By Ramzy Baroud
"....But the response of some European Union leaders to the anti-government protests
in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir in recent weeks was most sobering. Even Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan's best efforts are simply not enough to sway Europe from
capitalizing on Turkey's misfortunes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel quickly
took a stance to block "moves to open a new chapter in Ankara's EU membership
talks", Reuters reported on June 20, supposedly because of her concern regarding
the Turkish police crackdown on protesters. Of course the chancellor is often
forgiving when extreme violence is applied by Israel against Palestinians, since
no political capital can be attained from responding otherwise.
Meanwhile, Western powers will continue to play a most detrimental role
in the Middle East, engendering and exploiting further chaos with the help of
various regional powers, in the most brazen of ways in order to serve their
interests. Not even Turkey, despite proving an irreplaceable asset in NATO's
political and military drive, is invulnerable....."