Three members of the U.S. Navy were assaulted in Istanbul, Turkey and had bags briefly pulled over their heads.
I heard about this horrible story on FoxNews.com and wondered if Turkey was now becoming a country where American’s need to watch their back…
It’s never good to hear about American’s being harassed just for being American but what about those that put their life on the line to defend our country? To me that might even be worse. It seems like the three men were attacked due to being members of the military.
The assault was caught on tape and there is a video showing what went down.
The ringleader of the group is shown standing close to the Americans and says “you declare that you are a member of the U.S. Army and now because we define you as murderers, as killers, we want you to get out of our land“.
The men are then pushed, then garbage and paint are thrown at them. They are then surrounded by a group of around 20 people (holding a Turkish flag and a “banner of Turkish founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk“) chanting “Go home Yankee”.
We then see two white bags come out and get pulled over 2 of the Navy officer’s heads briefly. The men then get away and are chased by the anti-American crowd.
According to Fox News,
“The sailors were not injured and were safely back aboard the guided missile destroyer the USS Ross… Captain Greg Hicks, spokesman at European Command described the attackers as being part of a “Turkish nationalist group.” A statement from the Navy said the attackers claimed to be from the Turkish Youth Union, which reports said characterized as a leftist, ultra-nationalist group that opposes Turkish membership in NATO. The U.S. Embassy in Ankara condemned the “appalling” attack, which took place in the historic Eminonu neighborhood of Istanbul.”
Fox also explains why anger against America has risen in Turkey in recent months due to US airstrikes supporting the Kurds against ISIS.
The Turkish Embassy in Washington had no comment on the incident. Classy…
After hearing about this, it makes me wonder- should American’s be extra cautious in Turkey or better yet, not go there and spend our hard earned money in a country that might not want us coming there?
Maybe this is an isolated incident and not the sentiments of Turkey as a whole. I’d certainly hope for that to be the case.
However, it would also be nice to hear some encouraging words or some sort of statement other than no comment from the Turkish embassy.
When Kim and I visited Turkey, we did find the people to be very nice and welcoming to us. We didn’t hide that we were American but our visit was also back in 2010. Since then a lot has changed in the world…
What are your thoughts on this incident- isolated situation or is anti-American sentiment growing in Turkey (and around the world for that matter)?
Check out the video:
Find out more about the story from Fox News here.