Just prior to the 9/11 anniversary, the State Department announced that it would, with Turkey, launch a Global Counterterrorism Forum. Until Turkey and its allies among Arab states recognize that terrorism is a black and white phenomenon, and cannot be justified by Turkey’s political whims, the forum is little more than a sick joke.
Namik Tan, Turkey’s ambassador to Washington, hails Turkey’s participation on one hand, but on the other, refuses to acknowledge from his post in Washington that Hamas bombs in restaurants and buses are terrorism. In the Turkish government and foreign ministry’s view, if the victim is Kurdish, it is terrorism, but if the victim is Jewish, it is deserved. Until the Turkish regime is willing to stop its embrace of Hamas, they should receive no legitimacy in the counterterrorism fight.