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The common factor preventing Arab countries from taking a stand over the Israeli Gaza offensive

It is 4:30 am on Sunday morning, and while most Turks are still asleep, two international television news networks, CNN and BBC, air live broadcasts from Gaza, as one point draws my attention.

Regardless of who is speaking on either of these two channels, the Israeli offensive on Gaza does not create any discussion on whether or not Israel is right in taking action.


The only two issues that are being discussed are the capturing of locations used by Hamas to fire missiles on Israel and the ceasefire process... In other words, from the very outset, Israel's operation is being legitimized by two international news channels.


Neither network talks about Turkey's efforts, and nor are Egypt and Syria mentioned...


There is a gaping silence... What else could be expected under the current circumstances?


What can a Saudi family, who has left the protection of its oil wells to the United States, do?


What can a Jordan king, who is bogged down in debt, do?


What solutions can the president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, who faces the threat of the Muslim Brothers organization, offer? What show of power can Syria, who has lost its power, display? How can the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, who is weak, stand against this?


I am sure you have noticed that all these Arab countries have something common...


None of these countries has democratic regime... All of them are ruled by a dictatorship... Turkey is the sole country with a Muslim majority in the region that is ruled by democracy... And unfortunately, its "dreams of peace" could not move beyond a couple of official trips and a few Hamas visits...


It is pointless to even attempt to find a solution, because Israel is launching its ground offensive with permission from the United States. As a result, Israel won on the ground, in the air, and in diplomacy, in the war that took place on international television at 4:30 in the morning.


This is the reality... And the rest are details at the United Nations...