Sunday, 14 December 2014

Really? Pentagon Really ?

    From Islamist hub to maintenance hub?

Pentagon picks Italy, including Turkey for F-35 heavy maintenance hubs in Europe!

A politically questionable decision based upon words without substance. Truth is found in every day matters, and not in what they serve at a 5 star dinner meal far away from, what our commonly shared reality has to show. 

What does the deal look like ?

Key Points:

  • Italy will conduct heavy maintenance on F-35 airframes, while F135 engine heavy maintenance will be provided by Turkey
  • Both facilities are expected to be operational by 2018

The US Department of Defense has assigned maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) responsibilities for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter airframe and engine in Europe to Italy and Turkey, US officials said on 11 December.
"These initial assignments will support near-term engine and airframe F-35 overseas operations and maintenance and will be reviewed and updated in approximately five years," said Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, the Pentagon's F-35 programme manager. Regional considerations such as forward basing, aircraft phasing, and transportation contributed to initial assignment decisions, he said during a press briefing.

F-35 initial airframe MRO capability will be provided by Italy by 2018, Lt Gen Bogdan said. Should additional airframe MRO capability be required, the United Kingdom would be assigned to supplement Italy's work.

Turkey and NATOs relation is no different then that of Turkeys and the West.
In recent years Turkey has more and more shown the Christian and US west its distrust supported by fresh statistics and and media rapports.What we see in front of our eyes are not illusions or a movie but the actually comments and deeds.
Turkey´s leader Erdogan openly leads Turkey away from the west in the most blatant and arrogant manner.
Here  a few reminders that we simply cant overlooked and neither should Pentagon. 

    Hamas Police in Gaza here seen celebrating the Erdogan's election 

    Here the Hamas leader seen with Turkeys head of state all just a happy family.....

Erdogan has never hidden that he is ideologically a next of kin to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. 
Hamas's overseas command center happens to be based in Turkey. Erdogan has been Hamas's staunchest (non-Hamas) cheerleader in the last decade, and the Brotherhood's key regional ally. Press reports say that Turkey has recently welcomed in the Brotherhood's top brass, who were expelled on Sept. 13 from their five-million-star hotels in Qatar. Ankara has not denied that it is offering a safe haven to the leaders of the Islamist organization.

Saleh al-Arouri, Turkey-based senior Hamas operative who handles military-terrorist networks in Judea and Samaria, admitted that Hamas was behind the abduction and murder of the three Jewish youths from Gush Etzion.

Question? Since when does NATO accept this sort of islamist heaven on any partner soil ?

- The Turkish Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is that the government has been, and still is, covertly supporting ISIL, even though the claim may sound contradictory or confusing. If the government is supporting ISIL, why has it also sought an excuse to start military operations against them? 

First of all, it is still difficult to prove that the Turkish government has had any sort of link with ISIL, despite all the claims and some evidence. 
Nevertheless, we may better argue that Turkey has vested interests in the expansion of Sunni radical movements in the region. In the beginning, it was Turkey’s ambition to remove the Bashar al-Assad regime which led it to support all sorts of armed groups, something that was no secret. It sounds rather “surreal,” but in the end Turkish foreign policy is being shaped on “great ambitions” and “wild dreams” which are equally surreal. As for the government’s Kurdish policy, it is still being mostly handled by the intelligence service’s negotiations with PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, and still nobody knows about “the terms of the deal,” if they exist. 

Nov 2014 the Pontiff visit Turkey….On the same day the pontiff met president Erdogan, the Turkish leader delivered a blistering attack on the West, claiming, "They (the West) look like friends, but they want us dead — they like seeing our children die. How long will we stand that fact?"

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported Erdogan as saying: "Believe me, they don't like us."

In an incendiary attack on his NATO partners, Erdogan said they "love oil, gold, diamonds, and the cheap labor force of the Islamic world."

At the state level, countries like Turkey and Qatar are behind the phenomenon of the Islamic State. Writes Gatestone Institute (link below)

The extent to which this cultural phenomenon still influences Turkish society at the grassroots level is evident from the findings of an EU-financed public opinion survey conducted in 2008 by two Turkish scholars as a part of the International Social Survey Program. It discovered that:

- One third of Turkish Muslims would object to having a Christian as a neighbor.
- More than half believe that Christians should not be allowed to openly express their religious views in printed publication or in public meetings.
- More than half are opposed to Christians serving in the army, security services, police force, and political parties.
- Just under half believe Christians should not be active in the provision of health services.

The road from such views to outright discrimination and a heightened threat of violence is any agreement very short indeed.

At last but not least a fact from last year reading Turkish openness and hospitality towards Americans:

After 12 years serving a church in Turkey voluntarily and peacefully, Jerry Mattix suddenly is on the country’s blacklist.

Officially, the government has deemed Mattix a threat to national security. Yet the police have told him he is “welcome” to apply for a visa.

Such is the perplexing state of affairs in Turkey’s southeast province of Diyarbakir, where Mattix and several other once-welcome Christian foreigners have become personae non gratae.

In April and June, Turkey denied Mattix, a U.S. citizen, a religious-worker visa. When he and his family tried on June 7 to re-enter the country, they were turned away. 

He and his family had lived in Diyarbakir for over a decade, helping the local church. Mattix also has authored several books, in Turkish, explaining Christianity.

“What exactly they cite as my crime that is so threatening to national security I do not know,” Mattix t, “but I can only guess that it has to do with the fact that I have been serving the local Turkish churches all these years.”Diyarbakir is known for its diverse mix of Turks of Kurdish, Arab and Syrian ethnic background. It also is located near the epicenter of ongoing clashes between Turkish military and Kurdish rebels, and not far from Turkey’s border with Syria, over which thousands of Syrian refugees have fled, overwhelming local authorities…..