In September 2014, the representative of Tehran in the Iranian parliament, Ali Reza Zakani, who is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said that there are four Arab capitals under Iran’s control, referring to Damascus, Beirut, Baghdad and Sana’a. At a time when blood was shed in resisting the project of Persian-sectarian hegemony over the region, then another Arab capital fell under the Ottoman occupation, which is Tripoli in the West, and then the Arab region was no longer facing only a “Persian occupation” project, but rather an “Ottoman occupation” as well. .
An observer of the Turkish project in the region finds that it is not very different from the Iranian project, as the two projects have the same religious-national dimension for each of them. They stem from religious slogans and aspirations of historical national hegemony over the Arab world. In this context, Turkey, within the framework of the neo-Ottomanism project, seeks to consecrate the Turkish military presence in the areas it considers that were part of the legacy of the Ottoman Empire. Therefore, the Turkish view of the Libyan situation is part of an expansion project whose features began largely in northern Syria from During the Turkish tampering with the Syrian-Arab identity and imposing a Turkish policy, it extended to Somalia and Qatar (Turkey has a military base in the two countries), and Sudan before the overthrow of Bashir’s rule, and now in Libya.
The Turkey project, which established its bases in northern Syria and moved it to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, is a serious threat to Arab national security alongside the Iranian threat, and what encourages the two countries to move forward in implementing their expansion projects in the Arab region is the absence of a unified Arab stance to face them. It makes them open about the military, political, religious, cultural and economic intervention in many Arab countries, and tampering with their stability, security, and unity.
The Libyan case is the real turning point to confront Turkish arrogance and destroy Erdogan’s expansionist religious and terrorist project, because the Arab victory in the Libyan file in the face of the Turkish project will force the Turks to review and reassess their political and military estimates in the region, and it will deal a devastating blow to Erdogan and his Ottoman ambitions.
In this context, the Arab world needs to activate all options and pressure tools to confront the Turkish role on the Libyan arena, and stand up to Turkey as one Arab side, because the matter is about a serious and grave threat to all, as Erdogan’s ambitions and delusions will not stop pushing him to commit follies and devastating adventures in other Arab regions and countries, if he succeeds in Libya. The dangerous matter in this is that Erdogan is using the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood as a vehicle to implement his project, destroying the unity of states and the stability of their societies, and therefore Erdogan is no less dangerous than the Persian project, as both aim to dominate the Arab region and control its capabilities, and no Arab country imagines that it is isolated from their danger, Therefore, a decisive Arab pause is needed to confront them.