2 thoughts on “The Sick Man of Europe — Again”

  1. I am really not suprised at the comments vis a vis anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in Turkey. I lived in Turkey and a number of places in Southern Europe in the 1980’s. At a personal level, both among the elites and the rest of the population Turkey was by far the most anti-Semetic country.

    There has been a wierd Orwellian claim that the opposite is true. I could always only postulate this had to do with Ankara’s practical decision to support Israel through the 80’s and 90’s. So we had the strange and discomforting spector of pro-Israel groups acting as apologists and revisionsits for Turkey.

    There was actually an illustrative split in the various US-based Jewish groups on the Arminian genocide at the time, with those populated by Jewish American historians and social scientists insisting on the historicity and importance of recognizin the genocide agains the Armenians, and those closely tied to Israel (for example the Wiesenthal Center) bizzarely going out of their way to to support geocide denial when it came to Turkey.

    That being said I think the whole question of which countries are anti-American or Anti-semeitc has been DEEPLY colored and falsified in the U.S. If own looks at Pew Research one can see that the supposed “New Europe” and “Old-Europe” does not reflect what we are led to believe in the US. Indeed in “New Europe” countries like Poland and Bulgaria, the population are MUCH more likely to be anti-American and anti-Semitic in basic beliefs, quantitative analysis of press articles, and in anaswers to questions about American political values or loyalty of local Jewish populations.

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