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October 11, 2014

Temple Mount and What it Says About Palestinian Peace

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There exist a number of truths which can be seen simply by observing the realities, actions, reactions, denunciations and accusations and comparing those realities with the numerous presumptions of what an Israeli-Palestinian (or Arab) peace will produce. The reality which much of the world believes to be valid and the realities are often simply the proof that the propaganda by the Palestinians and the cooperative actions of the world media in repeating such propaganda almost word for word in news articles represents them as descriptions of realities. These are often accusations poignantly and passionately expressed claiming Israeli crimes and pejorative actions which are actually projections of the Palestinian actions against Israelis (especially Jews) thus turning the tables trying to turn the victims into the victimizers. The media seldom comes to witness the realities on the Temple Mount and accept whatever reports and pictures provided by Palestinian propaganda producing monitors who write inflammatory accusations against the Jews or Israelis accusing them of the crimes actually committed by the Palestinians which are given further credence with photo images and short and chopped, spliced and edited film clips which leave out the instigations and only represented the reactive force used to restore order as the unnecessary violence perpetrated against innocent Palestinian worshippers and attempts to prevent Palestinians from gathering to worship at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the very station where rocks, fireworks, Molotov cocktails and other weapons to be used against Israeli security officers to force a response which will be filmed as proof of Israeli miscreancy.

For the sake of clarity let’s get some facts out in front. Of the many entrances allowing unfettered access to the Temple Mount to almost everybody, especially tourists except those tourists wearing anything denoting their Jewishness, including all Palestinians, except under certain times when restrictions become necessary defined shortly, the Jews, especially Israelis, are restricted to a single entrance where access to this entrance is over narrow bridge which has been repaired and reinforced numerous times after engineers declared the bridge unsafe for pedestrian traffic. Every time this bridge has been declared unsafe it takes many weeks or even months of struggling with the Waqf, which is appointed by Jordan and has complete authority over all activities on the Temple Mount, simply attempting to get permission to repair the bridge. Many attempts have been made to replace this inadequate structure but all requests have been denied out of hand. Even when the crossing is open the Jews are subjected to searches to assure they are not carrying any religious items onto “sacred Islamic land” or any other forbidden items. Christians have been forced to remove crosses and had their prayer books held by security at the entrances as only Muslim religious items are permitted except for certain periods such as Christmas and Easter when the bans on Christian items is relaxed in the interest of selling trinkets and other tourist objects. Every Friday afternoon immediately after prayers there is a Muslim riot attacking Israeli security police on the Temple Mount. Whenever Israeli Jews are finally permitted their limited access which is limited to ten minutes per person and groups not exceeding a half dozen, or occasionally a few more, are permitted and are shadowed by Waqf and Israeli Police and should the Jewish visitors even move their lips they are considered to have been praying and are immediately arrested at the insistence of the Waqf monitors. Sometimes the Jews do not receive Waqf monitors and such should make them very nervous as that usually is a good indicator that they will be subject to screaming Palestinian women and children right in their faces with older teens and young men behind them often hurling rocks at them to punctuate the insults. When these riotous attacks are committed the Israeli police immediately take actions and rush the Israeli Jews off the Temple Mount and close the Temple Mount to further Israeli visitation for the rest of the day and even the rest of a week or longer. The Palestinians bring heavy construction equipment onto the Temple Mount at night, and even during daylight hours it has gotten so brazen, in order to dig up any archeological relics and precious items which might prove the Jewish history and the existence of the First Temple and Second Temple in efforts to remove any evidence of a Jewish existence throughout history. The Muslim rioting on the Temple Mount has reached levels of intensity that it has forced the closure of the Temple Mount to Palestinian males between fourteen and forty-five in order to restore order and have even a semblance of control over the situation. Because the Palestinian riots are a daily event and only Israelis are victimized it is not news even when Israeli Knesset members visit the Temple Mount and are pelted with rocks and taunts. But when Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount it did make news at the demands of Yasser Arafat so as to give an excuse for the ensuing Intifada which had been planned for months, then a Jew visiting the Temple Mount made news which read that Ariel Sharon defiled Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount where the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Muslim holy sites are located. Ariel Sharon never entered a single building and had received permission from the Islamic Waqf before visiting and his visit was fully expected which might explain all the pictures taken that appeared in news articles. These are some of the basic facts which are denied the light of day as they do not serve the correct news filters which demand that the Jews are causing the Palestinians misery and denying them their rights or ability to live or practice their religion in peace while the Jews run wild on the Temple Mount committing blasphemes and desecrating Muslim holy sites and attacking Muslim women and children daily when they finally are permitted by the Israeli police to spend a few precious minutes on their Temple Mount.

