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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Erdogan's temper tantrum in Davos was planned

It's been nearly two years since Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threw a temper tantrum at an international conference in Davos, Switzerland, storming out in anger at Israeli President Shimon Peres (there's lots of video at that link for those who have forgotten). I'm sure you'll all be shocked to hear that the whole thing was planned (Hat Tip: Daily Alert).
Meanwhile, Turks readily acknowledge how Erdogan’s temper tantrum at Davos last year, in which he berated Israeli president Shimon Peres, was anything but spontaneous. After Erdogan’s tantrum, thousands gathered at the Istanbul airport waving Palestinian flags to greet Erdogan at 3 a.m. Putting aside questions about how Turks magically find Palestinian flags at 3 a.m., an employee of a company doing work on the Istanbul metro related how he got word that, on the day of Erdogan’s Davos panel — but before it occurred — his company received word that the metro would be open until 4 a.m. that day, and would not close at midnight as normal. No explanation was given.

How long will it be until President Obama recognizes that Prime Minister Erdogan is no friend but rather seeks to translate incitement into political popularity?
Good question. How long will it take Israel to figure out the same thing?

By the way, that article also talks about "Valley of the Wolves, Palestine." I showed you the preview here. The movie is to be released in January.

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At 3:00 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

We can only hope the Stupid Jews stay away from Turkey!

What could go wrong indeed

At 3:40 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

When we lived in Europe, we had friends who lived in Iran and Turkey. And back then, the Turkish military would let the govt work unbothered, until the second religious Islamists made any move to impose their ways in the public sphere. Then the military guys would put their foot down. When Erdogan won and the military guys let him stay, I figured Turkey was leaving the path. I figured the military guys had started to agree with the Islamist guys and were no longer going to be the guardians of Turkey moving out of the 7th century.

When Erdogan had his little snit at Davos, the first thought that went through my mind was that, as all cavemen do, he was using the Jew to throw down a challenge to the previous Turk administrations, which had (perhaps under pressure from the EU and NATO) had a middling interaction with Israel. Erdogan's performance wasn't to do with Israel; it was Erdogan discrediting his previous and possibly future rivals. And trying to make his chops with the neighborhood gangs (they do that in the drug gangs, too.)


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