Saturday, October 01, 2005

America intervenes to warn of rejection 'disaster'

America intervenes to warn of rejection 'disaster'

THE Bush Administration has intervened in the debate about Turkey’s entry into the EU, warning Brussels of disastrous consequences if Ankara’s membership bid is turned down. Eric Edelman, the Pentagon’s new number three and until recently the US Ambassador to Ankara, said that refusing Turkey’s entry would not just destabilise a strategic region on Europe’s border but also set back efforts to encourage democratic reform across the Muslim world. “In light of everything else that is going on in the wake of 9/11, in Afghanistan, in Iraq and following the bombings in Madrid and London, to say ‘no’ to a secular, democratic open society — what message does that give to all those other countries and societies to whom we have been giving the message that we want you to start down this road of accommodation and modernity, of separation of mosque and state?” Mr Edelman said. Although Washington is not directly involved in the negotiations, it does play an important role behind the scenes, trying to persuade its transatlantic allies in Europe to allow its strategic partner Turkey into the EU club.


The Turkish government, police and media have come together to try and prevent the practice of celebratory gunfire which has recently injured, maimed and killed many citizens. Shooting in the air, usually in wedding ceremonies and after football matches is a celebratory gesture in rural areas of Turkey, as well as in Middle East and in Balkan countries. Public awareness of the issue increased after deaths of nearly a dozen people, mainly youngsters, in separate incidents. The most recent victims whose cases were covered extensively in the local media were a university student who was scheduled to go to France for further studies and a 6-year-old girl who was accidentally killed by a bullet from her grandfather’s gun at a wedding. Every year, nearly 700 people die from stray bullets in Turkey according to a report.


At October 01, 2005 6:14 PM, Blogger Zach said...

Bush doesn't understand the difference between Europe and Turkey just like he doesn't understand the difference between the US and Mexico. Pathetic and shameful, that's all I can say.

At October 01, 2005 10:37 PM, Blogger heather said...

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At October 01, 2005 10:43 PM, Blogger heather said...

There is only a 35% approval from the Eurepean population for the entry of Turkey ito the EU. Bush should look at what happened in Gaza after the withdrawal of Israel--the goal was well-intentioned, but the results are quite different. From what I read, it has greatly encouraged radicals such as Hamas to continue violence until Israel ceases to exist.

A statement by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey is telling of his radical Islamist past:

Turkey's irritation had been mounting all day. Earlier the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called on European leaders to prove they are not running an exclusively "Christian club". "If the EU is not a Christian club, this has to be proven," Mr Erdogan said during a visit to the Gulf.

The article about shooting off guns in Turkey reminds me of Arizona, where I lived for several years. Every New Year's, Cinco de Mayo and other holidays, there would be warnings that you should not shoot guns in celebration. I guess this is most commonly done by Mexican (illegals, we have millions) and some Mexican Americans who see this as another way to celebrate the holiday. In California they've had a campaign called, ""Have Fun, But Don't Shoot Your Gun (Fiesta Si, Tiros No)to make people aware of the dangers of this practice.

At October 01, 2005 11:09 PM, Blogger Mike H. said...

Keep Turkey out of the EU and buy blanks for the fifth.

At October 01, 2005 11:15 PM, Blogger ThBadMonkey said...

Yea, we hate butch too...

At October 02, 2005 3:42 AM, Blogger nouille said...

Turkey is a huge country.

The way the BBC reports you would think most of Europe is eager to admit Turkey.

Turkey has the feel of a democracy in the larger metropolitan cities, but travel to the more rural areas and it's far more Islamic feeling.

At October 02, 2005 4:04 AM, Blogger heather said...


Agree about Turkey and the EU--at least for now, until they prove they are sincere. With the current leadership it is doubtful.

Great idea about the blanks--only it would have to be organized into some type of community event. This would help the local police, who are overwhelmed with calls during these holidays.

At October 02, 2005 2:37 PM, Blogger Ethnocentrist said...

Bush is insane. His Bush family dynastic ambitions and cronyism has done tremendous harm to the country and the free world at large. This New World Order push, which is nothing but global Marxism, will bring catastrophe to the western world. He will go down in history as THE worst president, even surpassing Clinton. This is coming from a true conservative who voted for this asshole. Not that Kerry was any prize himself, because he would have been no different on domestic issues such as spending and immigration, though I do not think he would have been so hell-bent on foreign occupation and militaristic geo-political tinkering.

At October 02, 2005 4:55 PM, Blogger bordergal said...

Bush's failure of imagination lies in his overwhelmingly positive Christian view of humanity, under which we all have the potential for goodness within us.

A great idea in many cases, but it completely fails to acknowledge the dark side of the human heart, and the possibility of the joyful and total acceptance of evil.

Until he loses the idea that all people are inherently good, and that most people will respond to reason, it will be more of the same.


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