There should be no mystery about Turkey’s long term goals. This map underscores those goals. To Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia all the area in red is disputed territory. In other words, it represents an area of growth for everyone, except of course to the kurds. With Turkey’s new relationship, created in the environment of a Civil War carried out in Iraq, with the Kurds, one of maintaining the status quo, Turkey sees ways and means towards an end. That way is through Islam, and the means is from the west, the potential for the direction of oil out of the area.
I recieved this from my news letter from Wikistrat
- The goals of Turkey. The political party of Erdogan is undoubtedly Islamist, but Turkey’s confrontation with Syria, break with Iran and clash with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is leaving observers in disagreement about his regional objectives.
- The patience of the defected military forces in Yemen, particularly General Ali Mohsen. The soldiers have defended protesters, but have not made a full push to forcibly push Saleh out of power.
- The ability of the Syrian opposition to address the fears of the minorities that back Assad out of self-preservation, specifically the Allawites, Christians and Druze who fear persecution.