Friday, March 20, 2009

Even he noticed 

When I wrote a mention of Jim Geraghty yesterday regarding the Armenian genocide recognition resolution, I wasn't expecting a response from him. But I so called this review that it bears notice, particularly Jim's shifting of position on Turkey. While noting how hypersensitive Turks are about the issue, and agreeing with me that it's hard for Americans to trade helping Armenians with an ancient wrong for a strategic ally in the middle east, he says:
the ruling AKP party in Turkey has made quite a few ominous moves on a wide variety of fronts. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered an anti-Israeli tirade and stormed out of a panel with Israeli president Shimon Peres at Davos. Polls indicate that that Turks like Obama more than they like Americans. New lawsuits against cartoonists and journalists have weakened freedom of the press in a country where it had generally thrived not long ago. The Turks' foreign policy has turned away from Europe and gotten closer to Russia and much warmer toward Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria than it was a short while ago.
He still sees the balance leaning against genocide recognition; I disagree for several reasons, but not least of which is the one he highlights: If you're going to trade a moral issue for realpolitik, shouldn't it be with a more reliable ally?