It seems that Turkey was right when raising her voice against Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who was chosen as the NATO's choice as the next Secretary-General anyway. The Taliban has announced that Rasmussen's appointment would "further strenghten the faith of the Muslims" to fight against NATO and would lead to "intensification of war" in Afghanistan. "The major enemy of Islam's Prophet...has become the secretary general of NATO," said the undated article on the website of the Taliban. Preaching about the great ideals of humanity, say, the unlimited freedom of expression is easy for the onlookers, the bystanders. But there are real humans, fighting in Afghanistan. They have their lives. They have families, worrying about them. And there are some other people who have got responsibility about their lives. So I put myself in the shoes of those who are in charge. And I feel an urge to be realistic. Considering the safety of those troops, including Turkish ones, I see again that Rasmussen was the worst choice. His presence will unnecessarily risk lives there. Especially, after he didn't even apologize in Istanbul. Whose fault is this? Not Rasmussen's, I guess. As today's story on The Times suggests, once again, it was all about two narrow-minded politicians in Europe: Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel. The French sources claim that US President Barack Obama was about to side with Turkey in Strasbourg, but Sarkozy and Merkel put pressure. When will Europe be delivered from these continental troubles, who were sworn in to do the opposite of whatever Turkey does?
Finally, they will bear the responsibility of each casualty in Afghanistan, if there will be more attacks against NATO because of Rasmussen. Turkey did everything to stop this, but backed down in the end, cowardly.