Turkey repeats the history of French cultural occupation in Syria

Despite rapid advances in knowledge and dramatic changes in the world, countries with expansionist ambitions still follow the path of the colonial era. In the midst of this situation, countries fail to abide by international laws and standards, bearing their bloody toll like historic crimes.

Syria, which was facing a terrorist war waged by certain regional and western countries, is geographically eaten away by the Kurds who formed an autonomous administration motivated under the pretext of the elimination of the terrorist organization ISIS, and by the Turks, which, in the name of establishing safe zones, continue to impose a new situation on West Asia.

Conflict of interest: the victims are the Syrian people

The People’s Protection Units, the main force of the Syrian Democratic Forces, are the armed section of the Kurdish Supreme Committee which recruits Arabs, Kurds and Assyrians into its ranks, where approximately 40,000 to 50,000 soldiers served in this organization for the war in Syria. They were all from neighboring countries where the Kurds are present and control tens of thousands of square kilometers of Syrian territory.

He established a self-governing region, which is expected to include more than three million citizens of Arab, Kurdish, Assyrian, Armenian and other ethnicities.

Now Turkey is trying to play the role of guardianship and exert patriarchal influence on Syrian territory, where it has the right to fight on behalf of the “People’s Protection Units” of the Democratic Union Party in Syria. Turkey sees the militia as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

He also worked to control, in cooperation with Syrian armed groups, the areas east of the Euphrates during the military invasion known as the “Euphrates Shield”, “Olive tree” , “Spring of Peace”, to expand its influence and foray into a “” safe zone “approximately 120 km long and 32 km deep within Syrian territory.

In northern Syria, Turkey’s neocolonial aspirations are to include the lands it conquered in recent invasions, where students learn the Turkish language and Turks run hospitals, and their growing role is evident in Turkish traffic lights, Turkish police forces and Turkish-built post offices.

The most important aspects of the Turkish occupation

On the one hand, Ankara exercised military control and planned to create a political situation ensuring that local Syrian structures conformed to Turkish policies.

Ankara considers the areas it occupies to be part of Turkey. Turkish government departments provide services in these areas with the support and assistance of the Turkish armed forces. The Turkish armed forces continue to be present in these areas and have established military bases.

The Turkish government provides armed groups and militias in the region with training and logistical support at the highest level.

On the other hand, Turkey wants to push the economy of the areas under occupation to function in accordance with the hegemonic policies of Ankara which require the establishment of a new structure.

They include most of the services such as transport, communications, commerce, education, language, symbols, media and currency circulation to establish free industrial zones, which creates roads to connect them directly to the Turkish economy.

The most important of these steps relates to the demographic change in the Turkishification of Syrian territory, in addition to the continued restrictions on people and the confiscation of their homes and properties in order to push those who remain to emigrate.

Emphasis on Turkish language education and curriculum change according to Turkish mentality.

The insistence came after Turkish authorities took important decisions to deny any teacher at universities, colleges, institutes, schools and research centers in Turkish-controlled areas if they did not qualify for a full knowledge of the Turkish language.

This is seen as a real threat and a practice of stripping people of their identity. This process continues under the control of the Turkish armed forces to alienate them from their geography, people, history and culture.

These changes involve many places and institutes, including education, curricula, schools, names of towns, villages, suburbs, streets and squares, culture, history and the Syrian national currency.

Another malicious attempt that threatens the identity of these areas is the fact that the Turkish flag has been hoisted there.

Turkish identity cards were published among the population, salaries were paid in Turkish liras and everything was tied to Turkey so these areas became like any region or state inside Turkey.

All these measures of weakening the capacities of the Syrian people remind us of the French occupation and the distortion and malformation of Algerian history, in particular the falsification of the country’s geography, the encouragement of immigration, the erasure of Arab and Islamic identity, the francization of teaching and administration programs, the fight against the Arab teaching institute, teaching the French language at primary levels, and making Arabic a foreign language and an optional necessity.

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