Now changing subjects entirely...
- After Syrian attack, Turkey OKs foreign troop deployment | CNN
- Turkey authorises military action against Syria | AFP
- Turkey retaliates after deadly shelling from Syria | Fox News
- Turkey authorizes military action in Syria after mortar attack that killed civilians | Washington Post
- Turkey Retaliates Against Syria: How It May Give Rebel Soldiers Cover to Expand | TIME Magazine
Al Arabiya quotes Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan saying today that his country "is a state capable of defending its citizens and borders. Nobody should try and test our determination on this subject”. Russia's RT news service quotes him saying: “Our armed forces in the border region immediately retaliated against this heinous attack… by shelling the targets spotted by radar... Turkey will never leave unanswered such kinds of provocation by the Syrian regime against our national security." Erdogan is reported to be especially irritated that the Syrians have not apologized.
Restrained, bordering almost on the noble. Sorely provoked by uncivilized behaviour of violent neighbours with a low value for human life, Turkey's leader says we need to give them some serious smacks so they will say sorry and behave themselves in the future.
Now here's our point.
Since Israel unilaterally handed control of the Gaza Strip in 2005 to the Palestinian Arabs living there, and ultimately to Hamas who violently muscled their way to political control of Gaza in 2007, more than 8,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israeli targets.
This same Mr Erdogan, who reserves to himself the right to defend his citizens and his borders and warns malefactors that they should not even dream of testing his country's determination, has expressed himself quite differently when it was Israel that took defensive measures in the face of lethal terrorist behaviour that goes on and on.
Think back to how the Turk spoke at the Davos Conference in Switzerland in January 2009. To the astonishment and embarrassment of the assembled heads of state and distinguished participants, he stormed off the stage at the World Economic Forum "red-faced from verbally sparring with President Shimon Peres over the recent fighting in Gaza" [source] [video]. Erdogan had "strongly criticized Israel’s Gaza offensive", according to the NY Times.
Red-faced, and with one hand grasping the arm of the moderator, the columnist David Ignatius of The Washington Post, Mr. Erdogan turned to the Israeli president. “Mr. Peres, you are older than me,” he said. “Your voice comes out in a very loud tone. And the loudness of your voice has to do with a guilty conscience... When it comes to killing, you know well how to kill.” [New York Times report]Amr Moussa, a former Egyptian foreign minister and at the time the secretary general of the Arab League, said [source] Erdogan's action was understandable. "Mr. Erdogan said what he wanted to say and then he left. That's all. He was right." Of Israel, he said, "They don't listen."
Amr Mousa was wrong. We Israelis do listen, and we recognize rank hypocrisy when we see and hear it.