[Marxism] Turkey expels Israeli ambassador over murderous flotilla raid

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Sep 2 08:31:09 MDT 2011

On 9/2/11 9:54 AM, Jim Farmelant wrote:
> I think a lot of this has to do with internal Turkish politics,
> especially Prime Minister Erdogan's recent successes in subordinating the
> Turkish military to the civilian government. Under the Kemalist
> constitution, the military had been designated as the guardians of the
> constitutional order and had the power to unseat elected governments that
> it deemed to be a threat to that order. And indeed over the years, the
> Turkish military had used this power to overthrow elected governments
> several times.  In the past few years, Erdogan has gone a long way
> towards bringing the Turkish military to heel. Since the Turkish military
> had long been the strongest proponent of having close ties with Israel,
> one should not be too surprised that with the military's loss of
> political power is now being accompanied by a downgrading of Turkey's
> ties with Israel.

I think a more straightforward explanation is the Islamic beliefs of the 
AKP. They are far less likely to put up with Zionist brutality, 
especially when it is directed against their own citizens. At any rate, 
whatever the reasons, I think this is a very good thing.

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