Erdogan’s Jihad on the West

by Burak Bekdil • March 22, 2017

  • “Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you”. — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to the Muslims of Europe.
  • Turkey, instead of embracing Europe as an ally and future partner, seems to think that it can tame Europe by blackmailing it.
  • The official rhetoric in Ankara unveils the irreversible incompatibility between the democratic cultures of Europe and Turkey.

Hundreds of Turkish expatriates in Germany attend a political rally, addressed by Turkey’s Sports Minister Akif Cagatay Kilic, in March 2016. (Image Source: Deutsche Welle video screenshot)

In 2005, the Turkish prime minister at the time, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, became the co-chairs of a United Nations-sponsored global effort that went by the fancy name “Alliance of Civilizations.” Twelve years later, Zapatero is a retired politician, the Western world faces different flavors of Islamist-to-jihadist threats and Erdogan is at war with Western civilization.

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