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Tyrannies don't need friends

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Submitted by Doug Mayfield (United States), Oct 3, 2014 at 14:20

"These outrages have left Ankara nearly friendless. It enjoys warm relations with exactly one government, Qatar (national population 225,000), along with the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq and with the Muslim Brotherhood, including that organization's Hamas and Syrian offshoots. Strangely, despite this thundering failure, Erdo─čan continues to endorse the failed "zero problems" policy."

To the degree possible, tyrannies thrive on external enemies. The rallying cry from the tryant to the subject population distracts them from everything bad about their government and their lives.

Witness the perpetual state of outright war in 1984 or in the real world, the constant hectoring of the subject populations of North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, etc. against 'foreign enemies'.

So Erdogan and company will continue to foster clashes with the world while adhering to their deeply held, and thoroughly malevolent and authoritarian, Islamic ideals.

One can only hope that the Turkish people will wake up, realize that a better life is possible, and kick out the Islam driven tyrants.

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