"Surely the hypocrites strive to deceive Allah, and He shall requite their deceit to them, and when they stand up to prayer they stand up sluggishly; they do it only to be seen of men and do not remember Allah save a little."
~ Quran, The Women 4.142.
~ Quran, The Women 4.142.
Here's something you won't see in the corporate lapdog media--Israeli intelligence has been targeting Israelis protesting against the Gaza attacks:
Remember this? With that in mind, here's something else you're not going to see much of in the corporate lapdog media, from Reuters via Cryptogon:
The U.S. is seeking to hire a merchant ship to deliver hundreds of tonnes of arms to Israel from Greece later this month, tender documents seen by Reuters show.
The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) said the ship was to carry 325 standard 20-foot containers of what is listed as "ammunition" on two separate journeys from the Greek port of Astakos to the Israeli port of Ashdod in mid-to-late January.
A "hazardous material" designation on the manifest mentions explosive substances and detonators, but no other details were given.
"Shipping 3,000-odd tonnes of ammunition in one go is a lot," one broker said, on condition of anonymity.
"This (kind of request) is pretty rare and we haven't seen much of it quoted in the market over the years," he added.
The U.S. Defense Department, contacted by Reuters on Friday in Washington, had no immediate comment.
The MSC transports armour and military supplies for the U.S. armed forces aboard its own fleet, but regularly hires merchant ships if logistics so require.
The request for the ship was made on Dec. 31, with the first leg of the charter to arrive no later than January 25 and the second at the end of the month.
The tender for the vessel follows the hiring of a commercial ship to carry a much larger consignment of ordnance in December from the United States to Israel ahead of air strikes in the Gaza Strip.
A German shipping firm which won that tender confirmed the order when contacted by Reuters but declined to comment further.
And here's something you're never going to see--Emine Erdoğan crying her eyes out for Kurdish repression like she did this weekend for Palestinian repression:
Now this bitch is an ethnic Arab from Siirt, so she knows exactly what the repression is in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan and what kind of atrocities are committed, but I guess she's been taking crocodile-tear crying lessons from Gülen. Speaking of Gülen, Aland Mizell asks how history is going to judge Turkey:
“History will be the judge of Israel,” Prime Minister Erdogan said in a damning speech over the ongoing Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip while addressing his Justice and Development Party’s (AK) parliamentary group. I wonder how history will judge Turkey. When the Turkish government denied the Kurdish people the most basic right, freedom to speak, when Turkish airplanes pounded bombs onto the mountains killing many innocent Kurdish children; when Erdogan refused to talk to the Democratic Society Party’s (DTP) democratically elected parliamentarians, but he agreed to meet with the Hamas leader in spite of Hamas being on the terrorist list; what will history say? The DTP is also democratically elected by the Kurdish people unlike the Hamas, that has determined to wipe Turkey off of the map and to condemn Israel for not wanting to talk to Hamas. Also, the Hamas does not want to negotiate with Israel because they see negotiation as a sign of weakness, much like the Turkish military does not want to talk to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) because they see bargaining as a sign of weakness.
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We ask how history will judge Turkey because Turkey killed Ahmet Kaymaz and his twelve-year-old son, Ugur, calling him a terrorist when Ugur was only helping his dad work. But most importantly, Turkey hides, denies, or distorts the historical facts regarding the case. Is this an apparent crime itself when they conceal the truth? The first law of historical writing is telling the truth. When will this administration admit the truth? Not such a long time ago the Turkish government called Kurds “Mountain Turks.” Will they ever apologize for what they did to the Kurds and to the Armenians? Prime Minister Erdogan and Mr. Fethullah Gülen, his mentor, may think their sin may be forgotten; they may believe that they do not need to teach their students the details of history because of their shameful atrocities, but they should know that what is more shameful is not to admit their guilt and to cause others to be ignorant about it.
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How will history judge Turkey? Still the Kurdish people live in an open-air prison because every step a traveler takes in the Kurdish region of the country he encounters a military checkpoint. Prime Minister Erdogan and Mr. Gülen have conveniently forgotten that Israel tells Hamas either to stop killing innocent Israelis, or we will come after you to make you stop. If Palestinian lives have value, and they do, then Kurdish and Israeli lives are also worthy to live; they are also human beings; they also have feelings. Can Erdogan and Mr. Gülen not see? How many times has the PKK asked for the destruction of the Turkish people? Never has this been its objective. Instead, what the PKK is asking for is justice and equal treatment for all Kurdish people. What Israel is doing in Gaza, Turkey has been doing for many years in Southeastern Turkey and in Northern Kurdistan.
And I'm going to leave it at that because I could go on and on and on about the Ankara regime's hypocrisy towards the repression it implements against the Kurdish people. Let's make no mistake: No matter what kind of show the AKP or their wives put on about their huge concern for atrocities and human rights abuses in Gaza, they're not going to end the relationships that makes them complicit in Gaza atrocities or Kurdistani atrocities.
After all, the MIC is making money hand-over-fist as the recent Turkish-Israeli military hardware deals and the Reuters article linked above prove.