passion for a return to their glorious Ottoman past.

Assertive and confrontational diplomatic language and playing the tough guy of the neighborhood may have helped garner popular support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP), but after years of "loud barking and no biting", Turkey has effectively become the victim of its own narrative.

In 2010, Turkey froze diplomatic relations with Israel and promised "internationally to isolate the Jewish state", and never to restore ties unless, along with two other conditions, Jerusalem removed its naval blockade of Gaza to prevent weapons from being brought in that would be used to attack Israel. Turkey's prime minister at the time, Ahmet Davutoglu, said Israel would "kneel down to us".

In 2016, after rounds of diplomatic contacts, Turkey and Israel agreed to normalize their relations. The blockade of Gaza, to prevent shipments of weaponry to be used by Gazans in terror attacks remains in effect.

In 2012, Davutoglu claimed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's days in power were numbered, "not by years but by weeks or months". In 2016, Davutoglu had to step down as prime minister, but Erdogan's and his worst regional nemesis, Assad, is in power to this day, enjoying increased Russian and Iranian backing. In 2012, Erdogan said that "we will soon go to Damascus to pray at the Umayyad mosque" -- a political symbol of Assad's downfall and his replacement by pro-Turkey Sunni groups. That prayer remains to be performed.

In November 2015, shortly after Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 military jet and cited violation of its airspace, Erdogan warned Russia "not to play with fire." As for the Russian demands for an apology, Erdogan said it was Turkey that deserved an apology because its airspace had been violated, and that Turkey would not apologize to Russia.

In June 2016, just half a year after Russia imposed a slew of economic sanctions on Turkey, Erdogan apologized to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In July 2016, Erdogan apologized for downing a Russian plane, and in August he went to Russia to shake hands for normalization. Pictured: Russian President Vladimir Putin with Turkey's then Prime Minister Erdogan, meeting in Istanbul on December 3, 2012. (Image source: kremlin.ru)

Erdogan and his government have countless times warned the United States not to side with the Syrian Kurds --whom Turkey views as a terrorist group-- in the allied fight against radical jihadists of ISIL's Islamic State. In March 2017, Washington denied that Syrian Kurds were a terrorist group and pledged continued support for them.

Erdogan's Turkey has done more than enough to show that its bark is worse than its bite. Yet it keeps barking badly. This time, the enemy to bark at, not bite, is Europe. This is the first time that Erdogan is openly challenging a concerted European stand.

In a recent row between several European capitals and Ankara over Erdogan's ambitions to hold political rallies across Europe to address millions of Turkish expatriates, the Turkish president said he would ignore that he was unwelcome in Germany and would go there to speak to his Turkish fans.

In response, the Dutch government deported one of Erdogan's ministers who had gone uninvited to the Netherlands to speak to the Turkish community there.

Germany launched two investigations into alleged Turkish spying on German soil.

Similarly, Switzerland opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Erdogan's government had spied on expatriate Turks.

In Copenhagen, the Danish government summoned the Turkish ambassador over claims that Danish-Turkish citizens were being denounced over views critical of Erdogan.

The barking kept on. In Turkey, Erdogan warned that Europeans would not be able to walk the streets safely if European nations persist in what he called "arrogant conduct." That comment caused the EU to summon the Turkish ambassador in Brussels to explain Erdogan's threatening language.

Farther east, in the rich European bloc, several hundred Bulgarians blocked the three main checkpoints at the Bulgarian-Turkish border to prevent Turks with Bulgarian passports, but who were living in Turkey, from voting in Bulgarian elections. The protesters claimed that Turkish officials were forcing expatriate voters to support a pro-Ankara party.

Meanwhile, at the EU's southeast flank, Greece said that its armed forces were ready to respond to any Turkish threat to the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

What happened to Erdogan's promised "bite" that he could go to Germany to speak to the Turkish community despite repeated German warnings that he would not be welcome? "I will not go to Germany," he said on March 23.

Erdogan may be winning hearts and minds in Turkey with his neo-Ottoman Turkey "barks." But too few foreign capitals find his threats serious, too few politicians think that he is convincing and too many people tend to believe Turkey's bark is worse than its bite.

The recent wave of European constraints against Erdogan shows that, for the first time in recent years, Europe does not seem to fear Erdogan's bluffing and thuggishness.

At the moment, Erdogan's priority is to win the referendum on April 16 that he hopes will change the constitution so that he can be Sultan-for-life. Picking fights with "infidel" Europeans might help him garner more support from conservative and nationalist Turks.

When the voting is done, however, he will have to face the reality that an alliance cannot function forever with one party constantly blackmailing the other.

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Pandelis's picture

Erdogan has made quite a few remarks against greeks ... such as "we through them in the sea in Smirna in 1921", reminding people of their victory against greeks in 1453, and quite a few other clear attacks.  Turkish airplanes are trying on a daily basis to make some provocations.


poor greeks are all too afraid to do anything in return.  however, Erdogan will follow his script and there is no way greeks can escape their next slaughtering a.k.a. war ...

in meantime Tsipras has all but declared full war against the greek orthodox church, and of course against his own people.

Troy Ounce's picture


Michael Lueders, Islam expert and well spoken, says on German TV that Turkish secret service together with Nusra was behind the previous (much bigger) Syrian chemical attack.

He also questions the motivation of journalists who apparently are not interested in researching the truth but more by keeping up the narrative of "the enemy". (is it not sad to be a journalist?)

Bravo for the moderator Markus Lanz for questioning the narrative.  

