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  •  High level Israel, Turkey meeting (2+ / 0-)
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    Report: Peres, Turkey president to meet on sidelines of UN assembly

    President Shimon Peres will meet with the president of Turkey in New York, the Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reported on Friday. The meeting will be the first of its kind between the two countries' high level government representatives since the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May, during which nine Turkish nationals were killed.

    Peres and Turkish President Abdullah Gül will meet on the sidelines of a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York which will begin on September 23.

    The newspaper quoted an unnamed official as saying that Gul will tell Peres that relations between the two countries won't be normalized until Israel apologizes for the flotilla raid and pays monetary compensation to the families of those killed during the ensuing clashes.

    At least they're talking.

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    by psychodrew on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 10:49:21 AM PDT

    •  Gül (0+ / 0-)

      Abdullah Gül is an Islamist. Not a radical one, but an Islamist nonetheless.

      Politics makes strange bedfellows.

      •  Every Islamic country in the world has a struggle (1+ / 0-)
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        right now between Islamists and more secular folk, just as the US does with its Christian extremists. Muslims need have no direct Israel issues to be in one of those struggles.

        It's one of the facts of life that religions have periods of zealotry that go on a while, like the one that so damaged Granada in what I remember as the thirteenth century when zealots from Morocco did their best to break up its Golden Age of tolerance and accomplishment, burning books and the whole nine yards, and our Reformation, Counter R, and the various revival efforts that have swept our country almost since the day it was founded. Jews have had their share as well, the struggle between both Reform and Conservative against resurgent Orthodoxy, but they have not been as bloody.

        It comes with the territory and is not necessarily all or any of it particularly Israel driven.

        •  Our religious extremists are having (2+ / 0-)
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          a big conference this week and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates are lining up to kiss ass.

          Disclaimer: The contents of this comment are just my opinion.

          by psychodrew on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 11:35:37 AM PDT

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          •  I can't wait to see the (2+ / 0-)
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            quotes out of that meeting... wow.

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            by volleyboy1 on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 11:55:26 AM PDT

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            •  I have MSNBC on. (3+ / 0-)
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              Mitt Romney said something like America has all of these threats from people who hate us and President Obama's idea of a rogue state is Arizona. Blah, blah, blah.

              I don't know what scares me more, the batshit crazy politicians or the batshit crazy people cheering on the batshit crazy politicians.

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              by psychodrew on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 12:17:47 PM PDT

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              •  It's Huckabee and the half-term governor... (1+ / 0-)
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                that I'm scared about.  Romney will just say anything to get elected.  In 1994, when running for Senate he was pro-choice and claimed to be better on gay rights than Ted Kennedy.  By around 1998, he was pro-life.  By 2002, when running for Mass. Gov. he was pro-choice again.  In office he became known as a strong opponent of marriage equality and once again became pro-life in preparation for running for president.

                Please be advised: The contents of this comment are merely my opinion.

                by Mets102 on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 12:29:15 PM PDT

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