It is known to all – Iran and Turkey seek regional and global dominance. Iran wants to revive the Persian Empire, while Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan is aggressively pushing forward his agenda of reviving the Ottoman Empire. Iran’s agenda is to spread Shi’ite terror within its neighbors and the world with the help of its notorious Al Quds Force and its allies such a Hezbollah. On the other hand, Erdogan has been secretly collaborating with radical Islamic terror entities such as Islamic State (ISIS), Hamas etcetera. In my opinion, there is no room for anyone to be amused seeing the possible battle between Turkey and Iran, as the final result – be it victory of either party – would actually be devastating to the entire world.
On December 15, 2020, Iranian newspaper Shargh published an interview captioned – In Turkey’s strategy, Iran is the most important rival – with Sadeq Maleki, an expert on Turkish affairs.
In the interview, Maleki stated: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wishes to divide Iran and to annex Azerbaijan to Turkey in order to form the Greater Turkistan. Maleki also stated that Erdoğan is trying to “establish Neo-Ottomanism,” which differentiates itself from Ottomanism in its geopolitical perception. According to Maleki, the old Ottomanism was looking to expand to the gates of Vienna and to the West, whereas Erdoğan’s Neo-Ottomanism has its view toward the East. Maleki further explained that Iran is opposing Turkey’s expansionism eastward and this is why Iran is Turkey’s main rival.
According to Maleki, Turkey cannot revive the Ottoman Empire, “but it has the power to create havoc.” “Perhaps Turkey cannot establish Neo-Ottomanism in the mold of the Ottoman Empire, but it can have a very disruptive role in the Middle East and we have seen [Erdoğan] play this role.
Some people do not believe that Turkey can achieve these goals, but we are witnesses to the fact that he has ascertained some of his aims in the area,” Maleki said.
It is worth noting that, on December 10, 2020, Erdoğan went to Baku to preside over a military parade organized to celebrate Azerbaijan’s victory over Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh. On that occasion, addressing the Victory Parade, Erdoğan recited a poem that Iran regarded as support for the secession of parts of Iran populated by ethnic Azeris. “They separated the Aras River and filled it with rocks and rods. I will not be separated from you. They have separated us forcibly,” the poem reads. Erdoğan’s recitation of the poem angered Tehran and received strong condemnation from the Iranian government and media.
It is evidently clear, a war of dominance is about to begin, which may lead to devastating results especially to the peace-loving nations in the region.