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.
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.
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.
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!
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”.
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