The Middle East geography sorely misses some element. But the most vital deficiency is a principled and constructive role that a secular and fully democratic Turkey can play. The victims of Gaza, Iraq and Syria are paying for it.
The statistics of losses on both sides in the Gaza humanitarian crisis show how asymmetrical the conflict is, and how brutal and merciless the Israeli war machine can be.
Last weekend’s cease-fire talks in Paris also failed. Where is Turkey in this process? Are our efforts to stop the bloodshed useful? Can we contribute to a temporary truce or to a lasting peace? Apart from our rhetoric calling for an end to the Gaza blockade, did we make a concrete contribution?