Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Patronizing the Iranian people: Turkish FM talking

Turkey was one of the first countries to congratulate President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in Iran’s general election of June 12 and it is been tight-lipped since the beginning of the demonstrations in Iran, where at least 19 protesters have died. Turkish Foreign Minister, Davutoğlu, stated yesterday that "Iran is of utmost importance to us. It is one of our most important neighbors with which we share ‘common history’ (from his neo-Ottoman point of view, not from Persian point of view!) and we believe that Iran will solve its problems within itself in the framework of healthy consultation and one-on-one negotiations. Iran's stability is vital for the entire region's stability etc. Blah, blah, blah.

And this sounds pretty euphemistic to me. No words about the use of disproportionate force against protesters! While almost the whole world condems what happens in Iran, reflected in the words of the Secr. General of the UN Ban Ki-moon, who called for an immediate end to arrests and the threat and use of violence by authorities in Iran and who urged Iran to respect fundamental civil rights, especially the freedom of assembly and expression, Turkey looks the other way.

The Turkish foreign minister’s statement reveals that Turkey’s sole interest is in maintaining regional stability through favoring the status quo in Iran. For the Turkish government, Turkey’s current foreign policy does not prefer a change of regime in Iran for strategic purposes!
And this sounds pretty patronizing of the Iranian people to me. Of course religion plays the dominant factor here. Is that what the current leaders of Iran and Turkey have in common, repressing opponents? Do they still believe that Islam is as a source for a civil society, directed and protected by law and common sense? If I was a Turk I would be very concerned by these developments demonstrated by the Turkish government.

Day Opening - June 23


It's quiet there at Norway’s cliff Prekestolen (also known as Preacher’s Pulpit).

Revolutionary Road...: Bloody saturday in tehran!

Revolutionary Road...: Bloody saturday in tehran!