Turkey’s Delusions of Grandeur
The Cyprus talks are all but dead. It is only a matter of time before the nail in the coffin is hammered into place to seal a new chapter in the history of Cyprus. What will happen next is anyone’s guess.
Analyzing the latest geopolitical and economic developments in the area, one can ascertain that Cyprus is entering unchartered waters. It will need a strong leader’s hand and wisdom to navigate it through the quandary, mired with political traps and a horde of uncertainties facing the nation, but most worrisome of all, it has to deal with Turkey’s unprovoked military behaviour in the region. Ankara keeps threatening and provoking its neighbours by jet-flying over the airspace of Greece, Cyprus, and Syria including Northern Iraq. Syria has recently shot down a Turkish jet for doing just that, yet Turkey insists on pursuing its aggressive policy in the area by sending convoys of flotillas and flexing its muscles: self-inflicted delusions of grandeur!
The discovery of natural gas in the region by Cyprus and Israel has raised the stakes even higher. Now, many nations are positioning themselves to be part of this unexpected blessing (or possibly a curse) if taking into account Turkey’s aggressive behaviour. Ankara is as mad as a rabid dog for not being part of this bonanza and she’s testing her chances; she prefers to steal the wealth of others–a well-known historic policy of plundering of Turkey’s.
The Turkish government wasted no time in making claims that it is entitled to part of the hydrocarbon discovery and triggered off a red alert in full readiness to initiate military attacks against Israel and the Republic of Cyprus. Those illicit claims by Turkey are causing a real threat to the stability of the entire region. Yet, except for lip service, the big powers, but especially the European Union, have remained impartial, playing a dubious role in such a dangerous war game against one of its own member-states. (...)