The main stories which are reported even by the leftist press in Israel and through much of the leftist media especially in Europe and North America tell of every instance when the Israelis place restrictions against Palestinian males between fourteen and forty-five in order to restore some semblance of order after particularly serious rioting by Palestinians on the Temple Mount. These reports usually simply note that the Israelis have once again closed the Temple Mount to Muslims. Often they go so far as to omit that the closure is solely for males between certain ages as if this additional information were included there might be some who might inquire why such limits were imposed and what had Palestinian males between these ages have done to warrant such a closure and denial of access. Then there are the reports which the reporter filing the story can claim is accurate and truthful to the best of their knowledge which will state that Palestinians security forces have reported serious rioting on the Temple Mount by teens which required security forces to use force to quell the rioting. There is no claim who was rioting or who actually was forced to use force to restore order, it is only reported that Palestinian security force personnel reported thus leaving the supposition that the rioters had to be Israelis and the Palestinians had to restore order. In order to see such slanted news at work one needs look no further than the coverage of the opening ceremonies at the United Nations late last month. There will be quotes from speeches blaming the violence between Israel and Gaza on Israeli belligerence and claims that Israel initiated the conflict. The slanted and inverted coverage and the placing of permanent victim status in the Palestinians and stigmatizing the Israelis as the universal aggressors who are constantly rejecting the Palestinians and their advances for peace and willingness to sacrifice if only Israel would agree is identical to the topsy-turvy coverage given the Temple Mount and virtually everything else concerning Israel and the Palestinians.

The news coverage reports how the Palestinians are ready to meet the Israelis once Israel meets their obligations for peace. The problem is the Palestinian definition of obligation is defined under the precepts of Sharia which states that any demand made by the Islamic side is automatically defined as an obligation for the non-Islamic side of the equation. When Mahmoud Abbas claims that the Israelis have refused to meet him on even grounds to negotiate peace he is actually claiming that Israel has refused to meet the conditions he has set out as his preconditions in order to facilitate a lasting peace. Mahmoud Abbas has some very simple preconditions which include Israel agreeing to returning inside the 1949 Armistice Lines, the ‘Right of Return’ for some five million Palestinian refugees to within Israel, the existence of a Palestinian military with the right to hold training exercises with other nations, free access between Gaza and the West Bank free from any Israeli interference, East Jerusalem as the Capital for the Palestinian State which will leave all of the Old City, Temple Mount and Western Wall within Palestine and beyond the reach for Israelis just as when Jordan controlled the same areas and numerous other demands. The easiest understanding of what it is that Abbas demands are to simply research the outstanding issues and especially the final status issues and these are the items which Abbas demand that Israel agree to the maximalist Palestinian demand on each one before he will negotiate. The real question is if Israel were to meet all those demands, exactly what would be left to negotiate. How much of the rest of Israel the Palestinians will be given control over? In case you think that that is going too far, let me add one last demand Abbas has always held to and brings out when he desires ending negotiations, that is his demand that any agreement reached between Israel and the Palestinians will not mean the end of Palestinian resistance until all of Palestinian lands have been liberated. Yep, that’s right, the Palestinians actual position is that the war against Israel will not be over until all of Israel has been destroyed and the Palestinians have made their lands free of any Jewish existence, just as they demand that any lands under Palestinian control be made free of all Jews just like the Jordanians did before them.

