In a previous post, American Politics Has Caught The British Disease, it was said that our domestic politics now resembles the British example of gentry liberals aligning with the welfare class in a war against the middle class. This is essentially a form of liberal politics that manifests itself as social snobbery against those who question the accepted wisdom of the elite class in its advocacy of open borders, government-run healthcare, and ever-expanding welfare-state government.
The recent electoral gains by the Tories in Britain and the ascendancy of David Cameron to be Prime Minister apparently means that Britain has now caught the Obama disease of political correctness and appeasement of radical Islam as foreign policy. This is and will be an increasing disaster for Britain, the United States and other Western Democracies.
Cameron gave a speech this week in Turkey that was full of howling mistakes and misjudgments which will please Iran and the enemies of the West everywhere. It also sent the wrong message to the current Islamic regime in Turkey, encouraging it to step up its anti-Western activities and sentiments. There is an opposition in Turkey that is appalled at the direction Turkey has taken since the election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan [pronounced “air-doe-wahn”] to Prime Minister in 2003. See Erdogan And The Decline of the Turks; Crisis In Turkey; Turkey: An Ally No More; Lion’s Den: Islamist Turkey Overreaches. Cameron stuck a dagger in the back of the pro-Western opposition in Turkey by his appeasement speech to Erdogan’s Islamist regime, which also insulted the legacy of Kemal Atatürk [modern Turkey’s George Washington] who instituted a pro-Western government in Turkey in 1923 based on principles of secular democracy.
Two excellent articles available online detail Cameron’s idiocy on display in Turkey. Barry Rubin, In Speech in Turkey, PM David Cameron Goes Full Idiot, explains:
Suppose you are the British prime minister going to Turkey, or to just about any country. What should you say? The theme should be: We can cooperate and do mutually beneficial things. Here’s what I can do for you; here’s what I’d like you to do for me. And here’s what you must not do in order to reap the benefits of my friendship and favor.
Obviously, you need to dress that up in appropriate language. But everything should be conditional. The message to be delivered is that it is in your interest to respect my interests.
Cameron did the precise and exact opposite. His message was: The UK needs Turkey. Turkey is wonderful. Its behavior has been perfect. We are desperate for your help.
What is the effect? A man goes into a bazaar, points to a carpet, and says, “That is the most beautiful carpet I have ever seen. I must have it no matter what the price! How much is it?”
In addition, Cameron committed some other howling mistakes, several of which will amaze you. So please stick with me as I explain and document this — you won’t be disappointed. And remember this is not just a matter of one speech; it is a fitting symbol for the entire contemporary Western diplomatic approach to the Middle East, and much more to the world as well. By the way, it is doomed to fail miserably.
Rubin continues with all the details. Read it here.
Anyone interested in foreign affairs must read Claudia Rosett on a regular basis. In No, Mr. Prime Minister, It’s Not A “Prison Camp” she offers this:
Did British Prime Minister David Cameron have some special reason for pandering to Ankara? Or is he simply clueless on Islamist terrorism and the Middle East?
Speaking Tuesday in the Turkish capital, Cameron called Gaza a “prison camp.”
No, Prime Minister. Gaza is not a prison camp. It is a terrorist camp.
Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an Iranian-backed terrorist group, whose leaders seized all power in the enclave in a bloody coup in 2007 – slaughtering Palestinian rivals. Hamas is dedicated in its charter to obliterating the sovereign state of Israel, hostile generally to the values of free societies, and dedicated on its current turf in Gaza to imposing strict Islamic law. Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into neighboring Israel. The reason for the Israeli blockade is to keep weapons out of Gaza — from which Israel withdrew entirely in 2005, trusting that the “international community” would help ensure a future there of peaceful coexistence. Instead, what’s emerged is a terrorist enclave, its staple needs sustained by enormous handouts from the U.S. and European Union, while Hamas spends resources on propaganda and weapons.
The real answer for Gaza is an end to Hamas, and an end to Iran’s tyrannical regime and its toxic influence both in the Middle East and beyond — extending, apparently, to such places as London. Whatever constituency Cameron is playing to, he’s kidding himself if he fails to understand that with utterances such as this latest in Turkey, he is giving a nod to Islamist terrorism. That is all too likely to come home to roost.
David Cameron is a British Tory. That’s supposed to be the British conservative party. Cameron has so far disgraced the very idea.