by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Over at neoliberal controlled opposition site, Zero Hedge, Tyler Durden is running with a story about a Turkish parliament member (“CHP lawmaker Eren Erdem”) saying he has “evidence” that will prove Erdogan is smuggling “ISIS” oil. What he doesn’t tell you is the “evidence” is not revealed. What he also doesn’t tell you is the parliament member is from the Republican People’s Party, the main opposition party to Erdogan’s and that they have been since 2002. He also doesn’t tell you this guy blames Erdogan for everything from the Obama Sarin attacks in Syria to housing “ISIS” in guest houses owned by the state. He does include a quote from the guy:
“Today, the Takvim newspaper called me an American puppet, an Israeli agent, a supporter of the [Kurdish] PKK, and the instigator of a coup…all in the same sentence. I am inclined to view this attack on me as an attempt to belittle my significance, to attack my reputation in the eyes in the public, given that my investigation is a real threat to the government. Such a sharply negative reaction suggests that my assumptions are fair, and I am moving in the right direction to find the truth.”
Seems like I’m not the only one who has figured out this Erdogan bashing trend is nothing more than creating pretext for the regime change via military coup.
UPDATE (H/T James Tracy): Bombshell: The Turkish Assault on Russia’s SU-24 was Guided by the US Air Force
I know it’s all the rage right now to blame Erdogan for everything from the kidnapping of the Lindberg baby to 9/11 and everything in between. I understand that. It’s how the seeds of regime change are planted. Same thing happened to Saddam. Same thing happened to Gaddafi. Same thing happened to Assad. In fact, the same thing happened to Putin himself back when Hillary Clinton was running the “Pussy Riot” psyop trying to get the Russian people to vote the right way.
It’s standard operation procedure and it’s obvious.
For a long time I have been writing about this growing anti-Erdogan trend in mainstream and alternative media alike.
The recent shoot-down of that Russian fighter jet over Syrian airspace just tipped the scale and made it a popular sport, trying to come up with convincing sounding propaganda that would sway alternative audiences in favor of a Gulenist military coup in Turkey. For reference you can pick any number of comments left here on my website. There are many to choose from and they range in both quality and quantity from their various authors.
Recently I wondered aloud if perhaps Russia and their allies in Turkey might have staged the shoot-down in order to justify Russia putting S400 systems in Syria as a response to the perceived “threat” from the “mad dogs” in Turkey. It’s still a possibility, but as I wrote in that very article, I still believe the event was linked to a new Sledgehammer coup plot orchestrated by Gulenist military leadership trying their best to start the gears of regime change in motion.
While much has been made of Russia’s reaction to the shoot-down, I myself wrote recently that it seems rather pathetic a response to an overt act of war. Russia has not ended the Turkish Stream pipeline deal. Nor have they made public that “new evidence” proving Erdogan was involved in the oil trafficking business. In fact, they have done very little, which Putin himself remarked on the other day.
There are several ways to look at that fact. One might be that they staged the event with the Turks and hence, they aren’t going to punish them for it in any meaningful way.
The other way to look at it might just be… Putin knows it was a “certain segment” of leadership in Turkey that did it and will not play into their hands by cutting ties with Turkey or decimating the relationship that has been developing with the AKP government… which I believe is part of what the Gladio-styled action had as a desired outcome.
And apparently Putin might just see it the same way.
I’m going to leave for you a video of Putin’s address and a segment of that address in which he talks about this event. You can decide for yourself who he is talking about and who he isn’t.
Of course, you can expect a bevy of spammed comments from the usual anti-Erdogan crowd to be immediately posted once I publish this. Take them for what they are worth.
I will add little comments, my own observations, in with the transcript. Take them for what they are worth as well.
Either way you look at it, Putin is not saying specifically it was Erdogan who did this and that might be a hint in and of itself.
On a side note, notice how neoliberal sounding a later section of Putin’s address sounds. He is clearly in league with the neoliberal globalists and not the knight in shining armor some see him as. He sings the praises of the privatized for-profit mandated insurance health-care system they now have in place and hints at the future privatization of the entire education system.
Yeah… he did.
