In “Effort to Rebrand Arab Spring Backfires in Iran” (New York Time, 2/2/2012), Robert F. Worth writes: ““Turkish model” of electoral democracy and moderate Islam…”
Well, Mr. Worth, if this is your model of democracy and “moderate Islam” that eliminated the rest of its Christians by ethnic cleansing (yes the ‘democratic’ Republic did it), that kills and put in jail reporters, priests and even the apostolic nuncio, that has a constitutional law (article 301) to jail all critics, that, not only negates, all the genocides that were done in its history, but honor the memory of those who ordered them, well, many in Syria and Iran would prefer to keep their own governments, especially the Christians. Many Moslems will feel insulted when you call moderate this Islamic Turkish government.
It is a pity that America, the country of the free, gives to the Arab revolutionaries Turkey as a model. It is a pity that, with its allies, it helped overthrow the Libyan dictator to put in power former (and still?) Al Qaeda members that, now, are sending their fighters to Turkey to attack the Syrians.
Don’t you see that you are not doing America a favor when you put this beautiful and free loving country in alliance with, not only the Turkish Islamic government, but also with the Gulf theocratic countries that are sending arms, fighters and finances all over the Arab world to replace secular governments and dictatorships by much worse, meaning completely backward and savage Islamic theocracies? By the way, what you call the “Arab League” decisions are only Gulf oil countries ones, because they have never got the unanimity as is the rule in the League.
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PS: Roger AKL is a former Lebanese navy officer, former Assistant armed Forces Attaché at the Lebanese Embassy in Washington D.C., former Second in Command of the Lebanese Navy (1981- 1984) and former head of the Lebanese liaison bureau with the American forces in Lebanon (1983-1984), former chairman, CEO and director of the board of companies in the INTRA Investment group (1984-1990). Currently he is a writer in Middle Eastern affairs.