Monday, September 12, 2011

Erdogan Puts Obama to Shame

The NYT on Turkish premier Erdogan's visit to Egypt, where he refers to Israel as "the West's spoiled child" and castigates Mr. Obama for not standing up to Israel when it killed a US citizen during  the IDF raid on one of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla vessels, the Mavi Marmara.

“Israel is the West’s spoiled child,” he said, “to this day it has never executed a decision by the international community.”

Asked about Turkey’s downgrade of diplomatic relations with Israel, he vowed that his nation would not back down until Israel apologized for its forces killing eight Turkish citizens and an American of Turkish decent aboard an aid flotilla seized in international waters on its way to the blockaded Gaza Strip. “Israel cannot play with our dignity,” he said.

He faulted the United States, as well, for failing to demand a similar apology for the killing of its citizen in the commando raid. “One of the victims was an American from Turkish origin, but America did not protect the right of its citizen after that,” he said.

The Independent's Patrick Cockburn covers the same story, with a headline that points out the major development here:

Turkish PM sets out on mission to become leader of Arab world

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