Remember that the peaceful, humanitarian folks on the flotilla were actually armed — and were chanting the genocidal jihadist chant, “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return.”
Erdogan’s claim that Turkey showed “patience” is a deft inversion of reality: by saying that it was a “cause for war” at all, he is substantially escalating the war of words, and creating the foundation and pretext for an actual war.
“Turkey says flotilla raid was ’cause for war,'” from The Associated Press, September 12 (thanks to Bill):
ANKARA, Turkey””Turkey’s prime minister has said Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year was “cause for war” but that his country showed “patience” and refrained from taking any action.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Al-Jazeera television in a recent interview that the Israeli attack that killed nine activists occurred in international waters and was therefore “unlawful.” His comments were carried by Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency late Sunday.
Erdogan said “It is a cause for war, but we decided to act in line with Turkey’s grandeur and showed patience.”
Israel insists its naval commandos acted in self-defense after being attacked by some of the activists.
A U.N. report into the raid said Israel’s naval blockade was legitimate but that it used “excessive and unreasonable” force.