Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Wall Street Journal that Turkey is not afraid of Iran, and then asked the question "Why should we be?". The reply came after the following question by the interviewer was posed, "Are you worried about Iran's nuclear program?". The Turkish PM then went on to say: "As you know we are a member of NATO. We were a neighbor of the Soviet Union for a long time and were not scared during those days either.”
Robert Pollock reminded Erdogan of the movie “Kurtlar Vadisi” (Valley of the Wolves), which was criticized for being anti-American, and made a joke to Erdogan saying “Be careful, they may not let you in the US!”
Erdogan evaluated the movie and said, “For example Abu Gharib Prison, we saw it on TV. And now it is Guantanamo Bay on the agenda of the World press. Of course this film might have been influenced by these.”
Questioned on HAMAS’ surprise visit to Ankara, Erdogan noted: “We cannot defend that the election results in Palestine were not as we wanted and we did not accept the elections. The thing we should do is to support these people and make them drop their guns.”
The US newspaper commented that Erdogan was the most popular Turkish politician after seventh president Turgut Ozal while adding that there is no serious competitor against Erdogan in the elections next year.