Time to Trade Turkey for Russia in NATO – The American Thinker


When Turkey joined NATO in February 1952, there seemed to be a purpose to the expansion into traditionally Islamic territory. Proponents of Turkey’s membership argued that the West needed this country as an ally to prevent Soviet expansion in the region. But this was a deal with the devil.

Fears of Soviet aggression may have been understandable at the time, but never to the extent that rationalized allowing Turkey into NATO. Other routes existed for NATO to thwart perceived Soviet ambitions throughout this area, including temporary military and economic support for Turkey and the further strengthening of conventional and nuclear forces in Western Europe. The spastic response in Turkey’s NATO membership was short-sighted and unforgivable, and will ultimately lead to more problems for the West than it was intended to solve.

Over the years, Turkey has been the problem child in NATO. The Turkish invasion of Cyprus during 1974 caused a rift in the alliance, leading Greece to withdraw its forces from NATO’s command structure until 1980. In 2012, Syria shot down a Turkish fighter jet after it apparently — and very deliberately — strayed into Syrian airspace. Later that same year, Turkey fired artillery at government targets in Syria as a response to claimed Syrian artillery hits in Turkey.

An optimist may say that Turkey resides in a geopolitically challenging part of the world, that trouble is bound to follow, and that Turkey is just the innocent victim of its less-than-desirable neighborhood. A more cynical realist would likely view the series of issues over the decades as part of Turkey’s objective to simply leverage its NATO membership to achieve its own political goals — which generally do not coincide with NATO’s interests.

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