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“Where is NATO, where is Turkey in NATO?”

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From the Milliyet’s columnist, Kadri Gürsel, on the NATO/US missile-defense radar to be constructed near Kürecik. Translated by the Hürriyet:

It is only legitimate to ask this question at this point and time: Why would Turkey want, with such persistence, to protect that information from Israel, the one that would enable an earlier extinction while in air of a nuclear head that would cause immense civilian losses underneath it wherever it explodes?

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) diplomacy was not able to give a satisfactory answer to this question to this day. I assume this attitude stems from the efforts of the AKP government’s trying to establish an internal consistency in its Middle East policy: On the one hand it is trying to create political power and legitimacy in the Middle East by forming a relationship of contention with Israel, even daring a military conflict, at least in statements, while on the other hand it wishes not to have the image of supporting Israel’s strategic defense.

But Gürsel doesn’t go the extra mile to mention that it is by no means in the interest of Turkey to let Israel get nuked—that’d look bad for Turkey. The exercise of control over the radar information (with regard to Israel) is no more than a matter of “internal consistency” and an attempt to “create … legitimacy” in the eyes of its Middle Eastern audience.

Put simply, it’s just politics.

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Written by M. James

October 11, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Posted in News, Politics, Turkey

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  1. Should there be a nuclear attack the British Govt having given
    clear guidance to the people. “IN THE EVENT OF A NUCLEAR
    ATTACK THE BEST ACTION / IS FOR THE FAMILY IN TAKING
    SHELTER UNDER THEIR DINNING TABLE. / SUCH ACTION IN
    PROTECTING THEM FROM FALLING BUILDING MASONARY”.

    Thus the British people having no fear should a nuclear attack
    come / they having clear instructions on the actions taking that
    will enable the whole family to survive /the worst nuclear attack.

    All govts should do as the British Govt whom giving their people
    clear advice in how the family should cope with a nuclear attack
    thus people will know what action in taking / as how best survive.

    william wallace

    October 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

  2. Well thank goodness for dining room tables.

    God save the Queen.

    cunning_linguist

    October 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm


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