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Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-08-14 01:49||
#2 The Paradox ot Turkish American Foreign Policy.
The U.S. has designated Hamas as a "foreign terrorist organization" since 1997, but Turkey's Islamist-leaning government disagrees with that assessment.
"Let me give you a very clear message, I don't see Hamas as a terror organization," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a vocal critic of Israel, told U.S. interviewer Charlie Rose in May 2011. "It is a resistance movement trying to protect its country under occupation."
Posted by Besoeker 2012-08-14 02:41||
#3 The U.S. and Turkey's Western allies...think of Turkey mostly as a liaison with the armed fighters, who happen to be Islamists at the same time
"happen to be Islamists" - complete coincidence, in diplo-think.
Posted by Pappy 2012-08-14 10:49||
#4 Turkey is a write-off. They tried to be part of the West for decades and the Europeans gave them more and more impossible demands to meet. They chose to side against the west but are currently hoping to have it both ways diplomatically. Screw 'em. The US and Israel should mention Constantinople from time to time just to get under their skin.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-08-14 14:35||
#5 After all the Greeks have a better claim to Constantinople than the Pals do to Jerusalem. The Greeks built it after all.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-08-14 14:36||
#6 The modern Turkish name İstanbul derives from the Greek phrase eis tin polin (εις την πόλιν), meaning "in the City" or "to the City".
Posted by European Conservative 2012-08-14 19:49||
#7 of course many of us can never forgive the 4th ID snafu - the dead don't salute you Turkey.
Posted by Water Modem 2012-08-14 21:47||