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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Turkey's State of Terror

This week Turkish forces invaded Iraq and its warplanes bombed 7 Kurdish villages killing a teenage girl and wounding her mother and 3 year old sister. A week ago Iran had done the same things, killing a 14 year old girl and a 45 year old woman. There are no shouts of protest. No worldwide demonstrations. The Obama administration and the media did not deliver any lectures on disproportionate force. Not even when Erdogan vowed to drown the Kurdish rebels "in their own blood".

Instead Ambassador James J. Jeffrey slavishly rushed to assure Turkey's Thug in Chief Erdogan that the PKK  was also America's enemy and promised to "urgently" review any request for help against them. No such help was offered to the Kurds, whose villages were being bombed from the sky using planes sold to Turkey by the United States. Despite the fact that Iraqi Kurds, unlike Turkey, supported the US liberation of Iraq. Because that's what friends of the United States get from the Obama Administration. A kick in the face. And what our enemies get is a slobbering kiss on the cheek.

The PKK is a terrorist organization, but it is not our enemy and it does not have anything to do with us. Any reason for providing aid to Turkey against the PKK ended with the Cold War. Especially considering Turkey's shakedown of the US during the Kosovo operation and its refusal to support US forces in the liberation of Iraq. The United States has no reason to provide military assistance to a regime that is not willing to do the same.

While the US has consistently backed Turkey against the PKK-- the Turkish regime has in response accused the US of supporting the PKK in order to divide Turkey. Ankara knows very well that this is a lie, but it is part of a domestic campaign aimed at demonizing the US. Just as the chairman of the ruling AKP Islamist party, Hüseyin Çelik, has accused Israel of being behind the PKK bombing in İskenderun (legally Syrian territory, in practice occupied Kurdistan) in order to continue the regime's campaign of hateful incitement. (This is particularly ironic as Turkey is actually using Israeli drones against the Kurdish rebels, and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu  helped Turkey capture PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.) Further exploiting the more recent Istanbul bus bombing for all it's worth, Erdogan accused everyone from the media to his own political opposition of being tied up with the attacks.

The hypocrisy here is rather pungent as bus bombings were a common tool of the Hamas terrorist organization, which is closely supported by Erdogan. As a radical Islamist, Erdogan's ties to terrorism run deep. Not only was he personally jailed, but Erdogan and his AKP party are tied up with Yassin Qadi, a Saudi businessman who was marked by the US Treasury as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist"who funneled millions of dollars to Osama bin Laden. Cuneyt Zapsu, a co-founder of the AKP party and an Erdogan advisor, meanwhile only passed along 300,000 dollars to Al Queda, through Qadi.

Meanwhile in a country where members of a Kurdish youth choir as young as 12 were arrested and faced years in prison for singing a Kurdish folk song, that also happens to be the anthem of the anthem of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government at the San Francisco International Music Festival in 2007-- Al Queda openly publishes its own magazine, "Kaide" out of an office in the middle of Istanbul. This is no accident. Erdogan claims there's no such thing as Islamic terrorism, just as he claimed that there's no such thing as genocide by Muslims, when he welcomed Sudan's mass murdering leader, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted for crimes against humanity. What Erdogan has done is legitimize Muslim terrorism and genocide. Even as he rants about Kurdish attacks on Turkey.

It's understandable why Erdogan and his regime would be worried about the Kurds. Turkey occupies and rules over 12 million of them. And those are the official statistics of a regime which at one time actually criminalized any attempt to list separate Kurdish populations. Suggesting that the real numbers may be far higher. But the real question is why we should care. Erdogan and the AKP are pushing Turkey on an anti-American path. Meanwhile the Kurds are vital to stabilizing Iraq. Which suggests that perhaps we should be focusing more on the rights of the Kurds, than the demands of the Turks.

But the US and Europe have turned a blind eye to everything Turkey does. Even when Erdogan openly threatened to ethnically cleanse Armenians again, if they complained about Turkey's original genocide of their people, in the presence of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Nor did Brown raise the subject with Erdogan. Unlike when Israeli soldiers board a Turkish boat sent to aid Hamas, are stabbed and beaten and defend themselves, then the British government quickly demanded answers from Israel. That is because like every Islamist regime, Turkey gets a free pass to do whatever it likes, whether it's occupying Cyprus, invading Iraq and bombing villages there, or imprisoning 12 year olds for singing folk songs. And Turkey's pipeline power doesn't hurt either, as Europe finds itself on the wrong end of energy based hydraulic despotism.

Germany may keep Turkey out of the EU, not that Europe would have survived more than a decade of a state of affairs in which a Muslim population in the tens of millions, half of whom earns 20 dollars a month suddenly had access to every country in the EU. But the apologetics being penned for Turkey in the Western media claiming that Turkey's move to the Islamist camp is the act of a spurned EU lover, have it wrong. This was a long range and well financed effort accomplished by the same Saudis who funded Al Queda. Turkey once made the transition from Imperialism to Fascism. Now it is going from Fascism to Islamism.

