…by Jonas E. Alexis
Who is the most tragic character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings again? It is none other than Sméagol, who later turned into a sinister creature named Gollum.
Throughout Tolkien’s epic and moving story, Gollum usually confuses and tricks Frodo. Frodo is bewildered because Gollum sometimes shows great acts of kindness and bravery. He specially saved Frodo from drowning in a swamp.
But for Sam, Gollum is a villain whose devious and cunning activity outweighs his acts of kindness. For Sam, Gollum shows generosity because he is after something precious. His ultimate goal is to steal the ring of power once again.
“What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had a chance,” says Frodo at one point in the story, “I do not feel any pity for Gollum.”
But whenever Gollum shows some honesty, Frodo does sympathize for him. Gollum is the actual character who loves and hates the ring of power at the same time, “as he loves and hates himself.” At the end of the story, the lust for power destroyed Gollum. His unbridled passion led him to his tragic death.
One Turkish physician by the name of Bilgin Ciftcihas has recently made a connection between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Gollum, which actually is a challenge to the accepted wisdom in Turkey. The connection is not far-fetched. Erdogan resembles Gollum because he seems to love and hate ISIS at the same time. He loves ISIS because the terrorist group obviously allows him to have some power to rule Turkey with an iron fist.
Erdogan hates ISIS because, thanks to Putin, he got caught making a pernicious deal with the terrorist group. Gollum was willing to do just about anything to get his “precious.” He would lie numerous times to Frodo. He would shrewdly create a strong division between Sam and Frodo, which caused the two friends to part company for a while.
Benjamin Netanyahu once said of the United States: “I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction.” NWO agents seem to be doing the same thing with Erdogan: they are moving him “in the right direction.”
What is so sad is that even though Erdogan got caught red-handed, he went out of his way to deny all the evidence. He summoned lies, big lies, and then changed things around by saying that Assad has been sleeping with ISIS.
What is even more hilarious is that Russia has given the United States concrete evidence showing that Turkey and ISIS are basically two sides of the terrorist coin, but the United States has deliberately refused to concede the fact. As Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov has put it:
“Finally, our colleagues from the [US] State Department and the Pentagon confirmed that photo evidence we had presented at a briefing (showing the routes of oil smuggling from terrorist-controlled areas) is authentic.
“However, their claims that they ‘do not see the border crossings with tank trucks that cross the border’, cause a smile, at least because the photo is a static image. When US officials claim that they do not see oil smuggled by terrorists to Turkey, it looks like an outright patronage rather than slyness.”
Sputnik News says that “Pentagon has all reconnaissance means necessary to record oil smuggling from the territories controlled by Daesh to Turkey.” Konashenkov moved on to say:
“If even this is not enough for our American colleagues, we advise to watch video from their drones, the number of which, by the way, recently tripled over the Syrian-Turkish border and the oil-bearing regions, controlled by terrorists.”
This is certainly hard to dismiss, and serious politicians such as former Turkish Ambassador to Iraq and the United Kingdom Unal Cevikov are basically saying the same thing. And if the U.S. continues to deliberately ignore those facts, then they are placing their political feet firmly in midair.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that almost everything goes out through Turkey and that the Turkish government knows about it,” says Institute for Gulf Affairs founder and director Ali al-Ahmed. He added:
This is very embarrassing for the US government defending these actions. It is protecting its allies. But it is destroying its own international credibility.”
So, if the New World Order were serious about fighting terrorism, the Turkish regime would almost certainly go down the tube in a matter of days or months.
Bilgin Ciftcihas has already lost his job with the Public Health Institution of Turkey “after sharing the meme, and he faces a two-year prison sentence…” This is another piece of evidence which indicates that the New World Order is morally crumbling. In response to this story, the New York Times got it right this time in summarizing Tolkien’s point:
“Sméagol catches a glimpse of the ring, murders for it, and possesses it for centuries until it is mislaid and found by another hobbit. Sméagol struggles to redeem himself, but his obsessive bloodthirst for the ring wins out. He accidentally destroys himself and the ring, but also saves Middle Earth in the process.”
The New York Times cites scholar Michael D. C. Drout saying: “The context is this: Gollum accidentally, not intentionally, saves the entire world.”
Hegel would have agreed with that assessment. The evil and pernicious actions of men, argues Hegel, cannot thwart reason from working itself out in history. Sure, evil is virtually everywhere in politics, but reason will be the victor. This is why there is no need to be pessimistic about the future.
Drout says of Tolkien: “He didn’t see him [Gollum] as irredeemably evil. He saw him as someone who had been destroyed by this evil ring.”
I would say the same thing of Erdogan. He is not irredeemable, but he is operating under a diabolical system which gives him no chance. The New World Order has obviously poisoned his mind and corrupted his moral reasoning. Blinded by his own greed and lust, Erdogan has betrayed the Turkish people and is now in deep trouble.
It would be much easier for Erdogan to just admit that he was indeed involved in terrorist activity. Humanity would respect him for his candor. Putin would almost certainly forgive him. But for him to perpetually tread on a destructive path will be detrimental to the New World Order. You can count on that.
It was Augustine who said that lust makes one blind, and moral and intellectual blindness has enormous consequences. Gollum was morally blind, and this led to his untimely death. Erdogan is currently blind, and hopefully he will finally wake up before it is too late.
 J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1993), 79-80.
 Quoted in Gideon Levy, “Tricky Bibi,” Haaretz, July 15, 2010.
 Mark Piggott, “Isis: Turkey’s President Erdogan says Assad is buying oil from Islamic State,” International Business Times, November 26, 2015.
 Russia Surprised by US ‘Blindness’ to Trucks Delivering Daesh Oil to Turkey,” Sputnik News, December 5, 2015.
 “Elements in Turkey Likely Involved in Daesh Oil Smuggling – Ex-Ambassador, Sputnik News, December 5, 2015.
 Defending Turkey’s Role in Daesh Oil Trade ‘Destroys US Credibility,’” Sputnik News, December 5, 2015.
 Katie Rogers, “Is Gollum Good or Evil? Jail Term in Turkey Hinges on Answer,” NY Times, December 4, 2015; see also Kareem Shaheen, “Turkish court asks ‘Gollum experts’ if Erdoğan comparison is insult,” Guardian, December 2, 2015.
 Rogers, “Is Gollum Good or Evil? Jail Term in Turkey Hinges on Answer,” NY Times, December 4, 2015.