German language. From 4.00 min. But of high standard, you won't find this anyware.


otschelnik's picture

This is old news, the Turks delivered the sarin, read Seymour Hersch's "The Red Line and the Rat Line," which was published in the London Review.  No publisher in USA would touch it, so much for free press in America.  A gas attack is a war crime and the 2011 sarin attack was a red flag operation.  One thing have to give to Obummer, he didn't fall for this when they tried to blame it on Asad. 

BarkingCat's picture

Obama was ready to bomb Syria as well but the public opinion was extremely against it.

Russians gave him a face saving way out and he took it.

LoveTruth's picture

Never trust the Turks, that's what this article is saying. 

XqWretch's picture

Before we go on hating the Turkish people, let's remember that it is assholes like Erdogan and his govt that are fucking this up, NOT the turkish people. I lived with Turkish people in California for years and they were all a bunch of young, fun loving, ecstasy taking, alcohol drinking people that hated the muslim religion. I went to visit these same friends in Istanbul 2 years ago and smuggled in a couple bottles of JD, since there it is so expensive due to Muslim govt taxation, and they HATE this govt and all the radical muslim fucks they are letting in from Iraq and Syria. See through the bullshit. That is all.

XqWretch's picture

It would be like people hating every American because Obama/Bush bombed the shit out of them

NidStyles's picture

Except Bush/Obama were rperesentative of a large chunk of the US, and were backed by the Jews.


I don't consider degenerate junkies to be trustworthy people that I would like to have in my neighborhood. Even if they tell us they hate their religion. It's not about the religion, it's about the DNA and the invasion they represent within my own nation. 

Troy Ounce's picture


Who are "Turkish people"? Are "American people" living in California and New York only as you see these people in adverts and TV? Thats what Hillary thought. Note the majority of Tuks vote for Erdogan.

BobEore's picture

Unfortunately, you may have parsed that correctly.

I've opposed for years the work of the GATESTONE sio-psy-op to stir up hatreds between two peoples who need to be uniting against their main enemy - talmudic terror.

But we've reached the point of no return now thanks to the fine work of the radical jihadie in Ankara - who's mad barkings have indeed made their followers berserk with rage against the entire outside world.

I was assaulted from behind on the street Monday - in broad daylight, in the downtown of a major city here in TERRORSTAN. Turned out to be the guy I'd asked to tell me the ingredients in the soup I was looking at. His surly answer caused me to simply walk out before ordering. That was enough, apparently, for him to go apeshit on me 5 minutes later as I walked down the street.

The cowards have been "authorized" by their leader to seek out easy victims wherever they can find them. The vibe is BAD... and will just get badder. My bone structure and complexion mark me as yabanci before I open my mouth. I never doubted my personal security in all the years I've been here.

That's over. And if FORCED to choose sides... it will come to that now, I fear...

I'm with the "Crusaders" from here on in.

Making Merica Great Again's picture







mehmet mahmudoglu's picture

Yes EVET !! to ruin the Globalist Agenda 


zeroboris's picture

Russians should be ready for yet another backstabbing soon.

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(((young turks))) deconstructed ottoman empire with areement with the anglo-kike empire.

otherwise turkey would have owned saudi arabia now.


this is btw the reason why turkey isnt touched even through its pretty much a weak non-state

even the armenian genocide isnt mentioned for 100 years in the west is because it was done by (((young turks))) who arent turkish at all.


fel.temp.reparatio's picture

if you're not a bot, you're just plane stupid heh ;-)

francis scott falseflag's picture

An interesting tale, but I like mine better.  Here's a digest of it.

Erdogan hates America because the CIA taped phone calls between him and his son at the

end of 2013 and released them early in 2014 before the Parliamentary elections in March

to help Gulen's party take control.  The best laid plans of CIA etc.  

Whether Erdogan was committed to Putin before 2014 I can not say, but that they

are joined at the hip now is the

basis of my scenario.  Erdogan and Turkey became part of Putin's alliance and joined China and Iran.  

Turkey's role in this coalition was unique as Turkey is a member of NATO.

And as such it had to keep its league with Russia a secret.  

And to do that Putin and Turkey conspired to trick the world with Turkey's shoot down of

a Russian Su-24, a plane with a crew of 2, a pilot and a weapons officer   A plane that 

be flown by one pilot.  It was and it was shot down and one crew member was rescued.

The only crew member.  


I don't know this for a fact, but I don't have torely on the Western media or the

Turkish media for the facts as to what happened.  After all, aren't we in the era of fake news?


From November 2015 to June 2016 Erdogan was as snug as a bug in a Persian rug.  He met

Obama in Paris in December 2015 (They high-fived!) and was in Washington before June 2016.

Don't you think that the man who shot down Putin's plane was taken into some of the US IC plans?.


Then, deus ex Marmara, there was Erdogan apologizing to Putin.  Making up. And before Obama

and the CIA could remember what secret plans they had passed on to Erdogan that Spring, a false

coup, devised by those loyal to Erdogan, to entrap those opposed or potentially opposed or just

working for the CIA, was unleashed in Ankara and, because of the huge number of bureaucrats and

military arrested and fired, had to have eliminated most of the CIA, MI6, etc., agents in Turkey.

Erdogan is still making nice to Washington and occasionally yelling at Putin.  But if you believe

any of that is real ...  well, you can always go back to what you were doing before Putin came

waltzing in to the world stage.






fel.temp.reparatio's picture

next time you copy 'n' paste, include the source pls?

Caleb Abell's picture

" ... he will have to face the reality that an alliance cannot function forever with one party constantly blackmailing the other."

Perhaps, but he is dealing with europeans.  A continent of cucks who make tea and cookies for the muzzie invaders while they are raping their wives and children.  I think Erdogan can continue to wipe his ass with europeans for the forseeable future.

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

Turdogan is a pitbull barking at poodles to look tough for the Rottweilers.