Does anyone remember the movie The Boys from Brazil?  It told the story of how a group of top Nazis had moved to Brazil where they made a number of clones of Hitler-as-a-child that were being strategically placed around the world to eventually bring about a Fourth Reich. The movie ended ambiguously, with many of the Hitler children still alive and evidently expected to eventually turn into Hitler adults.  The movie makers were clearly on to something because there have been a lot of Hitler sightings by Israel and its friends over the past few years.  Saddam Hussein was described as a new Hitler while Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been depicted in even more heinous terms as a reborn Nazi leader preparing a new Holocaust.  More recently Israel demonstrators have displayed effigies of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the hairline altered and a moustache added to create a caricature of Hitler.

The Turkish prime minister’s Hitler-like leanings first appeared when he dared confront Israel’s President Shimon Peres at an international meeting in Davos in January 2009.  Referring to the slaughter of Gazan civilians earlier that month, Erdogan told Peres “…you know well how to kill.”  But if there was any lingering doubt, Erdogan definitely became Hitler through his support of the flotilla that sought to bring aid to Gaza three weeks ago followed by his denunciation of the massacre initiated by Israeli commandos. His diabolical intent was made manifest when he then demanded justice for the nine Turkish citizens who were murdered.  Hitlerization is the price one inevitably pays for criticizing Israel or opposing its policies.

Whenever Israel discovers that yet another foreign nation has turned Nazi and is intent on recreating the Holocaust, the American lap dog soon picks up the scent.  Andrew Sullivan has recently described the phenomenon as “Israel Derangement Syndrome,” which he describes as a “…form of derangement, or of such a passionate commitment to a foreign country that any and all normal moral rules or even basic fairness are jettisoned.  And you will notice one thing as well: no regret whatsoever for the loss of human life, just as the hideous murder of so many civilians in the Gaza war had to be the responsibility of the victims, not the attackers.  There is no sense of the human here; just the tribe.”

The Gaza flotilla has been handled by the mainstream media in precisely that fashion – blaming the victim with a unanimity that overwhelms both justice and fairness.  No humanity, no mention of the deliberate attempt to starve Gaza most recently endorsed by alleged United States Senator from New York Charles Schumer who said “strangle them economically.”  Or, if one prefers the wisdom of Representative Eliot Engel, also from New York, the flotilla was “filled with hate-filled provocateurs bent on violence.”  Confronted by such hatred it is surprising that the Israeli commandos were so restrained, killing only nine passengers and wounding about forty more.

As the popular narrative in the media has unfolded, Turkey was the aggressor and Israel yet again the victim.  Turkey now has to be punished.  Congress is already considering passing the frequently shelved Armenian Genocide resolution and Representative Mike Spence warns “There will be a cost if Turkey stays on its present heading of growing closer to Iran and more antagonistic to the State of Israel.”  Representative Shelley Berkley agrees, saying that she would actively oppose Turkey’s attempt to join the European Union.   Just exactly how she will do that is not completely clear.

The American media and the punditry in Washington has obediently been lining up to condemn Ankara, using two basic arguments.  The first contention is that Turkey has become a stronghold of Islamism, is edging towards a political and economic alliance with Iran, and is even acting friendly to terrorism-supporting neighbors like Syria.  The second narrative is that Turkey is no longer reliable due to its support of initiatives like the flotilla and also its bid to negotiate a solution to the Iranian nuclear program dilemma.

Those who know Turkey well realize that the country’s Islamism is a reflection of the simple fact that many Turks are deeply religious.  It does not mean that Turkish democracy is dead and the desire to make the state more reflective of religious sentiment will be held in check by the many Turks in the judiciary and military who see themselves as guardians of the secular constitution. Educated Turks in liberal urban environments are also frequently not religious at all and many are hostile to expressions of piety.  It is absolutely in the United States’ national interest to encourage the development of political systems in Muslim majority countries that accommodate both democratic pluralism and religiosity.  Turkey is far from perfect but it is a good example of how such a system might develop and should be encouraged, not subject to criticism that really has nothing to do with the Turks themselves and everything to do with Israel.

As for the claim that Turkey is sliding eastward, Turks have always seen themselves as a bridge between east and west and establishing a modus vivendi with one’s neighbors is just good politics and good business in the Near East.  As for the charge that Turkey is no longer reliable, one only has to note that nearly the entire world excepting only Israel supports the lifting of the siege of Gaza while many nations welcomed Turkey and Brazil’s initiative to resolve the stand-off over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.  The United States, inevitably lining up in support of Israel and seemingly willing to go to war with Iran on Tel Aviv’s behalf, is, as usual, politically isolated in its support of policies that will go nowhere and accomplish nothing.

The hysteria about Turkey is, if anything, more intense at the various neocon think tanks and in their websites on the internet where leading supporters of Israel are calling not only for punishing Turkey but also for kicking it out of NATO.  The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) has led the charge.  JINSA is the home base of leading neocons to include John Bolton, Michael Ledeen, Joshua Muravchik, Richard Perle and Kenneth Timmerman.  A JINSA report issued on June 8th cited Turkey for its “anti-Semitic ravings” and recommended that Washington “seriously consider suspending military cooperation…as a prelude to removing it” from NATO.  The hue and cry was shortly thereafter picked up by the other neocon heroes who continue to feature on the mainstream media in spite of their inability to get anything right.  The National Review Online’s Victor Davis Hanson called Turkey a “…sponsor of Hamas, ally of theocratic Iran, and fellow traveler with terrorist sponsoring Syria” conditions that are “antithetical to its NATO membership.”  Professor Eliot Cohen of Johns Hopkins University added in a June 7th Wall Street Journal op-ed that “A combination of Islamist rule, resentment at exclusion from Europe, and a neo-Ottomanist ideology that envisions Turkey as a great power in the Middle East have made Turkey a state that is often plainly hostile not only to Israel but to American aims and interests.”

