After over 50 years of Israeli-Turkish intelligence co-operation and sharing, the Turkish disclosure to Iran of the identities of Mossad operatives – apparently subsequently executed, illustrates the depths to which Israel-Turkey relations have descended under Islamist autocrat, Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan.
Erdogan seeks to conceal his true intentions and convey the illusion that he is himself a role model for an enlightened Islam which blends with democracy.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Erdogan is a fanatical Islamist and a vile bigot who lavishes praise on the Moslem Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah and whose behavior is more reminiscent of an Ottoman Sultan than a democratically elected leader
More on the allures of the wannabe caliph Tayyip Erdogan, byÂ Â Hugh Fitzgerald
Â Turks must have equal rights wherever they go; non Turks must not have rights in Turkey
A Turk explains Erdogan’s Islamic mental baggage::
Mr. Erdogan is right thatÂ GreeceÂ should treat its Turkish minority in full compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights, and European Court of Human Rights jurisprudence. He is right to expect an EU member state to treat an ethnic minority in full compliance with European democratic culture and values, and free from any hint of political paranoia.Â But he is absolutely wrong to make it a matter of reciprocity when it comes to the legitimate rights of Turkish citizens of non-Turkish origin.
Mr. Erdogan should be able to understand that Turkey’s non-Turkish citizens [i.e., non-Turks, that is Greeks, Jews, Armenians] are Turkish citizens and their rights should not be a matter of reciprocity over how a foreign country treated its own citizens of Turkish origin.
Reciprocity is a nice word connoting justice. But it can be dangerous if used unjustly. As the same reader puts it: “If the Turkish prime minister is really seeking reciprocity maybeÂ GreeceÂ should dwindle the Turkish minority to a few thousand through pogroms and deportations.”
It is a demographical fact that the Turkish minority inÂ GreeceÂ has grown from 129,000 in 1923 to around 150,000 today; while an estimated 200,000-strongÂ GreekÂ population in Turkey after the 1923 exchange of populations has dramatically shrunk to less than 2,000.Â
“Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” –Â Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013
These two bishops have been engaged in some particularly intense “dialogue”: “Grand Mufti of Syria: The kidnapped Orthodox bishops are alive and in Turkey,” fromÂ Asia News, October 29 (thanks to JW):
Moscow ( AsiaNews) – The Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Hassoun Badreddin, the spiritual leader of Sunni Islam, claims he has information that the two Orthodox bishops of Aleppo, kidnapped in April, are alive and outside the country. The news was reported by Interfax-Religion. Elena Agapova, vice president of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, the Russian Orthodox organization that plays an active role in the Middle East and takes care of delivering aid to the Syrian population reports: “According to information from the mufti they are in Turkey.”Agapova states that 28 October Hassoun met in Moscow with representatives of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.Â The Grand Mufti believes that “there is the hand of the Chechen militants and Turkish services behind the kidnappings”.Â According to the Syrian spiritual leader, the kidnapping may be linked to Ankara’s request to transfer the seat of the patriarchate of Antioch from Syria to Turkey. During his visit to the Islamic University of Moscow, the same Hassoun complained that at least 2 thousand Russians, mostly from the North Caucasus , are fighting in the ranks of the armed opposition in Syria.
The Metropolitan Boulos Yazigi (the Orthodox Church of Antioch) and Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim (the Syrian Orthodox Church) were seized by a group of militants, who killed their driver.Â The two Orthodox leaders were engaged in humanitarian work in the village of Kafr Dael, near the Turkish -Syrian border. The Russian Orthodox Church has expressed “deep concern” about their fate. “In all this time we have had no news of where they are and how they are. There have been many rumors, but none of them has never been officially confirmed” Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate told AsiaNews late August. (N.A.)