07/01/2012

NATO and U.N.: double standards

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On June 22, 2012, Syria shot down a Turkish military fighter jet. The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Syria had immediately apologized over shooting down a Turkish fighter jet. On the BBC News announced that The Turkish and Syrian navies were 'engaged in a joint search for the two missing crew members'. But some days later Turkey pleaded for a Nato intervention. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his 'deep concern' about the case. Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, condemned Syria for the "brazen and unacceptable" attack. And there was a special meeting of the so called '(NATO)Action Group on Syria' in Geneva. 

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On May 22, 2010, the Mavi Marmara set sail from Turkey to take humanitarian aid to people in Gaza.

On May 31, Israeli soldiers attacked the Mavi Marmara aid ship in international waters. Nine activists were killed and 54 others were injured by the Israeli attacks.  There were no Turkish calls for an emergency NATO meeting to assess what was undeniably a gratuitous attack by Israel on a NATO member - made all the more grave because that act resulted in nine civilian deaths. There was no hastily convened meeting in Brussels; there was no strongly worded condemnation from NATO against Israel’s patent act of international aggression.