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Jah Kable

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Is the world really going to sit back and watch as these peaceful protesters in Turkey are attacked by police with chemical weapons?

Peaceful protesters are being attacked with chemical weapons and RUN OVER by swat vehicles. Is this not worthy of help from the world? Is it possible that respect can be worth more than a resource that we readily fight for at the drop of a hat? Why are human rights being ignored? Peaceful protest meets non-peaceful police and the world just stands by and watches. Where is this right? Do our leaders have any morals? We intervene whenever a resource is in the equation.

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  • Jun 4 2013: Be careful to remember that Turkey is an ally to the west and is generally a haven of western values. I feel like some people when seeing this level of violence immediately jump to the conclusion that we should pull a Libya and intervene. However, Libya was an entirely different situation from Syria and Turkey and Egypt and Lebanon. Each protest in each country was unique and needs to be treated as such.

    Turkey is the most secular and liberal country in that region with the possible exception of Israel. Turkey is the biggest ally to Europe and the USA in the region again with the possible exception of Israel. Turkey is more-so a European country than a Middle Eastern country, as proof just look at the fact that Turkey has formally requested to be admitted to the EU.

    With this in mind I think that the west should publicly express their discontent with Turkey's actions, with Erdogan's moves towards a more socially conservative Turkey and should subtly state that we agree with the protesters, which should be then followed by a mountain of "please and thank you"s. Turkey has made momentous movements towards being westernized and as such they deserve respect from their western comrades. We must treat them as Europeans because that is what they want, and are trying, to be.
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      Jun 5 2013: YES I couldn't agree with you more! The problem i see is that they are supposedly a democracy but the people protest and encounter severe violence from police (which is illegal and why they aren't broadcasting the events truthfully on TV) and slander in the press saying they are looters and things of that nature. If you attack people don't expect them to just take it because most people won't. On TV i see police at a distance shooting teargas seemingly trying to disperse the protesters. On the internet i see police ganging up on one person and relentlessly beating them when they are not resisting or attacking. I see them hitting people with their armored vehicles. I see them destroying property to blame on the people. None of this is on the news. It's just a shame that this is even possible!
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      Jun 5 2013: I kinda switched tabs and got distracted, as i usually do, but i think it makes sense mostly. If anything is out of place or seems to be nonsense let me know so i can fix! Thanks!

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