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Qatari test

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What is ethically correct in international relations? Shall a country abide by the diplomatic code of conduct, norms and values? Is it an absolute rule to always apply Westphalian principles? What is morality? What is right and what is wrong?

Turkish international relations experts who are capable enough of unquestioningly subscribing to the policies of the political clan ruling the country question why Turkey has decided to align itself with Qatar while ignoring that Saudi Arabia and Egypt are the heavyweights of the Arab world. Naturally, Turkey should not feel obliged to take a side in every regional, international or other issue among the family of Muslim nations. Why should it? On the contrary, in order for it to play a role in resolving disputes between other friendly or brotherly countries, shouldn’t Ankara avoid taking sides unless it also is part of the problem?

Turkey’s deployment of troops to Qatar was, of course, an issue decided long ago. An agreement was signed between the two countries and the issue was on the agenda for the Turkish parliament for a long period. Why did Turkey move the issue to the front of parliament’s agenda and get it approved immediately after the Saudi-Egyptian drive to isolate Qatar began? It is difficult to understand. Was it necessary? Could 3,000 Turkish........

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