"…it is becoming evident that Mr. Erdogan's commitment to democratic principles and Western values is far from complete. As Turkey's prospects of joining the European Union have dimmed, the government's foreign policy has taken a nasty turn: Shrill denunciations of Israel have been accompanied by increasing coziness with the criminal rulers of Iran, Syria and Sudan." Washpost editorial
It should be well established here now that I do not favor any US alliances with political Islamists. They always seek to disguise their ultimate goals which are:
1- Establish a sharia law state.
2- Retain power at all costs
For Islamists all else is mere tactical maneuver.
Having said that, it is nevertheless clear that today's lead Washington Post editorial is a clumsy expression of neocon and Likudnik displeasure with Turkey's rather minimal show of independence of Israeli influence.
"Shrill denunciations of Israel have been accompanied by increasing coziness with the criminal rulers of Iran, Syria and Sudan"
The first underlined phrase reveals the true nature of the Post editorial page's displeasure.
The inclusion of the present Syrian government in this list of "bad boys" is particularly revealing. Bashar Assad may be a lot of things, but "criminal" is a charge unproven. In fact, he has consistently tried to follow a course leading to peace with Israel. That attempt has been obstructed by both the US and Israeli governments. A description of Bashar Assad as a "criminal" is an unproven act of libel by what has become an editorial page devoted to foreign interests. pl