Friday, January 30, 2009

Erdogan in Davos

Today at dawn, the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has received a hero's welcome on his return to Istanbul after he stormed out of a debate about Gaza at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Thousands of people turned out in the city to greet Mr Erdogan's plane.

The Arab people is indeed looking for a leader to unite them. They didn't see that in their respective leaders who never did anything - silent, like their European counterparts - until two weeks of shelling Gaza when they really started to act. In fact, even those who have been to the United Nations were just blown out and were ignored regarding any effort they want to take - check Israeli foreign minister's speeches on that. On most internet sites I read this morning and news agencies that contained comments, most of them were praising Erdogan for his action in Davos last night, even some called him already "the real leader of all Arabs". Having said that, one can check the reluctance by Amr Mousa, the secretary general of Arab League, who shook hands with Erdogan upon walking away, what would be the situation if Mr. Mousa followed suit? Regarding reaction from other countries, including where I live, there was a mix of complementing the Turkish Prime Minister for having the ball to keep on saying what he thinks from day 1 of the war on Gaza, while others were called him as an Islamic fundemanlist. Others were laughing it out with disgust by saying that with such behavior Turkey should never dream of joining the EU because he just walked away (some called the walk away as childish behavior). I don't see that childish with the fact that the man was not given a chance to talk, second given a time to Israeli prime minister a total time of 25 minutes talking about his "self-defense" is killing more than 400 children and woman, while others were given only 12 minutes, this unfairness would make any adult jump out of his chair because of rage.

One thing for certain, the Turkish prime minister did the right thing, because as I said; it is unfair to slaughter more than 3000 people in cold hands and say self-defense.


Ali said...

Great attitude. Not like the arab lead.....ers!

MixMax said...

Yes, Ali, indeed, great attitude.

There are increasing voices at the moment, mainly by the extreme-right in Europe and Israelis to punish Turkey by not allowing it to join the EU. At the same time, from what I read in the different media sources there is some really extensive track down in the media on everything Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doing and try to bash him in every way possible. Take for example his meeting with Sudanese officials yesterday: he is now blamed because he didn't criticize the situation in Darfur (, or taking the words from this man opponents who didn't like his reaction in Davos.

Truth hurts!