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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
The news story looked even more bizarre than the one in 2010 which announced that (then-prime minister) President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had won the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights.
Forget, for a moment, the death toll that comes in seven-digit numbers in Islamic lands where Muslims kill Muslims en masse, often by bombing mosques where the adherents of the “other sect” pray. Forget, also, how and why to kill the infidel and die as a martyr is a proud jihadist pastime
It is no doubt praiseworthy that Turkey’s top cleric resorted to something that is extremely rare in Muslim lands: Self-criticism. But it is not good enough...
“1 refugee without hope is too many” is one of the UNHCR’s fancy campaign slogans crafted to create further universal awareness on an issue which does not require further universal awareness: the plight of the refugee.
It makes you win. And it makes you lose. It is the same “principled” stance on foreign policy.
Turkey would have ruled the Middle East first and the former Ottoman lands later. It would have ended the endless wars in the Middle East, once the mighty Turkish empire has emerged.
I felt worried about the worldwide digital imaging solutions powerhouse Canon when I found in my inbox a message from its Turkish PR company.
We live in days that can be frightening and amusing at the same time, days when the ruling classes defy any limit in self-ridicule, logic or reason.
Turkey has gained notoriety for being unpredictable. Not always.
About a decade ago, the (politically) Western hemisphere enthusiastically volunteered for a political experiment based on generous euphemism for “moderate” Islamism, unable to see that there is only Islamism and there are only physically more violent forms of Islamism.
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