Yet, as is the case between Pepsi and Coke, self-interest makes for fierce competition and we all know… the enemy of my enemy….
Terrorism is a growing threat today. The Afghanistan problem has not been resolved. The situation there is alarming and gives us no optimism, while some of the relatively peaceful and stable countries in the Middle East and North Africa – Iraq, Libya and Syria – have now plunged into chaos and anarchy that pose a threat to the whole world.
We all know why that happened. We know who decided to oust the unwanted regimes and brutally impose their own rules. Where has this led them? They stirred up trouble, destroyed the countries’ statehood, set people against each other, and then “washed their hands”, as we say in Russia, thus opening the way to radical activists, extremists and terrorists.
(“they” being the US and the CIA specifically, using the instrument of terrorism to accomplish their goals)
The militants in Syria pose a particularly high threat for Russia. Many of them are citizens of Russia and the CIS countries. They get money and weapons and build up their strength. If they get sufficiently strong to win there, they will return to their home countries to sow fear and hatred, to blow up, kill and torture people. We must fight and eliminate them there, away from home.
This is why it has been decided to launch a military operation there based on an official request from the legitimate Syrian authorities. Our military personnel are fighting in Syria for Russia, for the security of Russian citizens.
The Russian Army and Navy have convincingly demonstrated their combat readiness and their increased capabilities. Modern Russian weapons have proved to be effective, and the invaluable practice of using them in combat conditions is being analysed and will be used to further improve our weapons and military equipment. We are grateful to our engineers, workers and all other personnel of our defence companies.
Russia has demonstrated immense responsibility and leadership in the fight against terrorism. Russian people have supported these resolute actions. The firm stance taken by our people stems from a thorough understanding of the absolute danger of terrorism, from patriotism, high moral qualities and their firm belief that we must defend our national interests, history, traditions and values.
The international community should have learned from the past lessons. The historical parallels in this case are undeniable.
(This is what I and others have been saying for years)
Unwillingness to join forces against Nazism in the 20th century cost us millions of lives in the bloodiest world war in human history.
(Ask yourself why we didn’t put troops on the ground to help stop the Germans from invading the Soviet Union? Why did we allow that to go on while we supposedly opposed the fascist state that Hitler was trying to create? food for thought)
Today we have again come face to face with a destructive and barbarous ideology, and we must not allow these modern-day dark forces to attain their goals.
(Unfortunately, Putin will later sing the praises of the ideological foundation of that barbarous ideology… and he’s not talking about “ISIS” or Erdogan here. He’s talking about the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world today, the United States)
We must stop our debates and forget our differences to build a common anti-terrorist front that will act in line with international law and under the UN aegis.
(In line with international law. Remember, he already pointed out that Russia is in Syria in accordance with international law, and they are the only ones who are. Certainly the CIA’s “moderate” terrorists are not)
Every civilised country must contribute to the fight against terrorism, reaffirming their solidarity, not in word but in deed.
This means that the terrorists must not be given refuge anywhere. There must be no double standards. No contacts with terrorist organisations. No attempts to use them for self-seeking goals. No criminal business with terrorists.
We know who are stuffing pockets in Turkey and letting terrorists prosper from the sale of oil they stole in Syria. The terrorists are using these receipts to recruit mercenaries, buy weapons and plan inhuman terrorist attacks against Russian citizens and against people in France, Lebanon, Mali and other states. We remember that the militants who operated in the North Caucasus in the 1990s and 2000s found refuge and received moral and material assistance in Turkey. We still find them there.
Meanwhile, the Turkish people are kind, hardworking and talented. We have many good and reliable friends in Turkey. Allow me to emphasise that they should know that we do not equate them with the certain part of the current ruling establishment that is directly responsible for the deaths of our servicemen in Syria.
We will never forget their collusion with terrorists. We have always deemed betrayal the worst and most shameful thing to do, and that will never change. I would like them to remember this – those in Turkey who shot our pilots in the back, those hypocrites who tried to justify their actions and cover up for terrorists.
I don’t even understand why they did it. Any issues they might have had, any problems, any disagreements we knew nothing about could have been settled in a different way. Plus, we were ready to cooperate with Turkey on all the most sensitive issues it had; we were willing to go further, where its allies refused to go.
