Erdogan: Turkey and the Arab world

تم نشره في Mon 31 March / Mar 2014. 07:19 PM - آخر تعديل في Mon 31 March / Mar 2014. 07:19 PM
  • A March 30, 2014 handout picture released by the Prime Minister Press Office shows Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters in Ankara on March 30, 2014 (AFP)

By Muhammad Aburumman

As far as the Turkish municipal elections represented important indicators to measure the strength of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), and the popularity of its leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, considering the international attention it received.

This election came after the clash between Erdogan and his party on the one hand, and the group of Fethullah Gulen, the former strategic ally, on the other; an influential group, heavily presence inside and outside Turkey.

Even though it is only natural that a conflict will happen in the world of politics, what happened in Turkey breaks the known molds, and turned into "innovations" that destroyed the traditional moral values: The publication of recordings of the members of the AKP, which were obtained through eavesdropping and tapping, even some of those close to Erdogan emphasized that there were devices planted in his home.

Perhaps what is worse than the dozens of recordings released by the party's opponents, there was a recording of the leaders in the state talking about a possible attack by Turkey on the Syrian regime, prompting Erdogan to ban YouTube, after he banned Twitter. While the decision may be seen by some as wacky and crazy, others have seen it as very bold.

Why is this win? Because he has a great asset to the Turkish street, compared to the opposition elites, which is the "legitimacy of achievement”. The man managed to achieve impressive economic leaps, and improved the infrastructure in the country — He made Turkey, which was suffering from a severe economic crisis before the AKP came to power, one of the most advanced and sophisticated countries when it comes to the economy, while before that it was a haven for mafias of corruption in politics and economy.

Maybe that could lead to part associated with us, the Arabs. The legitimacy of achievement is what is missing in the Arab countries, which are sinking into corruption, tyranny, and absence of democracy.

If some Arab states look Erdogan with hostility, it is for several reasons, irrelevant to the Turkish foreign policy, which bet on the "Arab Spring", and supported the popular freedom movements.

Most Arab countries fear the success of the Turkish model because it is based on a combination of Islam, democracy, and globalization, unlike the scarecrow-based system used by these states, in an attempt to sustain a miserable, failed pattern of autocratic rule, which comes to us with only one achievement, which is rooting extremism, radicalism, and chaos within the Arab world!

Erdogan has succeeded in one of the most important political battles, and proved that the domestic and foreign policies were accepted by the Turkish street. But if there is a risk in the future that is threatening this model, it is Erdogan himself. The problem is that if he does not realize when to stop and withdraw from the scene, to protect the new model in the region. 



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.