Category Archives: Turkey

Bullies Face Off!

Once upon a time there were two bullies who had become good friends and so enjoyed locking up anyone who challenged their authority. They so enjoyed a good time together making fun of those damn “liberals” and their day was not complete without the imprisonment of some journalist who did not show respect for their authority. Alas, this great friendship is no more.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan supported the action of a Turkish plane which shot down a Russian fighter plane in Syria who had accidentally wandered into Turkish air space. Putin charged that Erdogan was aiding ISIS and buying their oil. His response: “If such a thing is proven, the nobility of our nation would require that I not stay in office.”  He then challenged Putin: “Would you stay in office?” if you were wrong?

Putin Needs A Friend

These days things are  not looking good for Vladimir Putin. He does not have a  friend in any nation in Europe, he does not have a friend in the Western Hemisphere, he does have some sort of relationship with China, but there are simply no friends around the shores of Asian nations. Yes, he does have a friend in Israel. Then again, making friends with Israel is akin to having the person most disliked being your buddy.

Vladimir used to have a friend in Turkey whose president, Recep Erdogan was the Putin of the Middle East. So, what  happened? A Turkish plane shot down a Russian plane. According to Putin, “we have received additional data which confirms that the Islamic State(ISIS)” was selling oil to Turkey.

Let me get this straight: Turkey is our ally in the fight against ISIS and Turkey is buying oil from ISIS. Now, we know why Turkey would rather bomb the Kurds than ISIS!

Turkey Heading For Dictatorship?

There is one trick that politicians use regardless of where they are in the world. The oldest ploy is to shout “the sky is falling, run for your lives and let me save you!” Turkish President Recep Erdogan first manufactured a terror plot by Kurds, made certain in one way or another that bombings and fear would sweep through the land so that he might emerge as the savior of the hour. “Blame it on the Kurds” is his slogan and just give him unlimited power and he will end the problem–the one He created>

The tragedy is that opponents are hounded, beaten, their newspapers attacked, and fear allowed him to improve this party’s voting percentage last week. He wants to allow a President to possess all power and do what’s best for himself–in the name of the People, no doubt.

The Mets Are Went Down To Defeat

I do realize this blog is supposed to focus upon world events and issues of importance to humankind. Well, for some of us,baseball and football and basketball are a lot more important than who ISIS killed today.The New York Mets were killed, no, murdered, by their incompetence and the pitchers of the Kansas City Royals. These are not joyous days in the city of New York. First,we had to deal with idiots from Texas or the states of the South who continue electing men and women who would fail getting through elementary school, and now we have to endure a bunch of hicks from Kansas City doing harm to our lives.

Let me explain the reasons for the Mets losing the World Series:

1, Barack Obama caused the Ebola scare and since he finished with that one he decided to scare New Yorkers. Remember, he comes from Hawaii, wherever that place is.

2. Ted Cruz never got a chance to filibuster the umps and that’s why the Mets lost.

3. John Boehner cried for the Kansas City Royals,but not one tear for the Mets!

4. Met players were forced to listen to Ben Carson explaining his tax program and they just fell asleep. Unfortunately,they kept on sleeping on the baseball field.

5. Donald Trump is from New York.The Met Hispanic players were afraid he would send them back to the Dominican Republic or Mexico or wherever and they were afraid to get hits against the gringoes.

Strange Tale Of Turkey

There is no question that the nation of Turkey is a democracy, but it is one in which the iron hand of President Erdogan punches anyone who dares to make critical remarks about his performance. Several months ago his Justice and Development Party, AKP, lost its majority in the legislature. He dodged and shifted away from asking the coalition which DID have a majority to submit their proposals for a coalition government. Last week suicide bombers murdered over a hundred people, most of whom were Kurds. Police hampered relief efforts because Kurds do not support Erdogan.

Latest polls indicate that 68.5% of Turks do not trust Erdogan and blame him for the violent attack.So, what was the response of President Erdogan? Naturally, he arrested a correspondent of NOKTA magazine which does not like him. As of this date, the Erdogan government has arrested more correspondents than any other nation in the world. Now, you know why most Turks do not trust their president.

