Monday, 03 February, 2020

Missing Points in New York Times Article

“Today’s competition between Turkey and Iran is the latest iteration of an old power game: a struggle their progenitors, the Byzantine and Persian empires, started over the control of Mesopotamia — today’s Iraq and Syria. While the rivalry outlived their transformation from empires to nation-states, they have managed to keep the peace between themselves for nearly 200 years.”

“Yet Turkey and Iran are now on a collision course, mostly because of their involvement as the region’s major Sunni and Shiite powers in the deepening sectarian conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Their inability to accommodate each other has the potential to undermine or even undo the strong ties they have developed over the past two decades, as their economies became increasingly intertwined.”

These are two paraphrases of the article which was published in New York Times. But the author missed some important points in ties between Iran and Turkey which will be further discussed in the following:

There are some indispensable points in ties between Iran and Turkey. We discussed some points in this regard.

The first one is the history of ties between both countries. In the other words, ties of both countries in the past failed to have impacts on the present ones because the criteria of ties have changed during eras. Despite of bearing no relations in Safavid Dynasty and Ottoman Empire, both countries have not been in the same situations as before. Mutual dependence, which is an essential rule in international relations, is one of the main reasons that attracts both countries to each other.

Moreover, Iran and Turkey did not cut their diplomatic relations despite of having different viewpoints towards Syria and some other regional issues. Although, some protesters took to the streets and chanted slogans against Iran, exactly the opposite of Iranian Embassy, but both countries’ foreign ministers have continued cooperating with each other in some issues including fighting with terrorism and extremism in the Middle East.

If any sit-in protest all over the world means the cut of relations, so, Americans will break up all their diplomatic relations with the world because we see many storms of protests across the globe each day. One question: do such protest result in cutting all diplomatic ties between U.S. and the country? Definitely not.

Diplomatic ties between Iran and Turkey are based on some historical documents as well as mutual interests. For example, when Iran has tackled with imposed sanctions, some countries including Turkey continued their diplomatic and economic ties with Iran. Consequently, such an analysis which aimed to destroy diplomatic ties between Iran and Turkey will be written in vain having no impacts on the readers because we all know the real purposes behind such articles.

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