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Monday, October 24, 2011

'We'd rather do it ourselves'

Israel is a leader - in this region and perhaps worldwide the leader - in technology and equipment for extracting people from destroyed buildings, in setting up field hospitals quickly, and in many other fields that are relevant to countries suffering from natural disasters. Israeli teams have traveled all over the world - even to countries with which we do not have diplomatic relations (such as Malaysia after the tsunami several years ago) to assist in disaster relief.

On Sunday, there was an earthquake at a location that is a 1.5-hour flight from Israel. Israel offered to assist. Turkey said no.
President Shimon Peres has called Turkey's President Abdullah Gul and sent his condolences over the deaths caused by the powerful earthquake that hit the country. Peres also reiterated Israel's offer for humanitarian aid.

Gul thanked Peres, but said that the Turkish search and rescue forces are expected to be able to handle the relief efforts.
But Israel Radio reports that Turkey has accepted assistance - from Iran and Azerbaijan, who are world experts in... nothing.

Is Turkey that stubborn? Look at a map.

The quake area is described as 'southeastern Turkey along the Iranian border.' On this map, that area is part of what is labeled Kurdistan. Could it be that Turkey would rather 'lose' a few more Kurds as earthquake casualties? Could it be that Turkey fears contact between Israelis and other international rescuers and its Kurdish population for fear of what they might learn is really going on in Kurdistan? Could it be that Turkey fears Kurdistan will gain international support if rescuers go there?

I'd bet on it.

Here's some video. Let's go to the videotape.

Those rescuers look real professional, don't they? /sarc

Israel Radio reported earlier that there are people trapped under the rubble who are using their cell phones to call and SMS family and rescuers to let them know where they are. But those people can't live like that forever.

Would things be different if the victims were not Kurds?

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At 7:53 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Jews lack self-respect.

Why they run off giving succor to people who wouldn't give them the time of day, I'll never understand.

And the way the Turks treat Israel speaks volumes about the relationship today.

Israel should not be seeking to revive it.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - hat tip via Shy Guy:

IDF Throws Officer To The Dogs

Only in Israel, would the Stupid Jews who run the country fire an IDF officer who was absolved by the army's own investigation! Then again, in Israel things like a military investigation have a perverse logic, being that if you defend your own men, expect to get punished for it. In a normal country, he would have received a promotion and been congratulated for saving his soldiers' lives!

What could go wrong indeed

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

No. It means they can carry on their genocide of the Kurds unimpeded and blame it on the earthquake.


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