Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends his analysis of what the cheerful, avuncular Recep Tayyip Erdogan is up to with his latest antics.
What’s Erdogan Doing?
by H. Numan
Our beloved bogeyman Erdogan seems to be frothing at the mouth. Just about anyone he can insult he has already insulted, and he is looking for more. Why? Why infuriate Germany so much that even Merkel has to say: You shall not pass!
First of all, mohammedans have a terrible inferiority complex, which they compensate for by looking down on the rest of humanity. Sorry. They don’t. They are humanity. The rest of us are a kind of apes, according to mohammedans. Even the poorest mohammedan beggar in Mecca is infinitely superior to non-believers, no matter how rich they are or what accomplishments they have. It’s built into the religion, right from the start. Don’t forget that mohammedanism was invented in the world’s crotch, by nomadic and semi-nomadic bandits. The truth hurts, and they know it.
Back to Turkey. It used to be one of the world’s superpowers, for centuries. That is often forgotten in Europe, because that truth hurts just as much. The Ottoman Empire was the successor to the Byzantine Empire. Where the Byzantine Empire was already tottering in decline, the Ottoman empire grew vibrantly. It took over the Byzantine Empire, and has enjoyed its very strategic position on both sides of the Bosphorus until this very day.
Taking over the Byzantine Empire in 1453 was just the cherry on top of the cake. The eastern Mediterranean was already a Turkish sea. Before Columbus discovered America and Spain became the western superpower, the Ottoman empire already was. Like communism, it carried its own seeds of destruction. Communism went the way of the dodo in 74 years; the Ottoman empire took much longer to die. It was one of the European superpowers until the 19th century, and after that it took a long time to become the sick old man of Europe. It lost the last of its European colonies only after 1912 during the first Balkan wars.
The most important reason for its decline is religion. Mohammedanism doesn’t invent. It takes things over. All religions share that habit. Readers may disagree with me. Western science didn’t take off because of religion, but despite religion. Real progress was made after the religious wars of the 17th century were resolved.
Mohammedans do not invent. They never have, and never will. Lefties often praise the discoveries made by mohammedans, but that is pure propaganda. Algebra, for example, was not invented by mohammedans. It was invented well before them by, among others, Greeks and Indians. All mohammedans did was take it as booty. They invented the word ‘algebra’ and very little else. The Turks were no exception. Once they ran out of steam after the Siege of Vienna they started to lag behind. More and more as times progressed. Turkish janissaries fought in mail armor against Napoleonic muskets, for example.
Kemal Ataturk abolished the sultanate, secularized society as much as humanly possible within a mohammedan culture, ethnically cleansed the country of Greeks and started again. He did a much better cleansing job than Hitler. With some economic success. Not because the Turks are such a creative bunch of people, but purely because of their strategic location. Everybody wants it. Nobody wants someone else to have it.
Erdogan was one of the many Turkish politicians who wanted power, and is the last man standing. He launched a coup against himself. Which, of course, failed. That failed coup was a copy of the Reichstag fire. Just an excuse to arrest everybody and his cousin. Like any wannabe dictator (or sultan-to-be), he doesn’t like opposition. There is lots of it, in Turkey. About 50% aren’t really keen on seeing Erdogan elected president with ruling power in the April referendum. The other half can’t wait for it to happen.
At this moment Erdogan is the ceremonial president. He controls the entire government, but that’s not the same thing as being able to rule yourself. Hence the referendum.
Erdogan knows that he may very well lose the election. His staunch supporters come from rural areas, notably Anatolia. That’s the poorest region of the country. Most of the Turks living elsewhere in Western Europe come from… Anatolia.
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That’s not a joke, and not my Dutch cynicism at work. Berlin is really Turkey’s third biggest city. That many Turks live there. You can effectively regard Berlin as a Turkish city. Likewise, the Turkish communities elsewhere are substantial.
Those fiercely chauvinistic Turks are what he is after. Their votes can give him an electoral victory. In a ballot that goes either way, 7% means a lot. According to what I have read, that 7% of foreign Turkish voters would give him the presidency he craves for. Those people are Turks. They feel they are Turks. They don’t feel any relation whatsoever with the country they happen to live in. Be it Germany, Holland, Belgium or wherever. Not just the first generation migrants, but many more the generations born later. People who were actually born and raised in Germany or Holland.
Government control from Turkey, and make no mistake, Morocco as well, is enormous. It’s probably a toss-up, with the winner being Turkey. All Turkish mosques have imams employed as civil servants working for and paid by the ministry of religion in Ankara. Morocco does the same, but to a lesser extent. Both countries have laws that forbid forfeiting one’s nationality. Forever. One can live many generations abroad; if your great granddaddy was a Turk, so are you. Agreements with Western governments were made to keep their foreign citizens under control.
