The Washington Times Daily - - TURKEY - Robert Carl “Bud” McFar­lane was na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser to Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan from 1983 through 1985. Af­ter a ca­reer in the Ma­rine Corps, he be­came part of the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion and was a lead­ing ar­chi­tect of the Strate­gic De­fense Ini­tia­tive (S

Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan has co­op­er­ated with the Euro­pean Union to slow down the flood of mi­gra­tion from Turkey to Europe. At least 5 mil­lion refugees are shel­ter­ing in Turkey. Yet, he threat­ens to un­leash mil­lions of refugees into Europe.

And there are other threats to Europe stem­ming from Turkey’s instability.

• Turkey’s civil war against the Kurds could get big­ger due to the pres­i­dent’s ac­tions. Both the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party and the newly emerged Is­lamic State are Turkey’s en­e­mies. Grow­ing civil war could close the en­ergy sup­ply to Europe by shut­ting down oil and gas pipe­lines.

• Due to the prospect of a wider civil war, the arse­nal of nu­clear weapons at the NATO base in In­cir­lik is in dan­ger of be­ing cap­tured.

• More than 50 atomic weapons are be­lieved

to be lo­cated there.

So, what should the United States and NATO do to pro­tect West­ern coun­tries from a desta­bi­lized Turkey?

We can look to the suc­cess­ful strate­gies of the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion for clues.

Pres­i­dent Rea­gan opted to stand firm against the threat of Soviet ex­pan­sion, but at the same time, he reached be­hind the Iron Cur­tain to speak to peo­ple who were op­pressed.

The NATO al­liance must en­gage the Turk­ish peo­ple and do three things.

1.) First, pur­sue crim­i­nal charges against Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan at the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court in The Hague for aid­ing ter­ror­ists;

2.) Sec­ond, the West should draw down its NATO forces in Turkey and re­lo­cate sen­si­tive weapons to other coun­tries.

3.) Third, ap­ply “tough love” when deal­ing with the Turk­ish strong­man gov­ern­ment.

Trade sanc­tions should be con­sid­ered. But Wash­ing­ton should reach out to all the peo­ples of Turkey — Turks, Kurds, Mus­lims and nonMus­lims — who want a sta­bil­ity that only a repub­lic of laws can give them. En­cour­age ef­forts to re­store Turkey’s free press and give hu­man­i­tar­ian aid.

Amer­ica de­sires to see Turkey be­come an eco­nom­i­cally strong part­ner that is at peace, both at home and with its neigh­bors. The Turks have been won­der­ful al­lies of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

Fact is, the Turk­ish peo­ple are re­silient, and Turk­ish democ­racy can flourish again. The United States must not en­able a dic­ta­tor­ship but help the Turk­ish peo­ple choose free­dom, faith and pros­per­ity.

With the wis­dom of con­sti­tu­tional gov­ern­ment sup­port­ing its democ­racy and with good­faith part­ners in NATO, the best days of Turkey are still ahead.

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