Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sick Man of Europe: Turkey's infection with the cancer of ISIS

     On October 17, 2014, American journalist Serena Shim was beheaded -- and "not with a sword but a cement truck," to paraphrase T.S. Elliott. 

     Right before she lost her head in a brutal "accidental" collision with a cement truck the size of a freight train, Shim had reported that not only was Turkey supplying ISIS foreign fighters and terrorists from such places as Pakistan and Chechnya with weapons and material, but Turkey was also spiriting wounded ISIS terrorists back over the Syrian border into Turkey, hidden in NGO aid trucks, so they could be treated in Turkish hospitals.

     Turkish Intelligence is highly suspected of setting up this tragic hit on Shim, hoping to silence her -- but its actions have backfired and all it has really accomplished is to make the whole world put Turkey under a microscope, asking questions about Shim's bloody death and the role that the Turkish intelligence agency played in this beheading. 

     "Turkey. how could you have sunk so low?" the whole world now asks.

     "Hey, it was easy," Turkey replies.  "What else could we do?"  What else could Turkey do indeed -- when the usual crew of polished and professional American and Israeli neo-con con-men (not to be mistaken for actual honest, hardworking and sorely hoodwinked Americans and Israelis) simply showed up at its doorstep, waved their magic wands over Turkish president Erdogan's head and promised to get him the old Ottoman Empire back if only he would attack Syria.  (Or else.)

     And then with his eyes dazzled by dreams of glittering booty, Erdogan fell for the con -- hook, line and sinker.  Of course he did.  And then he opened Pandora's box and let ISIS in.

     According to Middle East expert Judith Bello, the
Washington Post published a map "of the flow of 15,000 fighters flowing into Syria from more than 80 nations, hardly the foot soldiers of a civil war.  Most of these fighters have entered Syria through Turkey."

     A sorry cancer-like epidemic of death, destruction and deceit has spread over the Middle East in the last few decades.  And Turkey, the "Sick Man of Europe," has been the latest nation to catch it.

     Welcome to the cancer ward, President Erdogan.

     On Thanksgiving this year, Turkey will obviously have nothing to be thankful for, what with ISIS sitting at its table and expecting its dinner -- unless Turkey starts "chemotherapy" immediately.  My prescription for Turkey?  "Stop messing around with ISIS, stop believing the empty promises of American and Israeli neo-con-men, and start behaving in Turkey's citizens' best interests instead."

    Turkey has been trying to join the European Union for years now.  But who wants a Turkey in the EU that has already proven itself to be just another Middle Eastern "soiled dove" for American and Israeli con-men?  Erdogan has thrown the baby out with the bathwater here.

    Just because Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Yemen, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have all been diagnosed with the kind of fuzzy thinking that can only be caused by cancer of the part of the brain that governs common sense and self-preservation, this doesn't mean that Turkey has to waste away too.  Beheading a journalist is common in these other neo-con infected countries.  But one would expect that a sophisticated and modern country like Turkey, a potential member of the EU even, might be immune.  But apparently not.

      President Erdogan, what were you THINKING!

PS:  Looks like the average American and Israeli isn't immune from catching the cancer of stupid thinking either.  If we aren't a lot more careful and watchful and vigilant than we are right now, then we too may soon be contracting this Turkish and Middle Eastern disease -- and then watch our own journalists get beheaded too.