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Defending Turkey’s actions

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Let us not forget that Turkey is not responsible for the chaos that prevails to our south. We are, however, doing more than most, if not all, on the political, military and humanitarian fronts to help address the plight of the peoples of the region. That is clearly much more than what many prominent members of the international community can say for themselves.

It is ironic that those who championed the march of folly that was the invasion of Iraq in 2003 now turn around and criticize Turkey’s actions in self-defense against the myriad threats that emerged as a direct result of the mess they created, like a bull in a china shop, on our southern borders.

As before, Turkey and the United States stand side by side in fighting terrorism, whether it is Daesh (also known as ISIS among other names), the Nusra Front or the Kurdish terrorist group known as the P.K.K. In this struggle, there is no room for moral relativism.

Those who, in a “Faustian bargain,” would absolve terrorist organizations of their sins in an effort to defeat another terrorist organization would do well to remember that such entities do not make good proxies and will always in the end bite the hand that feeds them.

Moreover, despite what Mr. Edelman would like your readers to believe, Turkey’s democratic credentials are beyond reproach, as was displayed by the June elections, and re-elections, like those scheduled for Nov. 1, are certainly common practice in democracies.

Let us not forget that Turkey is not responsible for the chaos that prevails to our south. We are, however, doing more than most, if not all, on the political, military and humanitarian fronts to help address the plight of the peoples of the region. That is clearly much more than what many prominent members of the international community can say for themselves.

Serdar Kılıc – Ambassador of Turkey

Washington

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