Erdogan to fight US arrest warrants (re: DC brawl)


Press TV interview with Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

Did Erdogan or someone on his team deliberately provoke the brawl at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC, in which members of Erdogan’s security team beat up pro-Kurdish protestors?

Or did anti-Erdogan forces provoke the brawl to make Erdogan look bad?

The “security detail riot” looked a bit like the Chicago “police riot” at the 1968 Democratic convention. In both cases it was “security forces” doing most of the rioting, while nonviolent demonstrators for the most part just got beat up without fighting back.

There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.”

I find it hard to believe that Erdogan’s security is so poorly trained that they would just spontaneously leap into a crowd like that in the middle of the US capital — even if one of the anti-Erdogan demonstrators “started it” by pushing, punching or spitting on an Erdogan supporter, as alleged by that Erdogan supporter. No, I have to suspect that this was yet another false flag, a staged scene of orchestrated political violence, created to serve somebody’s agenda.

Whose agenda?

I wonder if Erdogan, or someone on his team, is pursuing a “strategy of tension” vis-a-vis the USA, primarily for domestic political consumption. Erdogan’s base (like Erdogan himself, we assume) is furious with the US for attempting to crush Turkish democracy in the coup attempt of July 15, 2016…and then refusing to extradite CIA-supported stooge Fethullah Gulen, the alleged coup leader. As we approach the first anniversary of the failed coup, Erdogan gains political points in Turkey for strutting around thumbing his nose at the US. What better way to do that than beat the hell out of some Kurdish “terrorists” in Washington, DC?

Somewhat similar (though less violent) stunts occurred in Europe during the run-up to the Turkish referendum that changed Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential government. Erdogan supporters clashed with European governments, standing up for their right to campaign among Turkish communities in Europe. It played well back home in Turkey. The more Erdogan stands up to the bullying West, the better he looks to his base.

In any case, all this “political streetfighting and thuggery” stuff seems to be getting out of hand, as I said in the interview posted above.




Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.

He is host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly radio show funded by listener donations at and FALSE FLAG WEEKLY NEWS (FFWN); a audio-video show produced by Tony Hall, Allan Reese, and Kevin himself. FFWN is funded through FundRazr.

He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.
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