“There are two blue lines on the top and bottom of the star in the Israeli flag. These lines are symbols. The top line represents the Euphrates, the bottom line the Nile. According to Jewish belief these borders are the natural borders of the state of Israel,” Professor Necmedin Erbakan (1926-2011), former Prime Minister of Turkey.
The idea of a joint visa between Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq – was originally floated by the Prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He coined the name ‘Shamgen’ from Syria’s historical name ‘Al-Sham’ which once stretched from Mesopotania in Iraq all the way to Eastern Mediterranean, Jordan, Lebanon and the entire occupied Palestine. Erdogan seems to have taken his cue from European Union which is based on ‘Schengen’.
The Zionist dream of Eretz Israel was going well as planned in 1918 by the World Zionist Organization until the 1979 Islamic Revolution toppled Zionists poodle in Iran. Then in 2002, the pro-Islamic party AKP came into power in the pro-Israel Kemalist Turkey. It was followed by American invasion of Iraq to dismember the country on ethnic basis for the domination of Israel. Now, the oil-rich Iraqi Kurd region is under US-Israel control. This is taken as a grave threat by other three countries with Kurd minorities – Iran, Turkey and Syria.
Last month, Iran’s deputy Vice-president, Ali Aghamohammadi had said: “As offered by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tourists can visit the four countries with the joint visa”. Hopefully, in the near future, both Lebanon and Jordan, the other two countries carved out of historic Al-Sham by the British and French colonists – will join this Muslim Union.
With the exception of Jordan – Turkey, Iraq (even under US occupation), Syria and Lebanon have come much closer to the Islamic Republic during the last five years. Both trade and tourism are on the rise among the five countries. Since AKP victory, the trade between Turkey and Iran has jumped from $1 billion to $10 billion. The annual figures of Iranian tourists to Turkey have jumped from 600,000 (2002) to two million in 2010.
In 2010 – the volume of trade between Tehran, Ankara, Damascus and Baghdad was $40 billion which is expected to increase to $200 billion with the Shamgen project. These capitals are also planning a free-trade zone project SIIT (Syria-Iran-Iraq-Turkey), under which each of the member country will be able to use the others’ national sea territorial waters (12 nautical miles from its baseline).
Erdogan showed his disdain for Muslim sectarianism when he said in public that Turkey doesn’t want Saudi ‘royals’ to recreate a new Karbala in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia for the Shia communities. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu plans to visit Bahrain to hold talks with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmad bin Muhammad Al Khalifa, as well as several other high-level officials and representatives of political groups. After Bahrain, Ahmet Davutoglu, will visit Damascus to meet Bashar al-Assad.