While all rulers have to look after the interests of their own country that may necessitate periodic political somersaults, there are two rulers who are brazenly opportunistic: Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler MbS, and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Syria’s return to the Arab fold means the Arab regimes have realized that their attempt to overthrow Bashar al-Asad’s government in Syria by flooding it with mercenaries has failed. It inflicted immense suffering on the Syrian people but hopefully this tragic episode has ended.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s future hangs in the balance as the Turks head to presidential and parliamentary elections on May 14. After 21 years in power, Erdogan seems to have run out of ideas as his policies have failed. His opponents are staunchly pro-west and pro-Israel.
Three important countries in the Muslims world—Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan—far from realizing their true potential are on the verge of collapse. In all three, the militaries have a lot to do with this sad state of affairs.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in power for more than 20 years. He assumes that Turkey cannot function without his wisdom guiding the country’s affairs. Empirical evidence proves otherwise. Erdogan’s foreign policy has been erratic and he has ruined the economy.
For more than a decade, Turkish President Recep Erdogan exploited the plight of Syrian refugees to invade and occupy parts of Syria. His forces still occupy Idlib province in Syria but the Turks have soured on the refugees. Erdogan now wishes to get rid of them since his mission to overthrow the government of Bashar al Asad has failed.
Erdogan continues to embarrass himself by political antics that have resulted in his losing much domestic support. They have also undermined prospects of the ruling AKP.