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Turkey and Israel:
Turkey Does the Right Thing
By Lawrence Davidson
Reress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 7, 2011
Lawrence Davidson lauds Turkey’s decision to downgrade its
diplomatic relations with Israel and suspend military ties with the
Zionist state and says that Tel Aviv’s refusal to do the decent thing and
apologize for murdering unarmed civilians on the high seas has probably
put an end to its dream of becoming a NATO member.
In the wake of the dubious
UN investigatory report which all but
exonerated Israel for its 31 May 2010 attack on the Mavi Marmara – an
attack that killed eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-America –
Turkey has downgraded its diplomatic relations with Israel and suspended
all military cooperation. Ankara had little choice in this matter. The
Israeli attack was egregious. It took place in international waters
against an unarmed civilian vessel and was carried out in defence of a
barbaric and illegal policy of collective punishment against one million
Palestinians bottled up in Gaza by an Israeli blockade.
”Above international laws and human conscience"
“...the Israelis define all acts of resistence to their
aggression as attacks which require their defending
themselves. The Mavi Marmara action fits neatly into this
Zionist world of peculiar logic.”
For their part, the Israelis claim that they murdered the Mavi Marmara
in self-defence. I juxtapose the words self defence and murder quite
deliberately, for the Turkish passengers were in the process of defending
themselves from a violent assault when they were gunned down by Israeli
soldiers who now describe their actions as self-defence. This scenario is
a tragic parody of a hundred years of Zionist action in the Middle East.
Having come to the region in the baggage train of an imperial occupying
power (Great Britain) and successfully establishing themselves by evicting
the native population (a process that is on-going), the Israelis define
all acts of resistence to their aggression as attacks which require their
defending themselves. The Mavi Marmara action fits neatly into this
Zionist world of peculiar logic. In this sense, they turn the world upside
Alice in Wonderland report
The Turkish government will have none of this and demanded
the minimum of decency from the Israelis – an
apology and compensation. In so doing they stand for civilized
behaviour. The Israelis refuse to apologize. After all, when you have
turned the world upside down in the fashion described above, any admission
that there lies a bit of faulty reasoning in your outlook threatens to
collapse your universe like a deck of cards. So what can Ankara do? It can
and has distanced itself from these crazy people and refuses any military
affiliations. Why militarily assist the murders of your own citizens?
In making the
announcement Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu observed that
the Israelis apparently see "themselves above international laws and human
conscience". Actually, that is not the half of it. Not only do the
Israelis disregard international law, be on the high seas, in the
maintenance of the obscene ghetto of Gaza or through their colonial
impositions in the West Bank, but they assiduously seduce others to
support their criminal behaviour anywhere and everywhere they have lobby
influence. Everywhere they go they are the poor victims who need carte
blanche to protect themselves. They are the victims who victimize
others in the name of self-defence. Israel is taking us all back to a
barbaric state of nature.
You can see this perverse
influence in the way the UN investigatory report on the Mavi Marmara
manipulated and distorted. Though headed by Geoffrey Palmer, a New
Zealand lawyer and politician with a reputation for integrity and honesty,
he was hemmed in by having to share the investigation with ex-Columbian
President Alvaro Uribe – a devoted follower of the Israeli line and ally
of Washington. The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, who is currently
under attack by the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight for
weakening the moral integrity of the organization, also bowed to a
combination of American and Israeli pressure.
As a result the panel
restricted itself to "reviewing reports from Israel and Turkey, thus
sidestepping any independent gathering of evidence or hearing of testimony
from eyewitnesses". Ban Ki-Moon insisted that no report would be released
unless Palmer and Uribe could reach consensus. That guaranteed equity for
Israel’s perverse and lopsided logic.
Thus, the best the
investigation could do is come up with a report that has an Alice in
Wonderland quality to it: Israeli assault troops acted in self-defence
against civilians even through they (the Israelis) used excessive force
bordering on slaughter and mayhem. The investigatory process was supposed
to be "transparent" to avoid this sort of corruption, but Ban Ki-Moon
refused to let that happen.
Turkey, of course, has rejected the UN
report. Now you might say all of this is in vain. Israel’s influence in
the halls of power both in the US and Europe is too great for Turkey’s
position to be anything but symbolic. Well, you never know. The Turks do
have some leverage. Israel dreams of the day when it can officially
associate itself with NATO.
Turkey is a member of NATO. Indeed, it has the second largest military
force in that alliance and will soon host an extension of the
organization’s early warning system. Under present circumstances hell will
freeze over before Israel becomes a full member of NATO.
Unfortunately, within Zionist world of illogic, Turkey’s position will
just reinforce Israel’s narcissistic sense of victimhood. Yasir Arafat
once said that Israel acts like a homicidal "big baby". He was so right.