LaRouche: Is the British Government Involved In a New Sykes-Picot Plot Against Turkey?
May 2 (LPAC)--Lyndon LaRouche said today that to understand what is happening in Turkey today, it is necessary to look back at the British-French imperial assault on Southwest Asia known as the Sykes-Picot treaty. LaRouche added that the most common mistake in strategic evaluations is to look at current events, when in reality, "history goes forward, not backwards." Don't believe press accounts about the Turkish situation, warned LaRouche.
Sykes-Picot remains the British and French policy, and charges coming from 10 Downing Street that were reported May 2, in the Financial Times, about a "coup threat" in Turkey, are actually a planned destabilization by the Blair government of that country.
Government Crisis in Ankara
MAY 2, (EIRNS)--A government crisis in Turkey threatens to erupt into a full scale confrontation between secularists, led by the Turkish Army, and Islamists, who hold a majority in the parliament and have nominated Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to be the next president. On Tuesday, May 1, the Turkish Constitutional Court ruled that the April 27 first-round parliamentary vote for president was nullified because opposition parties boycotted the vote and there was not a 2/3 quorum. The court ruling, in effect, assured that Gul's presidential bid would be blocked. In response to the court ruling, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced he would dissolve the government and call early elections, either in late June or early July of this year. However, according to the Financial Times and the Turkish daily Hurriyet on May 2, Prime Minister Erdogan will first call the three rounds of parliamentary votes for president over the next week, and he will also campaign for a change in the Constitution, providing for a two-round direct election of the president, and lowering the age qualification for parliament to 25. Both moves, according to regional sources, are calculated to increase his AKP (Justice and Development Party) vote in the upcoming general elections.
The Turkish military opposition to the AKP as an Islamic party has been widely reported in the German media as a "coup" threat, including in Spiegel Online of April 30, which, in a piece called "Coup Threat May End Turkey's EU Dream" by David Crossland in Berlin, cites articles in other major German publications such as Suddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . In addition, outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair's 10 Downing Street issued an unusual statement, today warning the Turkish military against intervening in the electoral process. This reflects the complicated, and long delayed, debate over Turkey's ongoing bid to be given membership in the European Union (EU). European governments, led by Great Britain, have warned that any military intervention into the electoral process would jeopardize the EU membership bid.
The expectation of early parliamentary elections would postpone any direct showdown between the Army and the Erdogan government; however, a landslide AKP victory in those parliamentary elections and/or the passage of the proposed Constitutional changes, would put the same issue on the table by early July--unless some kind of negotiated agreement can be reached in the interim between the moderate Islamist forces and the Army. Given the growing instability throughout Southwest Asia, with the Iraq situation in turmoil, the Israeli government near collapse, and the threat of a military confrontation between the United States and Iran still ever-present, a political destabilization of Turkey, which is an anchor of regional stability, would have far-reaching consequences.