Turks display maturity

2016-07-26 06:00

THE thousands of ordinary citizens who bravely opposed the coup and supported the democratically elected government in Turkey need to be commended for showing political maturity.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, due to his moral transformation and economic development of Turkey and his support for the Syrian refugees, has become a source of inspiration for many Muslims across the globe.

Agreed, Erdogen has his faults like any human being and more so being a politician. Like other politicians, his decisions are not above criticism or disapproval, but there was no need for a military coup.

Erdogan blames Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, U.S., for orchestrating the attempted coup. Erdogan is demanding that the U.S. government extradite Gulen.

It will be interesting to see if the U.S. accedes to this request. So far, the U.S. is demanding evidence that meets the legal criteria for extradition.

This scenario reminds me of Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush. After 9/11, Bush made a similar request to the Taliban.

The Taliban refused to extradite Bin Laden without evidence resulting in the U.S. invasion and destruction of Afghanistan.

American double standards and its fork tongued proclamations reduce its moral high ground to be the police of the world. To quote Noam Chomsky: “If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.”


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