In a Weekly Standard article on June 21st, Elliot Abrams chimed in with more of the same, observing that “it’s obvious that our formerly reliable NATO ally Turkey has become a staunch supporter of the radical camp. In the flotilla incident, it not only sided with but also sought to strengthen the terrorist group Hamas.”  As always the neocons speak with one voice in defense of Israel, making it appear that the entire process is orchestrated, which, of course, it is.  Will the neocons marginalize Ankara and succeed in forcing Turkey out of NATO?  Difficult to say, but one should fully expect moves by Congress to do just that or to pressure Turkey in such a way as to make Ankara withdraw from the alliance.

Turkey is a vital strategic partner for Washington. With its large population and thriving economy, it might well be the indispensible nation in the arc of states running from the Mediterranean to central Asia.  It has a long history of friendship towards the United States combined with a national interest that compels it to encourage stability among the countries that it borders and more broadly throughout the Middle East.  In spite of misgivings about specific policies, it houses a major US airbase at Incirlik and has supported Washington’s nation building efforts in Afghanistan.  But now it must be punished because it has crossed the line by opposing the kleptocracy Israel.  And it will be punished, first pilloried in the US media, a process which is underway right now, and then by the US Congress and White House, which will together find some subtle and not-so-subtle ways to bring Ankara to heel.  And the loser in all of this will be the American people, who will alienate a good and staunch friend in the Middle East and make another unnecessary enemy.

Source: This article was originally published in antiwar.com

Philip M. Giraldi, PhD, is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer. He was also foreign policy advisor to Ron Paul during his last presidential run.

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  1. Rexw on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    There is nothing that has been detailed by Philip in this article that would surprise anyone at all. It is the perfect example of the way the juvenile minds are now working in Israel and its satellite, the US.

    So it’s come to this. People are now able to anticipate the motivating factors that prompt Israel to jump on its high horse, knowing that within the week out will come the parasitic members of the Jewish Clubs (see Fifth Column) with their paranoia and extremism. It is now becoming a predictable activity almost to who is going to say what and when. We already know why.

    Just one more example of showing the US chickens who is holding the axe.

    For those people who are anxious to learn the theories behind “The Criminal State”, Israel, then the Jeff Gates book analyses the mindset of the “game plan” where by the Israelis apply certain principles to prepare the minds of those it is trying to control, in this case the American people.
    They can forecast the reactions to a set of events and be mostly right because they are dealing with a government, the US government that it easily predictable at this stage of their ownership by Israel. How could the US have ever reached this point without some clever planning.
    An ex-IDF in the White House, named Emanue;, as if that’s not bad enough, we have an avowed Zionist as Vice President and a totally compromised Clinton carrying the Jewish baggage wherever she goes, with no hint of concern for the way it looks to the American people.
    Past caring. Comfortable thinking that they have the American Mums and Dads under their control.

    So as a knowledgeable writer like Philip states, turning their media on Turkey could have been expected and just as the evil Israel can forecast how Obama will react to almost anything that occurs, as they write the script, so now the Jewish mind is becoming itself, very predictable and for those of us who have devoted any time to studying the Machiavellian mindset of Israelis, Jews and Zionist and understand the long term objectives of such a devious collection of people, find that they are becoming even more predictable than the US is to them and because they pull all the strings, they know the US very well indeed.

    It was bound to happen. They are now so obvious that all you really need is a strong US government to understand the anticipated mental associations and counter them with rational thinking. However, you need a government that has one small amount of independence in their thinking, who has more of an interest in the people of the US than they do being the whipping boy for the Jews and they seem to be enjoying the pain.

    They have become the masochistic government of the USA. What a come down from the days of respect and honour, so long ago it is hard to even remember.

    It certainly puts all the fine words in those patriotic national anthems, sung with voices raised high, into the waste bin. Has anyone yet transposed them into yiddish?

  2. Earlaiman on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    So, “Hitlerism” is just another variation on “anti-Semitizm,” one of the most effective assassination tools for use against the common person,University Professor, journalist or politician who criticizes Israel, while “Hitlerism” is reserved for State Officials who may speak out or actually, heaven forbid, have the balls to actually do something like get up and walk out on some Israeli thug.

    George Orwell who described a lot of the tactics=cs and strategems in his book about the trials of Winston Smith,has also described the double standard that seems to have become the basis of Israeli as well as US thinking and moral rationalization of their foreign policies:

    “All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe and oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency. Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side… The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”


  3. Rexw on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #


    That is a most relevant quote

    The last line could easily refer to the US population at large, with amendments….

    The American people would not approve of atrocities / acts committed by its own side such as

    .turning 180 degrees over Turkey, now being promoted by the Jews as an enemy which means accepted by the Obama Zionists as an enemy as well.

    .allowing the Afghanistan drug industry to flourish with military connivance

    .cooperating with Israel to target Iran, just another Jewish initiative

    .allowing the Zion-prostitutes to hold their seats in government through graft and corruption

    .not identifying AIPAC as a subversive agent of a foreign power, a fifth column in fact and action.

    ….but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them…..thanks to the Jewish owned media.

    Obama and his weak and insipid cabal have a lot to answer for as the tail being wagged by the hated Israeli mad dog.

  4. jill rowan on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #

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