When Friends Help Friends: Turkish President Tayip Erdogan Travels to Sunni States to Resolve Conflicts!
Very rarely do we see an ally pick up and leave his/her home base and help American foreign policy. Turkish President,Tayip Erdogan,is traveling to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar to resolve a very sticky problem.
As we know, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Kuwait placed an embargo on the tiny country of Qatar. The ostensible reason was that Qatar opened their country to the likes of terrorists, bandits, and outcasts. On Trump’s last visit to Saudi Arabia, he asked them to assist USA in stopping all types of terrorism in the Middle East. The result was this imbroglio with Qatar!
The Al Thani family which founded Qatar believed that all types of Muslim outcasts/terrorists should be welcomed into their country. On any given day, one could find a member of Hezbollah or Hamas strolling down the elegant streets of Doha, one of the wealthiest capitals in this oil-rich middle eastern country.
The present ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, took over power from his father in a peaceful transition. Like his father, he was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset,England. He then trained at the Sandhurst military academy which is England’s West Point.
We are talking about a small wealthy group of elites [300,000] exporting oil, gas, and helium [used for cooling semi-conductors]. They also own the famous or infamous, Al-Jazeera TV/media.
Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni nations surrounding Qatar embargoed all imports (food) and exports (gas/oil) to try to modify Qatar’s behavior of accepting Middle East sunni/shi’ite terrorists within its borders.
Despite Sec State Rex Tillerson’s valiant attempts at negotiating a peace treaty among these Sunni nations, he was told by the Arabs to go home and mind his own business. More importantly, Qatar and Kuwait announced that this conundrum was a Muslim problem that must be resolved within the conclave of Muslim nations without any outside interference.
Erdogan, a Sunni Muslim, is making a bold effort to resolve this Middle East embarrassment before it spins completely out of control. In all fairness to Tillerson, whose previous employment as CEO of Mobil/Exxon Oil afforded him more than an ample opportunity to resolve any of these ‘minor disputes’, Rex was literally blindsided by his boss’s encouragement of Saudi Arabia’s so-called, counter terrorist initiatives.
For the record, Turkey has always been in the forefront of Middle East history for over 800 years. The Ottoman Empire lasted from the 13th century until November 1, 1922 when it was dissolved by Britain. Today, Erdogan has assumed the historical imperative of the Turks to mediate major conflicts involving Sunni and Shi’ite disputes.
Both Turkey and Qatar have excellent relations with Iran and Israel. I wish to thank Erdogan on behalf of America for the fine work that he is doing in foreign policy. Hopefully, he will be less restrictive back at home.
The famous secular Turkish leader, Mustafa, Kemal Ataturk, wrote the following:
“After having lost your sons’ lives [Britain] on this land [Turkey] they have become our sons as well.”