Common Defense Richard Falknor on 09 Nov 2013 04:18 pm
UPDATE NOVEMBER 12! “Turkey: After the Christian staff of the Saint Abraham monastery told a group of Muslims that visiting hours were over, the Muslims threatened, cursed, and ultimately attacked the staff, saying ‘we own this land, obey us or you will be sorry.’ According to a member of the monastery, ‘The monastery was attacked two months before this incident by young [Muslim] Kurds from the town of Batman, but we decided not to go public about it, this time we decided it’s enough. We gave the police the footage from the surveillance camera from the previous attack and now it is gone and no one was punished. They promised us to put guards here but we don’t see any and when they [the police] came yesterday, they attacked us with pepper spray instead of the attackers. Certainly all this cannot be merely coincidences.’”– Raymond Ibrahim “Muslim Persecution of Christians: August, 2013” here.
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The Turkish Connection & Virginia (And Other) Trade Delegations
We learned from an article of last Wednesday on Syrian refugees here in Leesburg Today that–
“Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro recently returned from a trip to Turkey as part of a trade delegation of Northern Virginia government representatives.
The trip, which was arranged through the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, included Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, Loudoun County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) and Supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg).” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
On Friday, in National Review On Line, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) fellow Benjamin Weinthal reported here, in his “Turkey’s Erdogan Out Of Control?”
“Meanwhile, as my FDD colleague Jonathan Schanzer recently showed, Erdogan’s administration harbors a Hamas terrorist, Saleh al-Arouri, and helps Iran’s clerical regime circumvent sanctions targeting its illicit nuclear-weapons program. Equally alarming, Erdogan permits southern Turkey to serve as an operational base for the al-Qaeda-linked groups al-Nusra and ISIS to flood into Syria. He flatly denied the allegations this week, saying, ‘It is out of question that organizations like al-Qaeda or al-Nusra could take shelter in our country. This is slander and [a pack of] of lies.’
My nearly two weeks on the Syria-Turkey border in late September and early October revealed the contrary to be true. In short, al-Qaeda jihadists have wide latitude in Turkey to access Syria’s territory.
Moreover, the American Enterprise Institute Middle East expert Michael Rubin’s article titled ‘Turkey, not Syria, to blame for sectarianism in Turkey’ exposes the ways in which Erdogan stokes ethnic and religious divisions.”
Sadly, Turkey has changed drastically under Erdogan. For more depth on present-day Turkey, readers may wish to visit our related 2012 or 2013 posts–
“On September 30 , Marc J. Fink (PJMedia) in his Stunner: Turkey Infiltrating Native American Tribes — and May Get Congressional Help reported–
“Congressman [Tom ] Cole [link supplied] freely admitted the following on the House floor:
‘There’s no question that I was approached by the Turkish American Coalition (properly the Turkish Coalition of America), who have a deep interest in Turkey and American Indians.’”
UPDATED! Frank Gaffney & Rachel Sargent Brief Concerned Voters About A Questionable Loudoun Charter School Proposal
Three questions jump out for the alert Virginia conservative–
• Did the gentlemen from Virginia visit the same land as FDD fellow Weinthal?
• Who paid for the Virginia delegation’s visit to a nation clearly under an Islamist regime?
• What kind of deals did our public officials from Virginia seek to facilitate in a nation now in thrall to a very aggressive and distasteful government?
Stay tuned for any answers.