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Reality Humbles Turkey’s Erdogan
Reality Humbles Turkey’s Erdogan
In the last few weeks, the megalomaniac Islamist dictator of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made a 180 about face turn regarding his relations with the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the USA and France, from his several years of antagonistic, warmongering, confrontational and insulting threats against them, to his recent fervent grovelling attempts at reconciliation, with all of them.
With his unlimited arrogance, Erdogan undermined NATO; supported ISIS for oil; picked fights with Cyprus, Greece and Israel (thus bringing them together in a solid friendship).
His hatred of Israel and Jews actually backfired on Turkey economically, since hundreds of thousands of Israelis used to visit Turkey and spend millions of dollars with them.
For years, he was subverting as well as inciting Egyptians to overthrow their leader al Sisi and replace him with his Islamic favourites; the Muslim Brotherhood.
He defied America by buying Russian missile systems, thus losing trust with America which refused to supply him with the latest F35 stealth fighter.
It is one thing, that misfit dictators invariably make innumerable, bombastic but realistically useless threatening speeches against perceived enemies to impress the masses from a podium, and another thing, when the Reality Check of economic collapse due to endemic corruption and insanely bad economic decisions, stares them in the eye.
This is exactly what has transpired to the very arrogant and pompous and duplicitous Erdogan, who has now been turned into a meek, contrite but actually, deceiving one.
A decade ago, the Turkish economy was hailed as a success story all around the world, as investors flocked in with cash and direct investments and the Anatolian Tiger spurred annual growth to double digits.
It was a high time for world liquidity, as the European Central Bank and US Federal Reserve had been pumping money into the markets to alleviate the reeling impacts of the 2008 financial crisis.
The lira was stable, and Turkish citizens’ purchasing power grew as income per capita crossed the $10,000 per annum threshold.
In 2014, 1$ was equal to 2 Liras (50%); a relatively steady condition.
Fast forward 7 years to June 2021, and the lira was repeatedly recording new lows against the US dollar; 1 $ is now equal to 8.6 liras (11.6%); a drop of 23%.
Some economists calculate the actual unemployment rate at 13 percent, while net central bank foreign reserves are estimated at $10.6bn; the lowest in 18 years.
The two main drivers of the currency crash were Turkey’s high current account deficit (in other words, more money was going out than coming into the country, leaving it reliant on foreign investment, which can be very short term) and high levels of private foreign-currency denominated debt (debt denominated in foreign currencies becomes harder to service the weaker the borrower’s currency becomes).
Adding to these disasters, an almost comedic but an extremely serious series of tell-all YouTube videos have been put up recently almost weekly, by the iconic faces of an exiled mafia boss that has stunned the Turkish nation and turned him into an unlikely social media phenomenon.
Each video, is watched by millions of Turks, accusing a group of prominent Turkish political and military figures in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) led by the Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu, of organized crime, murder, rape, rampant corruption, drug trafficking and funding for jihadist organizations in Syria.
This is the story of Turkish mafia boss Sedat Peker.
Peker rose to prominence in the 1990s, at the height of relations between politics and the Turkish mafia, when it was revealed that the Turkish secret service had collaborated with gangsters in carrying out internal and external political assassinations.
He has had a rich criminal history. He had been sentenced to several prison sentences in Turkey, but had ingratiate himself so close to the Justice and Development Party, that it provided him with protection and cover, for having organized rallies in support of Erdogan.
The charges included a long list of influential members of the Justice and Development Party and various crimes committed by SADAT (the first and the only company in Turkey, that internationally provides consultancy and military training services) under the supervision and direction of senior military and intelligence officials.
It is noteworthy that SADAT is a company that is loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and works to strengthen the Turkish defence industries, which are controlled by his family.
It was established in conjunction with the period of unrest that coincided with the so-called “Arab Spring”- to support terrorist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, in Arab countries that suffered unrest with weapons supplied by Turkey.
Erdogan relied on this company in an operation that targeted thousands of military officers and officials after the alleged attempted coup against him in 2016.
Peker publicly admits his involvement in some of the criminal enterprises, for example: his people attacked the offices of a newspaper in 2015 and threatened scientists calling for peace in Turkey’s long-standing conflict with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party). On the orders of AKP officials, he helped seize the assets and property of the enemies of the ruling party.
SADAT acknowledged that the Justice and Development Party government sent weapons to the Syrian wing of al-Qaeda in trucks across the border as food aid to the Syrian Turkmen.
The Turkish people are literally glued to his videos not only for their sensational exposes but also, as entertainment watching a mafia Don shattering the character of political leaders whom they all suspected of corruption.
Peker confirmed in an eighth video – which he posted on his YouTube channel – of Turkish Intelligence cooperation with mafia gangs to smuggle weapons to terrorist militias in Syria, especially the fighters of Jabhat al-Nusra in Aleppo in 2015.
