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Turkey accuses US of genocide in Iraq
The Times of India ^ | November 26 2004 | Reuters

Posted on 11/26/2004 3:25:51 PM PST by knighthawk

ANKARA: The head of Turkey's parliamentary human rights group has accused Washington of genocide in Iraq and behaving worse than Adolf Hitler, in remarks underscoring the depth of opposition in Turkey to US policy in the region.

The US embassy said the comments were potentially damaging to Turkish-US relations.

"The occupation has turned into barbarism," Friday's Yeni Safak newspaper quoted Mehmet Elkatmis, head of parliament's human rights commission, as saying. "The US administration is committing genocide in Iraq.

"Never in human history have such genocide and cruelty been witnessed. Such a genocide was never seen in the time of the pharoahs (of ancient Egypt), nor of Hitler nor of (Italy's fascist leader Benito) Mussolini," he said.

"This occupation has entirely imperialist aims," he was quoted as telling the human rights commission on Thursday.

Elkatmis does not speak for Turkey's government but he is a prominent member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), a centre-right grouping with Islamist roots which has become increasingly critical of US actions in Iraq.

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul played down Elkatmis's comments but defended Turks' right to speak freely.

"In open societies everybody can say what they want," Gul told reporters.

"Regarding US-Turkey relations we can comfortably discuss any subject," he added.

The US embassy in Ankara rejected Elkatmis's accusations.

"EXAGGERATED CLAIMS"

"Such unfounded, inaccurate, exaggerated claims are not good for relations, especially at a time of strain when Turkish public opinion is so critical of what the United States is trying to do in Iraq," one US diplomat told Reuters.

Tellingly, Elkatmis's comments, which might have sparked outrage in many Western countries, drew barely a flicker of interest in Turkey, where opinion polls point to a growing tide of anti-American sentiment.

Turkey has been especially disturbed by the recent US offensive against insurgents in the city of Falluja in which civilians also died and mosques were damaged.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan relayed Turkish concerns over the Falluja offensive in two recent telephone calls to US President George W. Bush and to Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Elkatmis accused US forces of deliberately targeting mosques and schools in Falluja.

Washington says the Falluja campaign was necessary to bring the Sunni Muslim city back under the control of the central Baghdad government ahead of planned Iraqi elections in January.

The US diplomat said Elkatmis had overlooked the fact that Iraqi insurgents like those in Falluja had abducted and beheaded a number of Turkish truck drivers in recent months.

Underlying Turkish criticism of US policy in Iraq is the fear that Kurds in the north of the country may use the general turmoil as an excuse to seek independence from Baghdad, a move which could reignite separatism among Turkey's own Kurds.

Last year, the Ankara parliament, motivated partly by such fears, refused to allow US troops to cross Turkish territory into Iraq at the start of the campaign to oust Saddam Hussein.


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KEYWORDS: iraq; turkey
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1 posted on 11/26/2004 3:25:51 PM PST by knighthawk
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To: MizSterious; rebdov; Nix 2; green lantern; BeOSUser; Brad's Gramma; dreadme; Turk2; keri; ...

Ping


2 posted on 11/26/2004 3:26:13 PM PST by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: knighthawk

These Turks had better get a clue. It's ridiculous to fan the flames of hatred by making mind-numbingly idiotic claims like "genocide", then complain when the US has to fight the consequnces of that hatred.


3 posted on 11/26/2004 3:29:49 PM PST by Trippin
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To: knighthawk

I thought the Turkeys had banded together and were complaining about Thanksgiving ! :P


4 posted on 11/26/2004 3:29:55 PM PST by 1FASTGLOCK45
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To: knighthawk
It's not the fact that we are killing Muslim terrorists that upsets Muslims so much, it's that we're making it look so easy.

Which great Israeli general said the key to victory is to fight Arabs?

5 posted on 11/26/2004 3:30:49 PM PST by bayourod (Don't Mess With West Texas Oil Field Trash)
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To: knighthawk

Mehmet Elkatmis, head of parliament's human rights commission = subhuman, lowlife, dirtbag, scumbag, liberal-socialist-commie-murderous muslim trash-nazi-islamofascist-punk-buttboy-rumpraider-fudgepacker-women chatteller-boy buggerer-beheader-turd worlder-liar.


