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Dani Rodrik a native of Istanbul, Turkey, and a prominent Turkish economist, is currently the Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. On his May 23, 2010 weblog he commented:
We have come reluctantly to the conclusion that the government is at a minimum complicit in the massive perversion of justice that is taking place in the name of democratization. These fabricated cases target the government’s opponents, benefit the Islamist groups, and would have been difficult to mount without the cooperation and participation of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its supporters… As long as it felt persecuted by hard-line secularists, the AKP did appear to advance the cause of democracy, rule of law, and human rights — most significantly in its efforts to join the European Union. But now that it has the upper hand, it is undermining that same agenda… And as if that were not tragic enough, liberals at home as well as Turkey’s friends abroad, remain mostly oblivious to the severity of the events unfolding.
A month later, in June 23, 2010, Professor Rodrik wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal titled: The Death of Turkey’s Democracy, in which he states:
I no longer recognize Turkey, the country where I was raised and spend most of my time when I am not teaching in the U.S. It wasn’t so long ago that the country seemed to be taking significant strides in the direction of human rights and democracy…But more recently, the same government has been responsible for a politics of deception, dirty tricks, fear, and intimidation…It’s clear now that Turkey is no longer the liberalizing, emerging democracy under the AKP that it was only a few years ago. It’s time the U.S. and Europe stopped treating it as such—both for their own sakes, and for the sake of the Turkish people.
If appeasement was not enough for Cameron, he added a measure of hypocrisy by pandering to Ankara’s Islamists regarding the issue of the Turkish-sponsored Gaza flotilla. In his speech he declared:
Let me be clear: the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable…Let me also be clear that the situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.
Cameron should know better than to make such an ignorant reference as a “prison camp.” Trucks laden with supplies arrive daily in Gaza, and while weapons and material to build them are denied, food and medicines, and other life necessities are allowed in — in abundance.
Naturally, Cameron did not state the fact that Gaza is controlled by a terrorist organization — Hamas — whose charter calls for the liquidation of Israel. Nor, for that matter, did Cameron mention the fact that the Turkish radical Islamic and anti-Western IHH, which supports worldwide jihadist groups, including Hamas, was behind the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship of the flotilla that assailed the naval blockade off the Gaza Strip. And, of course, Cameron did not condemn the attempted lynching of Israeli commandos by these violent Islamists. Rather, he condemned Israel’s right of self-defense.
One wonders what Winston Churchill would have to say about his fellow Tory, Prime Minister Cameron. My guess is that he would say: “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” And as for Britain, Winston Churchill would be ashamed of it.
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