The United States of America has responded to the row between France and Turkey — both NATO Alliance members with the US — that is currently spatting the ties between the two European nations over Samuel Patty beheading.
A US State Department spokesperson said “The United States strongly believes that unnecessary Alliance in fighting only serves our adversaries,” France 24 reported.
The US spokesperson however refrained from further commenting on the disagreement both the European economic powerhouses are entwined within the wake of the recent Jihadist attack in France.
The beheading of a French school teacher for showing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed led to the brutal killing of the teacher in a Jihadist attack.
France, which was already swearing on to crack down on the threat of a ‘counter society’ formed by some minority Muslims in the nation, reacted strongly to the Jihadist attack, by flashing huge caricatures of the Prophet in government buildings as protest and tribute.
The French idea of secularism or laïcité is central to France’s national identity, and it prohibits the state to interfere on any one religious group to protect the sentiments of another.
President Macron, in the aftermath of the attack strongly condemned the incident and slammed it saying it was an ‘Islamic terror attack,’ and that France will not give-in making caricatures which it perceives as freedom of expression.
But portraying the images of the Prophet from a satirical magazine on government buildings garnered the wrath of many Muslim-majority countries who swiftly called for boycotting French products.
Gulf nations like Qatar, Iraq, and others of the Islamic world cleared isles of French products in supermarkets, organized demonstrations on streets, and defamed images of the French President, social media images show.
Turkey’s Erdogan started the attack on France with an ‘insult’ to the French President, saying he must get his mind checked for his stern reaction to the Jihadist attack.
A call on to the Turks to boycott French goods followed from Erdogan’s office, subsequently. “Never give credit to French-labelled goods, don’t buy them,” he said addressing the nation from capital Ankara.
It is interesting to note that Turkey’s attitude toward France worked more like a boomerang. Stocks fell as investors gauged Erdogan’s comments as a renewed hostility toward France, or the west more broardly — an issue that has been rather recurrent.
French economists called the boycott a marginal crisis, pointing out that the resistance is rather localized. Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, arguably the most prosperous nations in the Gulf region remained neutral while Turkey invoked its citizens to join the boycott.
“You can get rid of a few bottles of Chardonnay in the UAE and Qatar, but do these countries want to jeopardize strategic alliances with France, an important regional ally?” David B. Roberts, an assistant professor at King’s College London was quoted as saying. He studies the Gulf.