Türkiye'nin en iyi köşe yazarları en güzel köşe yazıları ile Hürriyet'te! Usta yazarlar ve gündemi değerlendiren köşe yazılarını takip edin.

U.S. Ambassador's message at a Turkish memorial

Newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Ankara, James Jeffrey, visited one of the most important memorials of our Republic at Duatepe, the site for the pitched battle of Sakarya...

I wonder what for?

He not only makes the visit, but he writes in the memorial guest book, “The victory of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk not only gave birth to our ally, modern Turkey, but served as an inspiration for all who yearn for independence and sovereignty”.

PICTURES ON EMBASSY INTERNET SITE

Photographs of the ambassador’s visit were uploaded onto the official U.S. Embassy Website... In other words he wants his "Duatepe visit" to be known...

What for?

-Has any other U.S. ambassador ever paid such a visit? I don't know. (They used to visit the southeastern province of Diyarbakir and the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP)).

And another question:

- Why did he want this visit to be made public?

Putting the pieces together...

Enmity against United States among radical religious supporters spread with the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza...

RUMOURS CIRCULATE

What’s more, new circles have joined this anti-American body in recent years...

 

One rumor that is increasingly circulating says:

-Certain people, including retired army commanders, harshly criticize the U.S... Anti-Americanism is being supported and gradually extending within these circles. The hatred has increased within the circles of those who refer to themselves as nationalist... 

- For instance, Tuncer Kilinc, a former general and General Secretary of National Security Council, harshly criticized the United States and the European Union during a conference held at the Turkish Staff Officers’ School and asked the question: "Why shouldn’t we cooperate with Iran and Russia?"

- This anti-American alliance is a first... The Islamist National View meets at the line of anti - Americanism with those who refer to themselves as Nationalist-Kemalist...

 

MESSAGE TO PM'S ENVOY DAVUTOGLU

This is why Jeffrey's visit to the memorial is important...

 

The message being delivered is this:

 

"The new U.S. administrations will not allow those who conduct anti-American campaigns to use them for this purpose. We respect you, your history, the war of independence and also your sensitivities."

 

What’s more, the new ambassador delivers the following message to Prof. Ahmet Davudoglu, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Chief Foreign Policy advisor and Middle East envoy, who is also plays a role in determining Turkish foreign policy:

 

"Turkey has played a key role in the Israel-Palestine ceasefire process..."

 

This is a major show of support for Davudoglu, whose pro-active efforts for a ceasefire were harshly criticized as "unsuccessful". This statement can also be translated into verification of the Turkish government’s stake in the peace efforts.

 

Of course, this also has a practical side for the United States...

 

SYMPATHY BRIDGES

In addition, another important task for Jeffrey emerges... And that is to enable U.S. forces to withdraw easily via Turkey... He should establish new bridges of sympathy between Turkish society and the United States. Because U.S. forces will use this bridge of unity...

 

In summary:

 

U.S. President Obama's envoy Jeffrey says they are ready to open a new page...

 

This is the message sent from Duatepe...

 

Have we taken this message on board?

 

 

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