THE Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is putting his neck on the gallows of stringent and merciless accountability by disregarding history and turning a blind eye to its lessons through his interference in Libya.
He is also leading Turkey into a circle of sickness similar to that of the Ottoman Caliphate.
It seems the leadership of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey did not study the Ottoman history of this Arab country in North Africa to realize the bitter outcome of its occupation, and how the Libyans defeated that major empire with their humble capabilities.
Throughout the 300-year period of Turkish occupation of Libya, the Libyans achieved many victories against their occupier. None of the 72 governors who ruled it were spared; they faced either murder or suicide or were expelled due to the chaos, injustice and violence brought by the occupier.
Before the Erdogan leadership issued orders to its army, mercenaries and DAESH to invade Libya, Erdogan should have studied the history of Suleiman Al-Qanouni to realize the humiliation the latter faced in the nations he had invaded.
He should also have looked into what the two tribes – Jawazi and Mahmoudiya – did to the Turks when they tried to impose tribute on them.
With respect to that national resistance, the only option that the Turks had at that time was to surrender to Italian invaders the nations that they had invaded. The Italian invaders also faced a huge share of defeats which led them to leave while nursing their injuries.
There are many historic points that the current children of Seljuks need to contemplate on in every step they take in terms of what happened to them when they attempted to invade “Ad Diriyah” and Hijaz, Egypt and Iraq.
It is true that the Ottoman Empire survived for 400 years, but throughout its life, it suffered from expansionism disease and only managed to restore its proper life through Ataturk’s renaissance.
Mustafa Kamal Ataturk realized from the start that real strength lies in abandoning expansionism due to the fact that it is not possible for adventurist political projects to change the course of history or the habits of nations.
This Ataturk reality is what many foolish politicians ignored, including the Russian czars when they embarked on building an empire through occupation, killings and destruction, the ancient Persians and their current allies who are operating under sectarian banner to serve their expansionism agendas that continue to receive blows, and Hitler whose fascination with the Aryan race rendered him to ignite a world war that not only led to his death but also that of millions of his compatriots as well as the destruction of Germany.
Turkey could have become a major regional economy if it had continued in the path of its founder Ataturk, but everything changed after the start of the Muslim Brotherhood Group’s Justice and Development Party, and the fascination of the Erdoganic faction to revive the Ottoman Empire.
Hence, we today see the Turkish forces distributed between Iraq, Syria and Libya in a bid to turn the wheel behind. This is the kind of foolishness that the people of Turkey will never overlook and forgive.
Undoubtedly, this adventurous politics have started infesting tumors in the Turkish body together with its interference in Libya based on its historic experience.
This only means that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s politics will render Turkey to contract a chronic disease, something that has already started appearing through the resignations and divisions witnessed within the government and the ruling party, the establishment of new opposition parties, and the increasing popular rejection towards reckless military and economic policies that have led to a massive deficit due to widespread corruption.
If World War I had led to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, there is no doubt that the interference of Turkey will lead to the current Turkish state because it has become a sick person once again.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times