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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Turkish opposition no better than the AKP

The leader of Turkey's Kemalist opposition party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, has announced that his party is opposed to NATO stationing x-band radar on Turkish soil, calling the radar an 'Israel shield' (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
“The CHP [Republican People’s Party] is opposed to the idea of an ‘Israel Shield,’ which will be established only to protect the benefits of Israel,” Kılıçdaroğlu wrote on Monday on his official Twitter account.

The main opposition leader also said his party has launched a nationwide protest campaign against the radar base.

A memorandum of understanding signed last week by Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu and U.S. Ambassador to Ankara Francis J. Ricciardone earlier this month envisions the deployment of a U.S. AN/TPY-2 (X-band) early warning radar system at a military installation at Kürecik in the eastern province of Malatya as part of the NATO missile-defense project.

As part of the project, missile shield interceptors and their launching system will be deployed in Romanian and Polish territory, in 2015 and 2018, respectively.
Of course, one cannot expect the Obama administration to try to bring the Turks into line. After all, they're a sovereign country....

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At 11:45 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Turkish secularists used to be Turkey's great hope. When it comes to Israel, their attitude is even worse than that of the governing Islamists.

And to think Israel was going to grovel before them!

What could go wrong indeed


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