Turkish PM: “We Call a Killer”… Mr. Killer

November 25th, 2010 at 1:26 pm David Frum | 3 Comments |

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On a visit to Lebanon, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan denounced Israel (again).

Turkey’s prime minister called on Israel to apologize for its mistakes in the region in a speech he gave in Lebanon on Wednesday, adding Turkey would do its best to avert a fresh armed flare-up in Lebanon.

“We will go on to raise our voice against those massacring innocent people and children. We will call a killer a killer when needed,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at the Lebanese Turkmen village Kouachra, near the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

Meanwhile, CBC News has produced an exhaustive report on the UN’s abject connivance in covering up the identities of the Hezbollah assassination squad responsible for the most spectacular killing in Lebanon’s modern history, the murder of Rafiq Hariri on Feb. 14, 2005.

And Erdogan’s response to that undoubted killing?

Erdogan, during a speech in northern Lebanon, said that if Hizbullah were found guilty of the Hariri assassination, it would impact the entire region.

He suggested that the [investigating] tribunal delay releasing its findings for another year.

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  • pnumi2

    David Frum

    “The Iron Guard have become infamous for their participation in the Holocaust. In The Destruction of the European Jews, Raul Hilberg writes, “There were… instances when the Germans actually had to step in to restrain and slow down the pace of the Romanian measures.” The annihilation of the Jews of eastern Romania (including Bessarabia, Bukovina, Transnistria, and the city of Iaşi) had more the character of a pogrom than of the well-organized transports and camps of the Germans.”

    Then 60 years later:

    “The Sabra and Shatila massacre took place in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon between September 16 and September 18, 1982, during the Lebanese civil war. Palestinian and Lebanese civilians were massacred in the camps by Christian Lebanese Phalangists while the camp was surrounded by Israeli forces. In that period of time, Israel was at war with Lebanon. The Israeli Forces occupied Beirut and dominated the refugee camps of Palestinians and controlled the entrance to the city. After the assassination of Bachir Gemayel, leader and president-elect of the Lebanese Phalangist, a Maronite group, also called Lebanese Forces militia group, entered the camp and murdered inhabitants during the night. The exact number of victims is disputed, from 700-800 to 3,500 (depending on the source).”

    This is as hard for me to accept as it probably is for you. Nor has it gotten any better since 1982.

    Referring to individuals, Nietzsche said: To forget one’s purpose, is the ultimate form of stupidity. It is true for nations as well.

    Today Israel, instead of proclaiming the glory of the Jewish people, proclaims their shame and their aggrandizement.

  • Voodoo.Doll

    David, excellent article.

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