Excerpts from yesterday’s article by Nikita Vladimirov in The Hill:
“Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said early Thursday that he would advocate for the removal of the Turkish ambassador to the U.S. following a clash between Turkish guards and protesters in Washington, D.C. “I’d throw the Turkish ambassador out,” the lawmaker said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Mostly Kurdish and Armenian protestors were gathered outside the home of the Turkish Ambassador. The Kurdish people, approximately 40 million, live in NW Iran, northern Iraq and Syria, and SE Turkey – but have no independent homeland, probably not until after another major Middle East war allows redrawn borders. Armenians have a small homeland outside of Turkey, but used to have millions of people (and a Christian Kingdom) on Turkey’s Black Sea coast) long before the Armenian Genocide, in which Turkey killed approximately 1.5 million Armenians about 100 years ago.
“McCain’s comments come in the wake of a violent scuffle between the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards and protestors this week that left nine people injured.Two people were arrested in the clash, which occurred outside of the Turkish ambassador’s residence. On Wednesday, McCain condemned Turkish authorities, stating that there is “no excuse” for their “thuggish” behavior.” This is the United States of America. We do not do this here. There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior,” he tweeted.
This event comes on the heels of the Turkish referendum that gives Erdogan even stronger dictatorial powers, and at a time when US forces seem to be quietly evacuating the Incirlik Air Force Base in southeastern Turkey. I don’t know what Erdogan has to gain by threatening Europe with a new “holy war” or repeatedly antagonizing the West… but he keeps on doing it…