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September 26, 2014

How to Fight Terrorist Fanatics Unless You’re Israel

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Right off the top let me get this straight; I fully support the bombing of any infrastructure which ISIS can utilize to finance their operations including the oil refineries, both stationary and mobile, possibly even more for the mobile because of the increased abilities they provide for refining at any location. Further, I support the bombing of any location where ISIS has been proven to be quartered or any location where ISIS weapons of war, especially the heavy weapons systems stolen from the Syrian and Iraqi military supplies, even if they are placed within built-up civilian areas. Simply stated, I heartily support anything necessary in opposing, fighting and destroying every last vestige of ISIS and any terrorist group which is murdering innocents, performing forced conversions, mass murdering innocent civilians and threatening to spread their murderous intentions and activities throughout every nation simply to fulfill a religious conviction which they claim is a basic tenet demanded by the Quran and the Hadiths of all Muslims under the dogmas of Greater Jihad or any other terrorist entity which make the claim that they must oppress and convert by force under pain of death in service of their deity. That said, I also respect those military and political leaders who instruct and enforce policies and ROE (Rules of Engagement) which honor the sanctity of innocent human life and their properties and possessions to the extent that they take precautions to avoid injury and damage to these innocents and their necessities for life whenever possible and to the greatest extent as long as doing such does not prevent accomplishing the necessary and principle objectives of their mission objectives. All this in mind, I support the efforts made by the United States and their allies.

My question for those who demand that Israel somehow fight against terrorist entities without harming a single blade of grass or disturb even one single delicate spider’s web, let alone anything of greater importance also included is, where is your indignation over the bombing of infrastructure and possible casualties of civilians with the bombing of ISIS in Syria and Iraq? Those who across almost every border and especially those within Israel who demand that Israel cease defending her citizens and instead negotiate with those whose only goal is to murder every last Jew as they wipe our homeland from the map and try to erase the Jewish People from the annals of history are now strangely silent. Where are these very same people and why are they not demanding that the United States cease their bombing of ISIS simply because they desire a nation to call their own and negotiate with ISIS and set borders after which I am sure ISIS will rejoice and peace will reign over the Middle East and ISIS will be satisfied with fair and agreed borders and will cease threatening the world. If such is acceptable and demanded of Israel when facing Hamas which launches rockets generally aiming to strike Israeli population centers and as a part of their charter they claim their highest desire is to establish a homeland from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and murdering every last Jew residing in Israel, how is Hamas truly any different than ISIS. They then have written into their charter the demand that they continue to spread Islam across the globe and murder every last Jew in order to bring on the establishment of Islamic end times and the final battle which results in a world of only Muslims. This is supposed to result with the leadership of Hamas in their rightful place as the leaders beside Mohammad and the holy of Allah who descended to assist in the establishment of a grand Caliphate in the final battle for the purification of the world.

Why should Israel not be supported in their fight for their survival from terrorists who have the same end goals of supremacy over the world as does ISIS? Israel should have every right to fight those terrorists who represent the exact same threat to all of civilization and have chosen to fight Israel initially because they think they know some simple facts that, if they prove valid, would be very sad; yet it appears that too many in the world support these ideas. Their assumptions are that as long as they mostly target Israel and limit their threats to Jews then the world will grant them a special place where despite their having exactly the same designs and end goals as the rest of the Islamist terrorist entities, they will be treated separately and permitted and even financed and supported in their struggle for as long as it takes to destroy Israel. What is unfortunate is how much the actions of the world’s governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, statesmen and people of note or repute line up condemning Israel for her efforts to defend her citizens, all her citizens be they Jewish, Arab, Christian, Muslim and any other persuasion or none at all with everything and in every way possible. The extent to which Israel makes the investment and dedication of research, development, testing, refinement and perfecting in order to have a system that functions with reliable consistency to protect her people and allots the funding to build the defensive systems such as the Iron Dome which was the single most valuable asset Israel deployed in the last conflict with Hamas resulting from the aggressions by Hamas in abducting three Israeli innocent teens and murdering them followed by the launching of hundreds of rockets daily into Israel eventually resulting in over three thousand rockets fired into Israel before the conflict ceased (for now). The world demanded why so few Israelis died compared to the Palestinian casualties. There are a number of reasons but the two which are most important are that the number of combatants killed equaled the number of civilians killed which actually is a ratio that exceeds recorded ratios in conflicts and wars throughout history for lowest percentages for civilian fatalities. The other reason was the Iran Dome which intercepted well over 90% of the rockets which the Iron Dome systems computed would land in populated areas and its accuracy in making these determinations was approaching perfection. Next time that terrorists decide that the time is right to launch fierce attacks against Israel try and remember that should these terrorists ever succeed in destroying Israel their next target will be identical to ISIS, the rest of the world even including other Muslims who hold different versions of Islam, just like ISIS, and then pray Israel never falls before those terrorist forces. They are all servants who have surrendered their will and their lives to Allah.