(Notice he doesn’t say he knows Erdogan did it to protect his son’s stolen oil business. In fact, he says he doesn’t know why “they” did it. Instead he talks about “differences”. Could these be ideological differences between say Russia’s slightly left-leaning policies and the far-right Gulenists? I don’t know. But what he doesn’t say is as important as what he does say)
But, if they expected a nervous or hysterical reaction from us, if they wanted to see us become a danger to ourselves as much as to the world, they won’t get it. They won’t get any response meant for show or even for immediate political gain. They won’t get it.
Our actions will always be guided primarily by responsibility – to ourselves, to our country, to our people. We are not going to rattle the sabre. But, if someone thinks they can commit a heinous war crime, kill our people and get away with it, suffering nothing but a ban on tomato imports, or a few restrictions in construction or other industries, they’re delusional. We’ll remind them of what they did, more than once. They’ll regret it. We know what to do.”
From this point, Putin goes on to talk about the state of the union in Russia.
Later, he exposes his neoliberal side just a bit:
I believe free enterprise to be the most important aspect of economic and social well-being. Entrepreneurial freedom is something we need to expand to respond to all attempts to impose restrictions on us.
That is why we have given such a broad authority to the newly created Federal Corporation for Small and Medium Business Development. I would like to ask all ministries, departments, governors, heads of all Russian regions, state-owned companies and banks to provide all the necessary assistance to it.
Polls show that businesses see no qualitative progress in the regulators’ work. Yet, all the necessary instructions for this have been issued, even more than once. We repeat ourselves and our attempts to reduce their powers. We reduce them in one area, they simply grow again in another. A whole army of inspectors continues to hinder the operation of good businesses. I am not saying that control is not necessary. Business does require regulation. But I ask the government commission on administrative reform to work out, together with business associations, proposals on eliminating redundant and overlapping functions of regulatory agencies, and submit them by July 1, 2016.
These statements could have come straight from the globalist Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan or George W Bush or Barack Obama.
Praise of the “free markets”… business development set as a priority… privatization of state owned businesses and banks… an end to the dreaded “regulation”…
This is the Washington Consensus. It’s neoliberal free market ideology and here it is being promoted by the official villain, Vladamir “the ebil sooOoooooOocialst” Putin.
Putin spent more time talking about neoliberal business solutions to issues in Russia than he did terrorism or the events in Turkey. And he was very specific about those issues whereas in regards to Turkey and who committed an act of war against the Russian state, all he could muster was too say some elements of the government.
Here is a particularly telling quote from his speech:
I propose giving the Government the right to purchase on a non-competitive basis up to 30 percent of the products manufactured under special investment projects and special investment contracts. Whatever remains should go to the free markets, including those abroad to motivate these companies, to monitor the quality of their products and reduce overhead.
How’s that for socialism? Dedicating 30% or less of the developed products paid for by the state to state owned business. The rest going to the “free markets”… the global “free markets” that is. Even companies abroad. Utilizing cheap labor or “overhead”
Would you like to see another example of the “socialist” Putin laying down the law?
Next year, the Russian healthcare system will transition completely to an insurance-based system. It is the direct responsibility of insurance companies operating in the compulsory medical insurance system to uphold patients’ rights, including in situations where they are refused free medical care without a reason. If an insurance company does not do this, it should be held accountable, including being banned from working in the compulsory medical insurance system. I request the government to ensure stringent oversight in this regard.
That’s right folks. The “hero” of Russia, the staunch enemy of all this fascist and neoliberal, has already established and supports fully, a MANDATORY insurance program as the state healthcare system, featuring for-profit insurance companies.
Putin is certainly no socialist. we can all put that to bed now.
And it would seem he is no less a globalist free-market Milton Friedman advocate than Barack Obama and his fake-left ass is.
Perhaps he is trying to make a point to the neoliberal zealots who shot down his plane. Perhaps he is talking directly to Gulen and John Brennan. Maybe that is what he meant when he said he didn’t understand why they did what they did.
I don’t know. If I have learned anything over the years running this site, it’s that nothing is black and white. It’s all shades of grey.
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