It’s hard to understand why so many consider Erdogan a champion of the oppressed despite years of protests in Turkey against his regime, massive political repression, widespread arrests of journalists, repression of the Kurdish people, bombing in Syria, & his unsavory financial deal with the EU to prevent Syrian refugees from getting to Greece. This article is about how Turkey has closed its border tighter than a drum to the over quarter of a million Syrian civilians fleeing Syrian & Russian bombing in Idlib & Hama provinces.