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Watching Turkey

July 12, 2011

Over the past six months, or so, I hav been hearing various reports about Turkey.  Most of these reports center around the idea that Turkey is not quite the staunch, reliable ally of the West that many presume.  Yes, they are a member of NATO.  Yes, they are working hard to gain admittance to the European Union.

However, recently, Turkish PM Erdogan has publicly given support to Hamas and the ‘Palestinians’, in general.  And, now, Turkey’s Foreign Minister has met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to discuss Israel.

Israel poses the greatest threat in the Middle East and regional states should take the necessary steps to contain it, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said late Monday as he met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the Fars news agency reported.

“Effort should be made to take all measures to contain this fake regime,” Ahmadinejad said in the meeting. 

Of course, Ahmadinejad can always be counted on for incendiary statements regarding Israel and the West.  What is telling is that the Turkish Foreign Minister is engaging in this conversation.

“For this reason, there is a need for very close consultations with friendly and neighbor countries that might have an influence on regional developments,” Davutoglu told the press in Tehran.

Certainly not damning, but a development to watch.

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