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US Congressman: ‘Either Erdogan shouldn’t be in NATO or we shouldn’t’

via Russia Insider

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, on Saturday issued the following statement concerning Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian jet fighter on the Turkey-Syria border:

It is imperative that American decision-makers admit to themselves and begin basing their decisions on the hard fact that Islamic terrorism poses the primary threat to our safety and the peace of the world.

Our president seems incapable of uttering the phrase Islamic terrorism, much less of overseeing a policy that will defeat this evil. His incoherence is ever more evident as events in Syria unfold.

Not radical Islam, but the Russians have been portrayed to us as the villains in this chapter of history. Yet our government demonstrates a lack of will, incompetence, or both, in confronting the most monstrous of the radical Islamic marauders now spilling vast quantities of innocent blood in the Middle East – as well as in Africa and France.

When Russia courageously stepped into the breach we should have been applauding its willingness to confront ISIS. Instead, we continue to denigrate Russians as if they were still the Soviet Union and Putin, not Islamic terrorists, our most vicious enemy.

So now we see the travesty of a harsh condemnation of the Russians for introducing air strikes against terrorists who will murder Americans if they get the chance.

Yes, Russia does this to protect Syria’s authoritarian Assad regime, which has close ties to Moscow. So what?

Assad, like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, is no threat to the United States or the Western world. If Assad is forced out of power he will eventually be replaced by an Islamic terrorist committed to raining down mayhem on Western countries.

Today we witness the spectacle of American decision- makers, in and out of the Obama administration, joining forces with a Turkish regime that grows more supportive of the radical Islamist movement. There is ample evidence of President Erdogan’s complicity in ISIS’s murderous rampage through Syria and Iraq.

Yet, we hold our public rebukes for the Russians, who are battling those terrorists. A Russian plane on an anti-terrorist mission did violate Turkish airspace, just as Turkish planes have strayed into Greek airspace hundreds of times over the last year. This overflight was no threat to Turkey. Still, it was shot down, as was a Russian helicopter on the way to rescue the downed Russian pilot.

Why do Americans feel compelled to kick Russia in the teeth? Russia’s military is attacking an enemy that would do us harm. Why ignore the hostile pro-terrorist maneuvering of Turkish strongman Erdogan?

President Obama is wrong. American politicians who try to sound tough at Russia’s expense in this case are not watching out for the long-term interests of the United States by undermining those fighting our primary enemy, Islamic terrorists.

Russia should be applauded. Instead, it is being castigated for doing what our government is unwilling to do to confront the terrorist offensive now butchering innocent human beings from Africa, to the Middle East, to the streets of Paris.

If being in NATO means protecting Erdogan in this situation, either he shouldn’t be in NATO or we shouldn’t.


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Paul Wyatt
Paul Wyatt
Dec 2, 2015 7:41 AM

Shooting down any flying machine should never be an option. Order them to land for questioning or leave the disputed location immediately would be civilized action.
Shooting down the plane and especially the pilot parachuting to safety was the act of uncivilized and cowardly group.

siemreapnews
siemreapnews
Dec 2, 2015 1:12 AM

Reblogged this on Siem Reap Mirror and commented:

“If being in NATO means protecting Erdogan in this situation, either he shouldn’t be in NATO or we shouldn’t.”

Davide
Davide
Dec 1, 2015 8:22 PM

“British Jewish” is where everyone should stop reading.

rehmat1
rehmat1
Dec 2, 2015 3:25 PM
Reply to  Davide

How come!

The Miliband brothers are proud of “British Jews”, and loyal to Israel. Both claimed that Iran was the biggest threat not only to Israel but to the entire international community.

http://rehmat1.com/2014/04/13/ed-miliband-iranian-threat-is-of-global-concern/

leruscino
leruscino
Dec 1, 2015 7:38 PM

Dana Rohrabacher is the only American politician that gives me faith in the US & its chance of survival in the post 2015 World – Wish Americans could see it ?

leruscino
leruscino
Dec 1, 2015 7:35 PM

Sniff Sniff – Troll me thinks? Not everything is about Israel & Jews, yes an awful lot of real bad nasty evil stuff comes from Israel but not all. Has Off-Guardian a moderator?

carinaragno
carinaragno
Dec 1, 2015 5:55 PM

Reblogged this on Piazza della Carina.

freedomfighter1995
freedomfighter1995
Dec 1, 2015 5:23 PM

I’m not comfortable with turkey, a Muslim majority nation, getting into the EU

John
John
Dec 1, 2015 3:05 PM

Hear, hear! This highly sensible man gets my vote – on this particular issue, at least.