Monday, March 28, 2011
Turkey Joins the New Imperialists
The world is being divided again and Turkey has taken its seat among the dividers. Turkey is assuming control of the Benghazi airport, and sending naval forces to patrol the corridor between the rebel-held city and Crete, as it prepares to join a London meeting on the division of Lybia into areas of influence. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is fast learning the language of the imperialism of the 21st Century. He said Monday that Turkey would take control of the airport in order to coordinate humanitarian assistance to the crisis-hit North African country.
What next? Syria? Lebanon? Jordan? Azerbaijan? Illustration: The original post-WWI division of the Middle East.