Under Erdogan, Turkey has been turned from the secular state – that its founder Kamal Ata Turk succeeded in founding – into the usual, fundamentalist Islamic Sharia compliant dysfunctional state: incredible degrees of corruption; intolerance of all non Muslims; hate-mongering; warmongering; racist and backward thinking.
Because of Erdogan’s total control of the media, the intelligence services and the armed forces, he most probably will continue his dictatorship till he dies or is assassinated while his people continue to pay the price for and suffer his incompetence.
Shattering the Myth of US Aid to Israel
Shattering the Myth of US Aid to Israel
This article addresses issues that American Israel haters, their Arab and Muslim supporters (Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Linda Sarsour, CAIR, etc.), and the main stream fake media, never obviously bring to the attention of the American people.
As always, I deal with Facts not concocted Lies and Myths propagated by malevolent authors and so called ‘experts’ and pundits.
Let me start with the most relevant item of Truth:
Not a single American soldier has died fighting to defend Israel in the last 73 years, since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Not one.
Tragically, in the same period of time, tens of thousands of American soldiers have died or got wounded either fighting for or against Arabs and or Muslims from Afghanistan to Iran; from Kuwait to Yemen, from Iraq to Lebanon and from Libya to Somalia. What an incredible waste of precious American lives, defending the very peoples that hate them.
Adding insult to injury, the billions of dollars of US tax payers given as aid to Arab and Muslim peoples are totally squandered since Muslims – by their Sharia compliant belief system of Islam – have absolutely no loyalty to or appreciation for the generous and compassionate American people.
They are told by their Imams and leaders, that the aid received from non Muslims is not charity but Jizya (compulsory penalty paid by non Muslims in humiliation to Muslims). Can someone with a spine in congress ask Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib to elaborate?
Israel of 8000 square miles which started with 600,000 Jews and 150,000 Arab citizens in 1948 has become – a nation of about 6,000,000 Jews and 2,000,000 Arabs (in racist and apartheid Israel?) – a powerhouse of advancement in almost every field of knowledge and human intellect: Scientific, Artistic, Agricultural, Literary, Medical, Industrial, Military, Social, Spiritual and others, out producing not only 22 surrounding Arab states, but the entirety of 57 Muslim majority countries on Earth of 1,500,000,000 billion souls combined.
The most dramatic change in the relationship between the USA and Israel occurred, after Israel’s 1967 stunning victory of the Six Days War. From that date onwards, many leaders in the USA had come to the realization that this very tiny state is actually a very strong, mature, powerful and most important of all, an extremely reliable partner and ally as well as being self-reliant in its own defence.
They found out that Israel single handedly trounced the might of six combined Arab armies, two of which, Egypt and Syria, were fully armed by the Soviet Union. In one week in 1967, the balance of military power in the Middle East was completely changed in favour of Israel.
Regularly, Israel proved herself to be literally the front line in defence of Western Civilization against the rising onslaught of Islamic Jihad and terror, all over the world.
Israel’s paramount usefulness was fully demonstrated by the indisputable fact, that had it not been for the 1981 Israeli destruction of Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor, the US and the Free World would not have been able to liberate Kuwait or even possibly Saudi Arabia from the clutches of a Nuclear Armed Saddam Hussein following his 1990 occupation of Kuwait.
Of course in 1981, not only did the Europeans unjustly and immorally accuse Israel of aggression, but the State Department chimed in also (I am ignoring the reflex condemnations emanating from the dysfunctional Un-United Nations).
Thankfully, at least Defence Secretary Dick Cheney in October 1991, after the defeat of Saddam in Desert Storm, redressed the condemnation by saying:
“Let me tonight in front of this group thank my good friend David Ivry (Mossad) for the action Israel took in 1981 with respect to the (Osirak) nuclear reactor.” He added:
“There were many times during the course of the build-up in the Gulf and the subsequent conflict that I gave thanks for the bold and dramatic action that had been taken [by Israel] some ten years before.”
The strength of the alliance between Israel and USA manifested itself by Israel’s acceptance not to retaliate against Saddam’s deliberately provocative missile attacks upon Israel’s citizens, so that the Arab-US military alliance of Desert Storm would not unravel.
American detractors of Israel, in numerous articles, begin by citing that Israel receives the lion’s share – allegedly (55%) – of US military aid, thus conjuring up the canard of an all-powerful Israel lobby that has turned the US Congress into its pawn.
They wilfully and with malice aforethought, ignore the crystal clear reality, that Israel of 6 million Jews is surrounded by Arab peoples of about 400,000,000 and Iran’s Ayatollahs terrorist regime, who’s publicly declared intention is to eradicate her off the face of the Earth; irrespective of their so called ‘peace’ agreements. Without her advanced military and scientific technologies, Israel would have been wiped out in 1967, 1973 or at any time thereafter.
Most people think of U.S. military aid to Israel as Washington doing Jerusalem a favour — the shocking truth is almost the exact opposite.
