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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Mar 8, 2010 at 17:01

> The interesting question is why... side with gangs of generals! There has to be a good reason for it, that's for sure.<

Some more light on this question may be shed by a study I have just come across : "Arming repression US arms sales to Turkey during the Clinton Administration" where recent US policy towards arms sales to Turkey and its consequences has been explored. It's amazing to learn that it is not during the Cold War-as one might have naively expected - but after it was over that "U.S. sales to Turkey (during the Clinton era) have been more than four times as large as the entire value of U.S. arms transfers to Turkey during the 34 years from 1950 to 1983 (!) ... U.S. arms transfers to Turkey during the Clinton administration have averaged out to over $800 million per year, making Turkey one of the largest recipients of U.S. arms during the 1990s". But the most interesting statement bearing directly on your question seems to be this "The Turkish government is in the midst of what the military industry journal Defense News has described as "its biggest weapons buying spree in recent memory, expected to be worth more than $31 billion during the next eight years and up to $150 billion by the year 2030." Major proposed acquisitions that have been announced or concluded include a $4 billion deal for 145 advanced attack helicopters; a $560 million sale of 50 Sikorsky Black Hawk transport utility helicopters; 1,000 main battle tanks at a cost of up to $7 billion; four submarines for up to $1 billion; four advanced early warning aircraft for $1 billion; and additional combat aircraft (including a follow-on order of Lockheed Martin F-16s and a possible first-time order of Boeing F-15s) at a cost of $2.5 billion or more..."

Doesn't it explain why the US so willingly and consistently calls Turkish mititarism "democracy" ? Wasn't it Jesus who said once upon a time : "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." ?


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