After the beheading of two American journalists, ISIS has become a primary focus of the US government and media. Obama wants to spend several billion dollars to help arm Syrian rebels so they can help fight ISIS on the ground. However, those rebels are Muslim extremists in their own right and are among the Islamic groups that want to destroy America and Israel. It’s never a good idea to arm your enemies; at least that makes perfectly good sense to me, but not to Barack Obama.
It’s bad enough that over a hundred American citizens along with hundreds of British and Australian citizens have flocked to Syria to join the ISIS terrorist forces, but now we have a NATO ally also rendering aid to ISIS.
Turkey is a member of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as is the United States. For the past several decades, Turkey has been a tenuous ally of the United States, allowing us to establish two military bases within their border:
Izmir Air Base is located near the Aegean Sea and focuses mostly on NATO related issues.
Incirlik Air Base is located near the large southwestern city of Ardana and is home to nearly 5,000 troops. It is close to the Syrian border which makes it strategically important.
If the report from WND is accurate, the relationship between the US and Turkey could be strained, and rightly so. WND posted:
“Informed sources tell WND that Turkey continues to keep open its borders to allow jihadists seeking to join ISIS, or Islamic State, to cross into Syria. Many of the fighters are from Europe and the United States.”
“Turkey has been a major gathering point for fighters throughout the world to obtain training and logistical support to join various jihadist groups and the Syrian opposition fighting Shiite-Alawite Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. …”
“In addition, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Turkey remains an even greater conduit of money laundering to ISIS than Qatar. …”
“Analysts say Turkey is afraid of cutting off ISIS because of threats of reprisal the group has made through Turkish media.”
“In addition, sources say, ISIS continues to hold hostage some 49 Turkish diplomats who were captured when it took over Mosul last June. The development has been one reason for Turkey to go along with ISIS demands.”
“However, there appear to be more compelling reasons for Turkey to continue working with ISIS.”
“Turkey’s backing hasn’t gone unnoticed by ISIS, whose leadership now is considering rewarding Turkish businesses with contracts in ISIS-occupied Sunni areas of Iraq.”
“Turkey’s minister of economy, Nihat Zeybekci, is receptive to the notion and has been open about encouraging Turkish businesses to invest in ISIS-occupied portions of Iraq.”
“’Our exports to Iraq are now down to 35 percent, but Iraq cannot easily substitute other sources,’ Neybekci said. ‘We think there will be a boom in demand soon. We also know that IS (ISIS) is contacting individual Turkish businessmen and telling them, ‘Come back, we won’t interfere.’ That is not easy, of course. But when it the future Iraq is rebuilt, it will be Turkey doing it.’”
The report goes on to spell out more details of the economic impact that ISIS is having on Turkey and you can read it if you want. The question I want to know is what is going to happen to Turkey, if anything concerning their helping ISIS?
NATO is discussing on what to do with ISIS and how to stop them. This places Turkey in a difficult situation since they are supposed to be a member of NATO and a US ally, yet they are aiding and abetting a group that has vowed to bring their war to American soil.
If NATO takes military action against ISIS, they’ll surely want to use the two US air bases in Turkey to launch attacks from. Will Turkey support the attacks and the efforts to stop ISIS or will they continue to side with the terrorist organization for economic reasons and face US and NATO sanctions?
I really haven’t heard anyone in Washington discussing the situation with Turkey, but sooner or later it’s going to have to be discussed and dealt with. The question is, what do you do with an ally that is aiding your enemy? I wouldn’t rely on Obama for that answer since he’s been doing the same thing for several years. America needs a leader that stands up for America, not his Muslim buddies.