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Wishful thinking , I am afraid .

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jun 9, 2010 at 06:07

Godfrey de Bouillon wrote

" Now is the time to at least threaten Turkey with expulsion from NATO and, if it comes to that, look for an occasion to show Turkey that we in the West haven't forgotten altogether how to pay traitors!"

That would be a fine idea if it could work . But I am afraid that there are too many powerful traitors on the Western side too who will thwart any honest effort to settle scores with the Neo-Ottomans as they deserve it . Take e.g. the US without whose will nothing happens in NATO . On closer consideration It turns out that US arms industry is too dependent on the Turkish market to afford the loss of the Turkish customers generals . In the framework of a thirty-year plan to modernize the Turkish military, Turkey has been purchasing an enormous quantity of weapons and other military equipment from the United States . Between 1994 and 2003 alone Turkey took delivery of more than $6.8 billion in U.S. weaponry and services. In fact Turkey is the third biggest recipient of U.S. military aid , behind Israel and Egypt . Between 1994 and 2004, it got over $1.3 billion in Foreign Military Financing .

Now let's face it ! Too many too powerful vested Western interests are involved here to interrupt the flow of gold between Turkey and teh West and the golden chains that bind the US arms lobbyists to the Turkish militarists are too thick and too strong to just break . Nothing short of a direct Turkish attack on the US - as envisaged in the Turkish bestseller "Metal Storm" - or perhaps Israel (but I am not so sure of that ) can change this dismal fact . Turkey is a traitor . That's true but it is in company of traitors and it knows that perfectly well and we should do as well .

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