The Turks Draw a Line

At a United Nations Forum in Vienna on February 27, 2013, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed the view that Zionism was "a crime against humanity." It is perhaps too strong to assert that the violent behavior of police and security officials acting on behalf of his regime in the events starting in late May 2013 attacking Turkish citizens who are demonstrating in Istanbul and 50 other cities against his government amount to a "crime against humanity." But injuries to more than 4,000 people, the killing of at least two, the arrest of hundreds of individuals, the hospitalization of some 4,300 people due to excessive use of tear gas against the protestors, and the refusal of Mr. Erdogan to condemn the violence committed on his behalf show that he has little justifiable claim to moral, let alone political, judgment of any country. His moral delinquency was even more apparent when Erdogan defended these brutal actions by saying that all countries, including those in...(Read Full Article)