Monday, March 10, 2003[posted by jaed at 7:08 PM]
Interesting tidbit of information from this National Review article, reprinted from UPI:
Without the crisis of confidence created by NATO, there can be no doubt that the unexpected razor-thin loss of Saturday's vote in the Turkish parliament on U.S. troop deployment in Turkey would have gone the other way. In that context, it is instructive to note that the allegedly scary "Islamists" in the governing party voted 3-1 in favor of the United States, a bigger majority than in the British Labor party.Hmmm. All the commentary I read about that vote seems to have assumed that the aforementioned scary Islamists were the ones responsible for the vote's going the way it did. Another cause of unstated assumptions leading in the wrong direction?
The opposition party, which voted almost unanimously against the United States, was of course led by ex-World Bank stooge and media darling Kermal Dervis, on whose feeble leftist stewardship of the Turkish economy in 2001-02 billions of dollars of Western taxpayer money were wasted.
(The article also displays a refreshingly crabby attitude toward international aid agencies and their