Where’s the Audubon Society when you really need it?
Residents of the village of Altinavya in Turkey’s Elazig province — who are evidently completely lacking in common sense, while at the same time in awe of Israel’s technological capabilities — recently seized a kestrel on suspicion of spying for Israel and held it for authorities.
Although there is a single-engine aircraft manufactured here in the U.S. that’s known as the Kestrel, what the suspicious villages captured was an actual bird. The BBC website describes the kestrel as “the most common bird of prey in Europe” with the ability to hover while keeping its “head totally still.” This ability may have been what brought this particular kestrel to the attention of the Turks.
Hovering and observing while keeping totally still? This bird must be up to no good!
According to extensive coverage in the U.K.’s Telegraph, after the kestrel was captured it was found to have a band around its leg with the inscription: “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel.” That was proof enough of Jewish ill intent for the good burghers of Altinavya, who turned the bird over to equally superstitious elements of Turkish state security.
Credulous functionaries at Firat University listed the bird as “Israeli Spy” when they took custody of the questionable Falco tinnunculus. Evidently a simple interrogation failed to produce the expected confession and no one could figure out how to waterboard a bird.
So medical “professionals” subjected the kestrel to an intensive series of examinations. Turn your head and cough, urinalysis, blood pressure, ‘say ah,’ heart rate, EKG, and even an X-ray were all no doubt part of the package.
Fortunately for our feathered friend, no microchips or other spy gear was found embedded, grafted, or tattooed on the unwilling captive. This is fortunate in more ways than one. Turkey, like Iran, hangs spies and other enemies of the state. Yet hanging a creature with the ability to fly might have proved a knotty problem for Turkish justice.
So, as the Telegraph reporter so aptly described it, “The kestrel was allowed to fly off after authorities determined there was no need to press charges.”
The whole incident is highly amusing until one realizes Turkey is a government run by someone President Obama describes as a dear friend. It’s a government permeated by anti-Semitism and ready to condemn Israel — our only real ally in the Middle East — on any pretext.
My advice to the president would be to change his foreign policy to embrace allies like Israel, while holding nations like Turkey at arm’s length. If the news media should ask why, just say “a little birdie told me.”
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and Chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is a in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Click Here Now.
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