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BURAK BEKDİL > Baby-killers vs. innocent baby-killers

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It must be a bitter irony that thousands of Israelis who had to sneak into shelters must have read news stories quoting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saying that nearly 1,000 rockets fired into their cities, homes and schools only this year (and over 12,000 in the last decade) are just “reasons Israelis fabricated to attack innocent people in Gaza.”

It must be even sadder that the leader of an EU-candidate country publicly allies with Hamas, a terrorist organization according to the U.S. and the club that Turkey hopes to join one day. How bizarre, Mr. Erdoğan sees nothing wrong in supporting a violent troupe whose charter explicitly calls for the annihilation of Israel and the genocide of Jews.

No doubt, the prime minister’s furious speech in Cairo (and later in Istanbul) needs several corrections:

1. According to Mr. Erdoğan, if “Mecca, Cairo and Istanbul are cities of the Quran” one may wonder why Baghdad, Medina, Riyadh, Damascus or Tehran are not. The truth is there is no mention of any city’s name in the Quran.

2. The prime minister claims that “Israel inflates the number of its human loss from just three to 300 and even 3,000.” There has not been any Israeli statement that claimed the death toll from Hamas rockets was 300 or 3,000, or even four. The only number stated was three. However, Mr. Erdoğan thinks this kind of behavior is “in Israel’s character.” There is one word to describe the attribution of one characteristic to a whole nation, and I am going to avoid mentioning it.

3. In Cairo, Mr. Erdoğan upgraded his famous Davos tirade that “You (Jews) know well how to kill” to “You (Jews) know well how to kill children.” He should check his facts first to see how many Muslim children have been killed in intra-Muslim violence, and how many have been killed in the Arab-Israeli conflict. I am not going to repeat those boring statistics, which I have published here a few times before.

4. The prime minister also claims that Israel’s offensive on Gaza was a “pre-election stunt.” It may be. But then, Mr. Erdoğan should therefore also be obliged to prove that his darling Hamas “fighters” have more than once escalated rocket firing into Israel this month on orders from the Israeli government. Are the Hamas “fighters” secretly conspiring with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to secure an election victory for him? How does Mr. Erdoğan explain the thousands of rockets fired by Hamas since Israel completely disengaged from Gaza in 2005 and uprooted the 12,000 Israelis from their homes there?

5. “I have spoken with [President Barack] Obama,” the prime minister declared, going on to say, in a complaining mood: “All we were told [by Mr. Obama] is that we should tell Hamas to stop firing rockets.” I do not understand why Mr. Erdoğan would be so unhappy if Hamas stopped firing rockets. Does he want Israel to stop firing back while Hamas keeps on firing? Is that not a very bizarre term for truce?

6. “That’s why we must be powerful,” he addressed Arab leaders, “For the Palestinian cause, for the Jerusalem cause…” Good luck, prime minister. Go ahead and be powerful. Are we not yet powerful enough? Well, we are, according to Mr. Erdoğan: “Baby-killers must understand that they are now facing countries like Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.” That’s relieving. Perhaps the all-too-mighty Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia can teach a lesson to “baby-killers” without constantly ringing the White House or the Kremlin?

7. “All Western powers want is to pull the Islamic world to pieces,” he added. How interesting? Why, then, does Turkey ally with the U.S., NATO and keep on knocking on EU’s doors for membership? To help them pull the Islamic world to pieces?

Obviously, no one can be happy about the loss of innocent lives, Israeli or Palestinian. But Prime Minister Erdoğan is hardly the appropriate leader to complain. He should be reminded that the daily loss of civilian lives in Israel’s latest offensive is still less than that of the one-shot Turkish bombing in Uludere last December, which killed 35 innocent Kurds.

November/21/2012

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ebby m

11/25/2012 5:12:29 AM

Mr. Bekdil bravo for educating Turkish readers. The only think that you left out was the motorcycle parade (public Executions Jihad style) and the main point that Iran ordered Hamas to fire rockets at Israel in order to divert attention from their nuclear objective or Syrian massacre. In 2005 Hamas killed their Palestinian opponents by toasting them out from the top of the buildings.

Albert Tari

11/24/2012 4:43:48 PM

Interesting to note how we can agree with real factual statements (that have been checked) and the foolishness of those that want to abuse others by lies, misinformation or gross partisanship (wether political or religious).

cloud chaser

11/23/2012 9:32:38 AM

"the occupation and theft of Palestinian land" - moving on to theft - have you ever seen the police reports for the so called "thefts"? sure some settlers steal. Some arabs steal as well. Land theft? hardly. Most cases have been reviewed by israel supreme court. How many jewish and thefts by palestinians have been reviewd by Palestinian courts?

cloud chaser

11/23/2012 9:32:29 AM

"the occupation and theft of Palestinian land" - can you prove any of the words you strung there? Let start at the end - Palestinian land - what do you mean by that? The land purchased by jews even durin ottoman rule, from local arabs who never paid anyone for it, just settled there because no one cared enough to object? The land of a people who didn't exist as such prior to 1964? The land that is only a portion of the "Palestine" land entity known as trans-jordan?

Ameer Raschid

11/23/2012 8:32:22 AM

As always tellıng one part of the truth wıthout balancıng ıt,makıng distottıons and exaggeratıons to promote hıs agenda of Erdoğan bashıng. Martyrs can be mouned when they result from fighting according to Islamic rules but to show resistance by sending rockets indiscriminiately that allows the enemy to bomb in revenge,killing innocent Palestinians makes a mockery of jihad and Islam and allows state terrorist Israel to take the high moral ground in name of self defense. Unjust method fails. .

onder mehmetoglu

11/22/2012 7:26:51 PM

Excellent write up. Erdogan is more and more sounding like a Nazi labeling a whole faith followers as terrorists. What about Turkish Jews? Are they included in his "HATE SPEECH"? He is not statesmanlike but more like a cult leader with full of hate! The hate based ideologies are the problem not the people who are the victimized by them!

Blue Dotterel

11/22/2012 3:17:15 PM

The underlying cause of the problem is the occupation and theft of Palestinian land, the theft of Palestinian resources (natural gas), the collective punishment of Palestinian citizens through blockade and state terrorist bombing attacks, and the violation of Palestinian rights to statehood and autonomy. Israel is the aggressor not the victim. In what way should Palestinians defend themselves against this criminal state?

dogan kemal ileri

11/21/2012 9:38:35 PM

You can't make Israel a state of the USA because the USA is already a state of Israel US observer.So when will you red blooded Americans going to claim your country back its been hijacked by the terrorists Israel.

ivan mezei

11/21/2012 8:10:36 PM

Yes, hamas has a right to target whom ever they want, since they obviously dont adhere to the un ratification of israel. But then Israel has the right, by the same dint, to respond to Hamas any which way it suits itself. The fact that palestinians do not have a level field in this war is not a concern to the Israelis. You would think it SHOULD concern the palestinians because from experience they should know what followed the last scenario. Yes bomb Israel...pay the price...dont complain.

Murat

11/21/2012 6:55:56 PM

"..The only people who Israel targets are those who target them.." This includes UN posts, white fag waving women and children obviously, various farmers and fishermen out in the sea in a tiny wooden boat or a Palestinian leader traveling in a car... Do you really think you are convincing anyone? With same logic, should not Hamas target those thargeting them? They are like two peas in a pod from here.
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