Turkey’s leaders plan Muslim Europe


Turkey’s PM Erdogan served four months of a 10-month term in 1998 for reciting a poem at a rally which ran : “Mosques are our barracks, the minarets our bayonets, the domes our helmets and the believers our soldiers-” his agenda is clear. Erdogan and his partner in crime Abdullah Gul make no beef about making Turkey Islamic. But the Western media keeps deceiving themselves and Eurabia’s clueless nations, who seem to like being deceived.

For the AKP, democracy is merely a means to a higher Islamic goal, says edward luttwak (hat tip Rosie)

If you thought Turkey was no threat to the West, think again. A new generation of politicians is aiming to Islamise the state by stealth. The AKP – Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi, or Justice and Development Party – has a stranglehold on Turkey for the foreseeable future.

The AKP was founded to replace a previous Islamic party banned for extremism. It benefited hugely from the corruption scandals that dragged down the previous government, taking two-thirds of parliament in the 2002 general election (on a third of the vote).

On Friday, its ex-foreign secretary Abdullah Gul narrowly failed to win a victory in the first round of presidential elections. The result was close enough to prompt public demonstrations by secularists ahead of the second round voting on May 2, and a statement from the military – long theguardians of Turkey’s secular traditions – warning against a pro-Islam political agenda.

Since coming to power, the AKP has done nothing revolutionary, but it does have a revolutionary agenda. For all their suavity, its leaders seek to transform the country into a Sunni Muslim republic. This collides with institutions and laws strictly limiting Islam’s role in public life, and with a long-standing security alliance with Israel.
It also collides with democracy itself, for no Koranic state can have a sovereign parliament free to legalise such abominations as equal rights for women and homosexuals or the drinking of alcohol.

A sinister slogan attributed to the AKP is that democracy is ‘a bus we can ride until we reach our station’. Under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his foreign secretary Abdullah Gul, the party has been cautious until now.

But abroad the AKP has been more strident. Turkey has stepped up relations with Muslim countries and cooled them with Israel. They have capitalised on public suspicion of the Western war on terror and yet have pursued Turkey’s application to join the EU.

There is no inconsistency. The AKP’s apparent ambitions in Europe are its most strategic deceptions. Ostensibly, the aim is simply to accelerate Turkey’s climb to prosperity.
However, a key condition imposed by the EU is the army’s abrogation of political authority – which suits the AKP just fine, for the military is the greatest barrier to Islamisation. Moreover, the party shares the Islamist belief that Europe will inevitably be conquered by the high birthrates of its Muslim inhabitants – and Turkey’s entry would immediately add some 70 million.

Then there’s the media. There are three major groups in Turkey, compared to which any Islamist operations are small. However, the government now has a hold over all of them because of contested tax liabilities, and because the government-controlled Savings Deposits Insurance Fund can seize their associated banks at any time without even having to go to court.

The results are manifest in coverage that mostly reflects the AKP agenda – and duly affects public opinion. Why else would Valley of the Wolves, whose cast includes US actors Billy Zane and Gary Busey, become the most successful Turkish film ever? The story includes American army officers selling body parts from captured Iraqis – with Jewish surgeons removing them! No wonder the AKP cabinet took their wives to the opening gala.
The party has also done its best to Islamise the bureaucracy. Even in Istanbul, post-office employees now stop work for Friday prayers, and civil servants are no longer expected to work a full day during Ramadan.
And just to make sure, the AKP has literally bought public opinion in poor urban areas by distributing food packages, paid for by contributions from big business.
Although the wind is blowing their way, I doubt if more than 15 per cent of the population really want a full-blown Sunni republic. But the AKP is being patient. Gul and Erdogan are clearly willing to defer Turkey’s Islamisation if they can advance Europe’s.

11 thoughts on “Turkey’s leaders plan Muslim Europe”

  1. Turkey’s leaders plan Muslim Europe

    * Surprised?

    Not at all. Erdogan and Zapatero seek an “alliance of civilizations”; an association of Christian and Turkish empires. It will come unstuck, however, as Christ’s kingdom (empire?) is not of this world, and is not for alliances with (eg) unbelieving Muslims (John 18:36 etc).

    There are other “bad actors”, however, who do seek earthly dominion, and who may enter into alliances with Islam in pursuit of their goals. What law will be imposed under the “Alliance”? Sharia, Mosaic, or Noahide? Are they compatible? Who might lead the “Alliance”
    if it comes to pass?

    Search “Alliance of Civilizations”

    (eg) “UN Meeting Promotes Alliance of Civilizations”

  2. If they let Turkey into the EU,,,,well,,that’s it,,and I mean “really”!
    And my prediction is that they will.

  3. Gramfan, I expect that Turkey will enter the EU, with a number of effects. AFAIK, it is seen as “vital” to avoid the “clash of civilizations” that largely comes from Islamization; USA wants it; Russia may not want it, as it will possibly block their access to Mediterranean of the Black Sea Fleet, & may in part be why they are trying a land grab in the Arctic Circle. Another odd result is it may make it easier for Israel to join the EU with Iraq (“Peace through Accession”). Add in Sarkozy’s proposal for a “Mediterranean Union” (Europe plus North Africa) and the current EU push for African/Asian immigration, and I agree, “awful”, and if I keep this up, unprintable & Sheik Y might have to delete it. 🙂

  4. Mullah Lodabullah

    The more incompatible nations join the EU, the faster is going to be the downfall of this undemocratic and unrepresentative empire.

    In the meantime, the journey is going to be very unpleasant.

  5. DP111 said – The more incompatible nations join the EU …

    Exactly, which is why, in Daniel’s interpretation of King Neb’s dream the feet are of iron and clay; they won’t alloy together, no matter how hard the Eurocrats try, and yes, the journey is going to be very unpleasant. It was always my hope that Britain would pull out of the EU madness, but it seems to be at the forefront. I’m not particularly in favour of an Oz republic, but I certainly don’t want a “defender of faiths” as monarch, beholden to a President of Europe.

  6. Mullah,
    if Krudd gets in here I bet they will have a referendum about the monarchy. That’s about the only worthwhile thing they may do.
    Not to mention the thought of “Queen Camilla”,,ICK! If we have to have ‘equines’…
    Makybe Diva is so much better looking!

  7. Gramfan said …. referendum about the monarchy.

    Rudd and Costello would both possibly hold a referendum, as PC is (or was) strongly in favour of Republic. Rudd probably wouldn’t rush, & Costello would have to wait until Howard departs.
    I wouldn’t expect too much from either in the next term … they will move cautiously (IMO).

    Back to the topic, EU & Turkey are in the process of building the Nabucco* pipeline for carrying Iranian & Azerbaijani gas via Turkey to Austria, which the USA does not want. Turkey is being absorbed into the EU’s energy community. Sarkozy, oddly, is opposed to Turkey’s EU accession, while wanting the “Mediterranean Union” with (Islamic) North Africa.

    * not sure if Nabucco is under construction, or still being negotiated & planned.

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