Turkey will not surrender to economic terrorism just as it does not bow down to armed and political terrorism, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday.
"Economy and security will take priority in the upcoming period. Our economy has been a target in the past six years. The July 15 coup was also a move to sabotage our economy," Erdoğan said during the closing speech of the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) 28th Assessment and Consultation Camp in the Kızılcahamam district of Ankara.
Erdoğan said AK Party was ready to make necessary structural reforms in the next four years without elections.
"We believe these dark clouds will dissipate as we take necessary steps to relieve our citizens," Erdoğan added.
"We are not against investors but those who are plotting against our people will face us," he said.
Brendan O’Neill says the Bosnian war taught Islamic terrorists to operate abroad
– The Spectator, 13. September 2003
Fulor all the millions of words written about al-Qa’eda since the 9/11. attacks two years ago, one phenomenon is consistently overlooked — the role of the Bosnian war in transforming the mujahedin of the 1980s into the roving Islamic terrorists of today....
. From 1992 to 1995. the Pentagon assisted with the movement of thousands of mujahedin and other Islamic elements from Central Asia into Europe, to fight alongside Bosnian Muslims against the Serbs....
The Pentagon’s secret alliance with Islamic elements allowed mujahedin fighters to be ‘flown in’, though they were initially reserved as shock troops for particularly hazardous operations against Serb forces. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times in October 2001, from 1992 as many as 4,000 volunteers from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, ‘known as the mujahedin’, arrived in Bosnia to fight with the Muslims. Richard Holbrooke, America’s former chief Balkans peace negotiator, has said that the Bosnian Muslims ‘wouldn’t have survived’ without the help of the mujahedin, though he later admitted that the arrival of the mujahedin was a ‘pact with the devil’ from which Bosnia is still recovering
In order to evaluate the evidence, the Russian government proposed reestablishing the bilateral expert group on information security that the Obama Administration had terminated, which could have served as a platform for conversation on these matters. The American side was also invited to send Justice Department officials to Russia to attend the proposed public questioning of the Russian citizens named by Mueller. Additionally, Russia offered to publicize the exchanges between the two countries following the publication of the accusations of cyberattacks, exchanges which were conducted through existing channels between October 2016 and January 2017.
Our government refused every offer.
A careful analysis, in fact, fails to show any substantial evidence of Russian cyberattacks and attempts to “subvert democracy.” By some estimates, possibly $160,000—a paltry sum—was spent by the Russians during 2016 on social media activities in the United States. Does anyone wish to discover and compare the amount the Chinese Communists or the Saudis would have expended during the same period, for their continued influence and power in Washington and inside-the-Beltway?
The Russian government, via their embassy in Washington, has published a 120 page “white paper,” The Russiagate Hysteria: A Case of Severe Russiaphobia, responding to the accusations made against them since 2016. Obviously, the Russian document has a particular viewpoint and very specific goal, but that should not deter us from examining it and evaluating its arguments.
Here following I list twenty-one claims made regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election and in American domestic affairs. I follow each claim with the Russian response and how others, as noted, have also responded. In most cases I retain the original text, at times with my editing, but, in every case, with all the referenced sources.
Let us recall that Trump decided to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and shook hands with Erdoğan on a safe zone. Over the following weeks, Washington changed its mind and brought the withdrawal to a grinding halt. There are problems surrounding the proposed safe zone as well.
The U.S. bureaucracy is highly likely to sabotage any agreement between Erdoğan and Trump on the S-400 missile defense system – as it blocked Trump's efforts to withdraw from Syria and set up a safe zone. After all, U.S. officials no longer decide America's foreign policy. According to Serdar Turgut, a Washington-based Turkish journalist, Israel exerts unprecedented influence over U.S. decision-makers. In other words, Tel Aviv's regional ambitions undermine U.S. foreign policy and poison Washington's relationship with Ankara. Under the circumstances, it is highly unlikely for Turkey and the United States to find a middle ground.