Well I guess Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s repeated warning to Israel that “thou shall not kill” only applies to Israel:
“I am speaking to them in their own language. The sixth commandment says ‘thou shalt not kill’. Did you not understand?” Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said in his harshest words yet since Israeli commandos raided the Mavi Marmara on Monday.
“I’ll say [it] again. I say in English ‘you shall not kill’. Did you still not understand? So I’ll say to you in your own language. I say in Hebrew ‘Lo Tirtzakh’,” he said in a televised speech to supporters of his Islamist-leaning AK Party.
Sorry to interrupt this twilight zone.
Turkey has just attacked Kurdish rebels in Iraq in retaliation for a Kurdish attack on a Turkish military base on May 31 (the same day the Turks instigated the Gaza flotilla violence), according to reports:
Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq on Monday, according to private Turkish television stations NTV and CNN-Turk.
Military authorities were not immediately available for comment.
Kurdish rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have recently intensified their attacks on Turkish targets, and Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan said last week he had abandoned efforts to seek dialogue with Turkey.
Even Erdogan’s friends in Iran are getting in on the act:
Outrage is growing in Iraq’s northern Kurdish territories over renewed Iranian air and artillery strikes against Kurdish rebels in the remote Qandil Mountains, officials and residents said.
Emergency U.N. Security Council meeting scheduled. Outrage in the capitals of Europe, as protesters burn Turkish and Iranian flags. Flotillas of peace activists on the way.
Helen Thomas, reporting.