13 November 2010
It is no secret that Washington is the capital where debate on Turkey’s axis is hottest, particularly after Turkey’s “no” vote at the UN Security Council and the Mavi Marmara incident. This confusion, amplified especially by contributions from Israel’s friends in the US political arena and media biz, is said to rule in Congress.
By MAHA ATAL
I’ve been preoccupied lately with stories about Turkey: about the crackdown on YouTube!, about dramatic economic growth ; about the ongoing fallout of its clash with Israel over the Gaza aid flotilla this summer; about renewed debate inside the EU over Turkish accession; and about NATO’s plan to shift its defense shield from Eastern Europe to Turkey. All of this was percolating in the back of my mind until a week ago, when the Kurdish separatist PKK set off a bomb in Istanbul. By coincidence, my mother was in Istanbul at the time, and so the story jumped out from the usual barrage of bomb blast accounts in my daily news feed. [Don't worry, she's fine.]“