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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Dec 30, 2008 at 09:21

Dr. Pipes wrote :

>Turkey went from being a stalwart ally to the most anti-American country in the world. <

Should anyone be surprised ? In a 99,8% Moslem country like Turkey (What a fine result of 70 years of secularisation!!!) the US must be seen as a natural enemy, even though for tactical reasons it has been kept secret from the clueless Americans. the Turks are opportunists through and through. The advantages of the US-Turkish Axis were too tempting. The US organized and helped them invade and conquer Northern Cyprus in 1974 ; gave them a feeling of safety towards their former saviours - the Soviets; provided cheaply the newest weaponry and technology for the backward Turkish army; allowed Turkey to long enjoy US cover for the Armenian genocide etc. etc. The US has long enough played the Turkish game in which all the real advantages were on one side. The Turks had to pay teh symbolic price of an American military base and the inconvenience of being called a "stalwart ally" of a country teh Turks despised (I laughed reading this most improbable phrase as applied to Turkey ;) .

Surely, general ignorance of Turkey's twisted history and mentality combined with the powerful vested interests of US arms companies and pro-Turkish propaganda machine financed by Turkey and the said vested interests produced and kept alive this illusion of pro-American Turkey.

A most cursory knowledge of Turkey's past would have taught to treat it as it deserved - a treacherous, unreliable , perfidious opportunist. In its history Turkey has betrayed ALL its allies and saviours - France and Britain that had saved Turkey during the Crimean War and the Great Eastern Crisis were betrayed first in favour of Germany. Then came Kaiser Germany's turn to be abandonned and Lenin's Russia whose weapons and gold saved Kemal's bankrupt regime in 1920-1922. All of them cherished the optimistic illusion that Turkey was pro-British, pro-French, pro-German, pro-Soviet ... Although in fact ever time it turned out that Turks as a matter of course were anti-British, anti-French, anti-German, anti-Soviet . The Turks hated and contempted their allies at the same time exploiting their good-will and gullibility to the full. It's a typical Oriental game. The game goes on and now it's turn for America to harvest the fruits of the "gratitude" of the Turk.

As von Moltke wrote in one of his letters from Turkey in 1839 : "A Turk willingly admits that the European nations are superior to him as far as science, technology, wealth (...) and force are concerned. And at the same time that idea that a Frank could be equal to a Moslem would never ever come in his mind ."

It's only in the mind of the American kafirs that such ideas are born, cherished and advertised.

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