by Zakir GUL | The Vocal Europe
With Erdogan’s ruling and governing, Turkey lost its neighbors and friends. No-friend-left-behind policy worked greatly. One of the exception to that is the relations with Qatar that have been developing rapidly in the last couple of years.
Erdogan and Qatar leader Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani have become good friends, just like brothers. They both have some things in common such as supporting and financing radical groups in the Middle East and committing international crimes.
Qatar has become as active as its economy in the latest years. It undertook several mediating roles not only between some countries but also between some states and groups that are considered as radical. It is also a state that had connections with many states who are not allies themselves. For instance, it has connections with Iran, but it also has ties with US; it has connections with Saudi Arabia, but it has also connection with Yemeni Houthis, Afghani Taliban; it has ties with Israel, but also connection with Hamas. In that sense, it would not be wrong if we attributed Qatar as pragmatic.
Erdogan’s politics and policy can be considered as pragmatic, as well. Erdogan is probably the most instant-changing politician ever in Turkey’s history. Not too long ago, he was the great brother of Bashar Al-Assad whom he was hugging like a brother. Now, Assad is the archenemy.
Another example is; Erdogan was claimed to support some rebel groups including some Salafi Jihadi Terrorist groups (i.e. Jabhat Al Nusra) in Syria. However, all of a sudden, he turned his back to the groups he was supporting greatly. For some time, he was not even calling ISIS as a terrorist organization. Now, he claims them as terrorist organizations. He pretended to be the ally of US, but took part on Putin’s Russia and Iran side. Most recently, he changed his mind, and took some roles with US-led coalition in Syria. It will not be hard to predict that Erdogan will turn his back to his new brother, Tamim, when time comes and their interests conflict.