Sorry, Not Sorry

I have tried not to post any political opinions on my blog, and I think I have been somewhat successful at keeping my blowhard points of view to myself BUT here I am today being all political yet again.  I am sure I will offend some of you, but *sigh* I don’t care to be honest.

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My very first post on this blog explained how I came to be living here in Türkiye.  I won’t bore you with the details (you can read about them here) but in short, I had an epiphany that would lead me to travel to the Middle East and Türkiye and to that fateful evening when I met The Turk.

I wanted to travel to Jerusalem.  I wanted to learn about this city that is home to major Muslim and Christian shrines, as well as Judaism’s holiest site.  I wanted to float in the Dead Sea, and I wanted to hit all those nightclubs in Tel Aviv.  Finally, I felt a need to understand why there is such animosity about this fascinating part of the world.

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In preparation for my travel, I took a couple of theology classes to learn about the long, and, at times, painful, history of the area.

I learned that the Temple Mount in the Old City is the most sacred place in Judaism.  It is the site of Solomon’s Temple which is said to have housed the Ark of the Covenant.

I also learned that it is the third holiest shrine in Islam, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif. It was the scene of Prophet Muhammad’s ‘Night Journey’ ascension from Earth to Heaven, and the compound incorporates the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The city is also sacred to Christians and Catholics with millions visiting Jerusalem to undertake the Stations of the Cross which follows Jesus’s last day as a man before being crucified on a hill outside its walls.

Finally, I learned that I would never truly understand the complexities of the area.

But Jerusalem also has hugely important implications for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the United States of America have completely derailed any chance of peace in the foreseeable future with Trump’s recent declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city.  This has just added to the instability of the region.

I mean he is totally giving the Palestinian people the finger.  Ugh!  The man is a complete moron.

Moving on.

Those that know me personally know that I am no fan of Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his push for power in my adopted homeland however his speech given yesterday regarding Trump’s threats to cut funding if countries didn’t vote alongside the US was, in my opinion, fecking fabulous!

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By way of context and for those of you living under a rock the US President Donald Trump, being the very embodiment of a bully, threatened to cut funding to countries that would vote against them on the UN motion condemning the US’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Some of Erdoğan’s comments include:

“They call the U.S. the cradle of democracy. The cradle of democracy is seeking to buy a nation’s will with dollars.”

“Mr Trump, you cannot buy our will. I am calling on the whole world: Do not sell your struggle for democracy for a few dollars. Your stance is important.”

“I hope that the U.S. will not get the result it expects today and the world will give the U.S. a very good lesson.”

Yesterday President Erdoğan made the US aware that they are no longer the powerhouse that they once were and that no country should accede to their whims and flights of fancy.  They have dragged themselves down with their ridiculous agendas, casually forgetting about those who have been, up until now, their friends and allies.  The US has swiftly moved from being a joke to being the most hated nation on earth.

Thank you, President Erdoğan for saying what the rest of us are thinking.

And to you Mr Trump – make your fecking list.  Feel free to bluster and blow wind up your own ass because clearly, no one else is interested in your opinions anymore.

Incidentally, the UN General Assembly voted 128-9 declaring Trump’s announcement of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”.

Merry Christmas.

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19 thoughts on “Sorry, Not Sorry

  1. I LOVE this post. My family and I moved to Germany from America. Although the reason we moved was primarily to be close to my husband’s family, I am SO happy we are away from the States now. It scares me to no end that we have a seriously mentally ill creature as the President, and that he has SO many followers.

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      • And the funny thing about that is that many of my family members are SO worried about me living here. “Aren’t you afraid of terrorists and bombing??” Really??? They do not get that violent crime is so common in the US that they do not even notice it. People are shot EVERY day in every city of the US, but they are worried about the occasional terror attack?? Makes NO sense to me at all. Just happy to be living here in Germany. 🙂

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  2. Right on Janey.Trump is a disgrace, an idiot, and dangerous. He is destroying the US, and our democracy, bit by bit.The scum are his spineless GOP cronies who fawn over him. They care not about the good of the country, only preserving their power. I am no fan of Erdogan either. He is threatening democracy in Turkey, but I give him kudos for denouncing Trump.

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  3. As an American who despises Trump and is embarrassed by him, it pains me to read Erdogan identifying the US with Trump. I don’t want to be identified with him. About 2/3 of Americans are embarrassed to have him as president. And yet, he was elected.

    I’m going to the Bahamas for Christmas week. My only regret is, if Trump fires the Special Prosecutor when I’m away, I won’t be at home to join the throngs in the streets. When I was an expat during the Vietnam War, that war affected me even in the Philippines, and sometimes I wished I could be at home to join the resistance.

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  4. I used to be really into politics but it nose dived after living in Turkey. I could only take so much of people telling me my opinion wasn’t valid because I wasn’t Turkish and couldn’t possibly understand. And then I had kids etc. Then Mr E came along and it sbowed more reasons to stay quiet(My excuses for being ignorant of Mr E’s speech)

    Anyhoo. Before the kids I went to Israel and travelled with my husband. A half Arab Turk, who looks rather like an Arab, has a beard and speaks some Arabic. Let’s just say it was interesting. Let’s just say our encounters with the military were not favourable . Let’s just say going to El Aksa mosque for Friday prayers was quite odd. As for leaving we very nearly didn’t – closest I have ever come to a strip search. You tend to get another perspective when with a half Arab, have visited Gaza, and a new round of fighting starts up.

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    • I travelled to Israel with two guys. At the border between Jordan and Israel we lost one of them as the border police didnt take to him at all. The other we lost at the border to Palestine, and we didn’t get him back for about 6 hours!

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  5. Good one, Janey! But of course, it’s not just the Big DT who’s the problem – it’s the non-elected powers behind the US “throne” that really determine policy. The good thing is, more countries are starting to stand up against US imperialism.

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