The Wanted Criminal

It is accepted around the world to publicize pictures of wanted criminal after a crime has been committed. The size of the image size is usually related to the magnitude and nature of the crime committed. We are discovering that the fragility of our world is not due to crimes committed against individuals and groups, but primarily due to crimes against humanity. Dictators who commit these types of crimes in order to reach the pinnacles of power or hold onto power endanger regional and world peace. Following these crimes, we see a global trend of attempting to minimize danger by appeasing the dictator, with the hopes that by giving in to the dictator and showing him a type of respect, further conflict and bloodshed will be prevented.

We all remember the time of Chamberlain’s leadership in Britain leading up and during World War II, we remember how the West “crawled” to the doorstep of the Soviet Union, and its desire to please the new dictatorship that emerged in Eastern Europe.

The ideology of Pan-Arabism upon which Gamal Abdel Nasser was raised, which challenged the Arab and Muslim world, also created new friends who were hoping to appease and please him. Today, we see Recep Tayyip Erdogan leader, the almighty of Turkey, using similar tactics, as he has successfully defeated the secular legacy of Ataturk, paving the way for his leadership of the Muslim world in the new era.

Erdogan’s fingerprints can be found on several bloody conflicts around the Middle East. Despite his partnership with Gaddafi in the past, it was Erdogan who backed the rebels in Libya, and was among those who pressured NATO to get involved militarily in Libya, a war which ended in the brutal lynching of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Erdogan provided political support to the revolts in Tahrir Square, and assisted in the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt, while assisting the attempted establishment of an Islamic theocracy on the banks of the Nile. Erdogan’s fingerprints can clearly be found in the civil war in Syria, as military camps of the resistance have been established in Eastern Turkey, and weapons flow freely between the two countries. Erdogan’s involvement in the Syrian civil war is not based on humanitarian concerns, but on the advancement of clear interests.

A horrendous crime is being committed in Syria, a crime of genocide through the use of non-conventional weapons against civilians. This conflict poses a threat to the region and a threat to the entire world. This crime cannot be hidden. Even if the Assad regime holds ultimate responsibility for this crime, all of those involved parties hold a type of responsibility, not to merely protest but for serious action that is required due to the depths of the crime committed. Furthermore, if the rebels have committed crimes, the partners of the rebels must also be held responsible.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan must be viewed as a wanted criminal in view of what is happening in Syria, but Erdogan, as usual, has succeeded in running off to other places, from where he can easily condemn his opponents, hoping to create a smoke screen for his own actions. This from the man who previously was the loyal partner of Bashar Assad, and tried to impose an agreement between Israel and Syria only to later turn his back on Assad, supporting terrorism led by the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda against Bashar Assad.

Allegations against Erdogan do not end with crimes he has performed in Arab states in the Middle East. Erdogan has a long-term coherent plan to be the global leader of Islam. His leadership has been spread across the capitals of Europe, where immigrant minorities, who once had little public influence, today have significant impact on policy, determining social rules and norms, and creating new social structures for the West.

Erdogan has not accepted the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has been deposed in Egypt. He endlessly criticizes the Egyptian army and people, and attempts to incite the Arab world by depicting Israel as part of the plot to remove the Muslim Brotherhood from power. Israel and the world have not yet learned to take the dangerous proclamations of various dictators seriously. Such leaders, such as Erdogan, have a broad regional and global agenda, which includes broad ambitious aspirations.

Erdogan does not only pose a threat to Israel, but to the entire free world, including to the Turkish people, to the Middle East, and to Europe. His involvement in various conflicts has not only led to bloodshed, but undermined the stability of the regimes in the region, and ultimately could lead to the subversion of various governments beyond the Middle East around the free world.

Today, Recep Tayyip Erdogan still enjoys the aura of being perceived as a moderate leaders, a member of NATO, who desires integration into Europe. However, “the wolf in sheep’s clothing” is slowly being exposed as a man who wants to leave his mark on the entire world. In addition to accusing him of crimes, there is a need to develop a program to put an end to his subversive activities around the world before the effects of his actions become irreversible.

Erdogan is acting in a more blatant and extreme manner, as the world remains silent. His adversaries do not dare speak out against him, leaving his the lone voice which remains unanswered. Experience shows that when the world reacts late or stays silent in the place that it must roar unequivocally, it pays compound interest on the debt incurred.

About the Author
Dr David Altman is senior vice-president at the Netanya Academic College and vice-chair of the college's Strategic Dialogue Center