Istanbul is probably my favorite city, edging out Marrakech only by a hair. I absolutely adored it. It’s so exotic. Its Bosphorus River lies in the center, separating two continents, Europe and Asia. I stayed at a hotel right next to the Hagia Sophia, a huge cathedral from the days when Istanbul was Constantinople. I remember touring this cathedral and hearing the call to prayer from the mosque only steps away. The city is magical. Writing this really makes me want to go back.
That’s why I shook my head when Rick Perry said at the debate in South Carolina that Turkey is “a country that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists.” It’s a secular country. There’s no state religion. Even though the majority of the citizens are Muslim, their Constitution guarantees religious freedom. Sound familiar, Rick? And you know, if I felt like it, I could have gone to a bar in Istanbul and downed Sidecars until I passed out – even though I was there during Ramadan.
Anyway, instead of admitting that maybe he doesn’t know about Turkey’s government and their relationship with us, he’s sticking to his story:
“When you see the number of actions against your citizens that we would consider to be terrorist acts, I stand by my statement,” Perry told reporters in a press conference today, after he criticized Turkey in a candidates’ debate on Monday night. Perry pointed to the increased rate of attacks on women, and concluded, “I respect his sovereign right to say that, but I respect my sovereign right to be critical of countries that treat their citizens that way.”
*sigh* Not just ignorant. Stalwartly so. I guess you can be like that, but this is about diplomacy. Essential quality of a president, dontcha think? If this doesn’t convince people that he’s not Presidential material, I don’t know what else he’ll have to say. I know Romney will get the nomination, but the fact that Perry is even up there is really starting to disturb me now. People can write him off as an “idiot,” but some of that crap he’s saying is really offensive.
You know, I can joke all day long and multiple times on Sunday about Governor Goodhair. I’d really rather say goodbye to him.