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The Unreliable Ally: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Hostile Stance Towards NATO and Democracy"

Tuesday 07/February/2023 - 01:08 PM
The Reference
Dina Khalaf

In this article, Simon Tisdall, a journalist, analyzes the recent actions of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and argues that Turkey is no longer a reliable ally of the West. Tisdall claims that Erdoğan's hostility towards NATO and democratic principles cannot go unpunished. He cites examples such as Erdoğan's blocking of Sweden's attempt to join NATO and his demanding the extradition of political refugees from Sweden. Additionally, Tisdall highlights Erdoğan's relationships with Russia and his actions in Syria, which fly in the face of US-led efforts. He also mentions Erdoğan's war on democracy and the economy, which are in shambles.

Tisdall suggests that it is time to admit that Erdoğan is no friend of the West and calls for appropriate action to be taken. He criticizes Erdoğan's political tactics such as electoral bribes and the elimination of presidential rivals, which he argues are indicative of an authoritarian regime. Tisdall concludes that Erdoğan's actions have called into question Turkey's reliability and usefulness as a western ally, and that it is time to consider his hostile behavior as a threat.