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Me, Mr. Erdogan?

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Submitted by Tim Lock (Saudi Arabia), Sep 28, 2011 at 19:43

First, I am not Mr. Edogan or his spokesman. Second, you have again, sidestepping all the steps that the Turkey's Government has taken to preserve the peace and normality in its reactins for the events that you list, chief among which is the Mavi Marmara event. The Government's main motivation, you must understand in this event is, to defend its credibility and status as a responsible, accountable and respectable State whose nationals cannot be killed just like that-like those of Egypt, Syria, Iran, Lebanon and Palestine. When the Government of Turkey pressed Israel for apology it did so to demonstrate Israel that they cannot treat the Turkish state as they do those undemocratic, unpopular, ananswerable dictatorial governments who are unable and unwilling to protect their citizens. You and the Israilis must get this point. This what the Turkish Government feels deep down. The Turkish Government is not ignorant, fool, overexcited, or unaware of the hazards of stepping on the Israili feet. They dont want downgraded relations or confrontation with the state of ─▒srael, who as we all know, posses nuclear weapons and nuclear vetos (in the UNSC) shielding their unlawful killings, collective punishments, kidnappings, and targeted killings. But Israel must be made to understand that they cannot kill the Turkish nationals just like that because they are the citizenz of Turkey and if they still dont realize this they will lose and has already lost one friend and ally in a sea of hostility towards even the existence of Jewish state.

Surely you wont mention what Mr. Erdogan said in cairo on democratic governence and secularism, or the acceptance of Annan UN plan by Turkey for the solution of Cyprus issue, or returning of Minority (christian, Jweish) foundation estates in Istanbul, his visits to Istanbuls synagogues, his visit to Norther Iraqi Kurds, his allowing of Kurdish TV's in Turkey, and what he did for the women in achiving full equality in law etc. Because these wont fit your emerging imaginative rogue Turkey. This could only foretell the new Turkey competing with Europe armed with its dignity, civility and democracy.

Accept or not, Israel is the ultimate rogue state in the middle east now, which has to continually be white washed by the dictatorial powers of the UN Security Council and allowed to be above the law, and laws of basic human rights and civic relations.

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