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    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016, in this handout photo provided by the Presidential Palace

    Turkey as 'The Voice of Global Conscience': Would the World Agree?

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    “Turkey has become the voice of the global conscience in the Syrian crisis and has given a lesson in humanity to the whole world,” ambitiously claimed Recep Tayyip Erdogan, referring to the European refugee crisis, conveniently neglecting to mention the cost of this virtue – 3 billion Euros.

    “In this process, where the oppressors and oppressed people's supporters are divided, Turkey has become the voice of the global conscience,” Erdogan said on Wednesday during his speech to district governors at the Presidential Palace in Ankara.

    The Turkish leader was referring to the European refugee crisis, highlighting the West's incapability of slowing the flow of refugees from Syria.

    “No matter [if] the West acts in a rough, relentless, unconscientious way, they cannot control the refugee influx,” he added, as quoted by the Turkish daily Yeni Safak.

    The Turkish head of state, however, failed to mention how much money he had negotiated for becoming “the global conscience.”

    In November, the European Union agreed to pay Ankara three billion euros in aid money, and promised a renewal of talks on its EU membership for an effort to stop the record influx of migrants into Europe.

    Without any hint of irony, Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued:

    “Turkey has given a lesson in humanity to whole world by looking after its Syrian brothers without discriminating by religion, language, sect or ethnicity.”

    Apparently the “lesson in humanity” includes four days of intensive shelling of YPG positions inside Syria recently. YPG is a military wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), seen by Washington as an ally in its fight against Daesh, but as a terrorist organization by Turkey.

    It is also worth noting that within Turkey, the “humanitarian” regime is currently engaged in an assault on civil rights and freedom of speech, with the recent arrest of two journalists for exposing Turkish arms smuggling to Syria serving as one example amongst many.

    There are also numerous reports from the Kurdish minority of the country detailing countless human rights abuses: torture against civilians, extrajudicial murders, forced displacements, and “disappearances.”


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