The Arab Awakening has, quite literally, revolutionized everyday life for many in the Middle East.
For the populations of many countries, freedom of speech and assembly realizes something undreamt of just a couple of years ago.
But a great deal still happens behind closed doors, as the new or remaining leaders of each nation decide how to position themselves in a fluid and mercurial political landscape.
Yusef Kanli took on his own Turkish government in the weekend edition of the Hurriyet Daily News – a paper for which he used to be editor.
Kanli is convinced, in direct defiance of reports from his former paper, that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration is only feigning opposition to international intervention in Syria. Kanli thinks Turkey would take aggressive steps to avert a flood of refugees from its borders.
He says the game was up when Hillary Clinton revealed the details of what Kanli is calling “Operation Pistachio” – a reference to one of Syria’s signature crops – on her recent tour of the Far East. In short, another coalition of the willing (America plus whoever signs up) is forming behind closed doors.
Kanli’s article pithily expresses his disgust with a government he suspects is concealing its real intentions toward Syria for the sake of appeasing a population which doesn’t share the same perspective.
It is, he asserts, the sort of behavior which sets Turkey on the road to having no real friends at all, at least on its own doorstep.