Meanwhile European humanitarians and American liberals will continue vocally denouncing Israel for every talking point sent their way by Hamas. But suppose they spare a glance for 12 million Kurds living under Erdogan's oppression. Or its Armenians who dare not lift their heads. Or the continuing occupation of Cyprus. Or perhaps the ongoing imprisonment of Leyla Zana, who on becoming the first woman elected to the Turkish parliament was sentenced to ten years in jail for taking her oath in Kurdish. Despite winning the Sakharov Prize and being nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, Zana is still in jail today. Perhaps in between declaring boycotts against Israel (though of course they oppose collective punishment) such "luminaries" as Ken Loach, John Berger, Iain Banks, Eve Ensler and Danny Glover might give a thought for her, and for what an actual totalitarian regime that occupies the lands of other people and suppresses their identities looks like.

But of course that would require integrity, which is in rather short supply among those folks. That is the same reason why human rights has become a sham. Why genocide could go on in the Sudan, while human rights groups panhandling for donations in Saudi Arabia, have focused mainly on raving and ranting against Israel. It's why the Human Rights Council at the UN features such notable defenders of human rights as Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Russia. And why Erdogan feels free to conduct a state of terror at home, and even invade Iraq, because he knows that he will never be held accountable for it.

10 comments:

Keli Ata said...

Liberal hypocrisy in true fashion. They want us to mourn evil Arabs and be indifferent to innocent victims.


The situation with these Muslim leaders is almost like a sick real-life version of The Boys from Brazil. Instead of Hitler clones we've got all these clones of barbaric Muslims. I wonder if any Muslims were in Argentina and Brazil 40 or so years ago?

Lemon said...

Turkey seems very racist.

Anonymous said...

Call me crazy, but I could'nt help but think this guy is a lonng lost lovechild of Hitler, and the Europeans are doing the same let it ride crap that led to WW II. And why won't anybody pull Saudi Arabia's card? Perhaps we need Friday night executions for treason instead of Dancing with the Stars, and American Idol and all the other mindless crap coming out of Hollywood.

Thanks for telling the truth once again.

Greg RN

Keli Ata said...

I have bad associations with Turkey, and have ever since I saw the movie Midnight Express.

Great movie BTW and terrific soundtrack.

Horrible country.

OT but "Billy's Speech" or the Midnight Express speech is a classic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reyzQ7aUw-k

Arius said...

Keli Ata: there was the Mufti of Jerusalem that during WW2 openly supported the Nazi's and encouraged the Holocaust; same for the Muslim Brotherhood. You can still find a picture of Hitler in Muslim homes in the Middle East. Hitler's Mein Kampf is a best seller in Turkey.

Anonymous said...

My dad was in the navy and I can remember him talking about being in Turkey when I was a kid. This was in the late 60s - early 70s. He came to see me last week and so I asked him to tell about his memories of the country. He said that as long as the sailors stayed in the areas of the city where they were told to stay it was very westernized. There was a place that everyone wanted to see but were warned it was extremely dangerous. There were even slave markets there. He and some other sailors got on a ferry to go sight seeing and when the ferry docked he chickened out and decided to go back to where it was "safe." My dad and I don't always see eye to eye, but that led into a great discussion about how Turkey is becoming Islamized. It's not that my dad's a liberal but sometimes he does lean a little that way. He and my mom were going to vote for Obama, because they were duped into feeling like our country needed "change" but my mom passed out the morning of the election and spent the next week in the hospital. They didn't get to vote and both said that now they're glad they didn't!

Debra

Anonymous said...

"And what our enemies get is a slobbering kiss on the cheek."

And we know which cheek that is.

Keli Ata said...

Arius: Very interesting!

Now it has me wondering if there could be Muslims around today that are descendants of Nazis.

Either way, they seem to share some sort of evil.

Anonymous said...

Isn;t it Erdogan who said "democracy is a street car you ride until you reach your destination". The destination of course is global Islam which he makes no bones about .

Turkey is 2010 Capital of Culture for.....Europe, and it isn't in Europe. This is to flummox people, they will wonder why Turkey isn't being allowed into the EU when it 'so clearly is'. So our borders will be swelling with, not just jihadists from Turkey soon, but those they let in from N.Africa (as the Euro-Med Pact is now open to N. Africa) e.g.Libya, Morocco, Algeria, which will of course accommodate movement from Nigeria and the Sudan. In short Dar al Islam has an open door to the UK, despite hating us, they just luv to come as we throw benefits at people, especially islamists.

What can uk do? nothing, we write to MPs, only Nigel Farage (UKIP) writes back, he gets it!

It's measure for measure, we allow Israel to be usurped and vilified and that very same thing happens to us. Considering our ruling class was brought up on a Judeo-Christian education, knowing Torah and New Testament, their seems to be very little brain there.

And yes, Erdogan does look like the love child of Hitler, are they by any chance related? I think we should be told.

Anonymous said...

Turkey is fast becoming a modern islamic power.
We need to throw as much crap in their face as possible. Actually we need to destroy Turkey along with Iran and Saudi-Arabia.
This can be done using Yemen against the Saudis, the kurds against the turks and all the nonpersian sunnigroups against the persian shias.

The dar al islam needs more carnage, as long as it remains muslim, not less!

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