02/11/2012

Syria News: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan visits Germany...

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Turkey is a historical ally of Germany

Turkey was favoured as a potential ally by Hitler because of its important strategic location on the boundaries of Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as its extensive history as a state hostile against the Russian Empire as well as the later Soviet Union.

To assure that Germany wanted to work with them on a long-range basis, the Turks were guaranteed an equal status in the German-dominated order, and were promised a number of territories which they might desire for reasons of security. These encompassed Edirne (Adrianople) and a rectification of Turkish frontiers at the expense of Greece, the creation of buffer states in the Caucasus under Turkish influence, a rectification of the Turkish-Syrian frontier (the Baghdad Railway and the State of Aleppo) and the Turkish-Iraq frontier (the Mosul region), as well as a settlement of "the Aegean question" to provide Turkey with suitable protection against encroachments from Italy. The Black Sea (which Hitler derided as "a mere frog-pond")was also to be conceded to Turkey as part of its sphere of influence, for this would ne:gate the need of stationing a German navy in the region to replace the Soviet Black Sea Fleet.

In November 2005, an agreement was signed for the sale of 298 German Army Leopard 2A4 tanks to Turkey. Turkey’s tank fleet is currently made up of American M-48s and M-60s, some of which have been modernized with Israeli cooperation into M-60 Sabra tanks, plus a large contingent of German Leopard 1s and Leopard 2s. That is hardy surprising. America and Germany are Turkey’s 2 most important geopolitical relationships, and this is reflected in Turkey’s choice of defense industry partners. The country’s industrial offset requirements ensure that these manufacturers have a long history of local partnerships to draw upon.

On November 1th, 2012, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip and his wife Emine arrived for a celebration to mark 50 years of Turkish immigration to Germany. Germany in the early 1960s, required foreign labour to fill its industrial workforce, and the influx of immigrants from Turkey, Italy, Greece and other south European countries made Germany's economic miracle possible. Today large numbers of Germans with Turkish roots are an integral part of German society.     Erdogan who declared war on Syria while he allows that Turkey is smuggling weapons for bomb attacks in Syria, had a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In a very hypocritical way, Erdogan claimed: 'the terrorism issue was also discussed with Merkel and they have reiterated their support. European Union is absolutely against terrorism however we want to see results of this attitude'.

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Photos: 1) American soldiers watching a V4  2) U.S. drone

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