How Erdogan Reverts Turkey Back into an Islamic Nation…

Fitzgerald:

The New York Times Scolds Erdogan, But Generally Remains An Ex-Ponto Pollyanna

20061126TurkeyPopeDemo01 Not so moderate Turkish females  demand the “right to wear hijab…”

On September 13, 2009, The Sunday New York Times carried a short editorial (“A Clear Assault on the Press”) about recent events in Turkey. It managed to scold the Erdogan government:

Now Turkey has provided a particularly chilling example of another way to shut down independent voices — a fine of $2.5 billion that appears to be designed to put a major media company out of business….The media group, Dogan Yayin, is a widely respected conglomerate of newspapers and television stations including the Turkish-language version of CNN. Dogan journalists have not shied away from stories that the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s iron-willed prime minister, does not like.

Newsflash: Muslims throw stones, chairs at Jews on Temple Mount

Is that the adjective that best fits? “Iron-willed”? Other adjectives come to mind: “despotic” or “cunning” or “ruthless” or “calculating,” or such adjectival phrases as “sinister in his single-minded determination to free Islam from the restraints placed on it by Ataturk.”

The Times continues:

Aydin Dogan, an owner of the media group’s parent company, is one of Mr. Erdogan’s most vocal critics. That makes it all the more suspicious that the Erdogan government levied a tax penalty on the Dogan group that is almost much as the value of the entire company.

So far so preachily on-the-side-of-the-angels good.

But then the editorial ends with this paragraph:

Turkey has made important strides in the last decade, amending its Constitution, outlawing the death penalty and bringing Turkish law more in line with European standards. Steps like this undermine that progress.

That last paragraph — about all the “progress” Turkey has made by changing its laws over the past decade, when Erdogan and the AKP have been in power — should be held up for inspection. For aside from ending the death penalty, most of the “reforms” that the editorial staff of the Times applauds are in fact designed not by civil libertarians who are desirous of emulating the freedoms of the West, but by Erdogan’s schemers, who are using the claimed need to comply with the E.U. to put in “reforms” that, as all the threatened secularists in Turkey understand, are really designed to weaken the power of the Turkish army and the power of the Turkish judiciary to uphold the secular order and the Kemalist restraints on Islam.

16 thoughts on “How Erdogan Reverts Turkey Back into an Islamic Nation…”

  1. Isa Masu of the Quran is not the Yeshua Ha Mashiach of the Bible.
    so He (YHM) is not a prophet of Islam. YHM is one of the multi-manifestations of YHWH. If John the Baptist was more than a prophet,
    how can Yeshuwa possibly be only a prophet? YHWH is my Yeshuwah
    (salvation) as written by Yesyeyahoo (Isaiah)

  2. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Occupation unknown; various fantasy occupations

    Walter Mitty is a fictional character in James Thurber’s short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, first published in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and in book form in My World— and Welcome to It in 1942. It was made into a film in 1947.

    Mitty is a meek, mild man with a vivid fantasy life: in a few dozen paragraphs he imagines himself a wartime pilot, an emergency-room surgeon, and a devil-may-care killer. The character’s name has come into more general use to refer to an ineffectual dreamer, appearing in several dictionaries.[1] The American Heritage Dictionary defines a Walter Mitty as “an ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs”.

  3. Sheik; thanks for that link ‘Pali riot time’ . Embedded in it was another to an (Israellycool) item on last Friday’s hit on three pali terrorists, and this update…”Approximately 50 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israel during the last three months, totalling more than 250 since the end of Operation Cast Lead and more than 750 in 2009. Throughout 2008, over 3300 rockets and mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel.”
    Hadn’t heard diddly squat about that in the news lately, just ‘O’ ‘O’ and more ‘O’ …and a lot of snide references to Netanyahu’s hardline…

  4. Notice in the banners in the pic at top the cuckoo religion of islam
    blasphemes against the Son of God and seeks to reduce Him to a
    “prophet of islam”.

  5. Completely off-topic, but a bit of humour from The Nose On Your Face

    TNOYF Presents: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Redux

    thenoseonyourface.com/conservative-satire/tnoyf-presents-one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest-redux/

  6. Turks are pretty funny, because they are conflicted. They don’t want to learn how to write our language, but they do want to tell us we’re wrong. So, they end up taking their shot, and they butcher it damn near 100% of the time. That lady carrying the blue sign (with black writing) must be a scholar (she almost did it right.)

  7. What is so disconcerting about Muslims is that they think nothing of insulting other faiths, like the sign that reads that Jesus is not the son of God. Muslims expect that others accept their right to say so. Yet if Christians said anything about Mohammed, even if true and garnered from Islamic sources, they start to riot, issue death fatwas and what not.

    Sometime soon, I hope this tendency of theirs to irrational behaviour, will be subject to correction.

  8. What is so disconcerting about Muslims is that they think nothing of insulting other faiths, like the sign that reads that Jesus is not the son of God. Muslims expect that others accept their right to say so. Yet if Christians said anything about Mohammed, even if true and garnered from Islamic sources, they start to riot, issue death fatwas and what not.

    Sometime soon, I hope this tendency of theirs to irrational behaviour, will be subject to correction.

  9. They want to conquer the entire world for allah, they wont!
    if they could, it would not mean peace because the religion of
    peace does not know real peace, which is not established by
    force, pressure or manipulating but by Pneuma Anaikonosis
    (the renewal in YHWH’s spirit). so any “religious” system
    will fail. “Not by force nor by power but by my Spirit” says
    YHWH Sebaoth.

  10. DP111, double standards there.

    You say that when a Muslim claims that Christ is not the Son of God (but does call Him a great Prophet of God) you find that insulting but then you say you do not insult Mohammed in the same way.

    Yet, Christians and Jews by their very nature will say that Mohammed was not a Prophet of God which if you want to value is probably worse, but for argument sake is at its very least just as insulting.

    Aparantly you and other fundamentalists and evangalists cannot cope with it but most established Churches can. That says more about the problem being yours then theres.

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