Reprimanding Erdogan

By his remarks on February 27, 2013 at a conference under the auspices of the United Nations, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, founder of the partly Islamist and partly secular, Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in 2001 and Prime Minister of Turkey since 2002, disgraced himself, his country, and the participants of the international meeting he was addressing when he spoke of Zionism "as a crime against humanity." The critical commentary on his infamous remarks, as expressed by officials of both the United States and the United Nations, was not only a long-needed response to callous condemnations of the State of Israel but also suggested that American foreign policy on Middle Eastern affairs may be more unambiguous about the rhetoric and actions of those hostile to Israel than previously envisioned. At the 5th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations held in February 2013 in Vienna a meeting, ostensibly organized to discuss "Responsible Leadership in Dialog and Diversity," was...(Read Full Article)