Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan says Israel is more barbaric than Hitler.
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Israel Getting Ducks in a Row?
Israel has apologized to Turkey for the 2010 flotilla raid that resulted in nine deaths.
Is this so Israel can use Turkish air space for an upcoming attack on Iran?
New Maps for a New Middle East
I have long believed that there should be a Kurdistan.
From “Letter from Syria,” Thomas Friedman, NYT:
“Syria is the keystone of the Middle East. If and how it cracks apart could recast this entire region. The borders of Syria have been fixed ever since the British and French colonial powers carved up the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. If Assad is toppled and you have state collapse here, Syria’s civil war could go regional and challenge all the old borders — as the Shiites of Lebanon seek to link up more with the Alawite/Shiites of Syria, the Kurds of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey try to link up with one another and create an independent Kurdistan, and the Sunnis of Iraq, Jordan and Syria draw closer to oppose the Shiites of Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.” Emphasis added.
Certainly a messy and difficult process, but one that’s worth going through to try to get it right a hundred years later.
Leftovers for Mitt
President Obama served Mitt turkey chili at their lunch today at the White House.
When someone gives you mooshed-up turkey the week after Thanksgiving, you kind of assume you’re getting their holiday leftovers.
Get Arms to the Good Guys in Syria
“In the case of Syria…some officials continue to worry that the risks of intervention — both in American lives and in setting off a broader conflict, potentially involving Turkey — are too great to justify action. Others argue that more aggressive steps are justified in Syria by the loss in life there, the risks that its chemical weapons could get loose and the opportunity to deal a blow to Iran’s only ally in the region.
“[A] small number of C.I.A. officers have operated secretly in southern Turkey for several months…helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border would receive shipments of weapons.
“The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries overseen mainly by Saudi Arabia and Qatar…. Even that limited effort is being revamped in the wake of evidence that most of the arms sent to Syrian opposition fighters are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, not the more secular opposition groups supported by the West.
“American officials say the administration is now weighing whether the United States should play a more direct role in supplying the opposition fighters with weapons to help ensure that the arms reach the intended groups.”
Turkish-Syrian Border Getting Hotter
While we’re all focused on SCOTUS, Turkey has been moving armored divisions to its border with Syria.
International talks scheduled for this weekend aren’t expected to get anywhere because Russia refuses to tell Assad to step aside.
Headline of the Day
“Perry’s Comments Ruffle Turkey’s Feathers,” from the WSJ