Islamic Countries Foreign Policy Reserch And Studies Office
In an environment that the whole world is scrutinizing, the powers that want to make Afghanistan a bad example for Islam are carrying out all kinds of manipulations to prevent an accurate representation of Islam that will be a reference for both the Islamic world and all humanity. Afghanistan, with its culture, population and geography, is almost like a summary and laboratory of the Islamic world. For this reason, the representation of Islam in Afghanistan will not be limited to Afghanistan only. An accurate representation of Islam is essential to cope with the strategic mind that conducts its intervention through the diversification of identity in Afghanistan and thus in the Islamic world. At this point, Turkey's support and contributions will be vital and determiner.
The term “CENTRAL ASIA” is used to refer to the inland of the ASIAN Continent, far from the oceans. The fact that the region is closed to the international seas is its main feature. Central Asia is also the homeland of the Turkic peoples.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan, which is defined as the heart of Asia, has a surface area of 650,000 square kilometers. It is a terrestrial, mountainous country and it has no coastline. The nearest sea is the Oman sea, 480 km south. The climate is divided into two regions as south and north. These two regions are separated by the Hindu Kush mountains. The northern region is generally very cold and very snowy, while the southern region is generally warm.
Using the Twin Towers attacks of September 11, 2001 as an excuse, the USA launched an operation against Al-Qaeda, which it held responsible for these attacks, and carried the cross-border of US war to Afghanistan. The September 11 attacks became the milestone of the global terror struggle. “US President George W. Bush, in his “address to the nation” (CNN, 2001b) speech on September 15, 2001, four days after the attacks, said, “We are at war, there is a war waged by terrorists against America, and we will respond to it. We will find out who did these things and we will bring them to justice by pulling them out of their hideouts.” (BBC, 2011)[i]
Turkey and Azerbaijan signed a declaration in the city of Shusha to increase cooperation in the military field. According to this declaration, Turkey and Azerbaijan have agreed to cooperate in the field of defense industry. In addition, our President had indicated that "a Turkish military 'base' will be established in Azerbaijan". Regarding the possibility of Turkey establishing a base in Azerbaijan, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said “As we approach the deployment of military structures by NATO alliance countries near our borders, it may require us to take steps to protect our security and interests.”
“Islam has the vitality and potential to surpass modernity. As long as we do not fall into oblivion to be caught by the wind of globalization instead of envisioning and building. For this, it is inevitable for the Muslim world to develop an alternative way, a methodology, a project. "
If modernity were a renewal of consciousness and if it contained human moral values; Of course, we would not have objected to the thesis “It is not right to place religiosity and modernity on two opposite poles”. The phenomenon of modernity is basically based on the philosophy of individualism and autonomous reason. Autonomous reason implies that the thinking capacity of human beings reconstructs social, economic and cultural areas according to their own comprehension. In Islamic literature, reason is a thinking ability that separates man from animal and makes him the supreme being in the world.
The increasing discontent with Turkey in the recent period is the pain of regaining our place in the past and the transition from organic structure to mechanical structure. This is the disturbance against Prime Minister Erdoğan.
“Geostrategic players are states that have the will and capacity to use power and influence beyond their own borders to change the current geopolitical situation.”(The Grand Chessboard Z. K. Brzezinski) With its effective foreign policy, Turkey is taking decisive steps towards becoming an effective player that manages the pieces of chess, rather than being a chess piece in the game, both in terms of civilization and geography where it is located, and in the global arena.
Interestingly, it's not the first time that Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), an international arms smuggler in the 2005 film "Lord of War", directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Nicolas Cage, who could not find a movie theater for screening in Europe at the time of its release, says in a harsh dialogue between them when he is detained by an Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke): “Sometimes it's embarrassing to have his fingerprints on the guns. Sometimes he needs a freelancer like me to supply forces he can't be seen supplying. So. You call me evil, but unfortunately for you, I'm a “necessary evil...”
None of the changes that determine the historical process occur in a short time; each of them is the result of long-term formations. The eventful history that the last change will change the whole process is a misconception; The myth of great men who changed history also stems from this misconception. From this point of view, there are no magical moments, no magical dates in history, but there are symbolic moments, symbolic histories. There are intersections and turns that determine the concentration points of a process. For example, neither the French Revolution did start with the conquest of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, nor did the Middle Ages end with the conquest of Istanbul on May 29, 1453. All of these are actually symbolic times of radical changes. In different periods of history, there are different turning points. These are experienced in different levels according to the phenomena of time and space, or their effects are felt in different levels. In these periods of change, in the micro dimension starting from the individual, family, society, companies and states in the macro dimension are affected. According to the new situation, these elements take positions as a natural result, they must take positions and they get a reflex of determining their new projections and strategies. Because they need to transform this new situation into a positive effect on a large scale for themselves.