by James Corbett
April 1, 2014
Late last week, a conversation between high-ranking Turkish officials was leaked online purporting to expose a plan that had been devised to use a staged attack on a Turkish target in Aleppo as a pretext to start a war with Syria.
The leak of the conversation was considered sensitive enough that the government of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan took the extraordinary measure of blocking YouTube in the country to prevent the population from learning about the story ahead of key local elections.
That a false flag event was being planned as a pretext for war with Syria should come as no surprise to viewers of the alternative media, who know that this was precisely what happened last year when rebel forces used chemical weapons in Ghouta in an attack that was falsely blamed on Syrian government forces, a fact that was confirmed by a recent MIT study into the incident.
And the fact that Turkey in particular would be actively coordinating a staged provocation within the borders of Syria should come as no surprise to followers of BoilingFrogsPost.com, which broke the story in November of 2011 of Syrian military defector Riad al-Assad training Syrian militants at the American Incirlik Base in Adana, Turkey.
And it should come as no surprise to anyone that the corporate media in the US have attempted to obscure the actual content of the conversations in their limited reporting on the subject. Where the head of Turkish intelligence says he will order his men to launch rockets at Turkish targets from within Syria, the BBC portrays this as undefined “military operations.” When the Turkish Ambassador stresses that any attack on the tomb of Suleyman Shah would have to be perpetrated by Turkish agents and made to look like an Al-Qaeda attack, Reuters calls this a plan to “secure” the tomb. When the Turkish Foreign Minister points out that Prime Minister Erdogan sees any such attack as an “opportunity” for Turkey to strike, The Wall Street Journal portrays this as “taking the threat of radical groups in Syria seriously.” The disconnect between what the officials are actually talking about and the way it is being described is striking.
Still, there remain many questions about the recording and where it came from, why it was released now, and what it means for the future of the NATO agenda in Egypt and for the Turkish government. Earlier this week BoilingFrogsPost.com editor and founder Sibel Edmonds joined me on The Corbett Report to discuss the recording and what it means for Turkey.
Although the leaked recording makes a brief mention of Kerry and the US government, this latest development, like so many other developments in Turkish politics, seems to studiously avoid (or to have been studiously edited) to remove more substantial revelations of US State Department cooperation with the Turkish forces, such as the role of Incirlik as a staging ground for these Syrian terrorist insurgents. Instead, the recording has to be seen in terms of the struggle between the CIA-backed Gulenists and Prime Minister Erdogan, a former favored ally of the Western powers who has fallen out of favor in recent years. Although intended to derail Erdogan’s party in the recent crucial elections, it ended up having no noticeable impact, with the AKP claiming a landslide victory in the contest. In fact, this conversation leak is just one of a number of similar operations in recent months, including the leak of a conversation implicating Erdogan in the release of a sex tape in a political scandal and a video of the Prime Minister telling his son to hide money from investigators. These leaks led to the Turkish government’s attempts to ban Twitter use in the country in the name of fighting an ‘international conspiracy’ against the government, a ban that backfired.
As Edmonds explains, however, just because the most recent tape was not leaked for the purpose of derailing any false flag operation, it does have that unintended consequence.
As to what will happen in the future, pieces continue to be moved around on the Turkish chessboard. Earlier this week, Erdogan’s lawyers pressed charges on former intelligence official Ali Fuat Yilmazer, reputedly an operative for the insurgent Gulen gang. To keep up to date with these developments, and what they mean for the future of the region, please stay tuned to BoilingFrogsPost.com.