"The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it."
~ Morpheus, The Matrix.
~ Morpheus, The Matrix.
There's another little node on the web of the Deep State in America, a peek of which can be found from an article carried on TDN the other day.
In that article, you can read how Soner Cagaptay is lending a hand to US interests in the region, by pointing out how Islamic Turkey has suddenly become since the AKP came to power. He's sounding the alarm bell as part of the orchestration that's going on to justify more of the same old US policy within that venerable fascist institution known commonly as Turkiye Cumhuriyeti (TC). The particular orchestration that's going on right now is in preparation for the TC's elections next year. It would certainly serve US interests to pull power away from AKP because that will pull Turkey away from Iran.
I don't really count Syria in that because everyone knows that Syria is merely a satellite of Iran.
However, let's leave aside old Soner for a few moments and take a look at the think-tank that he inhabits: the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP).
A short spin through one of our best friend's, Google, helps us out with an article from Le Monde Diplomatique, from 2003 and written by Joel Beinin. This article is primarily focused on the Israel/Palestine situation, but I want you to think "structure" as opposed to "substance" here, and if you do that, we can make some comparisons.
We might say that the thesis statement of the article is the one in bold print, right at the top:
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy influences the thinking of the United States government and has a near monopoly on the supply of ’expert’ witnesses to the media. After almost two decades of relative moderation, the institute is now drifting towards the Israeli right.
If the WINEP influences the thinking of the US government, and if it has a monopoly on experts to throw in front of the media, and it has been doing this for Israel, then what are we to make of the fact that Soner Cagaptay is listed as the Director, Turkish Research Program at WINEP's website? Look for yourself. There he is, and we learn that he's a Yale graduate, kind of like the entire Bush family.
Geez, what a coincidence! I wonder if they let him into Skull and Bones?
Take a quick look at the Board of Advisors and you'll see no less than four, count 'em, FOUR, former Secretaries of State, along with former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Richard Perle (ring a bell? Think: International Advisors). There's also some guy from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
If we jump over to the CSIS website, we can check out their Board of Trustees and Counselors. They include William Cohen (of The Cohen Group), Henry Kissinger (needs no reminder), and Brent Scowcroft, among others. They're far too modest with Scowcroft's credentials, though. They left off "Chairman of the American Turkish Council," the same people involved with the FBI wiretaps that Sibel Edmonds blew the whistle on.
You should check out the corporations represented on the CSIS board also. I recognize at least one ATC Golden Horn member there, but then, CSIS is an ATC Aegean member anyway.
If you prefer, on WINEP's site, you can read Cagaptay's comments referenced in the TDN article--straight from the horse's mouth--or you can read much more of his propaganda at the Turkish Research Program page, just to get an idea of what ideas the US government is being told about the TC by WINEP. A personal favorite of mine is from December, 2005 and deals with all those evil PKK "fronts" in Europe . . . like my hevals at KurdishInfo, or those extremely violent boys and girls at TECAK, or all those Kurdish "terrorists" running Roj TV. How is Kongra-Gel a PKK "front" or "sympathizing organization" when it is, in fact, PKK?
For the TC, and the US, the definition of "terrorist" at work here is any Kurd who stands for his or her own justice and dignity. We can expect nothing more from Deep State propagandists like Soner Cagaptay, or their sponsoring organizations, like WINEP, except denial of the Turkish atrocities that have been so well documented by human rights organizations. The bottom line here is that WINEP, with the help of Soner Cagaptay, are taking the American people for a ride, and are totally misrepresenting the situation of the Kurdish people, a situation made atrocious by the fascist Ankara regime and defended by the likes of WINEP.
Are you ready to be unplugged?