After the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016, the AK Parti and Recep Erdoğan have strengthened their hold on the country. Turkey is also trying to establish themselves as a major political player in the ongoing troubles in the Middle East.
The AK Parti and Recep Erdoğan stand for neo-Ottomanism, even though it is downplayed and seldom discussed in western media. But facts are facts and Turkey is trying to engage within regions formerly under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, and beyond.
Greater Turkey in German
When Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Erdoğan, visited Germany in 2011 he held a speech to Turkish immigrants, urging them to integrate but not assimilate:
“They call you guest workers, foreigners, or German Turks. It doesn’t matter what they all call you: You are my fellow citizens, you are my people, you are my friends, you are my brothers and sisters! You are part of Germany, but you are also part our great Turkey.”
Erdoğans message was clear: A Turk is a Turk no matter where he or she lives. But the Prime Minister also came with an insurance to be the voice of the Turkish migrants:
“I am here to feel your yearning with you, I am here to enquire about your welfare. I am here to show that you’re not alone!”
Spreading Islam around the world
During the reign of Erdoğan the Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) in Turkey have been expanding and is funding the building of mosques in the US, Russia, Great Britain and Sweden.
Diyanet is also offering scholarships for students and is working on promoting mainstream Hanafi Sunni Islam; “a conservative lifestyle at home” and projecting “Turkish Islam abroad“.
In 1998 Erdoğan was convicted for inciting religious hatred after saying in public:
“The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…”
Since then Erdoğan has claimed that he has disavowed the hardline Islamic views of his past and western media as well as EU politicians are covering up for him.
Eyes on Thrace, Cyprus and Crimea
Speaking about the ongoing campaign in Iraq (the recapturing of Mosul from Daesh) at the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University (RTEU) the Prime Minister explained his views on Turkey’s borders once again:
“We cannot draw boundaries to our heart, nor do we allow it…”
“Turkey cannot disregard its kinsmen in Western Thrace, Cyprus Crimea and anywhere else.”
Irene Dimopoulou, director of the Greek nationalist party Golden Dawns newspaper EMPROS, comments on these statements to Europa Terra Nostra:
“Turkish diplomacy is notorious from the times of the Ottoman sultans. Turkey constantly blackmails the West. We have seen it with the issue of migration and the influx of Third World invaders onto the European fatherland, whose movement towards the West, Turkey facilitates.”
Erdogans dream – a European nightmare
Europe’s borders are drawn in European blood. This is a historic fact and the latest aggression from the neo-Ottomans weas the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, an invasion that brought upon the proud people of Cyprus and Greece up to 6 000 casualties.
It is quite obvious that Recep Erdoğan is dreaming the Ottoman dream. All his politics are directed towards strengthening the Turkish foothold in Europe. And the EU-leaders are either oblivious of this, or they’re following an agenda that for the moment is the same as Erdoğan’s.
We must be ever vigilant!