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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 6 2013: I find it odd that nobody has pointed this out yet:
    Turkey is a member of NATO.
    And Turkey holds a strategic location in the various ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.
    Given the larger geopolitical environment, I think it's very unlikely that the US or the Europeans are going to take any overt or official action in this situation.
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      Jun 7 2013: Kudos Kevin! A very sad yet valid point to a debate that would not exist if Erdogan police did not attack peaceful protesters. Would you agree that Erdogan needs to be removed?
      • Jun 7 2013: I am not a Turkish citizen, so it is not for me to say.
        A little research shows that he has been democratically elected by the people of Turkey for three consecutive terms. It would be presumptuous of me to say that I know what it good for the people of Turkey better than they know themselves.
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      Jun 7 2013: I think that's a pretty clear picture of things Kevin. No one is going to get involved. Turkey is a modern western thinking country. They have to deal with their people. I assure you if the same thing happened here in the US, no one would invite themselves into our disagreements.

      I wouldn’t want to see my country go up in flames in that way. I would want the government to do something about it. The whole purpose of Democracy is to work things out without violence. Let he who would throw the first stone beware.

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