By Javad Heirannia

Turkey is no longer an ally of U.S.: David Phillips

January 27, 2018

TEHRAN - David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, believes that “Turkey is a member of NATO in name only.”

Phillips, who is also a former senior adviser to the U.S. State Department and deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations, believes that “Turkey simply would not meet the criteria of NATO membership if it applied today.”
Following is a brief interview with David Phillips:

Q: Recently, a group of people including you launched a petition through an open letter calling on world powers to stop Turkey’s aggression against the Kurdish people living in the northern district Afrin in Syria. What was the content of that letter?

A: The letter calls attention to Turkey's aggression and warns against inaction by the international community.

Q: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has not addressed the issue either.  Why do you think NATO is not making demands on Turkey to stop aggression on the Kurds in Syria?

A: Turkey says it is a NATO member but it is a member in name only. Because Turkey is Islamist, anti-American and a human rights abuser, Turkey simply would not meet the criteria of NATO membership if it applied today. Turkey used to be an ally of the United States. Today it has become a strategic adversary.

Q: Turkey and the U.S. are both present in Syria without the Syrian government’s permission. Why is that?

A:  The U.S. is needed to balance Russia's role and as a counterweight to Turkey's support for jihadists.  The Kurds in Rojava have invited U.S. assistance. To the contrary, they [the Kurds] view Turkey as a hostile occupying force.

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