The Turkish lira is in a death spiral thanks to the diminutive wannabee Napoleon; small in stature and mind, this United States and Israel hater, has foamed at the mouth too many times. This has brought a crisis to the Turkish people who have seen their currency implode by 40% in the past few months, in fact by 20% last week. In the next year though the blood will start to flow as the economy, based on Euro and Dollar denominated debt, will implode faster than the tailspin of Greece during the financial crisis. As always the case the United States is the proverbial Bogeyman.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the US of trying to “bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor“.
The US has demanded the release of Andrew Brunson and on Friday doubled tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.
The diplomatic spat sent the lira down 16% against the dollar on Friday.
Mr Erdogan also wrote in the New York Times that unless the US changed course, Turkey would look for new friends and allies.
Turkey has detained Mr Brunson for nearly two years, accusing him of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and the Gulenist movement, which Turkey blames for a failed coup in 2016.
But the pastor is only one of a number of issues dividing the two Nato allies, including policy on Syria and Mr Erdogan’s growing ties with Russia.
What are Mr Erdogan’s latest comments?
He was speaking at a rally in the Black Sea town of Unye.
He said: “It is wrong to dare bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor. I am calling on those in America again. Shame on you, shame on you. You are exchanging your strategic partner in Nato for a priest. You can never bring this nation in line with the language of threats.
The foam coming from this Muslim Brotherhood dog is beyond the pale.
In a veiled attack on the US he added: “Some countries have engaged in behaviour that protects coup plotters and knows no laws or justice.”
“Relations with countries who behave like this have reached a point beyond salvaging.”
Just think of him criticizing our President and Country – he knows of no laws nor justice by clamping down on media enterprises, judges and police officers, not counting the purge of army officers after the coup. No trials, just jail and death.
President Donald Trump has doubled US tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium, as the precipitous fall of the Turkish lira accelerates.
In a tweet, Mr Trump said the currency was weak against “our very strong dollar”, adding that “US relations with Turkey are not good at this time”.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech that the drop was part of a “campaign” led by foreign powers.
Turkey also warned it would retaliate against the US tariffs move.
“The United States should know that the only result that such sanctions and pressure will bring… will be harming our relationship as allies,” the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.
The two Nato members are at odds on a range of issues – how to fight the Islamic State group, Ankara’s plans to buy Russian missile defence systems and how to punish the alleged plotters of a failed coup in Turkey in 2016.
Most recently, President Trump issued sanctions on top Turkish officials over the ongoing detention of a US pastor who is facing terror and espionage charges in Turkey.
The Europeans have it right, rejecting Turkey’s entrance into the European Union (EU). What sets Europe apart from Turkey is their Islamic identity while Europe on the whole is Christian. And don’t forget that Turkey, mainly consisting of an Asian people, was an invading country under the Ottomans; Greece, Bosnia and Spain fell in their wake. That brings us to Turkey today. A NATO member under the iron hand of Islamist Erdogan who has no trouble stirring the pot of racism, constantly blaming others for his faults.
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