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At a moment that Turkey once again is committing another #genocide, this time on the Kurdish people living inside and outside of #Turkey.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller began a two-day visit to Turkey on Monday (22 January 2018) with a visit to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Ankara. Signing a book of commemoration, Ms. Gottemoeller expressed “great respect and admiration” both for the founder of the Republic of Turkey and for the nation, which she called “a key NATO Ally”.
As i read some statements, it is unclear to me if she demanded a stop… maybe private but at least not in public she did. On the contrary, someone wrote on my FB page the following: which I believe is from her speech:
Turkey’s Contributions to NATO
Starting with how Turkey contributes to NATO, I will highlight just a few areas that illustrate the value that Turkey brings to the NATO Alliance.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of visiting the Center of Excellence for Defence Against Terrorism in Ankara.
The Center’s mission is to “provide key decision-makers with realistic solutions to terrorism and Counterterrorism challenges.”
Since its founding in 2005, this critically important facility has worked with nearly 12,000 students from more than 100 countries.
Sharing your expertise with others who are also facing the threat of terrorism is just one way in which Turkey contributes to and through NATO.
Turkey has also made substantial contributions to NATO’s missions in Afghanistan.
You supported ISAF – the International Security Assistance Force – from 2003 until the conclusion of that operation in 2014. And during that combat mission, 15 Turkish soldiers paid the ultimate price. Let me offer my deepest sympathies to the families of the fallen for their sacrifice.
Today, Turkey plays a key role as a Framework Nation for the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, providing more than 550 personnel.
And I am pleased by the encouraging news that Turkey is considering an increased level of support.
You also play an important role in the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process, working to expand political and practical cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours.
In addition to Afghanistan, Turkey supports NATO training programs for Iraqi officers and contributes to NATO’s efforts to build stability in the Western Balkans by contributing to our operation in Kosovo.
You also contribute to NATO Trust Funds for Ukraine which support improvements in cyber security, medical rehabilitation, and other areas crucial to the security and stability of that country.
These operations, missions and activities are vital to Alliance security, and to helping our partners achieve stability. Once again, I thank Turkey for these and so many other substantial contributions.
Are we talking about the same country here? I am talking about the Turkey from which is proven, that they supported and still support terrorist organisations like MB, Al Qaeda, ISIS and so on. the proof is there. From delivering weapons and ammunition, to facilitate training camps, medical care and even artillery / mortar fire in support of ISIS operations. (For example the attack on the Khabour delta by Daesh where they first opened the floodgates (so the Christian vilagers could go accross the Khabour river, and this where the Christians abducted… which we now about, but what the media didn’t tell was the Turkish involvement) later on they did the opposite, closing the flood gates an help ISIS accross the river… but finnaly the seriousness came through in the Pentagon (since the M4 highway from Raqqa to Mossul crosses here. which would have given Daesh a direct connection between the two strongholds…. They helped attacks on Kobane… all is proven with photographs and so on… So an NATO Secretary general stating that Turkey helps in the fight against terrorism…
I have a very important question: Why is the mainstream media and many international bodies silent about the assault on Afrin. Why is there in mainstream media land, NATO, UN or anywhere else nobody who falsifies / verifies the claims of Erdogan?
The only claim on which the assault is based: Terrorism!
The whole claim by Turkey clearly supported by NATO, and even an “idiot” like the British Foreign Affairs minister (I really have no other words for this low creature) is that #Afrin and the Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava are terrorists. Mainstream media, in here reporting doesn’t; go any further then saying: Turkey claims that YPG, which govern Afrin are terrorists connected to the PKK.
How come that the (neo)liberal elite, be it mainstream media, politicians and activists. Who love federalism, who love (certain) Human rights, who defend refugees, who want womens rights, who want the freedom for religion, especially the freedom not to believe.. ofcourse. Don’t take the time or the effort to check the facts…
Both NATO, UN, Mainstream media, liberal politicians know who to blaim and know who to point their fingers at.. when it’s about these topics right? Commissioner and Vice chair of the European Commission regularly raises his fingers towards Poland, Hungary, the Czech republic and others, inside and outside of Europe if they do a number of things which aren’t liked appreciated by “us” (I mean them.. the Liberal elite). Well I like to remind you of his personal involvement with Erdogan himself.. we could call them “friends”.
OK, Afrin and the Federation of Northern Syria are governed by…… Terrorists. OK, what if… that’s not true….. I know, Erdogan is the one we all trust. And won’t say things wo aren’t true.. right? OK let’s look at some basic parameters….
Freedom of religion… even for converts.
OK, this item isn’t the best item to interest neo liberal upper-class people.. but maybe if they here that it is also about the right…. NOT to believe? How is it possible in a terrorist state that people are free to live as they wish? Converted Muslims are free to become Christians and live freely as they do in e.g. #Kobane? Watch this movie clip and see for yourself. Christians are involved even at the highest level to participate in society, politics, government and military.
