(OK here is a guess. The US now has permission to fly fake missions against the Islamic State where pretty much nothing is done and most missions return to base after using all the fuel and not firing the payload, in exchange for which, the Turks now have a green light to go after Kurdish targets in the region which are the only real threat to the Turkish state, and extra points if they kill Canadian, American and Israelis who are over there fighting with the Kurds. I wonder if that would help make sense of it as that deal, if it exists, would be similar enough in style to the Iranian one that it seems quite likely.)
The U.S. has for months been seeking permission to use Turkey’s Incirlik air base in the campaign against Islamic State. Incirlik is a Cold War-era base from which U.S. air forces have operated for years. But Turkey has been selective about its use in the post-1991 period (prohibiting American use, notoriously, for the 2003 invasion of Iraq).
After the terrorist attack on the border town of Suruc, Turkey on 20 July – linked to Islamic State – Obama and Erdogan reportedly agreed in a phone call to bring Turkey into the campaign against ISIS, and begin operating American military aircraft in that fight from Turkish bases.
But what the character of that partnership will be remains a mystery. It’s not just a mystery to the public. The U.S. military doesn’t understand it either.
(So the trick to successfully invading England, is to simply not carry weapons till you get inside)
(I’ll believe that when I see rickety boats full of muslim re-refugees pushing off the coast of Italy or Greece looking for a better life in North Africa or the muslim middle east. The guy who gets that picture should make room on the mantle for a Pulitzer)
Refugees from war-torn Syria claim racism in Germany has become so extreme they want to go home as a growing anti-Muslim movement sees soaring attacks on foreigners.
The nation has been gripped by a spate of anti-foreigners rallies, violence and arson attacks against refugee homes or would-be shelters as hundreds of thousands seek refuge in the country.
This year has already seen about 200 arson and other attacks against refugee housing while support for anti-Muslim movement, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA), has been growing.
(The story linked above is another example of the problem of treating a military problem with a criminal justice solution. You give advantage to an enemy to a degree that will eventually mean a loss. Even Amnesty International condemned this action. They could not have had it been a military solution)
CNN)The man considered to be the mastermind behind coordinated bomb attacks in Mumbai in 1993 that left 257 people dead has been executed.
Yakub Memon was hanged at a prison in the western state of Maharashtra at around 6.30 a.m. local time, Indian Home Ministry spokesman Kuldeep Dhatwalia told CNN Thursday.
In the hours before the execution was carried out, a group of prominent lawyers contacted India’s chief justice to seek a postponement of Memon’s hanging for two weeks — the last in a long succession of appeals for mercy.
In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court held a special early-morning session to discuss the request before rejecting it, Dhatwalia said.
6. Ezra Levant: Clinton’s reaction to the Planned Parenthood videos, (which have now been banned?) Ezra gives a solid warning about sections of this video. He doesn’t say where to stop watching and pick it up again though. But it does have graphic content starting at 2:35 and Ezra starts discussing it again at 3:23
7. Mr. Levant discusses the Iranian side deals and Sec. Kerry’s lack of understanding of them.
8. Turkish opposition accuses government of IS complacency
(Using the language of diplomacy)
9. France: High police presence as undocumented migrants gather at Channel Tunnel
Thank you Buck, M., Richard, Wrath of Khan, Julie, and everyone who sent in materials. There is much more in the comments on the Daily Links post.
In that barometer sense of the value of comments, have a look at what is said under the video of British muslims threatening Geert Wilders et al. For those who have been at this a while, remember how comments looked 10 years ago under similar videos or anything to do with Islamic horror perpetrated upon the unbeliever. Clearly there is a sea change and clearly the public has educated itself in large, perhaps unprecedented numbers. This is as it has to be. Institutions of state have been co-opted by the extreme left and islam and its becoming obvious. While the resources to find the facts still exist, and while some old-school teachers and professors still work who remember teaching when truth was allowed the signal is getting out. And as the population begins to be tuned to a visceral reality we can all see out the windows of major cities, institutions of state will be left with a simple choice. Lose their franchise, or act in accordance with the public interest, or become totalitarian too fast to get the armed branches sufficiently on board.
Chances are we will see what government chooses which option more sooner than later. For the moment the problem is the general public being placated by bribery with its own money. An ancient problem of democracy, but sooner or later that runs out like it did in Venezuela. Keeping an eye on that nation may yield some insight into the future of many nations.