The problem we all have is that it is always difficult to understand the belief systems of other cultures that inform their attitudes and actual decisions. We think it is all about Realpolitic but it is not.
as an ethnic group spent a long time in the sun, lording it over the Muslim world. It was a leader of the Muslim faith and was determining its forms for centuries. Yet it wishes to enter and fully participate in the modern world without adopting the civilizing rules of the developed world. Turkey
These are not words. The Christian church continues to be suppressed unrelentingly in
while we encourage the building of mosques near ground zero. At some point this will backfire on Islam itself. Continuing on this path will lead to a second Islamic expulsion in Turkey Europe sooner or later.
In the meantime, the Turkish regime is flirting with the side road of radical Islam which avidly grasps the dream of hatred. While Christianity struggles to imbue love for strangers and admits that their ideal is almost impossible, Islam takes the easy road of diverting natural blood lust onto non followers and wonders why they have created little except barbaric empires for centuries.
We look to
to solve this Islamic conundrum. We look for a solution that we can accept and can live with. It has not been coming. Turkey
Denying the Truth on
The Obama administration thinks
Israel and can make friends again. Earlier this month, at the administration’s urging, Turkey Israel agreed to participate, with , in a United Nations Review Panel on the flotilla incident that occurred last May. In that incident, nine Turkish members of an Islamist mob were killed when the group attacked Israeli soldiers aboard a Turkish ship. The ship itself was trying to break Turkey Israel’s blockade of . Gaza
Since then, Turkish officials, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan setting the tone, have consistently referred to the incident as
“killing innocent civilians,” “state terrorism,” and the like. U.S. envoy to the UN Susan Rice, however, expressed hope that the panel “can serve as a vehicle to enable Israel Israel and to move beyond the recent strains in their relationship and repair their strong historic ties.” Turkey
The news so far is not encouraging, with Turkey having excluded Israel’s ambassador to Turkey from attending the annual Eid al-Fitr dinner (marking the end of Ramadan) last week. An official of Erdogan’s AK Party explained that “anyone who is unjust or inequitable cannot pass the threshold of the Justice and Development party’s headquarters.” The Israeli Foreign Ministry responded that “once again it appears that Erdogan is initiating an escalation…we will behave responsibly and not be pulled into the Turkish sword dance.”
United States, however, is also having trouble getting along with these days. Ynet reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has “convened a special meeting of State Department and National Security Council officials to discuss the Turkey United States’ relations with .” Senior Turkey U.S. officials are described as “infuriated with Turkey over its [support for] Iran…, a sentiment demonstrated by Republican senators’ refusal to approve the appointment of designated U.S. ambassador to , Frank Ricciardone.” The Financial Times also claims President Obama has “personally warned” Erdogan to take a more constructive line on both Ankara Israel and . Iran