Turkish journalist blasts Erdoğan and Cihat Yaycı: "Greece is not an enemy"

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The article by the well-known Turkish journalist, Adem Yavuz Arslan, about the deadly earthquakes in Turkey and the help Ankara received from countries - among them Greece - that were previously characterised as "enemies" and part of an "alliance" against Ankara, is causing a sensation.

Arslan attacks those in Turkey, in these difficult times, who continue to spread conspiracy scenarios about "foreign forces" that have targeted the Turks, typically citing the provocative claim of retired admiral Cihat Yaycı, who accused Greek rescuers as acting as spies.

He specifically writes: "The magnitude of the earthquake's destruction is undeniable. Even the fact that the Erdoğan regime hides behind the rhetoric of the 'disaster of the century' in order to hide its negligence and mistakes does not change the reality of the magnitude of the earthquake.

"However, these large earthquakes, which affected ten cities and millions of people, seem to have not been enough to shake some people and their extreme rhetoric. The list is long, but let's start with the most popular theory.

"One of the reasons that the Erdoğan regime has survived and developed for years is the claim that: There are foreign forces that do not want the development of Turkey and are making all kinds of dirty plans to divide and dismember it.

"However, this theory did not start with Erdoğan and the AKP. Even the previous secular and relatively pro-European governments used to say that Turks have no friends but Turks. But the Erdoğan regime has expanded and heightened these theories as part of its politics."

Arslan points out that every time things went wrong in Turkey, conspiracy scenarios by "foreign forces" that were striking the evil of the Turks resurfaced.

He points out that those who support these theories and spread them need "medical monitoring", citing the case of the Blue Homeland theorist Cihat Yaycı.

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"People like Yaycı, who claims that there are agents in the rescue teams that rushed to help Turkey and that the US aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean has come to invade Turkey, do not even need medical attention," he noted.

"The point is that this crazy rhetoric also resonates with the broad masses of the people," the journalist added.

Academics" or "journalists", whose names I have never even heard before, make ridiculous claims such as "rescue teams are actually agents and gather information", that "the earthquake is the result of someone America's weapon'', or that ''the rescuers are not coming to help but to occupy Turkey'' etc.

It's serious if they believe what they say and even worse if they tell the world even though they don't believe it," emphasises the journalist.

As it says: "the bubble of 'foreign powers' which the government and its supporters have been steadily inflating for years, has been shattered by the recent deadly earthquakes, speaking to the countries that have rushed to help Turkey and they number more than 100."

"The countries, institutions and individuals that the Erdoğan regime and its partners have for years characterised as 'foreign powers' rushed to Turkey's aid. All of them participated in the rescue efforts in the cold, and happily hugged each other after each rescue.

Essentially, the events of the last few days demolished the theory of danger from "foreign powers" promoted by Erdoğan and his associates.

In other words, the USA did not come to invade Turkey, Greece and Armenia are not enemies and that after all the Turk has another friend besides the Turk," he notes.

Ending up in Washington, the self-exiled Turkish journalist asks his compatriots if, after the last deadly earthquakes, various conspiracy theorists appear again who will again blame 'foreign forces' for Turkey's woes, to simply pass them by.

The article was published on the independent news portal tr724.

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