It is important to comprehend, that although there is on paper – just under $4 billion a year in military aid to Israel – it is in fact, corporate welfare for U.S. based military contractors, where the money eventually ends up. Joe Biden, of all people, should know this: He worked for Obama’s administration that set up the current system.
The Israeli government is obligated to spend 75% of U.S. military aid with U.S.-based firms; meaning that of every $1 in aid to Israel, 75 cents supports Lockheed Martin and similar American firms.
The remaining 25% are spent on mutual R&D that helps both nations to create better systems of defence.
In reality – although the above figures reflect official direct US military aid – they are almost meaningless in comparison to the real costs and benefits of US military aid; above all, American boots on the ground in the host states.
When the latter costs are taken into account, Israel actually receives a small fraction of total American military aid; most of which 75% as I mentioned, is contractually spent in the US to the benefit of the American economy.
Let me now share with you – by factoring in – the real military costs, to find out if Israel’s haters and disparagers are lying or not.
There are about 174,000 American troops stationed in 140 countries around the globe. This costs the American taxpayer about $US40 billion. In simple terms, for every 1,000 American soldiers stationed abroad, it costs the USA $230 million of aid to the country in which they are located.
Therefore, US military personnel stationed in Japan are about 55,000; this translates into US aid to the tune of $12.65 billion.
Germany, with about 64,000 US troops on its soil, receives aid equivalent to around $14.72 billion
South Korea, with about 27,000 US troops, receives over $6.21 billion
Therefore, Germany by far, receives the lion’s share of US military aid; not Israel by any measure conceivable.
Iraq ($5.3 billion), Afghanistan ($5.1 billion), Israel ($3.1 billion), Egypt ($1.2 billion), and Jordan ($1.2 billion).
Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait and others receive in total per annum more than what Israel receives.
Moreover, the above figures totally underrate the total actual expenditures, since they do not include the costs of maintaining the US Carrier battle groups that add hundreds of billions more that are used to defend America’s allies in the Pacific, Atlantic and others.
In fact, these figures, as well as the costs of NATO and other military exercises are buried in classified enormous US military expenditure figures.
Israel’s detractors never take into account any of the above costs in their calculations nor more costs entailing US air and naval forces constantly patrolling the Pacific Ocean, China Seas, the Persian Gulf and Baltic to protect American allies in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific – at American expense.
On the other hand, and in striking contrast, not a single US plane has ever flown to protect Israel’s airspace. No US Navy ships patrol to protect Israel’s coasts. And most importantly, no US military personnel are put at risk to ensure Israel’s safety.
US troops – in Japan, South Korea, Germany, Kuwait, Qatar, the Baltic states, Poland, and elsewhere – are a vulnerable tripwire used in the hope that their presence will deter attack – unfortunately, there is never any assurance that an attack will not take place. Should such an outbreak occur, it will no doubt cost American lives.
This does not happen in Israel, which defends its citizenry with its own troops. The historical record proves that there is no danger that in Israel, the US might find itself embroiled in wars like those it waged in Iraq and Afghanistan at a cost of over US$4 trillion.
U.S. aid to Israel isn’t only about saving Israeli lives — it is also about creating U.S. jobs and fattening U.S. profit margins.
Suspending or reducing U.S. military aid to Israel would not be a catastrophic event to the Israeli military, since in actuality, it does not need the money as much as it needs – more than anything else – the symbiotic relationship between two exceptional freedom loving peoples helping each other.
The questions facing the United States at this moment in its relationship with Israel, should not be based only on finance. There are more important demands to consider, such as dealing with values, interests, scientific and military technologies, counter terrorism as well as international relations.
These issues are putting Joe Biden in a tough spot, because although his party has many prominent Jews, the Democrat party that he has today has devolved into a sewer of leftist, Islamist, unruly, unpatriotic, anti-White self-loathing party members.
How is it possible for the Sharia compliant Muslims, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib – who recently stated that America is as evil as Hamas and the Taliban – to ever be loyal American citizens, when their Allah’s Quran, forbids them from ever accepting any constitution or law, other than Allah’s Sharia?
As Muslims, their virulent hatred of none Muslims (80% of current humanity called Kuffar/Infidels), and especially of Jews, is visceral since it is religiously mandated in Muhammad’s Quran and has absolutely nothing to do with the ‘palestinian’ land charade, the alleged ‘occupation’, or the mythical Al Aqsa mosque deception.
How else can any American explain Ilhan and Rashida’s support for Hamas – which is an American and Arab declared terrorist entity fully supported by the America hating terrorist Ayatollahs’ Iranian regime? To whom are they showing their loyalty?
What is most shocking of all is the fact that not a single member of both houses, of over 530 souls, has had the backbone and or the patriotism to excoriate these two treasonous misfits.
The tragedy of America today is the reality that what Obama was not able to finish from his agenda to ‘change America’, the Democrats and Biden are presently fulfilling it.
Every passing day under Biden’s watch, is another rung in the downward spiral of the financial, educational, social, political and military US collapse.
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