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Cameron’s “come-on” to an unsavoury bed-fellow, and CiF’s Simon Tisdall’s reaction to it


In Turkey today, David Cameron lost no time in indulging  the FCO’s favourite pastime of  giving a good kicking to those pesky, arrogant Israelis/Jews (well, what’s the difference?), simultaneously having a love-in with Turkey’s Islamist PM, Tayyip Recep Erdogan—- can’t  wait to have you in bed with us in the EU—-you’re my heart’s desire.  (It’s always good to kill two birds with one stone.)

CiF contributor Simon Tisdall framed Dave’s comments as signalling “his kick and run diplomacy”, but obviously delighted in what he probably regards as the deserved reward for all CiF’s tireless efforts in it’s relentless campaign against the Zionist entity.

He thus writes, “David Cameron jumped into the ever-sensitive politics of the Middle East with both boots flying today, determined to call a spade a bloody shovel and Gaza a prison camp that shamed all those, principally Israel, responsible for its enduring misery.”

So there you have it, CiF’s enduring leitmotif, it’s all Israel’s fault.

Indeed, listening to Dave’s censure of Israel, a novice could be forgiven for thinking Tisdall is right.

He talked about the May 31 Israeli interception of the “aid” flotilla to Gaza being “completely unacceptable”, and that with regard to Israel’s (military, maritime) blockade, “Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp”.

Note the subtle shift in language from “open prison” to “prison camp”. Observe also Dave’s complete absence of context—- no mention of Gaza’s other border with Egypt;

OR that following Israel’s unconditional 2005 withdrawal from Gaza, Israel was rewarded with a huge increase in rocket and mortar attacks, aimed at her civilians;

OR that Israel has never stopped supplying Gaza with thousands of tons of humanitarian aid across its border, as well as supplying it with electricity and fuel;

OR that Israel continues to evacuate sick Palestinians for free medical treatment in its hospitals, including terrorists who are frequently to be found being treated in the same wards as their Israeli victims;

OR that it is Hamas which brutally suppresses the Gazan population, often stealing humanitarian aid and selling it, with a total disregard for human rights;

OR that billions of dollars are being lavished on Gaza, which, as well as paying for the build up of arms to “resist” Israel, provides luxuries like shopping malls and Olympic size swimming pools for its deprived “starving” populace.  One could go on and on.

Erdogan lost no time in fulfilling his part of the self-righteous double act, and likened the behaviour of the Israeli commandos to that of Somali pirates.

Of course, our Dave insisted that he spoke as a “friend” of Israel’s (the obligatory qualification), who believes “passionately” in its right to exist in peace and security. Words really do come cheap, and one can only wonder at the rhinoceros hide of a politician who, in the words of former Israeli minister, Ephraim Sneh, portrays the “double standards of a nation which fights the Taliban, but shows its solidarity with their brothers, Hamas.”

As to his opposite number, Erdogan, who would have guessed that he leads a nation responsible for – and in complete denial over – the genocide of upwards 1.5 million Armenians in 1915, or that they invaded Northern Cyprus in 1974, or that brutally suppresses its Kurdish minority (some 14 million people) of whom some 37,000 have died since its armed struggle commenced in 1984 – in order to deny them independence.  And, let’s not forget Turkey’s appalling record of human rights abuses against its own citizens?  Even Tisdall muses on these with regard to Turkey’s would-be entry to the EU.

It also seems to be a little-known fact that Turkey has imposed a blockade against landlocked Armenia for nearly 20 years.  As a result, Armenia is in dire economic straights and is in receipt of $150 million in international aid a year – though the economic impact of the blockade has been estimated to cost the nation 5 times as much.

Isn’t it funny how when there are lucrative contracts at stake and markets to woo, morality disappears down the plughole of expediency at the speed of light?

But just like those glossy travel brochures, for Dave and his puppet master, Hague, Turkey is that lovely, exotic, indispensable country facing both east and west.

Pull the other one!

17 replies »

  1. He’s right on one thing – Gaza IS a prison camp.

    He just forgot to add that it’s Hamas who are the jailers.

