Despite being a NATO member, Turkey is an Islamist terror state. And Erdogan, its Islamist tyrant has blatantly challenged America, from holding Americans hostages, to arresting consular employees to having his thugs assault protesters in America.
And now there are consequences.
The U.S. said Sunday it was suspending non-immigrant visa services at its diplomatic facilities in Turkey following the arrest of a consulate employee, prompting Turkey to halt visa services in the U.S.
Metin Topuz is accused of espionage and "attempting to overthrow the Turkish government and constitution."
What that means is, he was talking to one of the Turkish law enforcement people investigating Erdogan's regime. Erdogan's jails are full of political prisoners whose crime is being opposed to him.
Hamza Ulucay, a translator of the U.S. Consulate in the southern province of Adana, was arrested in March for alleged links to outlawed Kurdish militants.
Which means very little in Turkey where just about any form of Kurdish nationalism is illegal.
The U.S. statement said the suspension of non-immigrant visa services was "effective immediately" to minimize visitor numbers to the U.S. Embassy and Consulate for now. The suspended services will affect business, tourism, medical treatment, student, exchange visitor, crew member, media and journalist, treaty trader, diplomatic and official visas.
The only problem is that immigrant visas haven't been suspended. But arrests of consular personnel and Turkey's abuses in America provide a perfectly good reason to shut down our diplomatic presence entirely. Still despite actual attacks on US diplomatic personnel in Cuba, we still have far too many people there.
And considering that Erdogan has admitted to holding an American pastor hostage, Americans should not be traveling to Turkey. Just as they should not be traveling to North Korea.
One is a NASA scientist who was vacationing with relatives in Turkey. Another is a Christian missionary who has lived in Turkey for 23 years. Others include a visiting chemistry professor from Pennsylvania and his brother, a real estate agent. They are among a dozen Americans who have been jailed by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and face long prison sentences for allegedly playing a part in a failed coup last year…
Mr. Erdogan himself seemed to confirm the suspicion last month, when he told a gathering of police officers in Ankara that he would hand over an American pastor, Andrew Brunson, once the United States gave him Mr. Gulen.
“They say, ‘Give us this certain pastor,’” he said, recounting his meeting with American officials. “You have another pastor in your hands; give him to us,” he railed.
If Mr. Gulen were handed over, the president said, he would sort out Mr. Brunson’s judicial case. “Give him to us and we will put yours through the judiciary; we will give him to you,” Mr. Erdogan said.
Is there any concievable reason that the United States should allow the Islamic terror state of Turkey to continue taking American hostages?