Thursday 20 July 2017

Erdogan now so fickle in his alliances that Turkey has been left alone to fight terror

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AP
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AP

Robert Fisk

Turkey is alone. First, we'll take a look at the racist reasons for this. If 39 men and women had been slaughtered in Paris or Brussels or Berlin on New Year's Eve, the headlines would ripple on for three or four days. Two or three days if the victims had been western European.

But of course, this being Turkey, which is a Muslim country - whose people are not always as white as those from "Christendom" - the headlines drifted off far more quickly. Not our lot, we Westerners said.

Thus few people will know that, proportionately, Arabs were among the largest number of casualties of this mass murder: from tiny Lebanon alone, three dead and four wounded, both Muslims and Christians. We are quite unaware of the outrage in Lebanon at the domestic television coverage of the massacre victims - morbid, sensational, deeply intrusive interviews with collapsing family members, so gruesome that even the Lebanese prime minister had to plead with journalists to leave relatives alone.

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