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    The Turks have a strong sense of national honor. Not only do they live in the Middle East where honor is extremely important, but they had the status of an empire until less than a century ago. This sense of honor prevents the Turks from admitting to the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by their great grandparents, and this "honor issue" must be well-known to Israeli diplomats. Enter Lieberman. This fellow came from the Soviet Union while it was still an empire, and has preserved the Imperial outlook he grew up with. The only problem is that Lieberman found himself in Israel, in a nation that was the opposite of Imperial for some 3,000 years. The soviet imperialists knew never to apologize lest they appeared weak, but of course demanded respect from everybody else. Lieberman assumed his office with a determination (so expressed) to insist that any nation that disrespected Israel will be taught "a lesson". One lesson was taught to Turkey with the "low chair" device. Another recent lesson was to Qatar where, unbelievably and outrageously, ISRAEL broke relations for the Qatarians supported Gaza, etc. This is "honor at all costs". We see where this leads to. At least Turkey has some past status to long for, but Israel?

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    First published 02:48 08.09.11 | Last updated 02:48 08.09.11
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