Turkish revolution. An interview with Aldo Braccio

Natella Speranskaya:  The national revolution has started in Turkey. What are the forces behind it? Who is fighting who?


Aldo Braccio:  I do not think it is a genuine phenomenon of "national revolution" but, on the one hand, there are disorders caused by heterogeneous causes , on the other, there are Western media that are spreading a reductive: namely the clash between secular progressives and libertarians "versus" fundamentalists who seek subtly to islamize the country. Regardless history and problems of "modern Turkey", it is sure that also after the end of the Second World War II, it was the so-called secularism (Kemalism) that persecuted Islam, and not vice versa. It was a sort of Western and Atlantic secularism, which manifested itself by "coups", directly or indirectly managed by the NATO (early Sixties, Seventies, Eighties of the last century) or by military "interferences" ratified by judiciary (mid-Nineties, with outlawing of the party inspired by Islam that had relative majority).

But, let's get back to today: it is quite indicative the different dynamic and localization of the three deaths reported today (June 4): one in Istanbul, a person run down by a taxi, one in Ankara and another in Hatay, both killed by firearms - but no one knows who killed them. In the foreground , it seems that there is a very serious state of tension related to the situation in Syria, with a large area abandoned to the antiAssad militia (with many Western mercenaries and "bandits" who already distinguished themselves in the Libyan campaign), chaos, continuing protests of the local population who rightly want to be protected. And now there is impact / concern all over the country.

This is the real problem in Turkey today, no limits to the sale of alcohol between 22 pm and 6 am, or the ridiculous story of kisses on the subway. In this situation of tension and contestation of may be that there are other marginal and perhaps justified remonstrances such as environmental ones, as well as the personal war of certain circles Kemalist against Islam.

In short , we can find many people that are in the square for different reasons, certain profound and others much less worthy of attention.


Natella Speranskaya:   How is the Turkish revolution related to the geopolitical opposition of Eurasianism (Russia, Iran, Syria) and atlantism (NATO, USA, EU)?


Aldo Braccio:  Turkey, you know, has great strategic and geopolitical importance and it is essential for Russia and for the globalist / Atlanticist front; the AKP government has never been seen with benevolence by the latter, because, while continuing to be part of NATO, Ankara had taken important steps towards a "full sovereignty" . It is also very important not to forget that Turkey is a little indebted country, which has also recently refused loans of IMF and preferred to triple - by 2023 - the presence of financial institutions, in compliance with Islamic law (this affectes equally to public banks as Halkbank and Ziraat Bank). That is to say that Turkey does not get into line with the trends of "globalization." But about Syrian crisis, Erdogan - and that is against his policy of "zero problems with neighbors" - hoped to gain the confidence of Western powers, but it is likely that his plan has failed, at least judging by the comments of Western media which applaud the "revolt" against the new "Sultan" and the Islamic intolerance ...


Natella Speranskaya:  Your prognosis of the development of events in Turkey and how it will effect the situation in Syria?


Aldo Braccio:   Time discloses all things...a " Turkish spring", an "orange revolution" or what else? We do not know, but It is difficult to think that the riots are not explained and "used" from a Western and anti-Islamic point of view. Anyway, we can hope that a strong pressure of public opinion lead Turkey to revise the current disastrous policy about Syria and redeem national sovereignty recovering good relations with countries in the area. This is certainly much more important than freedom to buy beer and raki at 3 am, an "human right" that seems to be very close to heart of Western media.