6 posted on 11/26/2004 3:31:10 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: knighthawk
"The occupation has turned into barbarism," Friday's Yeni Safak newspaper quoted Mehmet Elkatmis, head of parliament's human rights commission, as saying. "The US administration is committing genocide in Iraq. "Never in human history have such genocide and cruelty been witnessed. Such a genocide was never seen in the time of the pharoahs (of ancient Egypt), nor of Hitler nor of (Italy's fascist leader Benito) Mussolini," he said.

I do believe that ol' Mehmet Elkatmis has been talking to Baghdad Bob.

7 posted on 11/26/2004 3:31:35 PM PST by Jackknife (.......Land of the Free,because of the Brave.)
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To: knighthawk
Pssstt....hey Turkey...shhh come closer... in case you haven't noticed, the Iraqis are helping us. And, the terrorists that are being killed aren't Iraqi, they're from places like Egypt, Iran, Syria, Somalia, TURKEY, and Pakistan. They're nomadic Muslim terrorists, men without nations, for the most part, FYI.
8 posted on 11/26/2004 3:31:54 PM PST by infidel29 (America is GREAT because she is GOOD, the moment she ceases to be GOOD, she ceases to be GREAT - B.F)
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To: knighthawk
They are confused.
Yesterday we commited genocide on Turkeys in the US.

It must be hell having your country named after a stupid, awkward, ugly, but tasty bird.

So9

9 posted on 11/26/2004 3:32:50 PM PST by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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"Never in human history have such genocide and cruelty been witnessed. Such a genocide was never seen in the time of the pharoahs (of ancient Egypt), nor of Hitler nor of (Italy's fascist leader Benito) Mussolini..."

Excepting, perhaps, the Turks genocide of the Armenians during the 1920s when several million Armenians were snuffed. He seems to have forgotten about that.

10 posted on 11/26/2004 3:33:17 PM PST by Ironclad (O Tempora! O Mores!)
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45

Genocide? The Turks want to talk about genocide?? Remember the Armenians. Remember the Kurds. Remember the Bulgarians. Remember the Assyrians. From Ottoman to modern Turk, the Turkish nation has been the resident of killers without pity. And some miserable lowlife wants to talk about genocide!


11 posted on 11/26/2004 3:34:13 PM PST by gaspar
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To: knighthawk

In a related story, the head of Sudans parliamentary human rights group has also accused Washington of genocide in Iraq.


12 posted on 11/26/2004 3:35:02 PM PST by Radix (This post is being protected by a sophisticated Tag Line alert system. Stand back!)
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To: knighthawk

It sounds like Turkey's secularist gov't is dying and radical Islamism taking its place.


If that is so, our people there will be made to suffer just as those of us who were unfortunate enough to be there during the Greek-Turkish war over Cyprus were made to suffer.


13 posted on 11/26/2004 3:35:16 PM PST by Lindykim
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To: knighthawk

By being so absurdist this guy just proves how insanely stupid he is truely.


14 posted on 11/26/2004 3:36:48 PM PST by Bogey78O (Kerry surrendered Florida faster than he surrendered the Mekong Delta)
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To: knighthawk
Click here for America's response to Turkey:
15 posted on 11/26/2004 3:37:55 PM PST by O.C. - Old Cracker (When the cracker gets old, you wind up with Old Cracker. - O.C.)
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To: bayourod
As Moshe Dayan once remarked, on being praised for his success in the Yom Kippur and 6 Days' wars:

'I just did my duty. Of course, it helps if one can arrange to fight Arabs.'

16 posted on 11/26/2004 3:38:17 PM PST by SAJ
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To: knighthawk

Anybody else think this had something to do with thanksgiving?


17 posted on 11/26/2004 3:39:35 PM PST by BunnySlippers (George W. Bush is our president ... Get over it!)
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45

yeah, this is about that important!
There is enough people who are with us to negate those against us.


18 posted on 11/26/2004 3:39:38 PM PST by Edgerunner (The left ain't right. Hand me that launch pickle...)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

Now tell us what you REALLY think of him...


20 posted on 11/26/2004 3:41:37 PM PST by Edgerunner (The left ain't right. Hand me that launch pickle...)
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