There is a story which was reported by the officer who commanded one of the Iron Dome units which was guarding Tel Aviv that I wish to relate and have waited for the right time. The right time never seems to come so I decided this is close enough. This single event may provide another reason that there were so few casualties, especially fatalities, in Israel despite the massive numbers of rockets rained down on Israeli territory with most close to though not successfully targeting populated areas including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv metropolitan areas. Here is one of the many articles documenting this miracle, praise G0d. The story is partly an answer to the rumor that when asked by a reporter from an Arab news source what was wrong with the ability of the rockets to hit anything in Israel saying, Don’t you aim your rockets? The Hamas Officer’s response was, “We do aim [our rockets], but their G0d changes their path in mid-air.” There might just be something to that officer’s lament as reported by an Iron Dome commanding officer who related the story.
“A missile was fired from Gaza. Iron Dome precisely calculated [its trajectory]. We know where these missiles are going to land down to a radius of 200 meters. This particular missile was going to hit either the Azrieli Towers, the Kirya (Israel’s equivalent of the Pentagon) or [a central Tel Aviv railway station]. Hundreds could have died.”

“We fired the first [interceptor]. It missed. Second [interceptor]. It missed. This is very rare. I was in shock. At this point we had just four seconds until the missile lands. We had already notified emergency services to converge on the target location and had warned of a mass-casualty incident.”

“Suddenly, Iron Dome (which calculates wind speeds, among other things) shows a major wind coming from the east, a strong wind that…sends the missile into the sea. We were all stunned. I stood up and shouted, ‘There is a G0d!’ I witnessed this miracle with my own eyes. It was not told or reported to me. I saw the hand of G0d send that missile into the sea.”

The article also relates the witness by Colonel Ofer Winter and what occurred to him and his men during their mission in Gaza. Their assault on the targeted position was delayed for technical, or less likely tactical, reasons as such adjustments in orders and/or timing for units movements and attacks once combat has been initiated, and instead of advancing under the cover of darkness they were going to move after sunrise and in the bright light of day. This alteration could only make their advance and movements more difficult and increased the risks and dangers for his men. When the moment finally came for their advance a strange fog blanketed their movements providing them concealment all the way to their objective. As he said in another article, “Suddenly a cloud protected us.” In a reference to the Bible where it describes how a fog protected the Israelites as they wandered in the desert he called the fog. “Clouds of glory.” Then quoting from Deuteronomy he added, “It really was a fulfillment of the verse ‘For the Lord your G0d is the One who goes with you to give you victory,’” Perhaps the Hamas officer spoke more truth than he knew and perhaps that makes this a great place to end.

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September 18, 2014

Turkey Needs to Prove They Belong in NATO Now

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry toured the nations of the Middle East seeking allies who would be willing to provide support for the operations spelled out by President Obama for dealing with ISIS. Secretary of State Kerry began his trip visiting NATO partner Turkey in hopes that as a fellow NATO nation they would eagerly support the efforts of their NATO ally. This assumption was sorely mistaken. While I was not privy to the look on Secretary Kerry’s face when Turkish President Erdogan, or whichever functionary was assigned to give the government refusal of intent to cooperate in any way, but I can take a good guess at his feigned surprised, you can knock me down with a feather astonishment look on the face of John Kerry. Why anybody would be surprised at the Turkish refusal should not be holding high position in the government of the United States as anybody holding even the smallest knowledge of recent history should remember that it was Turkey that refused to permit and United States, a NATO ally, troops to be deployed from Turkish soil when the Second Gulf War to remove Saddam Hussein from office was initiated. This prevented a second front from being established in the north of Iraq and permitted many top officials from the Hussein government to make their escape into Syria and possibly even into Turkey itself. The official commentary from the State Department simply stated that Turkey is opting out completely from the coalition and its efforts in Iraq and Syria. This should have further been expected considering Turkey being amongst the original and continuing supporters of ISIS.

