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A bit misleading again

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Submitted by Alexandros (United Kingdom), Feb 19, 2013 at 21:07

It is true that Erdogan is a very able politician, it is also true that Davutoglu is a very able strategist as well, the problem is that this does not mean they will be useful for Turkey. What i want to say by this is that being able does not mean that you will do good as well. Erdogan is playing a very dangerous game an imperialistic one. What he has is not a dream, but a nightmare, he thinks that he will dominate the region, he will be a Sultan and no one will react.

He has convinced the US that this situation will serve it's interests better than anything else, with arguments that really make me worry about the efficiency of some people in Washington, even if someone thinks that their planning is driven by the principle of the lesser evil, for example he has used this arbitrary opinion that Greeks and Serbs and you added Cypriots will co-operate with Russia, so the American interests will be served by the Turks and the Balkan muslims, who he considers Turks probably. Of course he did not point out that the only country in the region which does actual business with Russia is Turkey, Gazprom is storing gas in Turkey and also selling gas, instead Greece and Cyprus have no actual business with Russia.

As for the laundering you refer to, there is actually a Cypriot Bank that was fined for such actions, guess what, it was on the occupied side of the island the Turkish Bank Ltd! And one more thing, give me a historical example in which Russia supported Greece more than other European powers against Turkey, so to understand where your opinions for the Russian aid are based. Oh and gas has been found

In addition Turkey is not exactly hostile with Iran, there is trade between the two countries against the UN sanctions and also they share quite similar opinions in the Kurdish issue.

Probably, Russia will not want a very strong Turkey, but this does not mean it would want a weak Turkey as well in the Shangai agreement, because Turkey could be more pro-Russian than pro-Chinese, for example, with the proper returns.

You write that Turkey will need the Western technology to defend itself, but the thing is that Turkey is not threatened by anyone, it usually is the other way around.

I fully agree with your paragraph referring to the Turkish educational system, but this does not mean that Turkey will not manage to have qualified personnel, it just means that it will be mainly full of fanatic Jihadists, Davutoglu the other day stated that the world has got wrong the Jihadists, deep down are nice people.

Anyway, i repeat, appeasement of the Sultan is not an option for any country because appeasement means immediately submission. The Israelis should really consider which forces inside their country wouldn't care to revive their alliance with a Turkey that wants to dominate in the region in expense of the other countries and arm Turkey, even though Turkey is threatening the other countries and Israel itself by using it's own weapons against it.

Submitting....

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