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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why don't they just shut up?

Barack Obama and David Cameron are only making things worse with Turkey says Marty Peretz. What they ought to do is to shut up.
The fact is that Turkish membership in the E.U. would be tantamount to European approval and support for the values of Turkish society. It once was that Turkey was in dissent from Islamic orthodoxies. This and its antagonism to the Soviet Union--or the antagonism of the Soviet Union to it--were credentials enough for membership in NATO, a membership it has held for half a century. But Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdogan today represents an altogether different constellation of philosophical values and strategic commitments. Erdogan is not shy about these values or commitments. He has made himself Ahmadinejad's emissary to the world. This is a shameful role for any political leader. As is his deputization of self to Hamas and the Syrian dictatorship.

At the core of Erdogan's redeployment of his country on the map of contemporary politics lies his shift from being a pragmatic ally of Israel to being an eager comrade of virtually all the madmen of Islam. This is of some significance to Israel. But it is more salient to the western democracies of which most important are the U.S. and the U.K. whose troops are fighting an almost unmapped battle in Afghanistan. Roughly 1,500 Turkish troops are also deployed against the Taliban and Al Qaeda. This is emblematic of a two-faced policy, one descending, the other in the ascendancy. It also mirrors the intelligence conundrum. Turkey receives secret information from the Americans and the Brits. It also shares this with its Muslim allies, including elements among the Taliban and the intrinsically fissiparous officer corps in Pakistan....

Back to Turkey and the E.U.: Turkey will not be admitted to the Union. Obama and Cameron are only magnifying the disappointment and the resentment of Erdogan. This disappointment and resentment will only feed the anger of the Islamist Turks and the country further into hands of the Muslim armed doctrine. Obama and Cameron are only raising false expectations. Why don't they just shut up?
Good question.


At 11:44 PM, Blogger Johannes said...

The risk that the EU will acknowledge a turkish membership is slim.
France and all eastern EU-states will vehemently oppose that despite UK´s,Germanys and nordic islaminfested states argument.


At 12:05 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Turkey is not going to be admitted to the EU any time soon, which relies on consensus to admit new members. Greece is not keen to have Turkey in the EU as long it occupies Cyprus and the rest of Europe already has enough Muslims to deal with to integrate 50 million more of them into the Continent's affairs.

Obama and Cameron will be waiting until the arrival of Godot for it to happen.

At 12:30 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Excellent article. It made me think about all the extinct civilisations, whose remains I have visited.

My first question to myself was always: How did this happen? I read a lot of history books. But the one thing the books don't tell you is how quickly these empires/cultures fell.

Now that the Western governments have submitted to Iran having nukes - these last minute sanctions are just gestures, Turkey will also get them. But by that time the West will be in ruins.

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
I just fear they might accept Turkey in Europe,i hope Germany will be able to hold them off and yes Turkey should be removed from Nato the quicker the better they give all the planning of nato to Iran and the rest of the Muslim world.What concerns Cameron's speech in Turkey i call it "The political Gallipoli" of Britain.


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