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25-Oct-13 World View -- Turkey considers Chinese missile defenses, violating Nato agreements

Web Log - October, 2013

25-Oct-13 World View -- Turkey considers Chinese missile defenses, violating Nato agreements

Documents reveal Pakistan's collaboration on drone strikes

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

Turkey urged to normalize with Israel because of Armenian genocide

Turkey has still not normalized its diplomatic relations with Israel, since they were broken off after the the deaths of nine Turkish citizens on May 31, 2010, in a confrontation between Israel's navy and the boat Mavi Marmara in a flotilla headed for Gaza in violation of Israel's Gaza blockade. Now a Jewish leader in Turkey is urging Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to normalize relationships with Israel for its own benefit. Many people have accused Turkey of perpetrating a genocide in 1915, when 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Turkish forces. Turkey has bitterly denied that it was a genocide, and in the past that conclusion has been supported by the Israeli government. However, now the 100th anniversary is approaching in 2015, and Zali De Toledo, head of the Association of Turkish Jews in Israel, is pointing out that Erdogan's policies are causing Israel to reconsider its opposition to the genocide designation. Although for many years Israel has held back from commenting on the matter for fear of angering Turkey, last year the Israeli parliament had a debate over whether to recognize the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I as genocide. Zaman (Istanbul)

Turkey considers Chinese missile defenses, violating Nato agreements

The United States and Nato are expressing concern over Turkey's announcement that it will purchase an FD-2000 missile defense system from China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, or CPMIEC, instead of rival systems from Russian, U.S. and European firms. CPMIEC is under U.S. sanctions for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act. Furthermore, Turkey is a member of Nato, and the new missile system will be incompatible with other Nato missile systems, making it difficult or impossible for Turkey to participate in Nato operations.

For years, Generational Dynamics has predicted that, in the coming Clash of Civilizations world war, China, Pakistan and the Sunni nations would be allied against the U.S., India, Pakistan, and Russia. In recent weeks, we've seen several changes along that trend line: Saudi Arabia and Turkey are distancing themselves from the U.S. and the West, while Iran is showing signs of wanting to reduce tensions with the West. Hurriyet (Ankara) and The National (UAE)

Documents reveal Pakistan's collaboration on drone strikes

Pakistan's politicians have for years been demanding an end to American drone strikes targeting Taliban militias in Pakistan's tribal areas, because the strikes are so unpopular with the Pakistan people. It's been a poorly kept secret that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has tacitly approved the drone strikes. Now, previously secret documents confirm this and a lot more. The documents describe dozens of drone strikes that were agreed on in detail by the ISI and the CIA. The documents also confirm another suspicion, that the ISI has funded Taliban-linked terrorist groups that have attacked American forces in Afghanistan. Washington Post

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