‘Red lines’ vs ‘lines’ in policy

After attending the “Victory Day” reception in the presidency on Aug. 30, I drew the following conclusions: – Turkey is ready to conduct all types of maneuvers to prevent unwanted situations and fait accomplis to its south. Whatever is necessary will be done. The decision was taken. I saw the feeling of relief that this decision was taken at the highest level.   – From September, Turkey will start a full-fledged financial campaign, including in investments overseas. -There is a difference between “red lines” and “sharp, invisible lines.” There are no more “red lines,” there are now only “invisible and very sharp lines.” What is the difference? In the past, whenever politicians said “we have red lines,” they we giving messages to the domestic public. The “red line” was constantly visible. But now, “the invisible but sharp line” creates a direct effect between states. It is understood by the relevant interlocutor states right, although it may not be seen by voters. Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Operation to Syria was one example demonstrating the “invisible, sharp line.” Winning defense tenders against international giants At the reception I spoke with Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli and the issue of “national and local” initiatives came up. He told me about a recent development in which one of the large countries in the Balkans held a high-technology and fire power tender. ASELSAN from Turkey applied to take part in the tender. The firms that are competing were from the USA and Israel. At one stage they started getting bad news, that they were about to lose the tender.     So he chose to go there, taking the ASELSAN technical team with 24, however, Canikli had a standing invitation to that country. They made such a presentation that the entire decision on the tender was changed. To put it differently, this notion of “being local and national” is not confined to nuts and pears. Comparing past and present ceremonies While President Erdoğan was delivering his address at the ceremony, it started to become dark. At the very moment an image began to be projected to the platform from a drone in the air. We managed to see the Seljuk architecture of the presidential complex, as projected by the image of the drone. I stood next to EU Minister Ömer Çelik. “Look at the bright, shining architecture. It is spectacular. Just don’t forget the ceremonies that used to be conducted in narrow roads,” he said. I remembered the ceremonies conducted in the Prime Ministry building in Ankara and the ceremonies performed next to the bus stops. I remember the welcoming ceremonies performed for dignitaries in the courtyard of the old building. A gap is filling. Turkey’s economy Finally, let me refer to a conversation I had in the service with Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek. “There are many diverse comments concerning the economy. Is our economy good or bad?” I asked him somewhat jokingly.   Şimşek replied with a laugh. “Our president was telling the truth. Despite everything, the Turkish economy is rising. Look at the growth figures. Look at other countries in the same situation; look at how they ended up,” he said.September/02/2017PHOTO GALLERY