Monday, June 24, 2013

Tahrir to Taksim: West interferes

By Ramzy Baroud
Asia Times

"....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....."

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