The Pickering Post
Sunday, 21st October 2018

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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


When Suleiman the Magnificent led the Ottoman army into Baghdad in the 16th century he was finally confirmed as the leader of the Sunni Islamic world. Much has changed since, except that modern day Turkey is still a Sunni stronghold and will continue to support and protect the aims of the evil ISIS.

Tony Abbott’s faith in Turkey’s President Erdogan to provide security for the Gallipoli pilgrimage could be dangerously misplaced. Turkey has so far done everything it can to ensure the success of ISIS. (Pictured, known ISIS terrorists freely commute on an Ankara subway.)

Turkey stood by and watched the pivotal battle of Kobane, shooting fleeing civilians who tried to traverse their porous border.

Turkey refused the US the use of its airfields to attack ISIS, forcing Australian air-tankers to refuel coalition fighter jets mid-air multiple times.

Turkey supports the ISIS caliphate by purchasing any captured Iraqi oil at discounted prices. It is in continuous contact, co-ordinating assaults with ISIS headquarters in Al Raqqa in northern Syria.

Turkey continues to supply weapons and ammunition to ISIS in its battle with the Kurdish Peshmergas and the Leftist PKK who the Turks have sworn to “ethnically cleanse” from its southern borders.

On November 7 last year, "Newsweek" headlined that, “ISIS Sees Turkey as Its Ally” and, “Former Islamic State Member Reveals Turkish Army Cooperation.” The article was based on testimony by a former ISIS communications technician who now goes by the name Sherko Omer.

Omer had travelled to Syria to fight against the brutal Assad regime but soon found himself caught up in a horrifying sectarian war and unable to escape. Omer feared for his life, knowing full well what ISIS does to defectors.

Omer finally managed to escape by surrendering to Kurdish forces and subsequently detailed to "Newsweek" what he saw during his time with ISIS.

He notes that in February this year, Turkey allowed ISIS trucks from its Al Raqqa stronghold in Syria to cross the border through to Turkey and then back across the border again to attack Kurds in the city of Serekaniye in northern Syria.

He later adds that, “not only did they travel through Turkey in a convoy of trucks, they even stayed at safe houses along the way.”

As a communication technician, Omer recalls he was, “connecting ISIS field captains and commanders with Turkish commanders on innumerable occasions,” reporting that he, “rarely heard them speak in Arabic, they spoke only in Turkish because the people they were talking to were Turkish officials.”

“ISIS fighters told us to fear nothing at all because there was full cooperation with the Turks,” Omer says.

Turkish freelance journalist Fehim Tatekin reports how, “armed groups like the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra cross the Turkish border freely.” In just one horrific example, in May of last year, he tells of an incident in which the Turkish military killed a Syrian Kurdish mother in front of her own children as they fled from the ISIS militia.

On the same day, the Turkish military shot 14-year-old Ali Ozdemir in the face, causing him to lose both of his eyes. He had tried to cross the border to visit his grandmother.

“The Turkish policy”, he said, “is to shoot, and to shoot to kill”.

The chairman of the Bar Association in Diyarbakir, in southern Turkey, states that, "Execution is the proper punishment to mete out to refugees illegally crossing the border".

The chief of Diyarbakir’s Human Rights Association explains that soldiers on the border are ordered to shoot to kill. “This is Turkey’s Rojava policy” .

"Newsweek" reported that, given the long and egregious history of the Atatürk inspired racism in Turkey, we should not be surprised. Yet Erdogan’s regime is doing much more than merely crushing PKK and Peshmerga freedom fighters — something much, much more perilous:

“Turkey is fanning the flames of a bloody and mushrooming sectarian conflagration that has already engulfed much of the Middle East.”

And NATO has turned a blind eye toward its member nation.

At the Gallipoli dawn service, Tony Abbott would do well to keep a focussed eye on the hills behind him because Turkey’s friends and enemies are identical to those of ISIS.


