“Al Qaeda affiliated groups (in Syria) are a great problem and becoming an even greater problem” Kocaman explained. “…The reasonable Muslims need to come together with the Jews and the Christians. We need to show the radicals they are wrong via the Quran.”
Analysis by Rachel Avraham
Coalition of Muslim countries opposed to Assad?
However, Kocaman hinted that there might be better ways to handle the Syrian humanitarian crisis that currently aren’t on the table. “Islamic countries,” led by Turkey, “should send their troops into the country to deter Assad. It will be a great threat to Assad,” she declared. The Muslim soldiers, who can also be accompanied by forces from the United States and other countries, will first aim to address the humanitarian crisis as part of a peace-keeping mission. Kocaman believes it’s important that Muslim participate in this struggle against Assad’s human rights abuses, so that radical jihadists won’t be able to point their fingers exclusively at the west. “Al Qaeda affiliated groups are a great problem and becoming an even greater problem. In order to eradicate this, America sounded their war drums. However, hatred always makes radicals more radical. We need to eradicate the mindset,” Kocaman explained. “In order to do that, the reasonable Muslims need to come together with the Jews and the Christians. America should be in Middle East, not with tanks and bombs, but as an educator. They need to cooperate with moderate Muslims. We need to show the radicals they are wrong via the Quran.”
Turkish-Israeli Alliance against Assad
Aside from Turkey creating this coalition of Muslim forces opposed to Assad, Kocaman also advocates that Turkey and Israel utilize the Syrian crisis to create a defensive pact and improve bilateral relations. She noted that bilateral relations have already improved between the two countries. “All of the Jewish and Turkish press spoke about the Mavi Marmara Agreements. . Its necessary for Assad has threatened Israel. If Turkey gets involved, it will be intimidating for him,” she declared. “He needs to see the power around him. The separation of Israel and Turkey gives Assad a guarantee. The coalition between these two countries will be a great threat.”
Kocaman, a commentator on Turkey’s A9TV and a producer of the network’s TV Show ‘Building Bridges,’ believes that a Turkish-Israeli alliance against Assad accompanied by a coalition of Muslim countries led by Turkey entering into Syria is the best way to address the Syrian humanitarian crisis.