Game set and match.
Game set and match.
Turkey's Islamist leader, Prime Minister Erdogan, threw another fit over the defeat of his fellow Islamists in Egypt, and disregarding his own brutal assaults on the Gezi Park protesters, demanded trials and intervention.
Erdogan also said Egypt’s leaders should stand a “fair and transparent” trial for what he called a “massacre” that unfolded live on televisions as police smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president.
“Anyone or any international organization that remains silent and takes no action has the blood of those innocent children on their hands, just like those who carried out the coup.”
Speaking of the blood of innocent children on their hands, Erdogan is backing a murderous Islamist campaign against Syria. And there's also that pesky Armenian genocide in his country's political DNA.
So Egypt apparently decided to directly retaliate by hitting Turkey's sore spot.
Al Bawaba News reported, from the Egyptian President Twitter account, that President Adli Mansour asked Egypt's UN delegate to sign on the behalf of his Government on the Declaration of recognition of the Armenian Genocide at the United Nations. If such diplomatic move occurs it would be psychological equivalent of President Sadat visiting Israel in 1977.
"While this move is a political retaliation at Prime Minister Recep Erdogan's aggressive stance against Egypt and in favor of the Ikhwan," said an observer in Egypt, "this goes beyond the simple retaliation. It shows that the new leading team in Cairo is a group of secular, strategic and long term planning policy makers.
For them to sign on the Armenian Genocide Declaration means that they intend to wage an ideological war against the Islamists and the Jihadists in the region. This is not directed against Turks, particularly secular Turks, this is a strike against Erdogan's Sultanate and in general terms against the notion of a political Caliphate as a rallying point of all Islamists in the region."
I wouldn't go quite that far myself. But, if true, it does remind Turkey that there is a price to pay and that Erdogan has been too loose in accusing other people of massacres.