Until last week, Erdogan was the only dictator in the region, from the perspective of the West, especially Washington, who, by suppressing the opposition and arresting Gulen’s supporters, cut off every critic’s hands and his prisons were filled with dissent.
The arrest of the US Army Priest also added to this incident and every day we witnessed a show by the US government against Turkey. As some analysts believed, Erdogan would surely miss the support of NATO with this manner, and Turkey’s path will be over that ends against Ankara. But all of this news hid behind the death of a Khashoggi. The news of the death of a journalist and the pursuit of the fate of him was Erdogan’s new game to escape this news, and suddenly some other news were completed the issue. Arrested Priest was delivered to American authorities to return to his country. Trump also thanked Erdogan for this. Erdogan who had been a killer for Trump, in a glance became an angel of peace and a human rights advocate! Erdogan’s play with Khashoggi brought some important achievements for Ankara:
1. Initially, all the news of arrests and dismissals of opposition officials under the Khashoggi propaganda was forgotten among the public. The news shows that Turkish intelligence knew about the killings and the disappearance of the Khashoggi, but did not release it to take advantage of an advertising puzzle. In fact, Erdogan was aware of the incident but did not do anything to use it.
2. With the release of the American Priest, Erdogan reduces US pressure and convey this pressure to be driven somewhat toward Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is currently the main accused of the case, and Washington is still keeping on its political pressure to maintain its appearance.
3. Saudi Arabia has been activated in northern Syria and the Turkish intelligence service is not willing to tolerate any other player except itself in northern Syria. At the moment, Americans also prevented Ankara from setting targets in Syria. If Saudi Arabia wants to expand its activities in northern Syria, Turkey will have to confront its rivals with Riyadh, and the cost of Erdogan rises. On the other hand, Erdo?an now has an opportunity to trade with Riyadh on Qatar and Syria and milking it as much as possible.
Erdogan has now been transformed into a Erdogan whose pragmatic manner more than ever shows Erdogan’s concentration is on the interests of Turkey and the Justice and Development Party in various crises. Erdogan now tries to put an end to zero tensions policy and to seek new interests with a new policy. It would seem that the game of Khashoggi, regardless of the interests of Turkey, will not end, and Saudi Arabia has not yet been able to accept Erdo?an’s suggestions; surely, when Riyadh is forced to accept Erdogan’s demands, the Khashoggi case will end in a few minutes!