Cinar Kiper, a reporter with the Turkish Daily News, raced to the scene of the shooting at the US embassy, arriving about a half hour after the encounter which resulted in the death of three Turkish policemen and three assailants. Kiper was struck by the “sense of grim normalcy” and the lack of shock on the part of anyone who was standing outside the embassy. “Despite the disappointment of the mass media, the mood was more calm than confused.” Eye witnesses told him they saw the attackers move on the police and believed they were firing pistols and at least one had a shotgun. On eye witness said three bearded men lay next to the police and about four other policemen were lying on the ground with wounds. Most of the crowd was still waiting on line to enter the embassy for their visas and were blocked from leaving by the crowd of police vehicles.
Ambassador Wilson of the United States did not believe the shooting had any connection with the recent round up of members of the Ergenekon organization which was planning a coup to overthrow the Muslim led government of Turkey. The Ergenekon plan was creating confusion in order to portray the nation as on the brink of disaster. It will be interesting as further information emerges whether the attack came from Ergenekon or whether it was connected to al-Qaeda.
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It has always been unclear as to the extent of freedom enjoyed by American armed forces while dealing with issues within the border of Pakistan. A story in the Washington Times reveals President Musharraf years ago granted permission to the American military to launch predator attacks on Osama bin Laden in case they ever found the elusive target anywhere in tribal areas of Pakistan. Musharraf granted this exception to US forces so they do not have to seek permission from Islamabad prior to launching an attack on the al-Qaeda leader. All they have to do is load up and send the predator soaring into the sky.
The administration of George Bush has always placed emphasis of “getting Osama bin Laden” as though killing him will somehow lead to the end of al-Qaeda. This focus on an individual rather than on which conditions create the emergence of supporters of al-Qaeda had been a damaging mistake on the part of Bush. Al-Qaeda is a movement, it is not a person.
A British Appeal Court halted the deportation of Abu Qatada who is accused of beng the “spiritual ambassador to Europe” of al-Qaeda. Although, Jordan promised the British government it would not torture the man, the Court refused to accept that guarantee. Judges also blocked the deportation of two Libyan men due to fear of torture and denial of fair trials. Human Rights Watch claimed the decision was a blow aimed at the government’s plans to deport individuals to nations which ordnarily use torture in order to extract confessions. “These cases,” said Julia Hall, “show that the British government should stop trying to deport people to countries whose justice systems are deeply tainted by torture and other abuses.”
Hopefully, the fight to end terrorism in the world can proceed without nations feeling compelled to use the tactics of terrorists. Demcracy must stand apart from the evils of men by behaving in such a manner as to demonstrate the importance of fair trials as the best weapon to combat those who oppose the democratic process.
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Tagged al-Qaeda, deport terrorists, Great Britain, Human Rights