GS of Communist Party of Turkey: Shut down the NATO bases, withdraw from the alliance

“What hinders Turkey from challenging NATO is the big monopolies, which are ruling and looting Turkey today. In the final analysis, the bourgeois politics, including Islamists, nationalists, social democrats and liberals, can do nothing in defiance of the big monopolies”

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Friday, 24 November 2017 , SoL international

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), soL columnist, Kemal Okuyan wrote an article on November 22 regarding the recent Turkey-NATO/U.S. row sparked with the appearance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s name in a list of enemies on a poster at a NATO drill. 

“Your anti-NATO stance has not lasted even two days,” yelled [Turkish journalist] Nihat Genç in his column on Odatv. He meant the nationalists who began to say “We are being entrapped, we are deviating from the West to Eurasia,” just after they bullied the U.S. and NATO.

Several times we have responded to the question, “What is nationalism?”, but let us put it here again so that what we are going to say can be more apparent:

Nationalism means not seeing your nation’s faults. In other words, showing tolerance towards the thieves, exploiters and tyrants of your own nation…

It differs from patriotism. Patriotism is the will of freeing your country from the thieves, unjust people, exploiters and tyrants.

For this very reason, our nationalists get difficulty in challenging the U.S. and NATO or fall into hesitation whilst scolding the “Western imperialism”.

What is NATO?

Everyone says that NATO is an international organization in the service of the U.S. imperialism’s interests, which is a true description still with a huge deficiency. NATO was established in order to protect the whole capitalist system, the terrible social system dominating almost all the world including Turkey.

That is to say, NATO is an organization of capitalists. It is a giant terror organization which attacks the working class and progressive movements for the interests of capitalists. 

This is the essence of the matter even though the U.S. is attempting to use it so as to protect its interests within the imperialist system.

From Islamists to nationalists, from liberals to conservatives, all the right-wing in Turkey has been pro-NATO from past to present. This is not only because of Americanism; to put it more precisely, the interests of the exploitative system underlie Americanism and pro-NATO stance in Turkey.

Today, the question is: can Turkey’s existing system deviate from NATO to position itself into the axis of Eurasia?

This is possible in some aspects. Because the Eurasian axis is part of the current imperialist system, and is nothing but a loose alliance composed of some countries where the capitalist exploitation is maintained with the same fierceness and unruliness. For instance, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics does not exist anymore in there; quite the contrary, the capitalist Russia exists!

In the case of Turkey, the number of capitalists may be increasing, who think that shifting to the Eurasian axis would provide some opportunities for energy sources, investment areas and new markets; moreover, that it could be easier to cut the workers’ rights as they get rid of the West’s hypocrite blackmailing about “human rights” and “democracy”.

Nevertheless…

Such are fluttering ideas, which are not adequate enough for Erdoğan to carry Turkey in confrontation with the U.S. and Germany from bargaining level to the scale of an axis shift so as to save himself.

In today’s Turkey, there is no required infrastructure and preparation for the existing system to break with NATO, the U.S.-Germany-led system of alliance albeit the deep crisis of the alliance in question.

The nationalists stand bound hand and foot. Some of them are just mouthing off in a rush to strengthen Erdoğan’s hand, and charmed by the irresistible weight of turning themselves from the finest example of Americanism into “Down with the U.S.” in one night. They somehow are accustomed to dancing to another tune. If tomorrow Erdoğan leaves the bargaining table with Turkey’s “great harmonization with NATO and the U.S.”, they may do the gulu gulu dance*.

Let us repeat that what hinders Turkey from challenging NATO is the big monopolies, which are ruling and looting Turkey today. In the final analysis, the bourgeois politics, including Islamists, nationalists, social democrats and liberals, can do nothing in defiance of the big monopolies. Proving that he could do everything to save himself, Nor could Erdoğan do anything. If he does, he will have to bear the consequences.

Without getting rid of the exploitative class, Turkey’s fight with NATO seems like coming out on the pitch with a team all the players of which get involved in match-fixing with the opposing team.

Despite all, what is to be done if the tension with the U.S. and NATO escalates because of Erdoğan or any other reason?