  2. I agree, Geary, that Hamas are the Gazans’ jailers. They whinged when Israel prevented certain goods from going into Gaza and, when that was relaxed, they whinged again (and accused Israel of trying to overthrow them!) because the glut of food and other commodities in the shops meant that prices dropped and their rake-off from whatever was sold to Gazans had to be so much lower.

    Of course all this is lost on the Guardianistas, who suffer from what seems to be a selective hysterical blindness in that regard, as of course do western governments.

    The older I get, the more cynical I become about politicians of all stripes, and the smoother they appear the less I trust them.

    And as for: “…Isn’t it funny how when there are lucrative contracts at stake and markets to woo, morality disappears down the plughole of expediency at the speed of light?”

    Well, no. It’s expected. This lot’d auction their grannies on ebay if they could get a good price, and I daresay that is true of politician all over the world. And as for morality, most politicians are stuck developmentally at age seven, when it’s wrong only if they catch you at it.

  3. Isn’t it a fact that to face both east and west a person would have to be two-faced?

    “Exactly!” I hear you say.

    All of which means that Cameron and the Turkish government suit each other right down to the ground.

  4. IF – and its not – Gaza is a prison camp, why don’t the Egyptians let the prisoners out?

    Of course, once the “prisoners” get a sight of life in Egypt, they will probably rush back to their fancy restaurants, hotels, water parks, malls, summer camps for the kids, UNRWA handouts, great Israeli products on sale at a discount in the overloaded stores, and the world’s sympathy for their “plight”.

    You may remember what a hard time the US is having emptying out its prison camp at Guantanamo – who would give up three meals a day, the best medical and dental care in the world, protection by the US Army against crime or terrorism, and a life of almost royal idleness for the opportunity to train for a suicide mission in Yemen?

    Seems like some of these “prison camps” offer a better deal than life “outside”.

  5. Actually, this tirade was almost certainly intended to carve out a guarantee that the UK would get its share of the gas from the Iranian-Turkish pipeline being built to transport natural gas from Iran to Europe.

    Cameron’s calculation is that f Israel has to be sacrificed for the greater good of a warmer winter for Brits in the UK, so be it.

  6. ‘Isnt it funny how when there are lucrative contracts at stake and markets to woo,morality disappears down the plughole of expediency at the speed of light’.

    well it’s not really a newsflash is it? open the doors to vast areas of strategic significance and you’d be amazed at how many new best friends you have.
    Wern’t most posters on here,including Hawkeye singing Camerons praises a few months back…

  7. I wonder what the anti-Erdogan, anti-Islamist, pro-Western Turks think about DC’s speech. They probably feel like they’ve been thrown under a bus, along with anyone else in the Middle East who is anti-Islamist.

    Obviously, Dave desperately needs some new Middle East advisers who actually understand the region.

  8. Cameron should visit Lebanon’s president next. They’d find that they have a lot in common.

  9. David Cameron lost no time in indulging the FCO’s favourite pastime of giving a good kicking to those pesky, arrogant Israelis/Jews (well, what’s the difference?)

    What a load of delusional, hateful BS.

    @ AKUS

    Cameron’s calculation is that f Israel has to be sacrificed for the greater good of a warmer winter for Brits in the UK, so be it.

    What nationality are you again, AKUS? I ask because it sounds like you expect everybody to act in Israel’s best interests.

  10. @ Israelinurse

    I don’t agree with Cameron’s reference to “prison camp” – but is that ALL you care about re. his premiership?

  11. pretzelberg – “What nationality are you again, AKUS? I ask because it sounds like you expect everybody to act in Israel’s best interests.”

    Would you care to explain:

    a) Whose interests this statement furthered?

    b) Why it is necessary to act AGAINST Israel’s interests to act in someone else’s interests?

    As I wrote on another thread, you have a remarkable capacity to miss the forest while checking the trees.

  12. On the contrary, AKUS: it is your contempt for Palestinians that makes you so blind.

    Time and time again you call for the WB to be merged into Jordan – despite the wishes of the Palestinians. That means denying the latter’s right to self-determination.

    It’s OK if you’re thinking of Israel’s interests first. But please just be honest about it.