Front Page Mag: “Turkey may well be the jihadists’ fifth column in NATO.
Turkey’s autocratic Islamist president, Tayyip Erdogan, has allowed Turkey’s border to become a passageway for jihadist fighters streaming into Syria to join ISIS and the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra.
Oil from fields in Iraq and Syria under ISIS control has been regularly transported into Turkey, and sold to black market traders at below international oil market prices. Turkey itself is reportedly a major buyer of the cheap black market oil. The income from ISIS’s oil sales through the black market, as much as $30 million a month, helps finance ISIS’s expansion, making Turkey one of ISIS’s key bankrollers and enablers.”
Opinion: A fifth column is a group of people who undermine a larger group—such as a nation or a besieged city—from within. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. Turkey’s black market is undermining NATO.
Istanbul, until recently, was a westernized city known for secular attitudes and norms. Under Recip Erdogan’s fifth column, all of Turkey will be dragged back to an earlier era when Islam ran the state.
Funny, I haven’t heard one word of admonition against Turkey or Erdogan from the Obama/Kerry team. Erdogan has been clear about his intentions to support ISIS in his withdrawal from the coalition.
And yet Erdogan’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and their offshoot Hamas lines up perfectly with Obama foreign policy.