What should be done is simple; the authentic confrontation lies between Turkey’s working class and NATO, between the working class and imperialism. It is necessary to get the issue free from a confrontation between Erdoğan and NATO. It is necessary to reveal today’s dirty bargaining, to show by whom and by which class Americanism became a state politics, and to struggle in order to immediately get rid of whatsoever paving the way for coups or intervention in internal affairs.

If you are in power, you cannot struggle against NATO without withdrawing from it. One cannot challenge NATO as long as the NATO troops exist in this country. It would be futile to say “Turkey is a prestigious member of NATO” while instructing some incompetent spin-doctors to pen articles, “We will wage a war with the U.S.”.

Shut down the bases, withdraw from NATO, inform the people about the entire secret agreements signed with the NATO terror organization and the ongoing covert operations.

Then, we will provide support to the full extent.

In any case, it would be good to see this organization, which has always plotted against humanity, crack or suffer.

It is good because the capitalist system would be weaker, more defenceless and fragile against the working class without the NATO umbrella. It would be difficult to remain injustices, tyranny and inequalities. It would be impossible to discipline awakening people with the “NATO stick”.

This is the matter with the right-wing. This is the matter with the capitalists.

Na to kefali, na to marmaro, “here is the head, here is the marble”, is a Greek phrase, the Turkish interpretation of which fits very well:

NATO kafa, NATO mermer!**

*Okuyan refers to Turkey’s former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, one of the leaders of political Islam and President Erdoğan’s predecessor Welfare Party. Erbakan is known with his renowned description of political protestors at the time: “like children doing the gulu gulu dance”.

**The Greek phrase’s Turkish version, which is literally connoted as “NATO head, NATO marble”, is used to describe the “thickhead” people. As a sort of mumpsimus, many people in Turkey erroneously relate the phrase with the abbreviation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Playing with the words here, Okuyan refers to the negative impact of the word “NATO” in Turkey.

 

17 thoughts on “GS of Communist Party of Turkey: Shut down the NATO bases, withdraw from the alliance

  1. “It is good because the capitalist system would be weaker, more defenceless and fragile against the working class without the NATO umbrella. It would be difficult to remain injustices, tyranny and inequalities. It would be impossible to discipline awakening people with the “NATO stick”.”

    Yes, and remember, my friend, the U.S. is a product of Europe. Cut off the U.S. satellites in Europe (NATO), and you neuter the U.S.. Europe is responsible for the U.S. existing, and so, as I have stated before, it is the responsibility of Europeans to help tear down this empire from hell! But most Europeans, while looking down their noses at Americans, are really no different: Europeans sit on their ‘exceptional’ capitalist-pig asses while the world goes to hell. And by Europe, I am primarily referring to England, Spain, France and Germany.

    And Putin needs to throw the Russian capitalist oligarchs out of his country, instead of kowtowing to and getting wealthy off of them. Putin needs to decide, once and for all, which is more important to him, Russia or his bank account?!

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    • Already the largest sales figures of european monopolies are forming weapons. It includes all sorts of weapons, and a lot of combat gear beginings with tanks. These are used in NATO armies. Then European and American western monopilies are integrating profit-sharing aggression plans together with Israel and Arab monopolies, such as the Saudi monarchy they usually take their own control. With the result which came out of it, the same european ordinary man, like ordinary American, is punished with capitalism effect due to it.

      You have said, “…And Putin needs to throw the Russian capitalist oligarchs out of his country..”
      Unfortunately my earthling friend, as far I can see, there is no Russia where he can do such a thing right now.

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      • I didn’t read, but right now, I took a glance little bit. But already Russia has been the similar alarm state for last three years, especially at the army level. I don’t think so that would be different thing than last three years. It maybe these news are trying to create war mongering at western countries while pointed and saying that “hey people look at Russia, it is preparing itself to the big another war. We need to prepare ourselves too, and you have to pay more tax and our war lords would become more rich.” 🙂

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      • “It maybe these news are trying to create war mongering at western countries while pointed and saying that “hey people look at Russia, it is preparing itself to the big another war.”

