Erdogan says flotilla raid was 'cause for war'
Associated Press
Published: 12.09.11, 13:38
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1. Bring it on!
Albrecht Klein ,   Germany   (09.12.11)
2. Erdogan. 'Turkey showed grandeur
carlosito ,   tel-aviv   (09.12.11)
we also with to not sink the flotilla ,before we go on this smelly boad with paintball guns ,
3. Wondering
Fact ,   World   (09.12.11)
What does this man exactly want? What is his point, agenda? Does he want to show the entire world Turkey is a "great military power"? What for? A war between Israel and Turkey will eventually hapen in the sky and on the sea... Latter, maybe, to cover his own proudnes, with the use of inter continental missiles... What then? Does he know the answers to those questions him self?
4. erdogan
a v ,   london uk   (09.12.11)
the turkey grandeur we saw it in cyprus war KILLING THE WOMEN -CHILDRENS and RAPING THE MEN
5. The difference between Turkey and PMS
Charles   (09.12.11)
Usually PMS is over in a few days. With Turkey, the problem is getting worse daily and is in need of deep therapy and anti-psychotic medication.
6. Turkish Grandeur:BIG,Turkish/Erdogan Penis: SMALL!
tom ,   tel aviv   (09.12.11)
7. He's a very lucky boy he didnt do anything really stupid
Robert ,   Brisbane, Australia   (09.12.11)
8. Yes, "grandeur"
Hunt S. Cross   (09.12.11)
Stoking-up an unnecessary regional war, bombing the Kurds, funding IHH terrorism, providing cover for Iranian sanctions busting, occupying half of Cyprus, threatening Israeli and Cypriot economic interests, lying about harrassment of Israeli passengers being strip searched, letting one's currency go into freefall.
9. He's not mentally stable.
Terry ,   Eilat - Israel   (09.12.11)
I think Turks will soon realize that they have elected a wack-job as PM. He's wrecked their economy, he's turning their country into an Islamic dictatorship, & his foreign policy is more & more bizarre. This delusion of resurrecting the Ottoman Empire is, to say the least, peculiar. Erdogan & his collegues are actually amateur-hour incompetents, while Erdogan is a megalomaniac. He's not only an anti-Semite but, (and I read this somewhere just recently) superstitious & a believer in magic. Like I said, Turks will soon get tired of this nut-case, especially as the economy tanks. Oh, and I should mention that Erdogan is Obama's favourite foreign leader, why doesn't that surprise me?
10. Yes: turkish support for breaching blockade
Krzysztof ,   Warszawa   (09.12.11)
could be interpretted as act of turkish aggression.
11. I don't understand?
Jew1 ,   Ashdod   (09.12.11)
Why is it so easy to sell a lie in muslim world? Why is it so easy to stand in front of international cameras and say a lie with full confidence? Why even educated muslim people buy these stupied claims as the turth? Can anyone explain me.
12. thankyou erdogan for showing us so much patience and being..
erdoganisapoofta ,   israel   (09.12.11)
so lenient on us. But now that we know that you could've stopped the flotilla, but instead chose to send a boat full of "peaceful" activists with weapons to break our legal blockade and help people who are trying to kill us, you're right, it is a cause for war. It's a pity that you ruined the love that many israelis had for turkey.
13. The New Caliphate
Arturo   (09.12.11)
The Sultan is on a Victory Tour. Each of the new Caliphs will maintain their positions, even Caliph Hussein Obama, Caliph of the Western Hemisphere.
14. Bibi is an idiot!!
Sheik rattle & roll ,   USA   (09.12.11)
He should of swallowed his pride and apologized. Israel needs a new enemy like I need a hole in my head. I have never seen such outrageous arrogance from a government. The failure to apologize will be a strategic disaster for the State of Israel. Egypt & Turkey will form an alliance that will make future Israeli action in Gaza unthinkable or if it did occur politically or militarily painful. This was a fight that could of been avoided. Bibi gave the idiot Islamist Turkish leader a gift. Turkey is trying to be the leader of the Islamic world and what better way then have Israel as your number one enemy. Turkey needed an excuse and BIbi handed it to them on a silver platter.
15. Protecting a legal blockade is a war act?
Yakov ,   Tel Aviv   (09.12.11)
The UN stated clearly, that our blockade of Gaza is legal. Moreover, it is ethical and humane. Allowing free-flowing arms into Gaza would result in bloodshed, death and escalation. So, when Turkey attempts to breech a legal and moral blockade, this is an act of war? On who's part, Israel or Turkey? It would seem that Israel has been the injured party from the start, and we would like Turkey to apologize, as they should have in the first place.
