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September 26, 2011

Is Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan an Out-Of-Control Bully?

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Last year, a Turkish boat engaged in an act of war by trying to break Israel's legal blockade on Gaza. Its occupants violently attacked Israeli soldiers who attempted to stop it. The soldiers tried to defend themselves from being lynched and in the ensuing battle, nine attackers were killed. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan demanded an apology from Israel. But after Israel's refusal to apologize for what it saw as a result of Turkey's own wrongdoing, and a UN report that found Israel's maritime blockade of Gaza legal, a furious Erdogan threatened Israel with warships, leaving even the New York Times to wonder whether he was dangerously out of control.

Now Erdogan is throwing his weight around again... this time at the UN and this time literally. The New York Times reports about a scuffle that ensued when Erdogan tried to push his way into an overcrowded gallery to cheer the Palestinian leader's speech on Friday. After a guard tried to stop him, Erdogan disregarded him and pressed forward. The guard pushed him and "a fracas erupted that was audible four flours below." And while it was the guard who in the process of doing his job ended up in hospital with a rib injury, it is the Turkish prime minister who has demanded an apology. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, however, unlike Israel, has acceded to Erdogan's requests and appeased him with an apology and the firing of several UN guards.

But is appeasement really the best way forward with a bully who has clearly lost control?

Posted by RH at September 26, 2011 10:25 PM

Comments

I'm afraid that Turkey is one of many that fears the Arab-Spring more than the current U.S. administration, let alone Israel.
With the U.N. serving as a platform for terror sponsoring states and side-arm wielding corrupt murderers. Its amazing that thus far, there there has been no talk of adding a wardrobe department to accommodate these "amazing" characters. No doubt the U.S. will offer an apology for this blatant oversight. Let us pray!

Posted by: Mitch E Marks at September 27, 2011 10:44 AM

This man is so dangerous that he might well provoke a war in the Middle East in his quest for supremacy in the area. If he does, his country will be seriously harmed. If the Turks, who in my experience are decent people, do not get rid of him, they will regret it.
The Economist invariably describes his regime as "mildly Islamic", so any comment from the is clearly worthless.
Naturally the UN caved in before him as it has done so many times in the past with corrupt dictators of all political hues.

Posted by: Bernstein at September 28, 2011 02:25 PM

I can't help but wonder what would have happened to the UN Security if there were to touch or shove the Israeli Prime Minister or how the media might have covered this incident in that case.

Any thoughts please?

Posted by: Truth Seeker at September 28, 2011 08:53 PM

Erdogan is an uncouth bully while Bibi is a refined and polished diplomat. Such a situation would never take place. Erdogan feels he is above the law and above all rules. He defies diplomatic norms, and can't control himself either emotionally or physically. He is not diplomat and he should not have been apologized to.

Posted by: Truth Provider at October 4, 2011 02:50 PM

Erdogan is one of the best primier ever. If people of Turkiye happy with Erdogan, You dont need to speak.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 17, 2013 07:09 AM

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