Latest: Flotilla towed by political tugboat

BBC pix, Erdogan and wife.

This story from the New York Times is definitely worth reading, ‘Sponsor of flotilla tied to elite of Turkey’.

NYT reported, “The Turkish charity [IHH] that led the flotilla involved in a deadly Israeli raid has extensive connections with Turkey’s political elite, and the group’s efforts to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza received support at the top levels of the governing party, Turkish diplomats and government officials said.”

The paper said IHH in Turkey “has helped Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan shore up support from conservative Muslims ahead of critical elections next year and improve Turkey’s standing and influence in the Arab world.”

The above development should be read against the political scenario that, according to the NYT article, has the Islamist Erdogan aiming to shift Turkey’s focus to the conservative Muslim east (Anatolia). This is as opposed to the liberal, western part of Turkey (Rumelia) that is more Europeanised and from where the father of Turkish secularism Kemal Ataturk hails.

Turkey’s conservative Muslim east as compared to its smaller western half is rather like our own peninsular Malaysia’s more Westernised west coast compared to the “corridors of Mecca” Kelantan-Terengganu east coast.

NYT says Erdogan is taking his country’s allegiance toward the Arab world because Turkey’s prospects for joining the European Union are now dim [due to some of the major EU countries feeling uneasy about Turkey’s Muslim population being absorbed into the grouping].

Meanwhile “on Monday [July 12], Germany banned IHH’s offices, citing its support for Hamas, which Germany considers a terrorist organization”.

Quite clearly, the flotilla is not a mere humanitarian mission. Its avowed objective of breaking Israel’s naval blockade makes it a project that is politicized to the hilt, whether one chooses to credit the alleged terrorist links or not. For instance, the ship Amalthea currently testing Gaza waters is satu lagi projek kerajaan Libya and headed by Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.

In our own backyard, the Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO) is Mukhriz Mahathir’s plaything where daddy has also now got a mega-maha platform to gertak those he calls “war criminals” (i.e. Bush, Blair dan geng).

Quite amazingly, the Great One can accuse Israel of practising “apartheid” (see his “We must end the Apartheid” keynote address at the PGPO Gaza forum) without an iota of irony as to what kind of institutionalised race discrimination Malaysia is practicing at home.

As most Malaysians would know, the MV Rachel Corrie carried on board a Mahathir sidekick — Matthias Chang. “Most of the funds to pay for the ship came from Malaysia,” reports the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (CBC).

See also Hartal posting in June where we reported how the PGPO website sports a banner that proclaims: “Telekom Malaysia & The Perdana Global Peace Organisation is participating and supporting this FreeGaza Freedom Flotilla mission.”
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Recommended reading, JORDAN IS PALESTINE’ by blogger Scott Thong.

That a large, large portion of Palestine, if not most of the Palestine of the British mandate, actually forms modern Jordan today (Transjordan before) is a fact that many buta sejarah, kurang membaca Malaysians are unaware of. So tolonglah, read and learn.

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5 Responses to “Latest: Flotilla towed by political tugboat”
  1. SOULS LOOKING FOR OTHERS TO FRY

    Surely the dead cannot cry
    For their eyes are already dry
    But their souls will continue to try
    At the door of natural justice to pry

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 170710
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Sat. 17th July 2010.

  2. WHERE IS THE TOTAL TRUTH?

    Do we all truly want half-truths or the whole truth
    It’s not easy to bite the bullet with a single tooth
    While there are usually two distinct sides to a coin
    Do we still just toss it so as to suite our own point?

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 170710
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Sat. 17th July 2010.

  3. Maz says:

    “MODERATE ISLAM”:

    WHEN MAHATHIR GIVES A SPEECH IN KL AT THE 2003 OIC
    MEETING STATING THAT “JEWS GET MUSLIMS TO FIGHT ONE ANOTHER”
    AND “JEWS CAUSED THE NAZIS TO WANT TO GET RID OF THEM”
    AND EVERY (AND I MEAN EVERY !) SINGLE MUSLIM PRESENT WITHOUT
    EXCEPTION GIVES A MAHATHIR A STANDING OVATION.

    QUESTION: IF MUSLIMS COMPLAIN THAT THE WEST ONLY
    PERCEIVES THEM AS EXTREMIST, WHY IS IT THAT NONE OF
    THE LEADERS IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD MAKE ANY EFFORT
    TO COUNTER THEIR INGRAINED BIGOTRY AND ANTI-SEMITISM ?

    THE 2003 OIC MEETING EPITOMISES EXACTLY WHAT THE
    WEST (THE SANE WEST, ANYWAY) HAS BEEN SAYING ABOUT
    ISLAM FOR YEARS. NOW, IMAGINE IF THE EU CHIEF OF AN OECD
    MEETING IN BRUSSELS HAD SAID THE ANALOGOUS THING ABOUT
    MUSLIMS THAT MAHATHIR HAD SAID ABOUT JEWS, WHAT WOULD
    HAVE BEEN THE REACTION IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD ? IMAGINE
    (THOUGH IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED) IF A SIMILAR STATEMENT
    ABOUT MUSLIMS WERE MADE AT AN ANNUAL WORLD JEWISH
    CONGRESS MEETING ? SUCH THINGS ONLY HAPPEN AT THE
    OIC, IN THE UN AND IN BOLEHLAND OF 1MALAYSIA….

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