        If this was mainstream media news item, I would agree, my friend. But this is a trusted source that is very much anti American war.

        Read it, when you have the chance.

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      • I have read the link that you have put and I have read news from Russian web pages, and the news like that:

        Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on the military-industrial complex,
        “All large and strategic enterprises of Russia, regardless of whether they are private or public, should be able to rapidly increase the production of military products. The ability of the economy quickly to increase, the volume of defense products and services at the right time is one of the most important conditions for ensuring the military security of the state. The President noted that he gave “appropriate instructions to modernize production facilities, build up a reserve of material and technical resources, and ensure the transport of troops” in 2016. “In the course of today’s meeting, I ask briefly to sum up the results of this work, to report on what defects of the past years have been eliminated and what problems have not yet been resolved,” the president added, noting also that it is necessary to make “appropriate conclusions for the future.”

        These meetings have been continuing beginning with 2013. Traditionally, a delegation of the Russian Defense Ministry is participating in such meetings, my earthling friend.

        This was what I mentioned actually, while I am saying “already Russia has been the similar alarm state for last three years, especially at the army level.”

        And again according to the news, “The forthcoming series of meetings is planned to be divided into two parts. In the first – the military and industry will report to the president on the results of the execution of the state defense order and the state arms program for 2011-2020, in the second – they will begin the final discussion of the technical, and most importantly, financial parameters of the state program of armaments for 2018-2027… its funding was previously announced in the amount of 19 trillion rubles, which should ensure balanced development of all types and branches of the armed forces in the next decade.”

        If you read carefully the first paragraph, Putin says that “…should be able to rapidly increase the production of military products…” and also, “…he noted that he gave appropriate instructions to modernize production facilities…in 2016”

        So I think, there has been a mistake while translating in English. It is very common while Russian translates in English. Even sometimes, I am reading couple times the news in English and the its equivalent in Russian. I have seen these mistakes a lot.

        Shortly, he didn’t give the news orders in todays; he reminds that he gave appropriate instructions in 2016; and also he is mentioning what should be able to do.

        Due to I’ve read many news about the increasing defence industries for last 3 year, I have said “I don’t think so that would be different thing than last three years.” Appropriations allocated to all scaled elements in the defense industry, or new extra development activities are increasing year by year. But this is already the result of possible economic states and technological developments.

        And I agree with the news on global research ca, even if it has started with mistaken translate, the author is expressing the right point. The global scale war preparation is giving its signals and the people who will be effect the most, will be the working class. I am just adding on to this: This has been happening especially for last three years already.

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      • I have no doubt, my friend, and I am glad that this is true!

        If it weren’t for Russia and China, these cap-pigs would already own the entire planet.

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  2. Unfortunately, another big thing rapidly approaching is the reversal of Net Neutrality, which at base is yet another BigCorp push: We’re surrounded by a rising tide of more difficult living conditions -and it’s not directly from global warming- tho’ I could say it’s true metaphorically. Things we take for granted are being moved out of general reach and therefore protest is becoming harder; many start to think “What’s the point in even protesting? because You Just Can’t Win”- which is giving up the war before the first battle. And even seeing it in terms of “War” is a mistake because the forces of darkness seem to be able use the power of resistance from the forces of light, in some strange effective way against them… It’s like the one force (negative) flows downhill more easily & naturally while the other has to always struggle upwards (because it’s positive and more constrained by ethical considerations which the other side ignores)

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    • There is an accustomed non-resistance, you are right. Already it is necessary to decide on the first battle, and in fact it is necessary not to take it individually but to act together with other individuals who have the same conditions. There was something that I always repeated earlier. Like that: Big companies are acting together at the international level. But under their dirty order, the oppressed people are acting alone. Must be united. So I mean, my earthling friend, any English, any American, and everyone else have to form a multinational unity like the same international companies. If there is a protest against a company in a country, the same protest must be done in other countries. Because, if not done in other countries, that company’s connections in other countries may act, and close it’s financial losses. This is my opinion, I do not know, do you agree.

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