EGI Notes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Has Anyone Else Noticed, 11/20/14

Coincidences, of course.

Back when (a more secular) Turkey was "Israel's closest ally in the Muslim world" we heard the unending drumbeat of voices demanding that Turkey be let into the EU, that Turks are wonderful, that flooding Europe with Turks will solve all sorts of problems, and it seemed that a cornerstone of American foreign policy was browbeating Europeans into accepting Turkish EU membership.

Today, when (a more Islamist) Turkey has a quite sour relationship with Israel, with real tensions between those two nations, all the "Turkey in the EU" talk has dissipated, "conservative" commentators in Yahoo article comments threads attack Turkey and the Turks, and "concerned" voices question the direction of Turkish society.  All a coincidence, of that we can have no doubt.

I think back to George Bush, Sr. After the first Gulf War, his popularity was sky-high. He and his advisers thought to cash in a bit on that political capital to pressure Israel to make a real peace with the Palestinians, and to cut back on the settlements. I seem to remember some in his government (Baker?) dismissing Jewish concerns with, "they didn't vote for us anyway," or something to that effect. Blasphemy! And then - mysterious it all was! - Bush's popularity started to fade, "experts" started talking about a "coming recession" (a self-fulfilling prophecy, since much of economics is the population's perception of things), all sorts of negative news coming out, and Bush Sr. was portrayed as "out of touch," an "aristocrat" who "doesn't know how to shop at a supermarket," blah. blah, blah. Under constant withering sniping, and with a damaged economy, Bush went from the political pinnacle to being defeated by Slick Willie in 1992. That will show them uppity goyim who's boss!

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