Erdogan made the anti-West comment because France has been against Turkey joining the EU, because the NATO campaign was launched before the general elections in Turkey that Erdogan easily won, and because he has ambitions of making sure that Turkey becomes the major Middle Eastern power that recaptures some of its lost glory of the Ottoman Empire. Despite the tough rhetoric, Erdogan approved of NATO air strikes against Libya.
On 4 July 2011, Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that Ankara was reversing its policy on colonel Gaddafi. The foreign minister visited Benghazi where he pledged $200 million in additional aid for the rebels - $100 million had already been granted after US-EU pressure on Ankara. Davutogly announced that Turkey was freezing Libyan assets, following in the footsteps of the EU and other Arab nations, and recognizing the rebels as the legitimate representatives; a move that France, Italy and a few other countries have also adopted. Was this a fourth of July gift to the US, or is there more to Turkey's volte face?