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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The recent meeting of African Union leaders represents one of the greatest betrayals of Africans in history. The timid and frightened leaders of African nations welcomed a thug and murderer to their meeting by the name of President Robert Mugabe even as hundreds of people gathered outside the gates of the US embassy in Harare seeking refuge from thugs and bullies who are assaulting anyone who opposes the dictatorial rule of Mugabe. A woman holding a toddler said in a plaintive voice, “I need to go out of this country, I don’t feel safe.” A man who had done polling work for the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) said he was targeted by thugs of the ruling Zanu-PF because he supported the candidacy of Morgan Tsvangirai. A woman told reporters a month ago the Zanu PF people came to her house, accused the family of backing the MDC and burned down the house.
African Union leaders are now urging Mugabe to discuss with Morgan Tsvangirai some sort of agreement, but Tsvangirai knows at this point Mugabe is negotiating from a position of strength after having driven 200,000 people from their homes and obtained a presidential victory in voting which was assured since he was the only candidate still left standing.
The Security Council will issue resolutions, there will be economic sanctions, and bans on travel but the megalomanic Mugabe will cling to power until he is dead because the welfare of Zimbabweans is the last thing on his sick mind.