BRAVO to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his reconsideration regarding the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood Group in his country. This group had fled to Turkey from Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other countries after being convicted on grounds of sabotage and terrorist practices in the so-called “Arab Spring”.
When the Turks conducted stock-taking ten years after members of the Muslim Brotherhood Group sought asylum in their country, they discovered the high price they incurred as a result of allowing this asylum. The members of this group did not provide them with anything that would be beneficial but rather caused more trouble for the country.
In fact, they deliberately marketed themselves using their old tactics of launching slogans that tickle the sentiments of the ruler and the people. They advocated the return of the Ottoman caliphate, and rendered the neo-Ottoman ruler to be President Erdogan.
They used Turkey as a pathway for terrorists to Europe, which prompted the world to become apprehensive about Ankara’s new policy. It led to a setback in its relations with most European countries, in addition to its rift with the Arabian Gulf states, whose citizens used to go to Anatolia for tourism and investment. This also led to the closure of the Gulf markets in the face of Turkish goods.
The new expansionary approach that Ankara adopted in the past few years had a negative impact on it, as it caused hostility to neighboring countries, and increased its economic troubles. Unemployment rates rose to unprecedented levels, in addition to the decline in the price of the lira against the dollar from 2.5 to 8.5 lira to the dollar. The debts and their costs skyrocketed.
Undoubtedly, the decision-maker, after retreating from his mistake, realized that in the 21st century, which is the era of advanced technology, the explosion of knowledge and means of communication, there is no place for any illusions to revive the imperial approach.
The world today is based on joint cooperation, exchange of interests, and open markets … not on conquest, wars and terrorism. The only option to stop the deterioration of relations is to eliminate the fraudulent group mentality that pollutes the land in which it resides.
Perhaps Erdogan, by correcting the path and restoring relations with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf countries, realized that 13 satellite television channels were the mouthpieces of the outlawed group that did not benefit him in any way.
In fact, the act of insulting President el-Sisi and Egypt had a negative effect on Turkey. The lost course in the case of the Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi exacerbated the Ankara crisis.
Erdogan must work for a long time to detoxify the hatred that the serpents of the Muslim Brotherhood Group injected between the Turks and the Arabs in general particularly the Gulf citizens, and caused a deep wound that can only be healed by cleaning the souls from the pukes of the past stage.
Turkey is a dear neighbor to the Arabs … there is a common history between them, in addition to the economic, geographical, political, and perhaps military depth, if circumstances dictate so.
Therefore, there is no option for Ankara but to return to this environment so that it does not become an island in a sea of hostility from the East, West and South, and all of that, due to the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood Group is historically known to survive on sedition, sabotage and blood.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times