Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan thinks that it is a Western hypocrisy to militarily engage radical Islamist militants in Mali while not bombing the Evil Man of Damascus. Of course, with the same logic, one may question the honesty over the Turkish “let’s-bomb-Damascus-now” hysteria, indifference to Mali and compassion for Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for genocide and crimes against humanity.
As U.S. President Barack Obama said this week, “there are thousands who are currently being killed in Syria but there are also thousands who are currently being killed in the Congo.” Why, really, has Mr. Erdoğan not even once mentioned the tragedy in the Congo?
Mr. Erdoğan once famously remarked that “he went to Darfur himself and saw no genocide there,” hence, no war crimes whatsoever. Interestingly, the prime minister’s foreign policy czar has not gone to Syria since the civil war broke out, but speaking in Davos last week, he called on the international community to declare the Syrian regime’s bombardment of its citizens a war crime
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