You’ll forgive me however in stumbling across this little nugget so late in the day, due in no small part to the western media’s handling of the affair. All the major networks did their best to stifle what they could and spin their own skewed interpretations of the contents revealed in the leaked conversations in question.
Erdogan’s cronies were caught red-handed gassing about how best to stage an attack which would enable a retaliatory, cross-border intervention, into neighbouring Syria. Effectively, an intervention by NATO troops and more war by proxy. This type of behavior is quite simply, state sponsored terrorism. But where on earth is the public or political outcry, the calls for Turkey’s expulsion from NATO? Muted is a term that barely begins to fit the bill. However, this is the same mob currently engaged in sending weapons to Al Qaeda in Syria so we shouldn’t be surprised.
What followed in news terms was a whitewash. Turkey’s ‘democratic’ government sought to impose its ban on Facebook and Twitter. News networks elsewhere facilitated the cover-up by ignoring the leaked conversations and instead reporting the Turkish governments attack on social media.Turkey is a country that knows all about internal turmoil; it’s seems more than plausible that an occurrence such as this could well have been enough to spark some kind of ‘peoples reaction’ and not in the least from within its own military.
Within VFP UK we work to abolish war through Education, Resistance and Solidarity. We are currently expanding the Education side of our work by training our members to run workshops in schools across the UK. I feel positive that when pupils apply what they’ve learned from us in the classroom to what they see on the evening news they will be more able to see through the spin and half truths.
John Boulton, Treasurer VFP UK
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