"How Do You Say 'Frenemy' in Turkish [or Hebrew]?" by Steven A. Cook, CFR


Tom Usher wrote or added | Steven A. Cook has written a totally one-sided, Zionist hit piece against Turkey here, as if Israel were the NATO member rather than Turkey. This piece is simple. It tries to pull every psychological trick it can while ostensibly remaining objective. Of course, it's not objective at all. Where's the mention of Israel's terrorism, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, lies, assassinations, and on and on? Where's the understanding that Muslims aren't going to sit around forever while Israel puffs up more and more and more while abusing Muslims; stealing their houses; bulldozing their schools and orphanages and businesses and olive orchards; dumping raw sewage on their fields; shooting at their farmers; walling off their territory — even the part that borders Jordan and not "Israel"; builds and builds a "secret" nuclear arsenal; and shoots Turks to death on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, who had zero guns and didn't kill a single Zionist thug/hit man? I could go on, but I think you get the point, as they say.

As for Turkey, I don't think Turkey would claim perfection. They have serious problems with some Kurds and with Armenians who want recognition for their WWI war dead. However, Turkey is reaching out not only to the East and Iran and south to the Palestinians but also west to Greece and southwest and across the ocean to Brazil. That hardly sounds like being anti-US or anti-West to me. I think America would be wise to join in that reaching-out-process and starting with Iran. There is zero good reason that Barack Obama hasn't invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the US on a formal visit at the highest levels, just the way other Presidents had Soviet and Chinese "enemies" come visit and to talk turkey (pun intended).

Frankly, if Obama had the right stuff, he'd sit down with Hassan Nasrallah, Bashar Assad, Ahmadinejad, Recep Erdogan, Lula de Silva, and the top pick of Hamas (Khaled Mashaal, Ismail Haniyah, Mahmoud Zahar, or all three?) and anyone else with the guts to sit with them (Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman?). He'd work it out. He'd make peace. He'd also make real peace in Afghanistan, where he can't expect everyone to love US culture and where he should stop indiscriminate predator-drone killings (and in Pakistan too). He'd also stop the saber rattling against North Korea and stop claiming that there's proof positive about things (as a pretext for hitting North Korea by various means) when there is no proof positive that the sinking of the South Korean ship was the North's handiwork, such as is also the case regarding Iran and nuclear weapons. There has been zero proof forthcoming against Iran. Also, the South Korean incident is highly suspicious. The last thing the North would have wanted would be a sunken Southern ship with the North's finger prints on torpedo fragments (which were of German origin that other nations, such as, yes, Israel, have).

Anyway, if we don't offer up higher and the highest goals for peace negotiations, how can we ever expect to rise out of the current evil state of affairs?

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