King's Evangelical Divinity School

13 May 2011

Pot, Kettle, Black

Last night on US television Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan made the following statement:

Let me give you a very clear message, I don't see Hamas as a terror organization. Hamas is a political party - it emerged as a political party that appeared as a political party... it is a resistance movement trying to protect its country under occupation. (Source: Haaretz)
One wonders how he would feel if other national leaders were to express similar views about the Kurdish PPK... wait, we already know. The words pot, kettle and black all come to mind.


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NB This was originally posted on 12 May. However, Blogger had some technical problems and data posted after 11 May was lost. I've therefore recreated the comments below based on the original notification emails. 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Outpourings of yet more Christian charity.

But don't you assume here that Hamas and PKK are essentially the same? On what basis would you make that assumption? More explanation required before you can accuse Erdogan of double standards.

Steve Kneale said...

Both are political groups with armed wings. Both are classified by the EU and US (amongst others) as terrorist groups. Both are armed separatist organisations seeking independence for their respective areas... It's fair to say a reasonable comparison can be drawn between the two.

Andrew Sibley said...

Recent events across the Middle East have exposed the lack of respect for human rights in Islamic states and double standards. Palestinians in Syria suffer as much as anyone else. We do need to remember this, but still Hamas was democratically elected, and some people obviously still support the oppressive Bathist party in Syria despite attrocities.

Calvin L. Smith said...

Anonymous (posted 12 May 2.41 pm GMT)

Outpourings of yet more Christian charity.

But don't you assume here that Hamas and PKK are essentially the same? On what basis would you make that assumption? More explanation required before you can accuse Erdogan of double standards

Calvin L. Smith said...

Steve Kneale (posted 12 May 3.43 pm GMT)

Both are political groups with armed wings. Both are classified by the EU and US (amongst others) as terrorist groups. Both are armed separatist organisations seeking independence for their respective areas... It's fair to say a reasonable comparison can be drawn between the two.

Calvin L. Smith said...

Andrew Sibley (posted 12 May 6.12 pm GMT)

Recent events across the Middle East have exposed the lack of respect for human rights in Islamic states and double standards. Palestinians in Syria suffer as much as anyone else. We do need to remember this, but still Hamas was democratically elected, and some people obviously still support the oppressive Bathist party in Syria despite attrocitie

Steve Kneale said...

Hamas was democratically elected but it still supports, and shares personnel with, the Al-Qassam Brigades. Does the democratic election of the political wing somehow legitimise the terrorist activities of the armed wing of the same organisation? By that standard, you must argue that when Sinn Fein won democratic support in Northern Ireland the terrorist activities of the IRA, whom they supported and with whom they shared personnel, became legitimate?