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Turkey wants US condemnation of Israeli raid

hilary_cliton_us_secretaryIsn’t US government and her politicans hypocritical ? Last few days, you may recall that the secretary of United states was calling on the international community to stand with them to condemn the North Korea alleged torpedo attack that sank the South Korea naval ship near South Korea’s Baengnyeong Island, just south of the disputed maritime border. We have also seen how active and forceful the United States can be when issues related to Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan , are raised. why not treat Isreal the same.  Now the Isreal has against all odd commited yet another criminal act of killing urarmed activists who saw the need to help the Gaza barricaded innocent civilians who happen to be vicitims of political war. What is United states saying about that….

The united states response to such heinous act is to investiage the matters. Really to investigate….. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that there was no need to wait for an investigation of the killings, because in Turkey’s view the raid was illegal under international law because it happened in international waters. “This is a criminal act,” he said. “We don’t need to make an investigation to see this.” But funny enough, The united states never mention any need for investigation when South korea alledgely announced that North korea was responsible of the attack instead, we saw Hilary Cliton -US secreatry of State calling for action against North Korea. USA does not have any morality at all to moralise other nations when it is obvious that the bully countries that are not allies and close their eyes to other heinous criminal act perpetuated by their allies.

Now Turkey has demanded on Tuesday that the United States condemn the deadly Israeli raid on an aid flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip that ended with Israeli soldiers killing nine activists. Let us see what the United states will do.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters ahead of a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that Turkey, an unofficial backer of the flotilla, was disappointed with the Obama administration’s response to the raid.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said later that Davutoglu did not demand a U.S. condemnation in his meeting with Clinton.

“The secretary reiterated during the meeting what she said afterwards, which is we have to have a careful, thoughtful approach to this going forward,” Crowley said.

Another senior Obama administration official said Davutoglu had in fact made plain to the United States his disappointment in the response. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

A Turkish official said that in his meeting with Clinton and a separate meeting with national security adviser James Jones, Davutoglu had asked the United State to convey to Israel that Turkey was preparing measures in response unless Israel moved quickly to release the Turkish citizens held in the raid and return the bodies of those killed, most of whom were believed to have been Turks. The official also spoke on condition of anonymity for a similar reason.

Later, President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The White House said Obama expressed his condolences and was “working in close consultation with Israel to help achieve the release of the passengers, including those deceased and wounded, and the ships themselves.”

Obama also made clear the U.S. support for a credible investigation.

“The president affirmed the importance of finding better ways to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza without undermining Israel’s security,” the White House statement said.

The White House has reacted cautiously, asking for full disclosure of the facts about the raid. The killings have put the administration in an awkward position between two allies at a time that it is trying to refocus Middle East peace talks and win new sanctions against Iran in the United Nations Security Council.

Most of those killed in the raid were believed to be Turks, and Turkey has demanded return of the bodies.

In a sign of the sensitivity of the raid on U.S.-Turkish relations, the State Department closed coverage of the meeting to the press. It had previously scheduled a photo opportunity, a venue in which reporters probably would have tried to ask questions.

Before they met, however, Davutoglu was perfectly open about the message he would convey to Clinton.

“I have to be frank: I am not very happy with this statement from Washington yesterday,” Davutoglu said. “We expect a clear condemnation.”

He said that Turkey, a NATO member, would bring up the issue soon at the security alliance’s council.

“Citizens of member states were attacked by a country that is not a member of NATO,” he said. “I think you can make some conclusions out of this statement.”

Davutoglu said that there was no need to wait for an investigation of the killings, because in Turkey’s view the raid was illegal under international law because it happened in international waters.

“This is a criminal act,” he said. “We don’t need to make an investigation to see this.”

Davutoglu also contrasted his criticism of the United States with praise of the statements by the European Union.

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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