There is little doubt that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are increasing war rhetoric against Greece.
Metin Külünk, an ideologue of Erdoğan’s and Member of Parliament for the AKP that was in the same youth movement as Erdoğan, went to Twitter to call for a Greater Turkey. Külünk called for a Greater Turkey that includes large areas of northern Greece and the east Aegean islands, half of Bulgaria, Cyprus and Armenia in its entirety, and large areas of Georgia, Iraq and Syria, as previously reported by Greek City Times.
In fact, only yesterday, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, commented on the “12 nautical miles” and said “If this is not a reason for war, then what is?” and that Turks “cry out” to occupy Greek islands.
At one AKP rally, members shouted at Erdoğan to “go to Afrin,” to which he replied: “If necessary, we will all go together. First me and then you with me.”
What followed was an invasion of Afrin in Syria’s north, which expelled the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) who are the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
We’ve seen Turkey intervene in Syria, taking advantage of a country that has been devastated for over nine years by Turkish-backed jihadists. Turkey also military intervene in Libya that been gripped by war since 2011, just as Syria has.
However, a war with Greece is entirely different scenario. Not only has the Greek Navy never lost a battle since its modern formation in 1821, and not only have Greek pilots won NATO’s “Best Warrior” award in consecutive years, but Greeks are more united then over.
It is for this reason that Turks are less willing to go to war compared to Greeks despite their own country creating the hostilities.
So the question becomes of course, who in Turkey would be willing to fight the Greeks. Of course, although it is the AKP, with support from other factions in Turkey including the so-called “progressive” Kemalists, that are drumming the beats of war, it appears that even they are not so enthusiastic for war.
This would explain why they are stirring an ultra-nationalistic rhetoric to prepare the population for war, while protecting their own, expecting others to die for their delusions of occupying Greek islands.
Dozens of AKP members, according to Liberal Demokrat Yazarlar, have presented false certificates, in order to avoid military service.
Ahmet Burak Erdoğan, son of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Necmettin Bilal Erdoğan, son of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Ahmet Moutzachit Arınç, son of Bülent Arınç – AKP founder.
Suleyman VOURAL, nephew of Binali Yıldırım AKP founder.
Enes Çelik, son of Labor Minister Faruk Çelik.
Yusuf Şamlı, nephew of Environment Minister İdris Güllüce.
Osman Çavuşoğlu, nephew of Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Ahmet Bahadır Çağlayan, nephew of former Minister Zafer Çağlayan.
Mahmut Hakan Güler, nephew of former Minister Muammer Güler.
Nedim Eker, nephew of Agriculture Minister Mehmet Mehdi Eker.
Kerim Canikli, nephew of former National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.
Yasin Canikli, nephew of former National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.
Ibrahim Can Yılmaz, nephew of former Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz.
Tariq Eren Yılmaz, nephew of former Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz.