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Arrow Fitzgerald: Misreading Turkey and its misrule

Fitzgerald: Misreading Turkey and its misrule



Two weeks ago, during the aftermath, or more aptly in the wake, of the Mavi Marmara, and the Hamas-and-Al-Qaeda-linked I.H.H.'s propaganda stunt, a number of commentators had their say on Turkey, that is, Turkey in its malevolent present incarnation under Erdogan and his AKP party.
Quite a few people seemed to think they knew why Erdogan was behaving as he was behaving.

There was, for example, quick-off-the-mark Tony Blair. Tony Blair, you may need reminding, has always been an enthusiastic - because uncritical, and unthinking - supporter of Turkey's admission to the E.U. In 2005, just after a vote in Austria that suggested some lack of enthusiasm (could memories of two Ottoman attempts to seize Vienna have anything to do with it?) for Turkey's admission, it was Blair who thought he should remind everyone in Europe, and reassure the Turks too, that Turkey simply had to have a "future" inside the E.U.

In The Guardian for 30 September 2005, under the headline "Blair insists that Turkey's future in the EU," appeared this:
Tony Blair today insisted Turkey's future was in the EU as British officials in Brussels worked to dispel a looming crisis over next week's talks on its membership.
In an interview with Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper, the prime minister said he would work hard to help Turkey realise its EU ambitions.

"I sincerely believe that EU membership is Turkey's future," Mr Blair - a long-time supporter of Ankara joining the 25-nation bloc - told the paper. "We shall work towards achieving that."
Nor in the five years since then, as the nature of Islam becomes clearer and clearer to those willing to take account of reality and the day's daily Jihad News from around the world, has smiling Tony Blair, pocketing his dishonorable honoraria, ever given any hint of rethinking this view. (Like Clinton, with whom he has so much in common, Blair has made 100 million dollars in speaking fees and consultancy work since he left "public service" to make "some real money.") Erdogan's defense of Ahmedinajad, and his repeated visceral denunciations of Israelis (Peres at Davos) and of Israel for daring to defend itself against the Fast and Slow Jihadists of Hamas and Fatah, have made no difference.

So it was no surprise that, a few weeks ago, Blair should come out yet again with his support for Turkey's admission to the E.U., even after the Mava Marmara incident, and even after Erdogan's defense of, and expression of solidarity with, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Jerusalem Post reported:
Quartet special envoy Tony Blair said in an interview on Channel 10 on Tuesday that the Turkish change was very worrisome. He expressed hope that out of the crisis a new bridge would be built between Israel and Turkey.

Blair, who advocated Turkey joining the EU in 2005, said the cold shoulder the EU gave Turkey led to Ankara's decision to turn in the direction of Iran.
Let's repeat that: "Blair...said the cold shoulder the EU gave Turkey led to Ankara's decision to turn in the direction of Iran."

So it is the E.U. that "pushed" Turkey, or even "forced" Turkey, or rather Erdogan and his fellows in the DKP, to "turn in the direction of Iran."
Astonishing, you may think, in its idiocy, but apparently this idiocy is not Blair's alone.

For on June 10, in the Wall Street Journal, there appeared a piece on p. A15, under the headline "Gates Says EU Pushed Turkey Away." And the sub-headline reads: "U.S. Defense Secretary Blames Bloc's Resistance to Granting Membership for Ankara's Turn from Israel and the West."
And here's more of that article:
Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused the European Union of pushing Turkey toward the East by its resistance to letting the mainly Muslim nation join the bloc, the closest any senior U.S. official has come to saying the West risks losing Turkey. The comments, made Wednesday to reporters while Mr. Gates was in London and reported by news agencies, came as Turkey voted against a U.S.-backed resolution at the United Nations Security Council mandating new sanctions against Iran. Mr. Gates also expressed "concern" at the sharp deterioration in relations between U.S. allies Turkey and Israel, over the killing of Turkish citizens by Israeli soldiers on a ship bound for Gaza last week.

"I personally think that if there is anything to the notion that Turkey is, if you will, moving eastward, it is, in my view, in no small part because it was pushed, and pushed by some in Europe refusing to give Turkey the kind of organic link to the West that Turkey sought," Mr. Gates said, according to the agency reports.

"We have to think long and hard about why these developments in Turkey [are occurring] and what we might be able to do to counter them and make the stronger linkages with the West more apparently of interest and value to Turkey's leaders," he said.
And now, in a Gogolian vein, from the Simply Idiotic of Blair and Gates to the Idiotic In All Respects of the inimitable Tom Friedman, in his column entitled "Letter From Istanbul" (and sure enough, he was in Istanbul, no doubt staying at the five-star hotel on the Bosphorus, and enjoying the Times expense-account for all it is worth). Of course the column, for all of that "a dispatch from the front" suggestion, could just as easily have been written, say, from a Dunkin' Donuts in Newark, New Jersey. And Friedman has an Explanatory Theory for Turkey's behavior, as tom-friedmans-of-the-times so often do, and this one might be called the Vacuum-Packed Theory.

For Tom Friedman thinks that Turkey's behavior, or rather, the behavior of the Islamizing regime of Erdogan, is explained by "a series of vacuums that emerged [sic] in and around Turkey in the last few years [and] have drawn Turkey's Islamist government - led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdgoan's Justice and Development Party - away from its balance point between East and West. [Now time for the friedmanian Portentous:] This could have enormous implications. Turkey's balancing role has been one of the most important, quiet, stabilizers in world politics. [!] You only notice it when it is gone. Being in Istanbul [instead of at that Dunkin' Donuts in Newark, or possibly just in his study, and actually reading some relevant material that might enlighten him as to Islam, and the Return to Islam in Turkey] convinces me that we could be on our way to losing it if all these vacuums get filled in the wrong ways."

And the vacuums include a "vacuum" of "leadership in the Arab-Muslim world" which Turkey may wish, according to Friedman, to fill. The vacuum has come about because, for example, Saudi Arabia is "asleep." That will come as news to those on the receiving end of all those mosques and madrasas and non-stop clever propaganda campaigns financed by the Saudis all over the world. And the best way for Erdogan to "fill" that vacuum is to attack Israel, "loudly bashing Israel over its occupation [sic] and praising Hamas [the Fast Jihadists] instead of the more responsible Palestinian Authority [Slow Jihadists of Fatah]..."

And another "vacuum" is that which Friedman discerns inside Turkey itself, a "vacuum" of secular leadership. Well, there is plenty of secular leadership, but naturally, secularists may differ among themselves, while those who seek to Bring Back Islam are working for the same goal and can more easily make common cause. And Friedman appears to be unaware of how Erdogan has used the requirements imposed by the E.U. itself to take away the power of the chief defender of Kemalism, or secularism, that is, the Turkish army. Nor does he say anything about the non-stop campaign to weaken other centers of secular power, including the magistrates, the journalists, the university rectors and the most advanced professors. He is describing the results of this relentless campaign against the defenders of Kemalism as a "vacuum" that just occurred, when it is the result of Erdogan and his supporters plotting and planning, and doing everything they can, to remove the secular opposition from all positions of power and influence inside Turkey.

But the most important "vacuum" according to the egregious Friedman is the first one: the "vacuum" that was created somehow when Turkey was not immediately welcomed, a friend with every conceivable benefit, into the "Christian club." It is nothing of the kind, but it is a club that does not wish 70 million Muslims to enter, as well as all those non-Turkish Muslims too to whom Erdogan has hinted Turkish citizenship might someday be granted. Once Turkey is in the E.U., these Muslims will be able to move freely about the cabin of Schengenland once the takeoff has occurred. And the E.U., unaware of the fatal weight of the Turkish passenger allowed on, turns off the seatbelt sign, and now -- va-va-voom -- anything goes.

Here is Friedman blaming the E.U.:
The first vacuum comes courtesy of the European Union. After a decade of telling the Turks that if they wanted E.U. membership they had to reform their laws, economy, minority rights and civilian-military relations - which the Erdogan government systematically did - the E.U. leadership has now said to Turkey: "Oh, you mean nobody told you? We're a Christian club. No Muslims allowed." The E.U.'s rejection of Turkey, a hugely bad move, has been a key factor prompting Turkey to move closer to Iran and the Arab world.
Friedman's essential emptiness is on display in this little paragraph. First, the chutzpah of the overlooking of the obvious. To wit, the changes that Erdogan made, ostensibly to "comply" with the E.U., were really made in order to break the power of the army and the secular magistrates, his most steadfast and powerful opponents. As always, Friedman misstates and he overstates. He knows that you don't know exactly what Turkey has done or not done to "reform their laws, economy, minority rights and civilian-military relations," and you don't know why, when some of these things were done, they may have been done. But Friedman has no idea, either. He is not a detail man.

Then there is the misstatement of the E.U. supposedly telling Turkey "we're a Christian club." No one in the E.U. could possibly have said or even hinted at that, and no one in post-Christian Europe would do so. Nor did anyone say "no Muslims allowed" when there are now tens of millions of Muslims, alas, already inside the countries of Western Europe, with behavior so different from that of all other, non-Muslim, immigrants, and so very much the same among the different populations of Muslim immigrants no matter what European country they have managed to settle within. But it makes things simpler, snappier, and that's what Tom Friedman likes, that's what, after he does the world-capital-hopping hokey-pokey and turns himself about, that's what he's all about.

And then he says that "[t]he E.U.'s rejection of Turkey, a hugely bad move, has been a key factor prompting Turkey to move closer to Iran and the Arab world."

So here we are again, with Friedman repeating or bleating the same notes earlier emitted by smiling Tony Blair and dour-faced Robert Gates: that it is the E.U.'s "rejection of Turkey" that has been a "key factor" in causing Turkey to behave as, suddenly, many in the Western world have at long last begun to notice after the attempt to run diplomatic interference for the Islamic Republic of Iran, and after the collaboration with Hamas through the Mavi Marmara incident deliberately provoked by the Hamas-and-Al-Qaeda-linked I.H.H.

This is utter nonsense, and it could only be said by someone who has not followed, and does not understand, the slow and steady growth of the party of Erdogan, and the power of people who want to undo the Kemalist constraints systematically placed on Islam as a political and social force in modern Turkey ever since the 1920s, and maintained since sometimes with coups, and only successfully undone by Erdogan and his party over the past decade.

But Erdogan did not arrive at his desire to undo Kemalism, and his dislike of the West, because of the E.U. He may claim that is the case, but by now we should all have learned to ignore that, and to examine the underlying ideology that animates Erdogan and his supporters - that is, Islam. As a young man, remember, Erdogan wrote, produced, and acted in a play, Mas-Kom-Ya, which takes its name from the three "enemies" that Erdogan identified - the Masons, the Communists, and the Jews (Mason, Kommunist, Yahud). In 1998 Erdogan was sentenced to ten months in jail (he served four) for reciting the line about how the "mosques are our barracks, the domes are our helmets, the minarets are our bayonets, the Believers are our soldiers." Erdogan has been fixed in his views for his entire adult life. Only someone who had not followed him, and had remained ignorant because simplification and inattention to detail are that someone's necessary stock in trade, could not know that. That includes Blair and Gates as Permanent Top Bananas in the slips-sliding Corridors of Power, both being too "busy" to study up on Erdogan. It also includes Friedman, last and least, unwilling to change his highly-rewarding modus operandi in order to actually make sense of things for those who still rely on him, or even accord him a respect he never deserved.

Did Friedman not notice how the Turkish government refused to allow a fourth American division to enter Iraq from the north? Did he not notice how high Turkish officials described American soldiers in Iraq as like Nazis or even "worse than Nazis" without any reprimand? Did he fail to notice the way that Erdgoan treated the Armenian matter, and repeated the nonsense about Armenian attacks on Turks as being ignored, and as being morally equivalent to the mass killings of Armenians, both in 1915 and the years following, and - when no war was on - in 1894-96? Did he not notice the popularity of that viciously anti-American and antisemitic Turkish movie "Valley of the Wolves," where American soldiers act like Nazis and a Jewish doctor harvests the organs of Iraqis who had been killed, for sale to clients in Los Angeles, New York, and Tel Aviv?

And while Friedman offers a hint of noting the domestic politics of Turkey in his "third vacuum," he apparently failed to note the attacks, over the last few years, on the university rectors and magistrates, on secular businessmen and their media empires (Dogan), and on all those who might stand up to Erdogan's relentless attempts to reclaim Turkey for Islam. For Islam, as Erdogan rightly says, cannot be divided into "moderate" Islam and another kind (the kind some in the West with their foolish and false Machiavellianism call "Islamism"), "for there is only one kind of Islam."

Turkey is behaving the way it is because the forces of Islam, under Erdogan, have steadily fought to become the molders of Turkish minds, and the shapers of Turkish policy. That - the Return to Islam and the Undoing of Kemalism - is what explains Turkish behavior, including the vicious attacks on Israel, and the full-throated embrace of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Anyone can say--and no doubt some will - that this or that act by the West, or some part of the West, is what "turned" Turkey from "West to East." Why, I suppose someone could say that the interest in the Armenian massacres and the resolutions passed by various Western parliaments about those massacres helped to "turn Turkey" to the East. But really, was that it? These are all excuses, and they excuses that have the effect of preventing any intelligent examination of the Return to Islam, and of Islam itself. And that is a pity, because the Turkish example has many things to tell us. It tells us, for example, that any secular class that benefits, as some Turks did, from constraints put in place against Islam, has a duty to vigilantly preserve and defend and extend those constraints, and should not leave it up to the army to defend secular interests against a Return to Islam.

The example of Turkey also shows that Islam is a powerful force. It keeps, like Rasputin, coming back even when you think you have taken care of it. Western polices ought to be based on this understanding, and no permanent trust put in any state peopled by Muslims, even if that state is under the temporary control by secularists, whether in Turkey, before Erdogan, or in Iran, before Khomeini, or in Turkey, after Erdogan (for he may well lose the next election) or in Iran, after the epigones of Khomeini are defeated. No nuclear weapons, no major weaponry of any kind, no reliance on a Muslim state to be a permanent ally. That just cannot be.

Blair doesn't like to think about Islam. He's said to be "deeply religious" - a convert to Catholicism - and thus, like Bush, also someone saved by religion, he's inclined to think that anything that is called a "religion" must be 1) worthy of automatic respect and 2) exempt from any critical scrutiny, or at least from any public expression of the results of such critical scrutiny. And Gates - Gates has never given signs of grasping the nature of the ideology of Islam, for he's a man who thinks war consists of soldiers, rifles, Bradley fighting vehicles, helicopters, tanks, and not of immigration policies, and banning of Saudi money to pay for mosques and madrasas, and vigilant monitoring of Muslim Da'wa efforts in our prisons and among the psychically marginal outside of prisons, where Adult-Onset Islam can turn a nondescript American citizen into a mortal threat.

And then there is Tom Friedman, a clown, a simplifier and snappy-title man, all "The World Is Flat" and never mind if what I say today I will be changing, as the winds change, tomorrow. If you want someone to explain the world to your collected franchise-holders, or bankers, or others too busy to keep informed themselves, without really informing them, and carefully avoiding any need for real thought, then Tom Friedman is, and always will be, your man, until another mountebank with a tireless booking agent comes along to arrange those lectures and gather and process those fat checks. But as for promoting understanding - oh, that you will still have to do on your own.

And one final observation. Turkey has become what it has become because Erdogan, and his followers, are not "cultural Muslims," and not "Muslim-for-identification-purposes-only" Muslims, but true Muslims. And a true Muslim, that is, one who takes Islam seriously, will naturally, and inevitably, end up with the kind of attitudes so much on display in Turkey this last week, this last month, this last year, this last decade.

But what if that were not true? What if it were not the Return to Islam, and its effects, natural and inevitable, that explained the attitudes and behavior of many Turks and certainly of the Turkish government, whipping up those Turks, today? What if Blair and Gates and Friedman were right, and it was the reluctance of so many countries in the E.U. to admit Turkey to full membership, that "explained" the behavior of Erdogan and of Turkey? Blair and Gates and Friedman all appear to think that the obvious answer is that the E.U. should drop its objections, and admit Turkey. In other words, the imperiled countries of Western Europe should allow into the E.U., as its most populous member, a Muslim Turkey where Islam is resurgent, and where, it has been suggested, other, non-Turkish Muslims, might even be extended citizenship so that they, too, could become part of the E.U.

Neither Blair, nor Gates, or Friedman, seems aware of what we at this site all know, and that so many Europeans now, to their enormous sorrow, know.

To wit: The large-scale presence of Muslims in the countries of Western Europe has created a situation, both for the indigenous non-Muslims and for other, non-Muslim immigrants, that is far more unpleasant, expensive, and physically dangerous than would be the case without that large-scale Muslim presence. No one can deny the truth of that assertion.

Or rather, only a few can do so, and that is if they refuse to learn, or are incapable of learning, and in detail, about the texts and tenets of Islam, and how those explain the behavior of Muslims in Europe today.

And among those who refuse to learn are Tony Blair, for many years and until recently the Prime Minister of Great Britain, and Robert Gates, the present Secretary of Defense of the United States, and Tom Friedman, a well-known self-promoter and columnist for our best-known newspaper.
And that, you see, is part - a very large part - of the problem.
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Arrow Profile of the Turkish Felicity Party:

Profile of the Turkish Felicity Party:

An anti-Western, anti-Israeli Islamic party whose activists took part in the latest flotilla together with the IHH. At least two of them died during the IDF takeover of the ship Mavi Marmara.
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Arrow Turkish Columnist Ridicules Turkish PM Erdogan's Claim That There Is No Islamic Terro


In his June 17, 2010 column in the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News, titled "With Love from Hamas," Burak Bekdil writes that when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that "those who support terror are collaborators of terrorists'... of course, he was referring to the PKK," and goes on to ridicule Erdogan's claim that "there is no Islamic terror."[1] In his June 8 column, titled "Enjoy 'The Bridge!'" he skewers the claim by the "Islamist propaganda machine" that under the AKP, Turkey is developing into a "spectacular bridge between the West and East," saying that it is a "Muslim bridge between the East and the East" and noting "Of course, there is no connection between the [Gaza flotilla] 'activists' and the [Turkish] government – And yes, I am a ballerina."'[2] In his June 3 column, titled "Why is Palestine 'A Second Cyprus' for Turks?" he mocks Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, whom he terms "Mr. Strategic Depth," for calling the May 31 Gaza flotilla events "Turkey's 9/11," asks "Why do the Turks have the 'Palestine fetish' even though most of them can't point the Palestinian territories out on a map?" and states that "the Muslim-Turkish thinking... is programmed to turn the world upside down when Jews kill Muslims."[3]

The following are the three columns, in the original English.[4]




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Turkish Forces Kill Kurdish Civilians
The Turkish press reported on Monday that security forces shot dead two villagers gathering herbs in northern Kurdistan after mistaking them for Kurdish resistance fighters.

According to the state-run Anatolian news agency, the killings coincided with an increase in rebel activity by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas against Turkish military targets.

The villagers were collecting thyme when security forces opened fire at Hassa in Hatay province, the agency said without specifying when the killings took place. A third villager was reportedly wounded in the incident.

The nearby Mediterranean port of Iskenderun was the scene of a PKK rocket attack that killed six soldiers at the end of May....
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Turkey to Hire 500,000 Soldiers
Turkey is making preparations to hire 500,000 career soldiers in order to ratchet up the war against Kurdish rebels, Turkish daily newspaper Aksam reported Wednesday.


State Minister and Chief EU Negotiator Egemen Bagis said during a visit to Brussels that the move would also contribute to his country's struggle with unemployment.

An absolute number of career soldiers to be hired had not been determined, according to Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul. He said Wednesday that both the government and the military were conducting studies on the matter, and "what shape (the new structure) will take will be known with the conclusion of these technical studies."


The current structure of the Turkish army contains both professional and conscripted soldiers. However, Gonul said a new law might be needed in order to switch to a professional army....

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“Minarets are our bayonets. The domes are our helmets. The mosques are our barracks. And the believers our Army.”
–Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan

This is not the rhetoric of radical Islam. This is what is taught in the mosques that your Muslim neighbors attend. There is a growing pushback all over America against the spread of Islam via mosques, the one thing that ALL Muslim terrorists have in common. Allow enough mosques to proliferate, and we will become England, where the practice of repressive and oppressive shari’a law is allowed. Creating an Islamic state out of a democratic one is the ultimate goal of ALL Muslim believers, regardless of what they tell you. Don’t be fooled, there are no moderate Muslims. The only moderate Muslims are ex-Muslims.

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Turkey (MNN) ― There is a saying in Turkey: "To be Turkish is to be Muslim, and to be Muslim is to be Turkish."

This mindset has deep roots in the history of Turkey and originated in 1923. Just years before, the Ottoman Empire had collapsed in World War I at the hands of the Allied forces. With the help of other military officers, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk led a successful resistance against the Allies and formed the Republic of Turkey.

Since then, depending on the regime in power, Islam has held a varying degree of importance, but nonetheless, it has always been the nation's assumed religion....

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The detention of Kurdish children in Turkish prisons stirred indignation amongst human rights groups and raised concerns about the future of the country with an entire generation brought up in jail.

Hundreds of Kurdish children, some as young as 11 years old, have been prosecuted by Turkish authorities as part of the country’s clampdown on rebels in the restive southeast. The children are put in jail under Turkey’s anti-terrorist laws which, human rights groups contend, are in violation of the U.N. conventions of children.

The children, according to activists, are tried in anti-terrorist courts and are sent to adult jails. Their files are treated as confidential and lawyers have very little access to the details of their cases as well as to the defendants themselves.

The detention of children, lawyers and activists argue, is bound to place an enormous burden on the state in the future as a whole generation will be brought up in prison, said Ismail Durgun, head of the Hakkari Bar Association, which has defended several of the arrested children....

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Turkey in Cyprus vs. Israel in Gaza



In light of Ankara's recent criticism of what it calls Israel's "open-air jail" in Gaza, today's date, which marks the anniversary of Turkey's invasion of Cyprus, has special relevance.



Emine Erdoğan, wife of the Turkish prime minister.


Turkish policy toward Israel, historically warm and only a decade ago approaching full alliance, has cooled since Islamists took power in Ankara in 2002. Their hostility became explicit in January 2009, during the Israel-Hamas war. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan grandly condemned Israeli policies as "perpetrating inhuman actions which would bring it to self-destruction" and even invoked God ("Allah will … punish those who transgress the rights of innocents"). His wife Emine Erdoğan hyperbolically condemned Israeli actions as so awful they "cannot be expressed in words."

Their verbal assaults augured a further hostility that included insulting the Israeli president, helping sponsor the "Freedom Flotilla," and recalling the Turkish ambassador.




This Turkish rage prompts a question: Is Israel in Gaza really worse than Turkey in Cyprus? A comparison finds this hardly to be so. Consider some contrasts:
  • Turkey's invasion of July-August 1974 involved the use of napalm and "spread terror" among Cypriot Greek villagers, according to Minority Rights Group International. In contrast, Israel's "fierce battle" to take Gaza relied only on conventional weapons and entailed virtually no civilian casualties.
  • The subsequent occupation of 37 percent of the island amounted to a "forced ethnic cleansing" according to William Mallinson in a just-published monograph from the University of Minnesota. In contrast, if one wishes to accuse the Israeli authorities of ethnic cleansing in Gaza, it was against their own people, the Jews, in 2005.
  • The Turkish government has sponsored what Mallinson calls "a systematic policy of colonization" on formerly Greek lands in northern Cyprus. Turkish Cypriots in 1973 totaled about 120,000 persons; since then, more than 160,000 citizens of the Republic of Turkey have been settled in their lands. Not a single Israeli community remains in Gaza.
  • Ankara runs its occupied zone so tightly that, in the words of Bülent Akarcalı, a senior Turkey politician, "Northern Cyprus is governed like a province of Turkey." An enemy of Israel, Hamas, rules in Gaza.
  • The Turks set up a pretend-autonomous structure called the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus." Gazans enjoy real autonomy.
  • A wall through the island keeps peaceable Greeks out of northern Cyprus. Israel's wall excludes Palestinian terrorists.






And then there is the ghost town of Famagusta, where Turkish actions parallel those of Syria under the thuggish Assads. After the Turkish air force bombed the Cypriot port city, Turkish forces moved in to seize it, thereby prompting the entire Greek population (fearing a massacre) to flee. Turkish troops immediately fenced off the central part of the town, called Varosha, and prohibited anyone from living there.

As this crumbling Greek town is reclaimed by nature, it has become a bizarre time capsule from 1974. Steven Plaut of Haifa University visited and reports: "Nothing has changed. … It is said that the car distributorships in the ghost town even today are stocked with vintage 1974 models. For years after the rape of Famagusta, people told of seeing light bulbs still burning in the windows of the abandoned buildings."

Curiously, another Levantine ghost town also dates from the summer of 1974. Just 24 days before the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Israeli troops evacuated the border town of Quneitra, handing it over to the Syrian authorities. Hafez al-Assad chose, for political reasons too, not to let anyone live in it. Decades later, it too remains empty, a hostage to bellicosity.



Signs on a metal gate in the capital city of Nicosia.


Erdoğan claims that Turkish troops are not occupying northern Cyprus but are there in "Turkey's capacity as a guarantor power," whatever that means. The outside world, however, is not fooled. If Elvis Costello recently pulled out of a concert in Tel Aviv to protest the "suffering of the innocent [Palestinians]," Jennifer Lopez canceled a concert in northern Cyprus to protest "human rights abuse" there.

In brief, Northern Cyprus shares features with Syria and resembles an "open-air jail" more than Gaza does. How rich that a hypocritical Ankara preens its moral plumage about Gaza even as it runs a zone significantly more offensive. Instead of meddling in Gaza, Turkish leaders should close the illegal and disruptive occupation that for decades has tragically divided Cyprus.

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Report: Turkey Used Chemical Weapons Against Kurds




According to a report that was published on Thursday in the German magazine Der Spiegel, German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show that PKK fighters in Turkey were killed by chemical weapons.

The photographs in question were given in March by activists to a German human rights delegation, comprised of experts, journalists and politicians from Turkey’s Left Party. The photos feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts, so much so that he victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, which according to Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists show eight members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) underground movement, considered a terrorist movement by the UN, EU and NATO. They are believed to have been killed in September 2009.

A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has said that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died "due to the use of chemical substances."

Turkey has long been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels, and the evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government to come up with answers. German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany's Green Party, told Der Spiegel: "The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things. It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal."

Roth also demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

Die Tageszeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin, reported on Thursday that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations. The Ministry said that Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and as such its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons.

The newspaper also reported that it has obtained additional pictures from the autopsies of six other killed Kurds. These images have also been submitted to the experts for examination.

Human rights activists in Turkey have also demanded an investigation, but the Turkish army has refused to comment.

Recently, there has been an increase in acts of PKK rebels against Turkish military targets. A PKK rocket killed six Turkish soldiers in the Mediterranean port at the end of May. At the end of June, Turkish security forces shot dead two villagers gathering herbs in northern Kurdistan after mistaking them for Kurdish resistance fighters.

In response, the Kurds attacked foreign military positions in the portions of what they consider their homeland occupied by Turkey and on a bus carrying military personnel in Istanbul. The Kurds believe that their country should include the adjoining parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria that have large Kurdish populations and that once also had a Jewish community. The Kurdish Jews emigrated to Israel in the early days of the Jewish state.

Since 1984, more than 45,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the conflict to achieve goals that were defined as self determination, independence and later as, cultural recognition. The United States recently announced that it sides with Turkey in the conflict and regards the PKK as a terrorist group. Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June: "We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK. The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”
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Turkey has offered to join Iran in sending weapons to Hizbullah in Lebanon, with help from Syria, according to a report published in an Italian newspaper.

The daily Corriere Della Sera quoted sources Wednesday evening who said that Turkey will “send sophisticated weapons, rockets and guns to Syria that will end up in Lebanon.”

The sources went on to say that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards would “facilitate the transition, ensure safety, watch loads on the routes, and provide support to the border.” According to the report, Iran intends to build a network that will supply the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization with weapons as well, similar to the weapons network that operates in the Sudan.

The newspaper also reported that Turkish and Iranian intelligence heads Hakan Fidan and Hossein Taeb allegedly met to discuss logistics and relations between the two nations.

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Nearly two weeks ago, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed concern that Turkey might pass on some of Jerusalem's intelligence information to the Islamic Republic.

Barak, whose remarks were recorded and broadcast by IDF Radio, told a private meeting of his Labor Party associates that “Turkey is a friendly country and a strategic ally. But the nomination in recent weeks of a new chief of the Turkish secret services, who is a supporter of Iran, worries us.”

The appointment, Barak told his colleagues, might lead to “the Iranians obtaining access to classified information... There are quite a few [Israeli] secrets in their hands. The thought that they may now be open to Iran is disturbing," he admitted.

Turkish Under-Secretary Halit Cevik summoned Israeli Ambassador Gabi Levy to a meeting in Ankara to express his outrage over Barak's comments.

Fidan, 42, was appointed as head of MIT, Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, on May 27. He had previously served as Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the prime minister, and represented the country at the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA's inspectors have been attempting to identify Iranian nuclear capabilities, as the agency's director worked to convince the country to end its nuclear development program. As a member of the IAEA, Fidan was heavily involved in negotiating with Iran over its uranium enrichment activities.

Ankara sealed a deal on May 17 with Iran to export some of its uranium for enrichment to Turkey in exchange for nuclear fuel. Turkey also voted against a June 9 U.N. Security Council decision to impose increased sanctions against Iran that were intended to further pressure the Islamic Republic into abandoning its uranium enrichment program.
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German experts say Turkey using chemical weapons


by Tina Redlup on August 13, 2010
http://www.bioprepwatch.com/news/214...emical-weapons




German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show Kurdistan Workers' Party fighters killed in Turkey by chemical weapons.

The photographs, IsraelNationalNews.com reports, were published in the German magazine Der Spiegel earlier this week. They were given to a German human rights delegation by activists in March, according to the report. The photographs depicted scorched and maimed body parts that were barely recognizable as human.

Hans Bauman, a German photo forgery expert, confirmed the authenticity of the photos, IsraelNationalNews.com reports. The eight dead PKK fighters are believed to have been killed in September of 2009. A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital concluded that the eight Kurds were likely killed due to the use of chemical weapons.

Turkey has been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels for some time. The existence of these photos has now placed increasing pressure on Turkey to offer explanations, according to the report.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany's Green Party, is among those who wants to place pressure on Turkey to answer for the photographs.

“The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things,” Roth told IsraelNationalNews.com. “It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal.”

Roth also demanded Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry, however, has denied its activity in the attack, telling media it is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention and that its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons.

The United States recently announced that it has sided with Turkey and that it regards the PKK as a terrorist group.

“We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK,” Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June. “The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”
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US won't sell Turks Kurd-killing drones if he keeps provoking Israel
US President Barack Obama personally warned Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erodgan that the US will not sell weapons to Turkey if it does not change its position towards Israel, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

The ultimatum is particularly important to Turkey, who was reportedly planning to buy American drone aircraft to attack Kurdish group PKK after the US pulls out of Iraq next year. “The president has said to Erdogan that some of the actions that Turkey has taken have caused questions to be raised on the Hill [Congress] . . . about whether we can have confidence in Turkey as an ally," an administration source told The Financial Times. "That means that some of the requests Turkey has made of us, for example in providing some of the weaponry that it would like to fight the PKK, will be harder for us to move through Congress.”

“They need to show that they take seriously American national security interests,” the administration official reportedly added. He also said Washington was looking at Turkish conduct and would then assess if there were “sufficient efforts that we can go forward with their request”.

Obama told Ankara to tone down its rhetoric about the IDF raid on the Turkish blockade-breaking ship, Mavi Marmara. Washington also criticized Turkey for voting recently against UN sanctions on Iran.
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Obama Denies Turkey Warning Report
The White House has denied a report that the US has threatened Turkey that arms sales would be in danger due to Turkey’s tougher stance towards Israel and its vote against Iran sanctions.

Earlier on Monday, the Financial Times reported that President Barack Obama had warned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that if his country wants to purchase United States weapons, it must change its foreign affairs policy regarding both Israel and Iran.

An anonymous senior official told the paper: “The president has said to Erdogan that some of the actions that Turkey has taken have caused questions to be raised... about whether we can have confidence in Turkey as an ally.”

The official added that doubts over Turkey's loyalties will make Congress less likely to approve weapons requests.

However, Obama has “emphatically denied” the story in the Financial Times, according to a report by White House pool reporter Jonathan Weisman of the Wall Street Journal.

White House spokesman Bill Burton told the press: “The president and Erdogan did speak about 10 days ago, and they talked about Iran and the flotilla and other issues related to that. We obviously have an ongoing dialogue with them. But no such [arms] ultimatum was issued. There’s no ultimatum.”

Turkish diplomatic sources confirmed that there has never been any such ultimatum by the US. The sources admitted, however, that Turkey’s standing in Congress has been hurt as a result of Turkish-Israeli diplomatic tensions.

Tensions between Israel and Turkey escalated in late May, when members of the Turkish pro-terror group IHH were killed in a clash with IDF soldiers during the raid on the Gaza aid flotilla. Two weeks ago, Israel agreed to take part in a United Nations inquiry into the events of the flotilla. Headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, the investigating committee includes representatives from Israel, Turkey and the United States.

Turkey hopes to buy U.S. weapons including the missile-bearing Reaper drone. The weapons are to be used to fight Kurdish separatists in the country's north. Turkish leaders are concerned that fighting will become more intense as the U.S. withdraws from Iraq.
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Denying the Truth on Turkey
Will the Obama administration stand by as Erdogan draws closer to our enemies?
by P. David Hornik




The Obama administration thinks Israel and Turkey can make friends again. Earlier this month, at the administration’s urging, Israel agreed to participate, with Turkey, in a United Nations Review Panel on the flotilla incident that occurred last May. In that incident, nine Turkish members of an Islamist mob were killed when the group attacked Israeli soldiers aboard a Turkish ship. The ship itself was trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.


Since then, Turkish officials, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan setting the tone, have consistently referred to the incident as Israel “killing innocent civilians,” “state terrorism,” and the like. U.S. envoy to the UN Susan Rice, however, expressed hope that the panel “can serve as a vehicle to enable Israel and Turkey to move beyond the recent strains in their relationship and repair their strong historic ties.”

The news so far is not encouraging, with Turkey having excluded Israel’s ambassador to Turkey from attending the annual Eid al-Fitr dinner (marking the end of Ramadan) last week. An official of Erdogan’s AK Party explained that “anyone who is unjust or inequitable cannot pass the threshold of the Justice and Development party’s headquarters.” The Israeli Foreign Ministry responded that “once again it appears that Erdogan is initiating an escalation…we will behave responsibly and not be pulled into the Turkish sword dance.”

The United States, however, is also having trouble getting along with Turkey these days. Ynet reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has “convened a special meeting of State Department and National Security Council officials to discuss the United States’ relations with Turkey.” Senior U.S. officials are described as “infuriated with Turkey over its [support for] Iran…, a sentiment demonstrated by Republican senators’ refusal to approve the appointment of designated U.S. ambassador to Ankara, Frank Ricciardone.” The Financial Times also claims President Obama has “personally warned” Erdogan to take a more constructive line on both Israel and Iran.

Turkey not only voted against the UN Security Council’s imposition of tougher sanctions on Iran last month. The Los Angeles Times also described Turkey as one of the four countries—the others are Russia, China, and India—that are doing the most to prevent them from working by “rushing to boost their economies by seizing investment opportunities” that the sanctions leave open.

Another story last week casts doubt on whether Israel, the U.S., or any country that lays claim to being civilized should be trying to get along with Turkey. Der Spiegel reported that
German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that purport to show PKK fighters killed by chemical weapons. The evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government, which has long been suspected of using such weapons against Kurdish rebels….
The report continued:
It would be difficult to exceed the horror shown in the photos, which feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts. The victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists believe the people in the photos are eight members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) underground movement, who are thought to have been killed in September 2009.
The article goes on to note that “Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos,” and that “a forensics report…by the Hamburg University Hospital has backed the…suspicion, saying that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died ‘due to the use of chemical substances.’”

The issue appears to transcend politics: a co-chair of the far-left Green Party says there have been repeated “mysterious incidents of this type that are crying out for an independent investigation,” while a parliamentarian of the conservative Christian Democratic Union says, “Turkey needs to look urgently into these accusations.” A Turkey expert with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War says, “Turkey has been suspected of using chemical weapons for years.”

Do the atrocities, if they’re real, go back to the advent of Erdogan’s Islamist AK Party in 2002, or back further to the days of Turkey’s supposed moderation? Will the same world that goes into overdrive investigating the flotilla incident get interested enough in these horrific allegations to even investigate them? It’s hardly a safe bet.

It was in Ankara in April 2009, in his first overseas trip as president and some weeks before his famous Cairo speech, that Barack Obama told the Turkish parliament that: “Turkey and the United States must stand together—and work together—to overcome the challenges of our time…. I know there are those who like to debate Turkey’s future…. They wonder whether you will be pulled in one direction or another.”

The administration’s mounting concern over Turkey’s backing of Iran suggests some recognition that—at least under Erdogan—Turkey has been “pulled” in some quite bad directions.

To the extent, though, that the administration keeps treating Turkey and Israel as morally equivalent parties in the flotilla dispute, it will indicate ongoing denial about Turkey’s geopolitical stance and the nature of the evil it has embraced.

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ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey is to remove Iran from a watchlist of nations it considers a specific threat to its national security, a news report said Monday, amid Western concerns of rapprochement between the two countries.

The updated list is contained in Turkey's security review produced by the country's National Security Council which will be adopted in October and will no longer refer to Iran as a "specific threat", the Milliyet newspaper said.

The review replaces a previous edition published five years ago, the newspaper added.

Members of the council, made up of government and military leaders, were not immediately available for comment on the report on Iran, which Western nations accuse of seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

The new document also downgrades the security threat presented by traditional rival Greece, Milliyet reported. The two countries have long-standing territorial differences but ties have improved recently in the commercial field.

The updated review mentions Iran's controversial nuclear weapons programme and repeats Turkey's diplomatic line that it favours a nuclear-free Middle East, in a statement taken as a reference to Israel which is believed to hold the region's only nuclear weapons arsenal.

