Cameron gives a begging, blubbering pander of a speech in
British Prime Minister David Cameron's July 27 speech in
It crossed my mind that the speech was written by the Foreign Office for the express purpose of making Cameron look foolish, but then I realized that he and his top advisors probably have no idea why it was such a disaster.
Suppose you are the British prime minister going to
Obviously, you need to dress that up in appropriate language. But everything should be conditional. The message to be delivered is that it is in your interest to respect my interests.
Cameron did the precise and exact opposite. His message was: The UK needs
What is the effect? A man goes into a bazaar, points to a carpet, and says, "That is the most beautiful carpet I have ever seen. I must have it no matter what the price! How much is it?"
In addition, Cameron committed some other howling mistakes, several of which will amaze you. So please stick with me as I explain and document this — you won't be disappointed. And remember this is not just a matter of one speech; it is a fitting symbol for the entire contemporary Western diplomatic approach to the
Before we begin, remember that this is no longer the old
Cameron began by saying:
I've come to
Note the cringing here. One might have said: "I think this is a vital strategic relationship for our countries." In other words, the speaker would stress there is a mutual benefit. Instead, this polite approach makes it sound as if
And here it is again:
People ask me why [I'm visiting]
According to him, there are no problems with
Look, you don't go to a country and criticize it (unless the country is
Which Muslim majority country has a long-established relationship with
Now this is after the Turkish regime trashed the relationship with
Does this include Turkish regime support for Hamas and Hezbollah, and alignment with
Cameron then goes on and makes it clear that
While I, of course, support you, the path would be easier if …
Followed by some polite and proper hints done with full British charm.
But it gets worse. Cameron is about to insult several of
The prejudiced. Those who willfully misunderstand Islam. They see no difference between real Islam and the distorted version of the extremists. They think the problem is Islam itself. And they think the values of Islam can just never be compatible with the values of other religions, societies, or cultures.
All these arguments are just plain wrong. The problem precisely is the version of Islam embodied in the current Turkish government. There could be other perfectly pious Muslims ruling
He also complains of those who:
… see the history of our world as a clash of civilizations, as a choice between East and West. They just don't get the fact that
But he doesn't comprehend that the current government of
If I were a German or French journalist, my headline would be: "Cameron Calls German (or French) policy bigoted and anti-Islamic."
Yet Cameron sails on into even worse grounds. He actually praises a Turkish policy which has gone to the brink of war with
Let me be clear. The Israeli attack on the
But as, hopefully, we move in the coming weeks to direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians so it's Turkey that can make the case for peace and Turkey that can help to press the parties to come together, and point the way to a just and viable solution.
In other words,
I don't want to take up too much of your time but I cannot let this gem pass. True, Cameron urged
We hope that the meeting held in
That meeting is a conference of
This regime wants to help
Finally, remember that Cameron is a Conservative, the successor of Winston Churchill. That's how deep the appeasement disease has penetrated the Western ruling class.
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.
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