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Turkish PM: Step Down, Assad

Posted on Nov 22, 2011
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Turkey’s Erdogan pointed to Moammar Gadhafi’s fate, for one, in making his point to Assad.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s list of international supporters is dwindling, and he can strike another off the list now that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined the chorus calling for Assad’s resignation. In a strongly worded statement, Erdogan invoked some striking figures from recent and more distant world history to back up his advice to Syria’s embattled leader.  —KA

The New York Times:

“Just remove yourself from that seat before shedding more blood, before torturing more and for the welfare of your country, as well as the region,” Mr. Erdogan said of Mr. Assad in a televised statement at his party meeting in Ankara.

“It is not heroism to fight against your own people,” Mr. Erdogan said. “If you want to see someone, who has fought against his own people, look at Nazi Germany, Hitler, Mussolini, Ceausescu of Romania. If you do not learn your lesson from them, look at the Libyan leader, who pointed his gun against his own people and, only 32 days ago, got killed in a way that none of us desired, after using the same phrases that you use.”

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By heterochromatic, November 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm Link to this comment

dog, THAT was a good link. thank you.

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By heterochromatic, November 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

there’s no defense for the Baathists regime that oppresses Syria and no reason
why they shouldn’t be forced out when they won’t stop their tyranny and brutality.

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By doughboy, November 23, 2011 at 6:04 am Link to this comment

The death toll in Syria is matched by that in Egypt. The UN, the Arab League,
“concerned” neighbors, and the US and its minions are pushing for the collapse of
one and not the other. Talk of “Arab Spring” and concern about democracy is now
a staple in the major media outlets. Having invested billions of dollars in Egypt’s
military, the public now expects “civilian” control to take over in Cairo. Really? With
Egypt and Saudi Arabia are two linchpins in controlling the Middle East, we are
going to turn over all that power to into the hands of…? As media “analysts” decry
the horrors of Syrian repression, it seems odd that what we say and what we do
don’t match.

Congressmen, Senators, media wonks, and presidential candidates line up to warn
of the dangers of al-Qaeda and Islamofascism. What was Cain’s statement—we
got to get them before they kill all of us. The Muslims are coming for us so we
better bomb Iran and overthrow Bashar al-Assad. We will keep our close
relationship to the country that has spent more on creating the schools and clerics
that advocate extremism religious fervor—Saudi Arabia. Have you forgotten that
the majority of the terrorists that perpetrated 9/11 were Saudis? Or that Osama
bin Laden was a Saudi?

If the “evil” Assad is gone, will this end our “war on terror?” Will attacking Iran end
this “war?” The collapse of Assad’s secular regime will bring—peace to the
factions of Iraq, or stop the creation of mini-states in Lebanon, or result in a
settlement between the Israelis or Palestinians, or reduce the number of our
military bases in the Middle East or Central Asia?

Our efforts to subvert and destroy the Syrian regime will result in none of these.
Our goal has nothing to do with democracy or human rights or fighting “evil.” It is
but one more round in our enduring work to control the Mideast oil. And if it
means that we will not tolerate anyone or any nation that even poses a minor
obstacle and we will gladly support those that harbor the very seeds of future bin
Ladens, then so be it.

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By blogdog, November 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm Link to this comment

report from the ground:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
seems to be licking his NATO Masters’ butts
hoping for their help in resolving has his own problems - e.g.

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By Talkmaster, November 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

He is indeed. But he gives Assad the excuse to use the anti-ottoman card.

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By Robespierre115, November 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment

At least Erdogan is more credible than KING Abdullah of Jordan!

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