Personal experience during a visit to Turkey in the late 90s showed this writer that Kurds in that country are not widely accepted. Many worked in hotels in tourist areas in western Turkey for low pay experiencing poor living conditions. At our hotel we were told Kurds lived like dogs and were filthy people. The hate was there in every word.
But even without such hate it is doubtful that Turkey can cope with the ever increasing humanitarian crisis from Syria. Turkey too could be a country on the brink. But for now it appears to fit into western plans and there is no western led attempt to oust Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Journalists have been targeted this year in many ways. Footage of beheadings of western journalists have shocked the world; in Egypt a group of Aljazeera reporters are under lock and key serving long jail terms for doing their job; at the weekend the New York Times reported:
Turkey’s president and his supporters have been denouncing The New York Times and one of its Istanbul correspondents with growing furor for the past three days, reacting to an article and photograph about the recruitment of fighters in Turkey by the Islamic State, the militant group that has seized parts of neighboring Iraq and Syria.
But the mainstream media has traditionally been used to prop up governments and lately to pull them down.
Last week a group of 49 Turkish ISIL hostages were rescued leading to many questions. How come some western hostages have been beheaded? What led to the release of the 49? Was a ransom paid?
But according to the Turkish authorities no ransom was paid and no shots fired when these people were "rescued" during a covert mission. The 49 were taken prisoner by ISIL in the Iraqi city of Mosul on June 11.
Invariably the rescue has led to claims that Turkey's president is somehow linked to ISIL.
Washington was pushing President Erdogan to sign up to air strikes in Syria against ISIL. Were the hostages released in a "you scratch my back, I will scratch yours" sort of deal?
Turkish authorities insist MIT [the Turkish intelligence agency] followed information and it paid off, leading to the rescue of the 49.
Now the hostages are freed will Turkey join the charge against ISIL?
As the effects of the so-called Arab Spring of 2011 rumble on though we wonder 'Is Turkey next in line'?
Read: Who, what and where is ISIL? Explaining the ‘Islamic State’
New York Times