Turkey's improved ties with Iran have caused concern in the West.

Turkey, a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, upset the United States and its Western allies when it opposed a resolution to impose new sanctions on Iran that was adopted by the Security Council in June.

The Islamist-rooted government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists that it retains its strong ties to the West even as it seeks deeper relations with its Middle East neighbours and Asia.

At the same time Turkey's relations with Israel have been strained, notably by the May 31 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship.
Turkey threatened to sever ties completely following the deadly raid unless Israel apologised, a step the Israelis refused to take.


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Wow Paparock!! Respect! I will never have the time of day to read through all of that! But the little i have read is very reviling! Open my eyes to a Turkey i did not know! Wow! So they are actually just as sick as the rest of muslimdom!
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Alarmed by reports that Iran’s vice president said the events of 1915 constituted a "genocide," Turkey is seeking high-level explanation from Tehran.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu spoke late Friday with his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, who told him that Iran's position was in line with Turkey's stance on the issue.

“I asked for an explanation from Mr. Mottaki,” Davutoğlu told journalists in the central Anatolian province of Karaman on Friday.

The mass killings and deportation of Armenians during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire constituted “genocide,” according to Iranian Vice President Hamid Baghaei. “A hundred years ago the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against a certain number of Armenians,” he was quoted as saying by Iranian news agency IRNA.

Davutoğlu said the Turkish Foreign Ministry immediately contacted both the Iranian Embassy in Ankara and the Turkish Embassy in Tehran.
Turkey’s envoy to Tehran went to the Iranian Foreign Ministry to follow up on the issue. Later in the day, Davutoğlu contacted Mottaki.

Soon after the allegations, the Iranian Embassy in Ankara released a statement saying that the Iranian vice president’s statements were not accurately reflected by some media outlets. The embassy stated that Baghaei commented on the subject only as a problem between Turkey and Armenia and that he did not express his opinions about the issue.

During their telephone conversation, Mottaki told Davutoğlu that the conference attended by the Iranian vice president was about World War II, not about World War I, while repeating that there was no change in Tehran's position regarding the events of 1915, the Turkish foreign minister said.

But it appeared Friday that Davutoğlu was not satisfied with Mottaki’s assurance. He said he told his Iranian counterpart that Turkey was awaiting an explanation from Baghaei himself.

“Mottaki told me that Baghaei will make an explanation,” Davutoğlu said.
The Iranian vice president made the alleged remarks during a conference “Iran, a bridge of success” on Wednesday.
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Arrow Discrimination against Protestants in Turkey







Turkey discriminates against its Protestant community and fails to take action against hate speech targeting Christians, according to a report released by a church association Wednesday.

The Association of Protestant Churches report said one problem was public perception in the predominantly Muslim but secular country that "missionaries constitute a grave national threat and must be opposed."

"The Protestant community has been labeled as 'missionaries' and has, as a result, borne the brunt of being stigmatized and denounced over the last 20 years," said the group, which says it represents 85 percent of the 100 parishes in Turkey.

The report charged that Turkish media often portrayed Protestants as "illegitimate" and turned them into a "hate object," especially by targeting missionary activities.

"It is no coincidence that physical attacks against Protestants almost always follow negative news stories about Protestants in the media. Virtually none of these incendiary broadcasts targeting Protestants has resulted in the prosecution and conviction of those responsible for the broadcast," it said.

The association charged that missionary activities were also stigmatized in school textbooks and underlined that religious classes taught at school that focused mainly on Islam posed further problems. "To obtain exemption for their children, [Protestant] families are forced to tell what religion they are.

"Further, the children are put on display and, because they belong to a different religion, may encounter exclusion, derision and insults from friends and even from some teachers," it said.

Other grievances raised in the report include "restrictive decisions" by officials and "inadequate regulations" on the use of places of worship, restrictions on public employment and obstacles to training pastors.

The Protestant community says it has a congregation of between 3,000 and 3,500. Many of them are Muslim converts. In a 2007 attack that shocked the nation, three Protestants — a German and two Turkish converts — were murdered at a Christian publishing house in the eastern city of Malatya after they were tortured for hours.

Their murder followed the 2006 killing of a Catholic priest in the northern city of Trabzon on the Black Sea coast. "Security problems have decreased significantly as a result of security measures" taken after the killings, the report said.

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Senior Turkish Minister: Christians are 'Kafirs'


http://undhimmi.com/2010/10/18/senio...stians-kuffar/


As if there weren’t enough evidence already, a Senior Minister lets slip what Turkey’s ruling class really thinks of non-Muslims:

Members of the Christian community in Turkey have called on State Minister Faruk Çelik to make an apology over his remarks which they said had insulted their religion.

“The minister has scorned Christians just to suppress rightful demands of the Alevis in Turkey,” Yuhannas Aktas, head of the Syriac Culture Association in Midyat, who was referring to Çelik’s labelling of Christianity as the religion of the ‘gavur’ (‘kafir’), a word meaning “infidel” in Turkish, which is often regarded as a degrading expression by non-Muslims.

Maybe you’re still a little unsure of what Turkish ruling élites really think of us infidels, after the smear campaign to delegitimise Israel, currently being waged by Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdoğan and President Gül?

Or unswayed after hearing that they had recently set up the headquarters of Turkey’s EU Membership bid campaign in a church confiscated from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate?

Somewhat on the fence after seeing the substantial (and growing) evidence of systematic persecution and harassment of Christians in Turkey?

Well now you can relax. Minister of Work and Social Security Çelik has just made it abundantly clear for you.

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