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Russia, Turkey and a game of regional foxes

Ahmed Al-Jarallah Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

THE fox in a joke about foxes in the Arabian folklore says: “I steal and you steal, I tell lies and you tell lies, I kill and you kill; so we are nothing but a fox making fun of another fox.”

The embedded meanings of this joke are applicable to our situation as Arabs with Russia and Turkey in Libya, Iraq and Syria; especially in Idlib where a proxy war erupted between the allies of two archenemies shedding Syrian blood in the corridors of painful details of the conflict of interests.

When Syria went into an alliance with Russia, the Arab elites said: “This agreement is far better than leaving the terrain for Iran to monopolize the Levant for execution of its projects.” Nevertheless, we have seen that immediately after the moon of a fox sets, another one replaces it. This time, it is the Turkish fox, but the game is not limited to Syria; as its seasons revolve around Libya and Iraq.

It is the same in terms of the relationship of Iran with the world. The international community is mounting pressure on Iran and increasing sanctions to enable its citizens to ouster the regime which has been perpetrating terrorism intimidation in the past four decades. However, somebody has been swindling the global economy, including the region, in order to reduce burden of the strangulating crisis on the Mullah regime.

Undoubtedly, this has been ongoing along with Iranian activities in the past four decades such as money laundering, drug trafficking, and striving to impose sectarian culture in exchange for the prevailing culture in regional societies.

In this context, we see a fox making fun of another fox. Both of them are striving to make the highest possible gains at the expense of others, or more accurately, the victims. As the ink of agreements signed with the powers is considered capable of preventing control of Iran over Syria, this fox brought another fox that has unhidden desires.

Today, the Arab world wonders: “What does Turkey want from meddling in Syria and Libya? Did it include an article in its constitution, similar to what the Mullah regime put in its constitution when Khomeini took over power in Iran – ‘exporting revolution’ through soft or brutal force?”

Today, here is Turkey exporting its influence by hiding under the wing of the Brotherhood project; such that we have seen it interfering in North Iraq, Syria and currently in Libya, including several African countries.

At this juncture, we wish to ask: Is Syria not the ally of Russia and don’t Russians have an obligation to protect their alliance by fulfilling promises to Syrians? Why can’t they learn from the Americans who are faithful in alliances with their friends? Is the Russian policy in Syria, Libya and Iraq, or even the position towards Iranians, a sort of fox making fun of another fox?

What is happening in Idlib now reminds the world of the catastrophe in Armenia – the scenario whose images are still spreading till date showing thousands of Armenian refugees in various places, along with thousands of deaths, due to atrocities that the Ottomans committed against them including the torture of women, children and elderly. This prompts us to ask: “Is Turkey trying to replicate the past repressive and barbaric Ottoman government with the Syrians now?”

Absolutely, with this catastrophic scenario we are witnessing today; we have been living in a new era of the joke whereby the fox is making fun of another fox to win over new victims.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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