Hear hear! It's funny or ironic, but when I point out [to some Far Far right ppl here] that I am totally anti-Islam BUT do not support religious and/or racist nutters with a White Australia policy, I get called a Socialist because I do not agree with their exact version or doctrine of how we fight Islam. Simple...take the race & religion out of it & vote ALA [Australian Liberty Alliance]. They will launch as a political party in Perth in Oct. 2015...check out their Party Manifesto on their website, which says in part: "3. Stop the Islamisation of Australia: Islam is not merely a religion, it is a totalitarian ideology with global aspirations. Islam uses the religious element as a means to project
itself onto non-Islamic societies, which is manifest in the historical and ongoing expansion of Islam. A multitude of groups, movements and multi-national organisations are actively pursuing this agenda globally, including in Australia.”
The problem imho is that some ppl have not worked out the difference between
'normal' peaceful Muslims & the active Islamisation of democratic countries [Germany, The Netherlands, France, Sweden, England etc] by deluded nutbag radicals & 'political' Islamic doctrine run amok. Even Muslims can't agree on how to interpret the Qu'ran unfortunately. So the question I ask of people is: “Are all Muslims bad/radical/unable to assimilate in Australia?” By the way, I don't know the answer to this question, lol.

I'll drink to that OzB... all the way!

gg...correct! And Rr...truth is the answer, not lies, socialism, flawed immigration policies & bigoted hate speeches from both sides of the so-called religious 'divide'. If u are a genuine Australian and/or refugee...get off yer duff, get a job or get the hell out!

stevng - you are pretty naive to think we, here in Australia, are not the target of many nations and cults including that of the Moslem 'bunch'...on this day alone, you should, perhaps, remember what those in Germany and Japan thought of us in 1939???? and what eventually followed. Wake up m'friend... and know there's always someone wanting what you have!

Hadenuff and Ozb - It is a pleasure to read your blogs. Full of commonsense and truth

I hope you are right. in the meantime, it seems as if all political parties are putting the Muslims before Australians. If you married an Indonesian have you convert? do you have a beard?

Don't be silly and outrageous, your reaction is the same as Australians had about Indonesia in the 60', 70' right up to the mid 2000's. I travelled to Indonesia both in the mid 70’s and the late 90’s and it wasn’t that bad, as a matter of a fact I had some of the greatest times of my life in Indonesia, because eventually I marries an Indonesian. I spent 4 weeks in Turkey last year and travelled extensively throughout Turkey and to ANZC cove without any incidents and dramas and we did this on our own with a hired car. Don't get your nickers in knot and keep calm because the Muzzies Islamite's are not going to invade Australia and/or do what these crazy deranged lunatics are saying on the web, no difference to some of the murders and paedophiles on the streets at this moment and today.

The Turks should be ashamed of themselves and what they did or didn't do in Kobani. Here is a nation that has been helping and turning a blind eye to all the immigration and in transit terrorists that have gone to replenish the murderous, barbaric and the most medieval regime that humanity have ever seen the da'ish Islamic State throughout Syria and Iraq. Like the pictured, known ISIS terrorists freely roaming and commuting on an Ankara subway and throughout Turkey. It is widely know to the Peshmerga, PKK and YPG that Turkey are helping IS and they are turning a bind eye that they ever exist in Turkey. They assist IS with food, arms and medical supplies throughout their borders with Syria and Iraq. Turkey and Erdogan who lies his way out of every question on this matter, should be ashamed.

I visited turkey once: we were visiting archaeological sites and that meant some nasty places. My sister dressed correctly but refused to cover her hair when working at a site. It made no difference she was groped spat upon(by the women) and had crap thrown at her. Step outside a city there and you are back in the dark ages..

Our ANZAC Legend - Caused by the Stupidity of the British High Command (Landing our blokes on the Wrong Beach.
So - Hows THIS for STUPID???? (A Re-post)
Stupid is as stupid does: the Australian Defence Force ordered to recruit Muslims
We don’t have Forrest Gump in Australia. Instead, we have Stuart Robert, the Assistant Minister for Defence. And he’s doing stoopid, real well.
On Monday, he stood up in the Federal Parliament to inform the country that he’s instructed the Australian Defence Force to recruit more Muslims. Stuart Robert called this ‘capability through diversity’.
Then, about 48 hours later, the Prime Minister stood up in front of the national media to warn about the very real risk of insider attacks against Australian diggers. Oh, the irony. It’s killing me.
This plan is a dud. And you don’t need to be Einstein to see it either. You just need to be on the good side of blind. However, the DEFCON 5 klaxon should have been blaring out loud and clear to give warning even to the sightless after the Assistant Minister for Defence’s speech. That’s because it immediately received the blessing of the Labor Party.
Unfortunately, no one took any notice of that. The Liberal National government and the Labor opposition have locked arms and we now have a bipartisan approach to the destruction of the Australian Defence Force.

