Turkey and the European Union have made a deal, regarding the surge of migrants pouring in from Syria and Iraq, through Turkey and into Europe. Turkey, and ISIS, appear to be on the winning side.
Here’s the deal: Turkey will send one refugee into Europe for resettlement, for every illegal migrant the E.U. returns to Turkey. In addition, discussions are re-opened regarding the Muslim country’s effort to join the European Union, and Europe has agreed to allow citizens of Turkey VISA-FREE travel throughout the entire Schengen zone, which is 26 European countries that has abolished passports or any type of border control.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]From the beginning, Erdoğan has looked at the Syrian refugee crisis not as a humanitarian tragedy but an arrow in his quiver. (Free Beacon) [/pullquote]
Two days after the deal was announced, a Turk who had joined the Islamic State blew himself up among tourists on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street, one of the city’s major shopping and tourism districts. Two days after that, ISIS suicide bombers killed dozens in two separate attacks in Brussels. ISIS called what occurred in Belgium “a drop in the sea” compared with what the terrorists have in store for “nations of disbelief.”
Turkey is the nation through which all Middle Easterners must pass to get into Europe. Its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has used the growing threat to argue that the West must better conform its policies to Turkey’s desires.
ISIS terrorists regularly traverse the Turkish border, not only for medical care but also for rest and relaxation. Some merchants in Istanbul openly sell ISIS propaganda and promise that proceeds from their sale will benefit the group’s fight in Syria and Iraq. Turkey has done more than lend passive support to Islamist radicals. In his 13 years in power, Erdoğan has transformed Turkey from a Western-leaning democracy into Pakistan-on-the-Mediterranean.
Earlier this year, King Abdullah II of Jordan told Congress, “The fact that terrorists are going to Europe is part of Turkish policy and Turkey keeps on getting a slap on the hand, but they are let off the hook.” He added that, “radicalization was being manufactured in Turkey.”
When he was mayor of Istanbul, Erdoğan once made the statement, “Thank God almighty, I am a servant of Shari‘a.”
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