BURAK BEKDİL > Mideast Muslims’ love-hate relationship with Satan

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan thinks that it is a Western hypocrisy to militarily engage radical Islamist militants in Mali while not bombing the Evil Man of Damascus. Of course, with the same logic, one may question the honesty over the Turkish “let’s-bomb-Damascus-now” hysteria, indifference to Mali and compassion for Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity.

As U.S. President Barack Obama said this week, “there are thousands who are currently being killed in Syria but there are also thousands who are currently being killed in the Congo.” Why, really, has Mr. Erdoğan not even once mentioned the tragedy in the Congo?

Mr. Erdoğan once famously remarked that “he went to Darfur himself and saw no genocide there,” hence, no war crimes whatsoever. Interestingly, the prime minister’s foreign policy czar has not gone to Syria since the civil war broke out, but speaking in Davos last week, he called on the international community to declare the Syrian regime’s bombardment of its citizens a war crime.

You see, gentlemen, you need not see it yourself to know that there are war crimes somewhere on earth. For instance, I did not go to Uludere myself but I know that Turkish fighter jets bombarded Turkish citizens there and killed 34 people, mostly teenagers.

It is so amusing that the Turks have had a genuine but bizarre passion about encouraging the United States to strike Syria, and now France. It is bizarre indeed, especially when you think that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s masterpiece, “Strategic Depth,” was pilloried for the idea of “warding off the major powers from our backyard.” It must be a simple twist of fate that Mssrs. Erdoğan and Davutoğlu and their cheerleaders in the media now want major powers right in our backyard with their warplanes and bombs and rockets.

Why, really, are Sunni Muslims, who for decades dreamed of the day when they would victoriously oust the “Satan” and the “imperialist West” from the Middle East, now inviting the same Satan and the imperialist West to a bomb party in Syria?

At this pace of hypocrisy, one might even imagine the Arab League appealing to Israel to bomb Damascus. In fact, that would be the ideal scenario for the Sunni pact: Get rid of Bashar al-Assad and, as a bonus; sit back and watch the Zionists and the “perverted Shiite Iranians” bomb each other, preferably with nuclear weapons; and meanwhile redesign Syria under the rule of a coalition of various shades of Islamists/jihadists.

We probably have a new set of rules for the increasingly unpleasant game in this increasingly unpleasant part of the world:

Rule #1: “We can ward off major powers from our backyard” is a dream;

Rule #2: “Without the major powers in our backyard, Muslims in this part of the world would live happily ever after” is a bigger dream;

Rule #3: “The biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East is Israel” is a lie;

Rule #4: “Israel – only Israel and not Muslims – is killing Muslims in the Middle East” is a bigger lie;

Rule #5: “Various degrees of sectarian war among Muslims, from cold, to tepid, to warm, to hot,” are a fact, and,

Rule #6: “You just cannot ward off the Satan and the imperialist West from your backyard and call them back to hit your enemies with their military might at your convenience” is a bigger fact.


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mara mcglothin

2/6/2013 2:31:10 AM

I really don't think that Americans believed that we would stay in Iraq and bomb them back to the stone age for years. I think many people were like me and believed that after the scene of the locals helping our soldiers pull Sadaam's statue down in the central square, it would be over and we would stay on as an equalizing force for the Iraqis themselves to form their own government. I am sure you can weave some evil into that story, but I think that was our intention.

Blue Dotterel

2/3/2013 12:39:41 PM

@Mara, the US government is only trying to help the corporations and financial institutions that run it. The US people are delusional if they believe that bombing others to the stone age and destroying their countries is "aiding the downtrodden". Libyans had free health care, free education, and a relative absence of poverty, unlike Americans; and they also had an active democracy at the local level. The warlords came after NATO, not before, and were NATO allies. You ARE to blame!

mara mcglothin

2/2/2013 4:09:18 PM

SN PAGE The muslim World is under every kind of attack from FELLOW MUSLIMS! Do Muslims have to give up their customs when they move to USA? Do I have to wear a sack and not drive a car if I even visit SA? Now who is losing their rights. Democracy means each individual is able to choose their own paths and no one else should have anything to say about it. Not some government official, nor some relgious official. It is Muslims who impose their views on others. Once again it is twisted.

mara mcglothin

2/2/2013 4:05:01 PM

BLUE What you call "illegal wars" to me are an attempt to come to the aid of downtrodden people all over the World, and that is how it is seen by the majority of American people. You can blame the US government for trying to help someone, but you can't blame us for the violence. These people fight amongst themselves for tribal, religion and a variety of other idiot reasons whether we are there or not. You can't blame it all on us.


2/2/2013 11:48:09 AM

@Safiyah Noor Page - read the UK papers and see who is trying to impose values on who. Quote "In Britain “Muslims Against the Crusaders” have recently declared an Islamic Emirates Project. They are seeking to enforce their brand of sharia in 12 British cities,"


2/2/2013 7:56:59 AM

Blue knows what is going on. The U.S regime is the worst the modern world has seen. They have started more illegal wars than any other nation in history. It is always their way or the highway. @ Mara... What interest could the U.S possibly have in the M.E? Do you see M.E countries invading U.S soil and neighboring countries for their own interests? U.S regime are control freaks. Go stand up to Russia, China or even North Korea... Amerika, the bully of the world with typical jock mentality

Geir Fugleberg

2/2/2013 12:00:00 AM

Hey,Mr Erdogans Darfur coment is basicaly like saying,- I went to Berlin in 43, I did not see any of theese alleged camps Your all trying to tell us existed, so its obviously a pack of lies invented by the elders of Sion!!

Safiyah Noor Page

2/1/2013 9:38:39 PM

Do you not realize that the Muslim world is under every kind of attack one can think of? You need to start asking yourself why this is. Why do you refuse to see it as two camp that can and do share markets but not not much else? As Hillary Clinton said in her closing remarks, "...our values must be respected." Don't you understand that there is a war over values being waged. The non Muslims definitely have theirs and are clearly prepared to impose them on anyone who rejects them.

Blue Dotterel

2/1/2013 8:58:34 PM

Mara, I have never said the US was the only country, just the major actor in the perpetration of violence in the ME and now N. Africa in the 21st century. Can you name a country that has come even close to the illegal wars and violence that the US and its NATO mercenaries have caused? Try.

Blue Dotterel

2/1/2013 8:25:40 PM

@American and Mara, the problems in the ME today are a result of Western imperialism and the arrogant racism that Europeans and Americans have towards others. The main problems are obviously created by the US empire today and its illegal wars. The evidence of US hypocrisy and ill will towards humanity is clear. Evidently, Mara, you believe that "US interests" means everyone must tow the US line or be imprisoned or exterminated. Well, Chalmers Johnson calls the cosequences blowback: Get ready. .
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