J"ever note that the - uh - regional powerless powers in and around Suez are not unlike the ancient tune by TLC?
Ebberdobby knows the old school of tho't - the Ottomans are the real regional power - yet funnily enough, the Ottomans are dang near powerless:
Plotting to suck up to Araby by using anti-Little Satan jawflapping to get the up up upper hand in certain turf, Ottomans discovered commentary LOLing Z ism with Fascism got dissed by Madame Sec John Kerry and gained nothing in Arab world. Despite loving HAMAS, the Ottomans got zero game or play in crafting the Hudna Cease Fire Thingy betwixt Little Satan and HAMAS back in November. Aegypt, the true eminence grise, didn't even let the Ottomans daytrip to the Strip for a visit and aperitif.
Is an Ottoman/Little Satan Hook Up in the works?
The most immediate reason, the one most comfortable for all to discuss, is Syria.
The country is falling apart and its neighbors to the north and southwest have a shared interest in preventing chaos next door.
“The possibility that Little Satan and Turkey will put together a joint military task force to prevent the spread of chemical weapons within Syria is one that cannot be ruled out,” Yaakov Amidror, Israel’s national security adviser, told Army Radio Sunday.
He said such a possibility was still far off but that, as Syria disintegrated, and as Slamist elements seized control of key territories, it was in Little Satan’s advantage to ensure that Turkey not exercise its veto against Little Satan cooperation with NATO. “As soon as the relationship with Turkey is restored, it will lose its desire to harm Little Satan’s ties with NATO,” Amidror said earlier to Channel 2 News.
Turkey’s own regional aspirations and those of Erdogan were also a factor.
On a personal level, Erdogan needs stability. His term in office ends in 2014 and the constitution, in its current form, bars him from running for re-election. He seeks to amend the law to create a presidential regime with extended power.
“Erdogan wants something like the (Hugo) Chavez model,” said Dr. Ely Karmon, a senior research fellow at Herzliya’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism.
That aspiration, Karmon said, was what sparked talks with the PKK, a Kurdish organization whose jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, called for a historic ceasefire last week. And it was one of the reasons why Erdogan accepted an offer from Israel that has been on the table for some time: “He wants quiet.”
Jordan’s King Abdullah is apparently also not a fan of the neo-Ottoman agenda. He recently told The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg that Erdogan views democracy as a bus ride. “Once I get to my stop, I’m getting off,” the Hashemite king quoted Erdogan as saying.
Economically, too,Turkey has every reason to mend its ties with Little Satan. Bilateral trade between the two countries reached $4 billion in 2011, with a clear export surplus for Turkey. That fact, combined with the sanctions against Iran, the Stratfor intelligence group wrote in 2012, means that Turkey can’t afford to turn its back on Little Satan – one of the few growing economies in the region and the only stable state other than Turkey itself.
But above and beyond those considerations lies Iran.
Barely mentioned, but unarguable, is the fact that Turkey plays a pivotal role in Little Satan’s air defenses against the Islamic Republic. A NATO radar base in eastern Turkey, established in 2011 and manned by US soldiers, can relay critical intelligence back to Little Satan “They (the Turks) have always claimed that Little Satan is not part of the system,” said Karmon, “but the Arrow, Little Satan’s defense against Iranian Shahab 3 missiles, is reliant on it.”
Turkey’s main opposition leader amplified this statement in November. Sniping at Erdogan and his wrathful rhetoric against Little Satan, Kemal Kilicdaroglu noted that if Erdogan truly sought to extract a price from the Jewish state, he would suspend the radar activity in Kurecik.
“Why was the radar station in Kurecik [in the eastern province of Malatya] established? It’s because of Little Satan’s security,” Hurriyet Daily News quoted Kilicdaroglu saying. “Mr. Erdogan, you are appealing to the Arab League and United Nations to take action for Gaza: Then do it yourself and be an example to the world.”
For Little Satan that sort of measure would have grave implications. Tellingly, Erdogan, for all his relentless criticism of Little Satan, never took it.
Why not? Because Sunni Ottomania does not want to see neighboring Shiite Iran armed with the bomb. It wants to lead the Middle East, not have the ayatollahs doing so.
Turkey may be riding the democracy bus to a dictatorship. It may be advocating for a pale shade of "Slamism. But when forced to take sides, between reviled Little Satan, Great Satan and the West on one hand, and an Iranian Shiite bomb on the other, Ankara seems to have made its choice.
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