Human rights are respected, the Federation government helps many refugees in #Afrin and the rest of the area, mostly without help of bureaucratic institutions like #UNHCR (because: they don’t have an official recognized government to deal with… they aren’t allowed to enter that area, and …. it isn’t considered safe…. right…) So people inside the camps, in Afrin, but also the major camp near Kobane (which houses mainly Arab refugees from Raqqa) are almost entirely supported by the government of the Federation without much needed help from the NGO’s and help institutions (EUAID, UNHCR and many others who claim to help the Syrian people ARENT there!).
Because this is one of the main issues for liberals and feminists alike, this issue is taken separate from the overall human rights: Women’s rights and women empowerment.. Would you believe that this “terrorist-state” has a double presidency? A Kurdish (power)women and a Christian Male president Sanharib Barsom? Women are working throughout society and run businesses, run government agencies, are leaders of political parties and governing bodies. The empowerment is being done by training women and men, in the way they would like society to be, men treating women equal. There are safe houses, honor(killings) are severely treated. Marriage is only allowed with one women.. Sorry neoliberal audience;;; the culture of these peoples isn’t that sophisticated as ours, so I hope you can respect their “culture”?
Government and democratic development
Well dear loving neoliberal upper-class people.. there is a well developed democratic system underway. The PYD (the political party to which the “terrorist” YPG?YPJ) are belonging) have created a situation that a lot of other political parties have been set up. There is a democratic multi party (and I really mean multi party system) in place. There have been a couple of elections. The latest where last year for local and regional elections.
As I said before, The federation level has a Kurdish women co-president and a male Christian co-president.. the same we see at the local and regional levels.
How can a region, controlled and dominated by terrorists florish, many different peoples, including many Arabs, Christians, Yezidi and others live in peace without major incidents…. and even become the best fighting force on the ground for the International Coalition. The SDF was the group which fought their way through Raqqa and defeated ISIS there. There where Christians involved as well, as you can see in this movie clip.
Conclusion about the claim made by Erdogan/Turkey.
It is a complete lie. I even dare to say that it is completely the opposite. Turkey a country where many people are in jail, just because they have different ideas. A country where Turks want to rule other ethnicities, a government widely known to have ties with real terrorist organisations: ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, Al Quada (through their bearded men’s forces which they also use in Afrin….) But unfortenately the mainstream media isn’t able or willing (or both) to connect the dots on the map. Taking all individual “incidents” seperately and not look to the bigger picture. Turkey is a facsist state which used refugees to blackmail Europe.
So Why?? European Liberals, European Commission, European Mainstream media elites.. why do you choose for the evil, and not for the ones who are creating a “liberal” society in the Middle East?
Conclusion about NATO
How is it possible on this earth that the institutions speaking of peace, human rights, helping refugees (IN EUROPE) values, women’s rights, right to believe or not to believe… Oh yes, and #NATO doesn’t like #fakenews as been published by #Russia #Putin. They don’t like governments committing atrocities towards civilians as is #Russia doing… They don’t like governments and militaries who invade neighboring countries like #Russia is doing, they don’t like countries where freedom of press and the judicial system is treated wrongly.. All theyr statements agains “aggressive” Russia is equally, and in many cases even worse applicable to #Turkey. Does NATO have multiple identities? Unfortunately my conclusion is that NATO isn’t the organization they are claiming to be. They are equally the same as Russia, the use false information, false claims, fake news and ultimately propaganda means. They even themselves invade countries – in the name of security. For me this is a disappointment because NATO once was the freedom pillar of European security, safety and prosperity. If we can’t believe NATO (and the mainstream media, what’s the point of discussing Fakenews?
Saying you have values, but not use them, that’s NATO.
It’s a shame that NATO is silent on this, since the facts are there. Besides NATO is completely acting against it’s own principles, it’s own original intentions.. namely protecting peace, freedom and prosperity. I always thought of NATO as a just and honorable organization, contrary to the dictatorships of the world. The Soviet union (Warsaw pact) the dictatorship of Russia, Iran, North-Korea and so on. But my eyes have opened now. Seeing the words of a NATO official admiring the perpetrator of Ethnical cleansing, Genocide of Armenians and so many more people which suffered by the hands of “our allies” the Turks. This clearly is #notmyNATO
I end this very important blog with a quote: credited to Edmund Burke (but there where others who used it / the same kind as well:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (like NATO) to do nothing.
I would really like to make this story, which is so close to my heard, and which does pain seeing that our society, our governments, our NATO aren’t doing the just thing. they aren’t de “good’ guys they say they are.
Please, share, like and retweet this message as much as possible, use the hashtag #notmyNATO to force NATO leadership in another direction. For the sake of a free and democratic world, a free and democratic middle East…. and Europe!
(editors note: I removed the headline as it was since it wasn’t correct. My appologies for that. The story however is nothing but the truth. January 23rd 2018)