This time next week we will be reading the HEADLINES;
Islamic MONSTERS (sorry... Lone wolfs) cause ANZAC Atrocity.

I don't think anyone needs to be an Einstein to figure out what's written above. Remember the old adage "blood's thicker than water"

seems things heating up in the middle east and not before time. CNN & FOX reports that a US naval task force in the Gulf of Aden are standing by to intercept a convoy of 9 Iranian ships suspected of carrying weapons and supplies to the houthis rebel group in Yemen. They should at least board the ships and at least expose where all the alleged material came from. Russia has already been exposed selling weapon systems to Iran etc.

Obama's Unforgivable Betrayal - By Mortimer B. Zuckerman
The president's nuclear accommodation of radical Islamist theocrats threatens Israel's survival.
. . . Now the president is no longer trying to stop Iran from going nuclear. “Never” has been slimmed down to 13 years – at best! The Iranians have secured enough nuclear fuel to make the first generation bomb small enough to be dropped from a transport plane. The former International Atomic Energy Agency inspector, Olli Heinonen, reckons the proposed agreement from the Lausanne talks leaves Iran “a threshold breakout nuclear state for the next 10 years.”
. . . The United States should stand by its original demands to shut down the facility altogether with the purpose of limiting total output of Iran’s enrichment facilities to its current capability. That would prevent it from cutting breakout times with the flip of a switch if it chooses to renege on the deal.

This is the wrong move at a time of great terrorist threat

"Australia is set to issue, for the first time, more than 5 million visas this year, presenting a range and scale of policy challenges not seen since World War II.

Surging numbers of students, tourists and workers on short-term visas mean that as many as 1.9 million foreigners are likely to be in the country at any one time over the course of 2015, according to Michael Pezzullo, Secretary of the Department of Immigration.

ISIS drives Texas USA made Toyota Trucks.
"Isn’t it strange that “ISIS” just happens to be pictured along with a convoy of Toyota trucks that at least appear to be modified the exact same way special forces has them outfitted before shipping them from the factory in Texas?
When you combine this latest discovery with the fact that “ISIS” has 1. U.S. military small arms 2. U.S. military Humvees 3. U.S. military artillery 4. U.S. citizens running their online social media campaigns 5. John McCain met with destabilization campaign terrorists in Syria including someone from the newly formed “ISIS” in March of 2013… what conclusion would a reasonable person come to?"

Nothing says more to me about the success of our 70's immigration policy than the 'Ocker' accent of Vietnamese born Australian & comedian Anh Do. Back then they were hard-working immigrants & 99% of them integrated into our society & were grateful for the opportunity to escape from the cruel regime they left behind. As a teenager myself in the mid-70's, we supported & sponsored a South Vietnamese family at the old Wacol refugee centre in Brisbane. And btw, they were extremely happy with their non-airconditioned, basic ex-army barrack accommodation & single, small black & white TV, but that's a whole new topic I don't want to get into [i.e. detention centres etc].

Hadenuff...u are a voice of rationality & reason. I cannot believe how many arguments & pointless discussions I have with 'people' on Facetwat who cannot understand the difference between those Aussies of ethnic background [who by & large wish to integrate into Australia] & those who wish to pursue their multicultural and/or religious beliefs above & beyond our laws & values here. I am 3rd generation Italian background & you don't hear me going on about how some Italians were interned in Australia in WW1 as 'enemy aliens' etc. It's no longer relevant, i.e. integrate, embrace our laws & live here peacefully & thankfully in Australia...or leave if u wish to complain, marginalise & create enclaves of disharmony, anger & 'anti-culture'.
P.S. It always bugs me when certain Americans say they are Afro-American etc. You don't hear them say “I am Irish-American, Italian-American”...rather, American [or Australian etc] of Irish, Italian, German, whatever background etc etc.

So when Turkish soldiers start shooting at Australians 100 years after Gallipoli we should listen to our politicians who claim it has nothing to do with Islam?