Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Perry: Turkey is a Terrorist State

Oh I love it when my governor, Rick Perry, exposes himself as a complete ignoramus. Actually I hate it. It exposes Texans as even greater ignoramuses for electing him to a third consecutive term – the longest in Texas’ history.
In a recent Republican primary deb ate event in South Carolina, Rick Perry was asked about America’s support of the country of Turkey, mainly in view of the fact that people of the Muslim faith seem to be running it.
Perry wasted no time, characterizing Turkey as a country ruled by “Islamic Terrorists” and not the NATO ally that existed at a time that he was stationed there as a Air Force freight pilot.
An amazingly poorly thought out characterization, as explained by the Turkish Ambassador to the United States.
“Turkey is a secular democracy that has for decades been an essential and trusted partner of the U.S. Our bilateral relations are based on the common values of democracy and respect for human rights, rule of law, and free market economy. Whether in the fight against terrorism or violent extremism, in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria or against the proliferation of WMD, we stand side by side to tackle the many common threats and challenges of our times. Through NATO and bilaterally, Turkey and the U.S. will continue to cooperate day in day out to establish peace, security and prosperity around the world. Contrary to statements during the debate, Turkey receives no significant sums of foreign aid dollars from the U.S. Indeed, Turkey is a strong and growing trading partner with the U.S. in general, and with Texas in particular creating thousands of jobs throughout that state.”
And I have to wonder how Rick Perry ever arrived at the conclusion that Turkey was a terrorist state and all I could find was Rick Perry citing the rate of domestic violence toward Turkish women. Terrorist violence I would guess.

Now, make no mistake, I consider violence toward women like I consider violence toward all people – there is no excuse for it. But equating domestic violence to Islamic Terrorism is just wrong.

And amazingly enough when I googled it to find out what the heck Rick Perry was talking about, using the search terms “Turkey attacks against women” I did come up with an amazing plethora of search results. One of which I embed below for your edification.

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