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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Turkish columnist understands the 'peace' that Arabs and Muslims really want

Turkish columnist Burak Bekdil has 'peace' in the Middle East all figured out (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
Apparently, Arabs and Turks have quite confused minds as to how to achieve lasting peace in Syria in particular and in the Middle East in general. This is probably because they have quite exotic ideas on what constitutes peace.

According to Ambrose Bierce’s “The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary,” peace is “a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.” For some Palestinians, peace is Katyushas fired randomly at Israeli soldiers (read: any Israeli person aged 0-110). For Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, it is peaceful prayer at the famous mosque in the “Palestinian capital Jerusalem.”

For Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it may be the revival of the Ottoman caliph in his own personality. For Mr. al-Assad, it is a Syrian population minus half. For the mullahs in Tehran, it is having the Zionist state removed to Alaska. And for the Saudi Kingdom, it is probably arming both Israel and Iran with nuclear weapons first and then having both removed to Alaska where they could fight in peace.

Now let’s think honestly: What, really, would have happened if Israel’s entire nuclear arsenal had been in the possession of, instead of the Jewish state itself, its “peaceful” Arab neighbors for the last half a century? Absolute peace in the Middle East? Depends on what you understand by peace.
Indeed. I'm surprised Erdogan hasn't arrested Mr. Bekdil yet. Read the whole thing.



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