For example: if a Turkish father registers his newborn in a German or Dutch municipality, that German or Dutch civil servant will check if the registration is done according to Turkish law, and forward the information to the relevant Turkish authority. If that Turkish dad wants to call his son Heinrich or Jimmy, he can’t do that. Turkish law does not allow that. If his son wants to reject his Turkish citizenship in due time, he can’t. It doesn’t matter at all that his great-grandfather in the past moved to Germany, lived out his life and is buried there. His great-grandfather was a Turk, therefore his grandfather and father are Turks and so is he. You are a Turk forever.
Until Erdogan doesn’t like you, then it’s done in a flash. Several Turkish Germans already discovered that. They went to their consulate for something, were asked to show their Turkish passports and didn’t get them back. You are no longer Turk, they were told. Those Turkish Germans were, of course, no supporters of Erdogan to begin with.
Mohammedans — definitely not only Turks, but all mohammedans — live tightly packed together. Preferably in larger cities, but anywhere will do. For example, in the tiny village Enkhuizen there is a large Somali community. Why? It’s fairly close to Schiphol airport, which is where their daily supply of khat (a drug, very popular in Somalia) comes from. Most of them live on welfare anyway, so why not be extra happy, with a wad of khat in your mouth?
They tend to live as they used to in their own countries. Turks live together in one area; in other areas their might be a substantial number of Somalis, or whatever. Integration is never on the agenda. They watch local Turkish (or Moroccan, or Somali) TV stations. Listen to their own radio stations. Raise their kids in their own traditions. They don’t speak the language of the country, they speak their own language at home. That’s why so many mohammedan adults who were born and raised in Germany barely speak the language.
In their own country a foreigner, or at least someone who is not a mohammedan, is fair game. Milk him for all he’s worth, and then some more. That is standard practice in every mohammedan country. They take that nice charming cultural custom with them. Another rule they abide by is that anything goes as long as the referee doesn’t see it. And a lie is only a lie when that can be proven. Otherwise, it’s the truth. Not believing them immediately might lead to a blood feud for losing face.
You don’t want your (infidel) kids to be in the same school. One or two mohammedans is not a big problem. But we are way beyond that point. Entire public schools in Europe have only mohammedan pupils. Once mohammedan pupils are a sizable minority, the bullying begins. And never stops.
Dutch teachers now complain they can’t teach the curriculum, as their mohammedan pupils don’t allow it. They can’t teach about the Holocaust, for that never happened. At the same time, they look down upon Hitler for not finishing the job properly. A teacher says Columbus discovered America. Immediately a mohammedan student will stand up and shout that he’s lying. Mohammedans did that. This chap is cheered by the entire class. The teacher tries to punish the boy. Tries, as the boy immediately calls him a racist. All his classmates support him. With video evidence, if necessary.
Moroccan juveniles (third generation!) firmly believe that their grandparents build The Netherlands. Before the Moroccans came, it was a quagmire or something. They also believe 70,000 Moroccan troops liberated the country. That’s an act of faith. You can show as much proof as you want; doesn’t matter. The earth was created 6,000 years ago, that’s what the bible (and koran, incidentally) tells us, say fundamentalists. Same story here. Before the mohammedans built up The Netherlands as it is today, people hunted mammoths to stay alive.
Those are the people Erdogan is courting, with great success. It might very well give him the ballot. But the price he has to pay is huge. Turkey, despite its big mouth, is a backwater country. Tourism is one of the few economic pillars that did very well, until the latest row. Turkey can look forward to beautiful pristine beaches, as most Europeans for some silly reason go elsewhere. Flights to and from Turkey are also seeing much less traffic. The Turkish lira is rated junk. Already. It’s not going to get a higher rating anytime soon.
I checked what Turkey exports. Not a lot. Turkish delight, hazelnuts, strawberries, that sort of stuff. Oh, they produced no less than half a million TV sets there. All exported to Europe. Not sure, but I think China produces that in a day or so.
Short story: Erdogan is gambling. He needs to woo his foreign supporters. The price he has to pay is no EU membership, and his country becoming the economic leper of Europe. Hitler was also strapped for cash. Wasn’t a problem for him, he just went abroad to get some. Once Erdogan is president for life in a completely bankrupt Turkey, what else can he do than become the ruler of all the faithful?
Unless I’m much mistaken, that is the only path open to Erdogan. Either he reestablishes the sultanate or he has to fade away into oblivion. As he wants to rule as president for life and re-institute the death penalty, and as he has occupied for 45 years part of an EU nation (Cyprus), breaks every agreement he made with the EU and mocks it where he can, the only way forward for him is to curry favor with his brethren in the faith. Erdogan may not be popular in the West, but in the Middle East they really like him.
— H. Numan