 

The other problem is that Secretary of State Kerry is running into brick walls where many nations he has approached claiming they support the idea of what the United States has laid out but we are not really able to assist these efforts at this time. In Egypt President Sisi and the rest of the military hierarchy are not about to forgive President Obama and Secretary Kerry for the United States support for the Muslim Brotherhood and their continuing opposition of the military government which won the election after the army overturned the government of President Morsi as part of bringing an end to the massive demonstrations against the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi and their application of oppressive laws designed to make a path for Sharia and an end to the secular civilization in Egypt. There will be no support coming out of Egypt for anything coming from the Administration of President Obama, period. Secretary Kerry must have felt like he had won the lottery after his stops in Turkey and Egypt when Saudi Arabia and the Emirates promised financial support but denied to offer any boots on the ground against ISIS. Part of the reasons behind the Sunni refusals also is due to the threat to Shiite Iran that ISIS potentially poses and that ISIS is far more likely to take its fight to purify the true Religion of the Prophet, Sunni Islam, ISIS is predictably more likely to take their forces against Shiite Iran before they tackle the perceived impure governance by the Saudi Royal Family and the other leaders in the Emirates and across the Sunni world. Check back with Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Egypt after SISI had been severely degraded after their successful overthrow of the Shiite Mullahs in Iran, providing there is any semblance of ISIS that survives an assault on Iran. Until then, the Sunni Arab leaders will not feel the threat and could see the potential for ISIS to, at the least, degrade the arch threat they face, Iran and their sycophants Syria and Hezballah. These results mean that President Obama and his grand plan will place all their expectations for victory on the two groups who have an immediate reason to take on this struggle, the remaining remnants of the Iraqi military and the Kurdish Peshmerga Militias who rescued many of the Yazidi peoples who were surrounded and threatened by ISIS forces and are defending the lands populated by Kurdish peoples. Of these two groups the Kurdish Peshmerga Militias are by far the more capable and likely the most capable of forces who make up their lack of numbers with a fierceness and steadfast convictions. The rest are unlikely to offer any ground forces, or even air support, without the United States also putting forces on the ground and even then they will be reluctant and only provide support troops who are able to serve in the rear and unable to perform combat duties with any measurable effect.

 

Still, the reluctance of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and other nations from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is to be expected as these nations are often willing to fight to the very last American troop before they will risk a single of their own troops. They might be willing to provide support troops or combat troops who would hold and guard supply depots and support areas such a motor pools but would be restricted as a condition of their deployment into the theater. Many understand that any problems in MENA locations which the United States determines as a threat, even if it also threatens the nations which are parts of MENA, will refuse to provide troops to fight anywhere outside of their own borders and support any numbers of United States troops being deployed to eradicate the threats to these nations and once the threat has passed they demand that the United States troops leave their territories until the next threat. All of this has been the exact scenario in countless confrontations ever since the Ottoman Empire was defeated as part of World War I and the division of those lands into individual nations over the following couple of decades. This was even the case for most of the fighting during World War I against the Ottoman Empire on behalf of the Arab tribes who resented Ottoman rule and mostly refused to join the battle. The main exception, and it was such an exception that it became the theme for a blockbuster movie, was the Arab revolt which was organized, held together, and led by a single British officer, and possible madman, Major T. E. Lawrence (often mistaken for Peter O’Toole). In all honesty, the film “Lawrence of Arabia” took so much liberty in depicting the Arabs as unorganized tribal forces who suffered from rivalries and discipline difficulties where the reality is most of those led by Major Lawrence were disciplined forces under direct command of their officers, uniformed, and many were captured initially fighting as part of the Ottoman Army and volunteered, initially demanding, to be permitted to fight to overthrow the Ottoman Turks. The movie engendered numerous law suits contesting how many actual people were portrayed to such inaccuracy that the families took umbrage and insult to their honor. There is also the fact that there were other British and French intelligence officers who, like Lawrence, led Arab units. The possible reason that the movie was centered around T. E. Lawrence was likely due to two factors, American journalist Lowell Thomas gave Lawrence much coverage in the West, particularly in the United States, and the extensive and self-aggrandized recounting of Major Lawrence’s accomplishments and importance found within his penned accounting titled, “Seven Pillars of Wisdom.” Maybe we could use another rather eccentric British officer about now, or maybe not.

