The new Axis of ...? Will Turkey participate in the next war alongside its new allies?
Erodgan prefers Sudan pres. to Netanyahu
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would rather meet with the president of Sudan, indicted of war crimes, than with Israel's prime minister.
The Turkish leader made the statements while meeting with party members in Istanbul Sunday. Erdogan's response was to a question on whether Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir planned to attend the Islamic Conference in the city, Haaretz said Monday. Bashir has since said he will not attend.
Erdogan told party members he would rather confront Bashir who was indicted for allegedly orchestrating crimes against humanity in Darfur, than discuss with Netanyahu the deaths of civilians in Gaza, the newspaper quoted him saying.
Erdogan said he did not believe Bashir was guilty of the crimes even though the International Criminal Court in The Hague in March indicted him on seven counts, the paper said.
Erdogan said he is willing to welcome the Sudanese Muslim leader to Turkey because he doubts a Muslim is capable of committing genocide, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said. To support his stand, Erdogan said when he visited Darfur he did not witness any genocide taking place, the Turkish newspaper said.
If a Muslim purposely does it - it's A-OK, if a Jew defends self from Muslims - a war criminal. The new Turkish way of thought.
Assad: Resistance of the occupation is a national duty
Syrian President Bashar Assad continued to sway from peace overtures to threats of war on Monday, stressing that resistance might be used to "return" the Golan Heights.
"Resisting occupation is a patriotic duty and to support it is a moral and legal imperative…and an honor of which we are proud," said Assad in a speech to the 25th Economic Summit of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (COMCEC) in Istanbul.
"This does not contradict our unceasing desire to achieve a just and comprehensive peace on the basis of the return of the occupied territories, especially the occupied Syrian Golan, but the failure of negotiations to restore all our rights would make resistance an alternative solution," he said, in an apparent allusion to acts of violence and terror against Israel committed by "resistance" movements such as Hizbullah.
Concerning the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Assad said that stopping settlement construction was not an end in itself, but a means to an end.
What about dismantling settlements instead of stopping construction, and most importantly, what about ending the occupation?" he said.
The Syrian president went on to say that the real cause of the problem in the region was "the Zionist occupation" which "we must begin to work to eliminate."
Assad cited the world's "negative" response to the Goldstone Commission's report, as well as its "indifferent reaction" to what he termed "one of the worst war crimes ever known in modern times" - apparently referring to Israel's three-week offensive in Gaza - as reasons for the Arab and Islamic world to be more self-sufficient.
"Internationally banned weapons are being used against [Gazan] civilians, showing Israel's barbarianism," said the Syrian president. "[The world's reaction] proves that none of our goals will be achieved by relying on others."
At the end of October, Assad said that Damascus was ready to resume peace talks with Jerusalem, stressing that the people of his country would support negotiations.
"As far as it concerns us in Syria, we have national support to continue talks with Israel," Assad said in Zagreb after meeting Croatian President Stipe Mesic. "However, there is a condition that on the Israeli side we also have those who want to continue the negotiations."
Promising to continue terror while demanding dismemberment of Israel in exchange for...talks. Gee - thanks ass hole.