16. Israel is not as weak as the Kurds
zionist forever   (09.12.11)
Hundreds of fighter jets. Missile boats Submarines ICBMS Erdogan would be mad to start a war with Israel especially considering it would probably get Turkey kicked out of NATO and in an election year it may even force Obama to side with Israel if it feels it needs help in battle. The boarding of the Mavi Mara which was attempting to breach a blockade which even the traditional anti Israel UN has agreed is legal. When they refused to divert to Israel to have their cargo searched and delivered overland there was no choice but to board the ship and people were killed because those commandos were attacked by an armed mob. Israel's boarding of the ship in international waters was legal under the Helsinki principles. This allows for the boarding of ships in international waters that are suspecting of attempting to breach a legal blockade which we know the Mavi Mara was intending to do. Erdogan doesn't care about an apology, all he wants is to end the bloockade and an apology is an admission of guilt and if we admit guilt the blockade must be illegal so we must end it. The man is an islamic radical who wants to dictate Israel's security policy. Its time for NATO to step in and tell him straight if you continue this sabre rattling and ally yourself with the radicals then Turkey will be kicked out of NATO.
17. Yes it was cause for war, but Israel held back response.
Eric ,   Tel Aviv & NY   (09.12.11)
Sending armed terrorists to break a legal blockade is a cause for war. He is lucky that Israel was lead by cooler heads than Turkey.
18. Erdogan & Turkey
issy dykman ,   israel   (09.12.11)
Goodbye Gadafi , Hello Erdogan !! One meglomaniac gone and another replcaces him. As written in Hagada, "In eachgeneration one will arise who will try to destroy Israel. But as history shows we persevere. The Nation of Israel lives !
19. He is correct
Israel Israeli ,   Tel Aviv   (09.12.11)
What Erdogan is saying that Turkey's invasion of Cyprus is a cause for war. I think Israel should accept his judgement and support Cyprus and Greece in getting rid of the illegal occupation. Israel will not be an active participant, but ensure a "no fly zone" in case Turkish Air Force and Navy tries to attack Cypriot rebels. If needed, Israel can attack Turkish ground forces and leadership that are coordinating massacres of Christian civilians.
20. No, it was hardly a justification for war, unless one wishes
Jehudah Ben-Israel ,   Qatzrin, Israel   (09.12.11)
to start a war. The UN clearly noted that Israel was within its RIGHT to set the sea blockade and to police it, all in order to ensure Israel's sovereignty and the life of its citizens.
21. Turkey needs to let go ....
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (09.12.11)
.... and move on with its life. This is just old, tired news. Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip is fully legal and internationally recognized. Israel has the right to use deadly force to guard against deliberate attempts to breach the blockade. The MAVI MARMARA was discovered to be carrying not a scintilla of humanitarian aid (a couple of boxes of expired over the counter medications and a handful of mouldy blankets do not qualify as "humanitarian aid"). The Palmer Report implicated Turkey as stepping very heavily over the line by encouraging the sail, funding it and having very disturbing ties to the IHH. There will be no apology from Israel. There will be no compensation for the families of the nine dead terrorists. It's over. Move on, Erdogan.
22. GOOD LUCK to Egypt! This idiot
Iranian Jew ,   LA   (09.12.11)
will ruin the revolution in there. I predict a civil war in Egypt very soon. He has no agenda & real plan for his politics.
23. Some Deep Breaths
Adam Neira ,   Melb, Australia   (09.12.11)
Look like Prime Minister Erdogan has taken a few deep breaths. His Cairo visit is a chance for a vision for regional peace to be enacted. The current GDP of the areas of Israel, Judea and Samaria/The West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia is approximately $1.6 trillion. This region can grow by at least 5% p.a. over the coming 38 years. Turkey has a great role to play in the bigger picture. The movie's plot is unfolding as we speak.
24. Turkey or turkey?
Antonio ,   Spharad   (09.12.11)
This country that has the same name than Christmas dinner doesn't give me any good feel. Jokes apart, Erdogan is showing not his patience, but his deeper radical islamism. Act of War? UN should review the barbarities that Turkey (without the sauce) is doing every day, and forget the fear of being part of NATO. Perhaps what Erdogan needs is a final war, cleaning of brainless Turkey and its idiot things.
25. IDIOT!!!
David ,   Haifa, Israel   (09.12.11)
26. When the EU finaly STOP negotiations for a turk membership?
Neo ,   EU   (09.12.11)
It really start to become ridiculous!! I dont know at least 1 European want islamic turkey become a member state! Turkey also should have NO place in NATO!
27. Flotilla support a cause for war
William ,   Israel   (09.12.11)
Erdogan, buddy...the UN's report has shown the raid was justified and that Turkey's support for an illegal flotilla was not. If you want to go to war over this, you're welcome to. However, are you ready to take on the entire UN, which even if anti-Israel, would be pissed off at a senseless war by someone based solely on humiliation?
28. #11 - they want to be lied to...
William ,   Israel   (09.12.11)
they want to here that they are supreme over the rest of the world... they want to hear that everyone else is inferior and they (Arabs) will bring the next golden age... they want to be lied to and told others are the problems in the world, and they are Allah's chosen... they want to hear that even internal drug problems and corrupt officials who rob them blind is caused by people in a far off land, who are decadent and violent, and shun the notion of Jews as human beings, and the West as a vibrant democracy. As Al Pacino (I think) once said (and paraphrased) - "Truth?! They can't handle the truth!"
29. Marmara was part of Islamist (Turkish) war against Israel.
Jerry ,   The Netherlands   (09.12.11)
30. Islamists boarded Turkey, on course to sink her.
Jerry ,   The Netherlands   (09.12.11)
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