COMMENT: In past programs, we’ve asked whether the newly invigorated pan-Turkist movement and Islamism might converge. Just such a development appears to be gaining momentum, with Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu having observed the Muslim holiday of Eid el-Fitr in Bosnia/Herzogovina.
In addition to the fact that this former Yugoslavian province was part of the Ottoman Empire and has seen the recreation of the 13th Waffen SS division (Hanjar) in the early 1990’s under Alija Izetbegovic, Davutoglu met with Bosnia Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric.
Ceric is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Davutoglu also met with Bakir Izetbegovic, son of Alija and the Bosniak president of Bosnia/Herzegovina. His father recruited for the original Hanjar Division, as well as presiding over its recreation in the 1990’s.
In this context, it is useful to consider how useful a resuscitated Ottoman aggressor would be to transnational corporate (and perhaps NATO) elements, who might see it as a vehicle to be used against Russia and China.
It might be useful to the Underground Reich as a vehicle for the final elimination of Israel and the Jews, as well as providing impetus to European neo-Fascist movements using Islamist influence in Europe as a recruiting tool.
As seen in the “Turkish Taffy” programs (#737, #738, #739) the moderation of Mr. Erdogan, and his AK Party government is highly debatable, with the regime having a back story inextricably linked with the milieu of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Bank Al-Taqwa.
EXCERPT: Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The foreign minister performed Eid prayer at Sarajevo’s Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque together with Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Tuesday.
Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric welcomed Davutoğlu, telling worshippers that “today is a day we waited for centuries” in Sarajevo. “Today is a day to cherish because the Turkish foreign minister is with us,” he said. Davutoğlu said Ceric’s sermon was “emotional” and added: “We were here, are here and we will always be here.” Ceric further commended Davutoğlu after his sermon at the mosque, saying “Allah created him to make history.”
Calling Davutoğlu’s Eid prayer at Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque a “historic moment,” Ceric said it symbolized the “rebirth of a new politics and new realities in the Balkans, particularly in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Davutoğlu said after the prayer that he was honored to be in Sarajevo, calling the city as “home.”
He said: “In our traditions, we celebrate Eid at home. This is what I am doing, I celebrate the Eid with my family in Sarajevo. Bosnia is our home and Bosnians are our family members.” Izetbegovic, son of late Aliya Izetbegovic who was the first president of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that Davutoğlu brought even more sunshine to Sarajevo on this sunny day. . . .
. . . The State Department had warned as early as 2004 about the thinking of Erdogan’s then-chief foreign policy advisor Davutoglu, an ally of Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who it said was “lost in neo-Ottoman Islamist fantasies”, namely, that Turkey’s role is to spread Islam in Europe, “to take back Andalusia and avenge the defeat at the siege of Vienna in 1683”, as one participant in a recent meeting at AKP’s main think tank put it. [Italics are mine–D.E.] . . . .
. . . Considered by some to be a leading “liberal” Islamic leader, Mustafa Ceric is tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood through his membership in the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), headed by Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and by his participation in the U.K.-based “Radical Middle Way” consisting of a wide range of associated scholars representing the global Muslim Brotherhood.
Several earlier posts have discussed Dr. Ceric’s increasing visibility and importance within the global Muslim Brotherhood, noting that Ceric sees himself as a possible future leader of a “European Islam.” Dr. Ceric recently comparedthe Iranian Revolution with the French Revolution and Iranian media reported that Dr. Ceric recently told former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting that he considers Iran a “good friend” of his country.” A post from October 2009 discussed his visit to the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the U.S. and global Muslim Brotherhood.