Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

Nonviolent Solution for Syria?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The ongoing Syrian onslaught spilled across two borders today as gun-toting combatants attacked refugees in Turkey and killed a journalist in Lebanon.

As a proponent of world peace and vocal advocate of non-violence, you may be wondering how a Peacenik like myself might address the atrocities taking place in Syria.

Here’s what I would do: (more…)

Israel Finds Themselves Not Guilty

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Remember last year when a Turkish humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza was raided in International waters by Israeli commandos who shot and killed 9 civilians and wounded dozens more? Well, it turns out that an Israeli commissioned report shows “the actions taken were found to be legal pursuant to the rules of international law.”

Surprise, surprise. Israel has found themselves not guilty of any legal wrong doing in last May’s attack. Case closed, right?

Forget that the UN’s own inquiry found an “unacceptable level of brutality” or that Turkey claims the attacks were “tantamount to banditry and piracy”, the perpetrators of said crime have done some deep soul searching and found themselves inculpable.

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s says the report has “no value or credibility”. This sentiment echoes what most people with common sense know: there exists an inherent bias when someone tries to hold themselves accountable. This is why we don’t allow accused criminals to handle their own prosecution.

The Israeli report goes on to state “The imposition and enforcement of the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip does not constitute ‘collective punishment’ of the population of the Gaza Strip.”

How convenient is that? The ‘open air prison‘ that kept millions of innocent Palestinians on the brink of economic collapse – the same blockade that was eased precisely because of International pressures like those of the raided flotilla – was deemed kosher by the very same group blamed for the human rights violations.

In other news, the kettle just called itself white.