(Editor’s Note: Due to a series of weather-related issues, certain errors crept in last week. One was a missing paragraph from the commentary by Edmond Y. Azadian, which rendered its point moot. We are reprinting the commentary with the missing paragraph. We apologize for the error.)
By Edmond Y. Azadian
The literacy rate is not high in Egypt, but the people there are endowed with an innate sense of humor. Sometimes, they can encapsulate major political developments in simple anecdotes. One such anecdote began circulating when Anwar Sadat succeeded Gamal Abdel Nasser as president. The story goes that on the first day that the new president is driven to his office, the presidential limousine comes to a crossroad and the driver asks the new president which way he prefers to be driven, since Nasser preferred to go to the left. Sadat answers: “Signal left and turn right.”
Today, we are confronted with the same kind of politics with Turkey. While blockading Armenia, helping the murderous Azeri regime to continue its bellicose posture and denying the Armenian Genocide, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu calls for “a new beginning with Armenia.”
Mr. Davutoglu himself orchestrated the charade of organizing the centennial celebrations marking the Gallipoli campaign, specifically stating that the purpose of it was to counter the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.