On Thursday Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan told leaders in Europe what he plans to do if members of the EU refuse to quit calling Turkey’s presence in Syria an “occupation”.
“We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way,” Erdogan said in speech to Turkish lawmakers.
The Turks view the Kurds living in Northern Syria to be members or supporters of groups that want an independent Kurdish state. The Turkish government has also long viewed these groups as terrorists that threaten the security of their own nation.
While it seems a lot of lawmakers are on the side of endless wars, Rand Paul was willing to defend President Trump’s decision to bring troops home. Unfortunately, that appears to be one of the president’s few allies.
At the same time, there isn’t much talk from our supposed NATO allies. Turkey is in NATO. Why won’t anyone else stand up to them? Why is it our job to play global police?
Turkey’s president knows that he is the gatekeeper holding back these refugees from entering Europe by the millions. If the EU doesn’t want an absolute disaster on its hands, the members better play ball, or act.