Its hard to quite decipher the get-up here; in part an enigmatic portrayal of the big boss as Moses, except he doesn’t want these refugees getting too comfortable on his own turf. Erdogan can bash Israel and praise Hamas while murdering Kurds out of the limelight. Here, in his public address attire, its a fine line between respect, condescension and outright parody where the subtle threads of Turkish humor billow like the finest silk wafting in the breeze. Why would he wear traditional Arab costume when the Arab themselves are not; or this is a costume change, wardrobe tactic catering to the romantic imagination of Arabs in the West, that feeds of basic, classic Orientalism. All that’s missing is his trusty camel by his side, which would fit the endless series of public relations exercises that have substituted for statesmanship on his behalf…
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told a crowd of thousands of Syrian refugees on Sunday their country was preparing for a “sacred birth” that would replace President Bashar al-Assad with the will of the Syrian people.
Refugee camps in Turkey host 150,000 Syrians who have fled the conflict across the border, and Erdogan visited one of them on Sunday, telling the people there they should regard Turkey as their “second home” and that help was at hand.
“We can see very clearly that God’s help is close. Don’t forget victory comes to those who are patient,” he told the crowd. Moaz Alkhatib, head of the internationally recognized Syrian National Coalition opposition, stood at his side.
Ankara had previously said it would struggle to accommodate more than 100,000 refugees but has continued to accept more without setting a limit.
Though the camps in Turkey mostly have facilities such as portable electric heaters, and refugees receive three hot meals a day from the Red Crescent, temperatures can plunge below freezing in the rugged border terrain and rain can be torrential. Read More:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50324057/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/turkeys-erdogan-tells-refugees-syrian-rebirth-near/#.UORqtHf76Fs