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Submitted by Art J. (United States), Sep 28, 2011 at 18:19

With Turkey now reverting back to its power-hungry imperialistic cultural impulses, it is now threatening to turn the entire eastern Mediterrranean Sea into a radicalized Muslim lake. Simply look at the map of that reagion, then visualize a line from Istanbul to the Egypt-Libya border. Two massive hostile anti-Western powers with large armies could quickly turn that massive region into a no-go zone, much like neighborhoods in the U.K.

Whether the U.S. has a plan B is questionable. As Goldman states, "Turkey simply is not the economic powerhouse it likes to think it is, and the humbling of Turkey's economic prospects presages a similar humiliation in its global standing," should be welcome news. The same is true of' Egypt, which has suddenly woken up to the fact that its tourist industry is gone and it depends on imports for 80% of its food. Unfortunately such logical implications for the viability of a nation are not strong forces to radicalized 14th century mindsets. Those cultures are not, and never will be, interested in the philosophies of "human rights," "capitalism," "freedom" etc.

It's ironic and coincidental that the original birthplace of democracy was Israel, and the first state to turn democracy into a political state power was ancient Greece. They should rejoin their philosophy again. The U.S. must create a wedge toward Israel to protect the loss of that entire geopolitical area, including the massive gas fields now claimed by Israel-Cyprus, but also threatened by Turkey. The wedge should be extended to the newly digitized online Dead Sea and its Scrolls as a foundation. The wedge could reach into two allies (still), Jordan and Saudi Arabia the the Gulf States, and become a defined barrier.

As for Turkey-Israel relations, it's obvious that Turkey is reverting to its Ottoman expansionistic desires. The Palestinian cause is simply a transparent use of that group as a human shield for its military-protected flotilla. The Pals make convenient clubs to batter Israel (ie. UK) or an updated Trojan Horse to get their force back inside that region. Why are we helping the Afghans and Paks, who hate us, when Europe itself is at such risk?

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