Despite being Turkiye’s NATO ally, the US has betrayed that country’s trust time and again by continuing to comprehensively support the same group that Ankara rightly regards as an existential threat. Thus, there’s no doubt that Washington is partially responsible for this attack. This dramatic conclusion is drawn from the fact that the YPG-PKK separatist-terrorists enjoy America’s complete backing, which tacitly favors them over Turkiye as its regional ally of choice and has done so for approximately a decade already.
The YPG-PKK Kurdish separatist-terrorist group carried out a terrorist attack in Istanbul on Sunday by exploding a bomb in the center of a crowded tourist street, killing at least 6 people and injuring over 80. Turkish authorities promptly caught the perpetrator early Monday morning, who turned out to be a Syrian national that admitted taking orders from that aforementioned organization based in the northern US-occupied part of her country.
It was precisely because that separatist-terrorist group is both armed and protected by America that the Interior Minister refused to accept this declining unipolar hegemon’s insincere condolences and actually outright rejected them. Despite being Turkiye’s NATO ally, the US has betrayed that country’s trust time and again by continuing to comprehensively support the same group that Ankara rightly regards as an existential threat. Thus, there’s no doubt that Washington is partially responsible for this attack.
This dramatic conclusion is drawn from the fact that the YPG-PKK separatist-terrorists enjoy America’s complete backing, which tacitly favors them over Turkiye as its regional ally of choice and has done so for approximately a decade already. While Washington has never directly accounted for its strategic calculus in this respect, it’s widely suspected that it hopes to weaponize this group in order to punish President Erdogan for his independent foreign policy.
There’s no doubt that the latest US-facilitated terrorist attack in Istanbul will have consequences for bilateral relations irrespective of whether it’s determined that Turkiye’s nominal ally was directly or only indirectly responsible. Ankara has yet to formally approve Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership bids due to its legitimate concerns that their governments’ support of this same separatist-terrorist group makes it unacceptable to regard them as allies unless they implement the required policy changes first.
To that end, Turkiye has demanded that they toughen their anti-terrorist legislation and take related concrete actions like extraditing terrorists in order to ensure its national security interests. Failing to do so could risk leaving their joint membership bids in limbo forever. The political aftermath of the latest terrorist attack might further complicate their aspirations to join that alliance, especially if investigators unearth evidence linking it to terrorists based in either of those Northern European countries.
In any case, observers shouldn’t ever forget that America will always continue playing a double game against Turkiye purely because it’ll never accept its nominal ally’s independent foreign policy. The US won’t ever fully give up playing the YPG-PKK Hybrid War card out of paranoid fear that doing so will result in it losing what its Machiavellian strategists consider to be their only means of keeping Turkiye in check. This is a fallacy though since it’s actually that terrorist-separatist card that ruined their relations.
Had America never backstabbed Turkiye in the first place by comprehensively backing its nominal ally’s existential enemies, let alone by continuing to militarily protect them into the present day, then there likely wouldn’t have ever been any rift between them in the first place. Due to the delusions that blinded its policymakers over the past decade since their hegemonic decline began, the US arrogantly thought that it could proverbially have its cake and eat it too by “balancing” Turkiye and the YPG-PKK.
That policy was always impossible to pull off but could have been reversed years ago once Ankara officially shared its national security concerns with Washington, though three consecutive American administrations refused to respect their official mutual defense ally. From Obama to Trump and now Biden, each of their teams clung to the YPG-PKK for the earlier mentioned Machiavellian and paranoid reasons, never realizing that doing so inevitably risked dealing a death blow to their ties with Turkiye.
Turkish-American relations remain extremely complicated, more so than ever after the first-mentioned’s Interior Minister outright rejected the latter’s insincere condolences following the latest YPG-PKK terrorist attack that was in one way or another facilitated by the US, but they can still be saved. All that has to happen is for America to completely dump its separatist-terrorist proxies, yet realistically speaking, it’s unlikely to do so and thus bilateral ties are expected to continue deteriorating.