Erdogan Comes to the U.S.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is more than familiar to leftists in the U.S. He is well-known for his extreme right-wing positions. Ideas like “Childless women are incomplete.” “Muslims cannot carry out genocide.” “Abortion is murder.” "Islam teaches that women’s position is motherhood.” “You cannot put men and women on an equal footing.” “Forsake alcohol – eat grapes!” “Muslim sailors discovered the Americas.” “Hitler’s Germany was an example of effective presidential government.” And on and on.
However his political actions are even worse. As has been well-documented, Turkey has been aiding Daesh and other right-wing anti-working class jihadi formations in Syria and Iraq by allowing their oil, guns, fighters and supplies through the Turkish border. As one Kurdish general pointed out, ‘Turkey is to Syria what Pakistan is to Afghanistan.’ In other words, a rear area for Daesh and Al-qaeda. Reporters have even described sarin gas deliveries to Syrian Sunni jihadis.
In Turkey, journalists, unionists and Kurdish political parties are virtually outlawed. Erdogan and the AKP have increased the power of the police and the intelligence apparatus, the MIT. Key cities in Kurdish areas are under military occupation and partially destroyed, like Sur. All of this is well-known to leftists and anyone paying attention.
On Wednesday, Erdogan gave just a taste of what the Turkish government dishes out to any opponents in Turkey. The security detail with Erdogan attacked a protest outside the Turkish embassy Washington, D.C. injuring 9 people protesting his rule. Erdogan had just met with his ‘friend’ Donald Trump.
Calls have been made for the arrest of the Turkish government thugs, but no one will be touched, as this has happened before and nothing was done. You can imagine what would have happened if U.S. leftists had stormed Erdogan’s coterie! Diplomatic immunity? You bet. Yet Turkey will never be allowed in the EU until Orban dominates Brussel’s. Erdogan’s real slogan? “First the Armenians, now the Kurds!”
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May 21, 2017