Over the weekend, the United Nations Security Council sanctioned Libya. So did the European Union. There has been only one notable exception to the condemnation of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s mass murder. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this weekend spoke out against any sanctioning of Qaddafi’s regime.
It says a lot about Turkey when even China takes a harder line on human-rights abuses. Then again, perhaps it pays well to be, like Erdoğan, a recipient of the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Award. Turkey has changed.