 

The only actual effrontery which, though expected in this office, likely somewhat blindsided the Administration of President Obama would be the utter refusal to cooperate by the Turkish government. The government of newly elected and first publically elected President, Erdogan’s refusal not only to provide troops on the ground, but to refuse to provide air support, the use of Turkish airfields or even the use of Turkey itself to house troops or supplies or to launch strikes on ISIS in both Iraq and Syria should be taken as a virtual resignation from NATO as he has proven that under his guidance Turkey has split from NATO and moved closer to Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. This should have been expected as this was the exact reaction and lack of consideration or cooperation which Turkey gave President George W. Bush for utilizing Turkish ground from which to launch a second front in the initial stages of the 2003 start to the Second Iraq War. Apparently the Turkish refusals were just as much a shock and surprise as they were a little over a decade ago. Perhaps President Obama had relied on two things, the fact that he believes he is the anti-Bush President and thus should succeed where President George W. Bush had failed, and that he considers Recep Tayyip Erdogan to be one of if not his closest friend and confidant amongst all the leaders in the world. Apparently the friendship felt by President Obama is not reciprocated nearly as much as he might have anticipated and hoped. Still, with what is reputed to be some of the finest information gathering abilities available to advise an American President, one would have thought that President Obama would have been advised on how poorly his hopes for coordination and cooperation his plan would be rejected by the Arab nations he was presumably offering to help and particularly he would have been informed that the only NATO ally was not going to be onboard with the plan. Why President Obama was not forewarned is a question whose answer we will never know.

 

Still the Turkish refusal to once again assist their NATO allies in efforts in the Middle East begs some serious questions. The first, most obvious and of paramount importance is why Turkey remains within NATO. Perhaps there is no means of removing a member once they have been accepted. The one obvious fact is that the experiment of allowing a nation which historically, since the fall of the Byzantine Empire, has sided with the Muslim and Arab forces of the world including being the central home to the last Caliphate, the Ottoman Empire, would be considered and granted membership in NATO, a Europe centered mutual defense organization. The reason has more to do with the when and why NATO was originally established. On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, was established with twelve Western nations making up its membership; Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United States. The organization was established to resist the pressures of the Soviet Union and their iron grab over Eastern Europe and to provide a united front which was to provide a greater defensive front for the individual nations by tying their defense against aggressions into the Three Musketeers pledge of all for one and one for all. A short period later on February 18, 1952, two additional states were granted membership; Greece and more importantly Turkey. The most obvious reason leading to the inclusion of Turkey in NATO was desirable as Turkey ruled over the Bosphorus and Dardanelles which are the two straights which control access to the Mediterranean Sea from the Black Sea which served as the southern route for Russian and Soviet Naval vessels, their western most all season port in the Crimean Peninsula. As the Soviet Union collapsed the reasoning behind NATO, and especially Turkey, should have dissipated leaving the entire alliance to the dustbin of history. But such treaties and similar large organizations, such as labor unions, find new but not necessarily improved, raison d’être. This has been the reality of NATO with it coming up with reason after reason as the years pass which its members generally agree are sufficient excuses to continue the organization. But now that the newest raison d’être is to provide a unified front and mutual protection against potential threats emanating out of Iran or any other threats across the Middle East, the consistent refusal by Turkey to permit any use of their lands and bases or to volunteer their troops or air force joining efforts in the Middle East. What the reason is for having kept Turkey as a member of NATO after their refusal, especially the manner in which they revoked permission with hours left before the invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iran, causing the delay of the deployment of the forces which were to have assaulted Iran from the north and removing entirely the northern front from the strategy, potentially making the entire plan more likely to fail, is beyond reason and can only be attributed to the belief that the Turkish refusal to honor their obligations as a NATO ally was a once only event. With it now established as their policy and not an exception, there is absolutely no conceivable reason to permit Turkey to remain as a member in NATO and doing so is simply an endangerment to the entire membership of NATO. Somehow, it is very doubtful that their refusal again to cooperate in efforts by NATO ally members will have any consequences as any insult or antagonism of Western nations and alliances comes without consequences. Working contrary to the efforts and intentions of any other alliance or nation will definitely have immediate and serious consequences, especially efforts against, the Chinese, the Russians and the Arab and Muslim worlds. Working contrary to the United States is one of the few acts which has no apparent consequence, well, unless the nation refusing to obey the United States is Israel, the nation which appears to be held to a singular set of rules, consequences and restrictions with expectations of morality of actions on a scale beyond that applied anywhere else and to no other nation, even the United States though they come in a relative second place on the expectation scale imposed by such as the United Nations, the NGOs, the plethora of human rights organizations and the opinion of the web of nations.

 

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