posted on Jun, 16 2010 @ 11:39 AM
Neocons Abandon Turkey
Great article on Foreign Policy website: Neocons Abandon Turkey
Talk about chopping and changing with the weather!
This article builds upon a piece written by Jim Lobe:
Last week Jim Lobe published a terrific piece at InterPress Service, detailing how prominent neoconservatives have switched from being strong
supporters (and in some cases well-paid consultants) of the Turkish government to being vehement critics.
Excerpt 1: First, if this doesn't convince you that virtually all neoconservatives are deeply Israeli-centric, then nothing will. This affinity is
hardly a secret; indeed, neocon pundit Max Boot once declared that support for Israel was a "key tenet" of neoconservatism. But the extent of their
attachment to Israel is sometimes disguised by the claim that what they really care about is freedom and democracy, and therefore they support Israel
simply because it is "the only democracy in the Middle East."
Excerpt 2: But now we see the neoconservatives turning on Turkey, even though it is a well-functioning democracy, a member of NATO, and a strong ally
of the United States. Of course,Turkey's democracy isn't perfect, but show me one that is. The neocons have turned from friends of Turkey to foes
for one simple reason: Israel. Specifically, the Turkish government has been openly critical of Israel's conduct toward the Palestinians, beginning
with the blockade of Gaza, ramping up after the brutal bombardment of Gaza in 2008-2009, and culminating in the lethal IDF attack on the Gaza Freedom
Flotilla. As Lobe shows, a flock of prominent neoconservatives are now busily demonizing Turkey, and in some cases calling for its expulsion from
I would like to cross reference to another thread I posted earlier today:Israel a Strategic
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