18 Feb 2012
sheik yer booty
All, sadly, as predicted:
18 Feb 2012
Whether or not the United States, a member of NATO, agrees with Anders Fogh Rasmussen -- I assume the American government would ignore this pledge when the time came, and the time has come -- he never should have made it. For it plays into what Erdogan, and the Turks, now expect: Western abasement, aping the traditional role of non-Muslims buying temporary tolerance from their Muslim overlords. Nothing should be done to encourage Erdogan's, or his associates, dreams of power. Instead, everything should be done to let them know that Turkey is no longer needed nor welcome in NATO, and if it stays in, that it had better behave.
It is maddening, it is intolerable, to think that as a member of NATO, Turkey can count on other member states regarding "an attack on Turkey as an attack on themselves," while Israel, the state most immediately threatened by those conducting violent, and if the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran are to be believed, annihilationist Jihad, has no such guarantee.
Why doesn't the American government -- prodded by Congress -- simply state that it is going to treat Israel if it were a member of NATO -- for it is certainly part of, and one of the most important parts of, the West -- and turning in the direction of Teheran, announce that "any attack on Israel will be regarded as an attack on the United States"?