Semih Idiz | Jun 13, 2018 | 0
How Will Turkey Administer Afrin? #OperationOliveBranch
When talking about Afrin, we seem to be preoccupied with the military side of the operation -just like we were during the Cerablus-El Bab campaign.
It does make sense that the safety and well-being of our soldiers working for Turkey’s continued external security is our top priority.
State institutions are trying to respond to all the negative propaganda regarding the Afrin operation emphasizing the legitimate security concerns of Turkey as the sole reason for the military operation. But nobody seems to be talking about what will happen once the military operation is completed successfully.
Ask anyone in Turkey today, and they will say that the reason we are in Syrian territory is, so we can prevent a terrorist corridor to our south. When it comes to what will happen afterwards, however, almost no one -including our top politicians, has much to say.
Last week a report published jointly by the Justice and Civilization Association and the International Association for Cultural Cooperation (IACC), titled IMPRESSIONS ON OPERATION EUPHRADES SHIELD: CERABLUS EL BAB was circulated. In it, there are remarkable observations about the way Turkey managed Cerablus and El Bab regions following the military operation. The report details Republic of Turkey’s first array into running a region outside its borders since its foundation, and how it has handled public order, essential services, and law &order in the area. We deduct from the report that Turkey has delegated the management to local councils and has limited itself to providing protection against external threats.
We also read that, Turkey’s military action does not simply serve its own security needs, but it also builds modern state mechanisms by eliminating illegal armed gangs around Syria. So, we get to conclude that Turkey’s Syrian operation is legitimized not only by Turkey’s own security concerns, but also by its ultimate aim of providing the local Syrian population with basic human rights.
None of the government bodies preoccupied with responding to disinformation campaigns have been as successful as the Justice and Civilization Association and the International Association for Cultural Cooperation (IACC) report in outlining the causes and effects of the operation. It seems that, for the first time in decades, the regions under Turkey’s control are seeing a competent leadership. Turkey’s success in that regard is every bit as important as its military achievements.
We have to wonder why this aspect of the issue has been absent from the world’s and indeed Turkey’s agenda? It would be a cop-out to blame the anti-Turkish alliance and not ask questions as to why those that are seemingly acting on Turkey’s side have refrained from emphasizing that side of the matter. The problem is not only the aggressions of Turkey’s enemies; we must also work towards building a better alliance with those that support us.
The same type of effort will also be needed in Afrin. It does a disservice to us to only examine Afrin in terms of Turkey’s military performance, the arms and attack capacities of the terrorist organizations we face against and the geographical conditions. We must also concentrate on: Who administers Afrin now? What is the demographic structure? How is the gang that holds Afrin hostage affiliated in the region? How are basic services, public order and justice provided? What are the sources of income? How is the spending monitored?
Turkey who has delegated the management of Cerablus, El Bab and Azez to its rightful local owners and keeping to their external security is undoubtedly poised to the same in Afrin.
Manbij is occupied by a gang that has no connection to Manbij with its population held hostage. Same goes for Kobani. Regions such as Rakka and Telebyad where Kurds are not a majority are under Marxist gangs calling themselves Kurdish fighters. Kamisli and Haseke are both populated by a Kurdish majority, but the locals are against the Marxist occupation of their land.
What is particularly interesting is that it is the United States, the country who has terrorized nations under the guise of war against communism during the Cold War is actively building the first Marxist state of the postmodern era. And some people, still, carry American weapons while chanting anti-American slogans.
Turkey may very well compare the administrations in regions where it controls against those that it has in its crosshairs to demonstrate the difference it can make. It can even go further and explain how it plans to administer Afrin and handle public safety after the completion of the military operation.
We have to openly declare the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Marxist gangs and how their operations, particularly their drug trade, is contributing to global crime scene.
Western societies are more than their governments. We have to work at reaching the societies themselves and spring them to action. The politicians will have to follow the public opinion sooner or later.
Originally published in Turkish in : http://www.yeniakit.com.tr/yazarlar/av-yasar-bas/turkiye-afrini-nasil-yonetecek-23174.html