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Turkey's Determination Against Terrorism

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 1/03/2016 Egemen Bagis
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I find myself very perturbed. The old adage, "people that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" springs to mind whilst reading Mr Weiss' comments on the 23rd Feb.

He has thrown several accusations in Turkey's name, and has quoted sources that suggest Turkey supports ISIL, works with them, "fuels the ISIS war machine".
Where is the evidence? His political scaremongering, which is what this amounts to, will not cause Turkey to stand down from the terrorists that are infiltrating her borders.
Mr Weiss, however, sits comfortably in his office, thousands of miles away from the troubles, writing sweeping statements, and making suggestions that a new state be formed. This making of decisions on behalf of the already traumatized Syrians and further overwhelming them by a new state, run by who exactly? Did anyone ask the Syrians what they would like? Why is Mr Weiss not advocating the support of Syrians in Syria, instead of suggesting to cause even more conflict by separating different groups, when they have already been living together? Is it better to do that than actually deal with the real problem, the barbaric leader of Syria, his armed attack on civilians and all with the support of Russia? Surely Theodore Achilles must be turning in his grave.
A country which sees itself as the "land of the free & home of the brave" should be leading in helping out more than 4 million Syrians who had to abandon their homes, villages & neighborhoods.
Turkey is currently hosting more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees. We are actively giving them new meaning to a life that many thought they had lost. Those people now have opportunities to be safe with their families, to rebuild their life in schools, at work, at home, with new friends. The United States has given a large amount of financial assistance to help Syrians, but has accepted only 2,768 refugees so far.
Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recently said the US is planning to take another ten thousand refugees. I hope that decision can be implemented before Mr. Trump finds a way to sabotage it or, God forbid, veto it.

Egemen BAGIS, Istanbul
Former Minister - European Affairs & Chief Negotiator of Turkey.

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