That’s where Turkey, a notorious state sponsor of international
terrorism, has the sheer gall to accuse
Finland and Sweden of
Even more bizarre: Neither Finland, Sweden, the U.S., NATO, EU, nor
any country or leader has, to my knowledge, pointed out Ankara’s glaring
Turkey claims that Finland and Sweden host members of the PKK, the
militant Kurdish organization that the U.S. and EU regard as terrorists. Both Nordic nations deny the charge.
Like many Europeans, however, Finns and Swedes sympathize with Kurds. Turkey has long repressed and ethnically
cleansed the latter.
Regardless, Ankara is blocking uber-civilized Finland and Sweden from
Ironically, Turkey — autocratic, infamously
violative of human rights, and systemically corrupt
— would be unqualified to join NATO today were it not already a member.
The point is, who is Turkey to accuse others of terrorism?
No objective analyst disputes Turkey’s longtime sponsorship of ISIS
and other terrorist groups.
chief from 2010-2013, Ahmet S. Yayla, acknowledged in
2020 that “Turkey was a central hub for … over 50,000 ISIS foreign fighters,
and the main source of ISIS logistical materials [including] IEDs, making
Turkey and ISIS practically allies.”
The NY Times (2014): “Western
intelligence officials … track
ISIS oil shipments … into Turkey,” [which has] failed “to help choke off the
In Turkey: A State Sponsor of Terrorism? (2021), Phillips
again documents Ankara’s patronage of terrorists. If a “non-NATO country behaved like Turkey,
it would warrant designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism,” like Iran and
The U.S. State and Treasury
Departments (2021) say Turkey is a financial
hub for ISIS/al-Qaeda. Yet Washington has penalized only a few Turkish
individuals and companies, with minimal effect.
‘The enemy (Turkish-backed terrorists) of our
(America’s) enemies (Assad/Russia/Iran/Hezbollah) is our friend.’
Thus, America repeatedlyignores
Turkey’s support of terrorists and its invasions, occupation, and ethnic
cleansing of northern Syria.
The U.S. dislikes, however, Turkey’s targeting
the pro-American, anti-ISIS, Kurdish YPG in Syria. Turkey insists that the YPG is an arm of the PKK.
However, America usually lets Ankara have
its way with Kurds anyway.
U.S. House and European
Parliament criticized Turkey’s using terrorists against Armenians in 2020. Yet the West took no action against Turkey
because Armenia, a Russian ally, lost the war.
This advanced America’s and NATO’s strategy of penetrating the Caucasus.
In 2021, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee openly
quizzed Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland about Turkey’s deploying terrorists
in Azerbaijan. She refused to answer in
public, again unmasking Washington’s tacit support for Turkish-backed terrorists.
Even when America and Europe genuinely disagree
with Ankara’s demands/threats, they rarely push back with their own counter-demands/counter-threats.
Turkey’s nonstop, unhinged temper tantrums have always psychologically
disarmed the West. Turks know that and
And, despite the boasts of pro-Turkish sycophants, Turkey is not more important, and certainly not
more powerful, than the U.S./NATO/EU.
Instead of pushing back against Turkey over the
Finland/Sweden fuss, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg spinelessly implores
us to empathize with Ankara’s demands. Meanwhile,
Finnish and Swedish delegations have scampered off to Ankara to prostrate
themselves before His Royal Highness, King Erdogan.
American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Dr.
Michael Rubin suggests instead
that NATO threaten to ban Turkish Airlines, hurt Turkey’s already battered economy,
and legitimately withhold certain classified documents/intelligence from
Only rarely does the West counter Turkish
mischief. Turkey has been — temporarily,
anyway — kicked out of America’s F-35 jet program because it bought Russia’s S-400
missiles. Also, by applying economic
penalties on Turkey, Washington won Pastor Andrew Brunson’s release in 2018. But these happened only because the Pentagon unequivocally
insisted on it and because Evangelicals pressured the White House.
Whether it’s Turkey threatening Greek islands,
making illegitimate claims over Mediterranean Sea energy deposits, threatening
to release millions of Syrian refugees into Europe, or countless other examples
of bullying, Western capitals habitually appease Ankara.
Why should our (and NATO’s) servicemen and servicewomen
spill their blood fighting a largely phony Global War on Terrorism, especially
when NATO member Turkey outright supports terrorism?
Frankly, when it comes to Turkey, Western
countries behave like weaklings. What’s
more, they don’t even realize it.