My Mideast Punchlines: pot, kettle and black….

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for daring to attend Sunday’s anti-terror  solidarity march in Paris.

The Turkish leader said that Netanyahu had no right to be at the rally due to the civilian casualties in Gaza during this past summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

“I also hardly understand how he (Netanyahu) dared to go there. For once, you give an account for the children, women you massacred (in Gaza),” Erdogan said in a joint press conference with Abbas in Ankara, AFP reported.

Erdogan accused the West of having a double standard with regard to Muslims. The Turkish leader said historically Muslims were never on the side of terror, nor did they perpetrate massacres.

Small FistThe first words that come to mind are pot, kettle and black. Next comes selective memory. Erdogan, of course, does not mention the Turkish genocide of one million (maybe two) Armenians in the First World War. Then comes the massacre of 100,000 Algerians in the nineties (but as this was Muslims slaughtering fellow Muslims, it’s fine). Syria and Iraq, anyone? Erdogan has such a twisted view of historical events that one can only conclude that he is either disingenuous or mad, or, as is much more likely, both.



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