Erdogan, Trump Of Turkey

Turkey,like most nations in the Middle East includes people of various ethnic and religious backgrounds. It is currently led by President Recep Erdogan who leads a Muslim centered Justice and Development Party which seeks to impose greater religious controls in the country. Orhan Pamuk, a Nobel prize winner expressed the views of Turks who oppose the installation of a central government that would stifle freedom. “The electoral defeat enraged Erdogan(his party lost its majority in the legislature. He didn’t succeed in persuading the Kurds to give him their votes for his plan to create a presidential republic.”

Erdogan has aroused hatred of Kurds as the path to gain political power. Suicide bombers recently murdered over a hundred people, and he is using this tragedy as a means of arousing hate, hate against any group, just hate to retain power.

Turkish Mystery

Turkish President Recep Erdogan is a man whose main quest in life is-POWER. He has destroyed the ability of the Turkish armed forces to intervene in the political affairs of the nation. He has destroyed the ability of the judicial system to thwart his efforts of gaining more and more power. He was shocked when the electorate denied his Justice and Development Party of a majority in the legislature. Recep does not allow anyone or anything to deny him –POWER. He initiated war against the Kurdish minority since his goal was to enable fear to restore his control of government.

Suddenly, out of the blue when Kurdish peace groups were gathered in Ankara for a demonstration, bombs hit them with force. It was the worse bombing in the history of Turkey. A hundred are dead and dozens are wounded. Police prevented ambulances from the scene, and police interfered with rescue efforts. Was this connected with the Erdogan aim of –POWER?

America’s Dubious Ally

In theory, Turkey is allegedly an ally of the United States and NATO, and has been so for over fifty years. But, its leader, Recep Erdogan is a man with one goal in life, and that has nothing to do with ISIS or al-Qaeda or any other terrorist group. He seeks POWER,that is for himself. At this point in time, Kurdish soldiers are among the most fearless in the war against ISIS. They are among the few groups that have actually defeated ISIS in battle. BUT, to Recep Erdogan, they are THE enemy!He is attempting to stir up anger and fear against Kurds in order to win an election. He has transformed Kurds into the greatest threat confronting Turkey.

Ironically, for years he has been arguing the importance of reaching an agreement with Kurds who live in Turkey since previous governments have never attempted reaching out in peace. But, when his Justice and Development Party suffered an electoral defeat, Erdogan decided to play the “Kurdish card” of hate. So, he bombs Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria rather than ISIS forces. Such is the behavior of America’s “ally.”

The Turkish Dilemma

President Recep Erdogan is the Donald Trump of Turkey. He takes umbrage at anyone who dares challenge what he does or says. Challenge his policy and one hates the Muslim religion. Complain about human rights abuses,and one is in league with his enemies. His political party was denied a majority in Parliament which prevented him from changing the Constitution in order to give the President even greater power. His latest anger is directed at The New York Times which printed a picture of him leaving a mosque from which at least 100 men went to join ISIS. How dare he connect the President of Turkey with support of ISIS?

Here is the record. After refusing to launch any air strikes against ISIS, the man of action finally allowed–THREE. Of course, his air force launched over 200 air strikes at Kurdish forces which battle ISIS. To Erdogan the enemy is NOT ISIS, it is any Kurdish armed force seeking rights for Kurds in Turkey.

Erdogan-I Demand Power!

For many years President Recep Erdogan was the prime minister of Turkey, and he did a few good things about assisting the economy to become more modern. He did a few good things about checking the power of the military. He did assist Turkey on its march to become a modern society. But,alas, POWER soon became the name of his game. He wants POWER and he wants to crush any and all factors in Turkey that prevent him from having POWER. Just last year he was working to have Kurds become an integral part of Turkish society. But, alas, his desire for POWER led to an election that resulted in his political party losing its majority. So, what has he done since that event?

He launched attacks on Kurdish military units fighting in Syria and Iraq against ISIS. Beating ISIS will not gain him any votes, so the hell with that game. However, there are Turks who do not like the Kurds-a minority in Turkey–so fight them and call a quick election in hope of gaining COMPLETE POWER!

Too bad Erdogan is not head of North Korea -now that is one country in which the ruler does have COMPLETE POWER!