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Turkish Foreign Minister Pursues Ottoman Irredentist, Islamist and Revisionist Policy Course

Heinrich Himmler and Grand Mufti Husseini, creators of the Hanjar Division

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.

“Turkish Foreign Minister Celebrates Eid in Bosnia; Welcomed by Grand Mufti Ceric”; The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report; 8/30/2011.

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.

Discussion

7 comments for “Turkish Foreign Minister Pursues Ottoman Irredentist, Islamist and Revisionist Policy Course”

  1. Great commentary. I’ll have to disagree on one thing, though: The gov’t of China, perhaps as a whole, is definitely, without a doubt, allied with the world crime network in general, if not with the Underground Reich…..at least, since the end of the 1970s.
    I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see a Turko-Chinese alliance someday if the Islamists do manage to get into power in Ankara. But then again, given how very strange world politics can be these days, maybe not. But given how Sino-Fascists, Euro-Fascists, and Turko-Fascists do seem to think remarkably alike, well, I guess we’ll have to see.

    And then of course, we have our OWN fascists to worry about here in the States.

    Posted by Steven | September 8, 2011, 6:58 am
  2. @Steven. Maybe I misunderstand the implications and insinuations of your statements. But, I want to point out that the CIA is a centerpiece of the Underground Reich. As Jim Garrison once said, “I’m afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security”. That national security enterprise is the CIA and its allies. And as for Fascism in the US of A, we also need to keep in mind Christian Dominionism, Christian Reconstructionism, Islam and the influence of other traditions in pushing for more authoritarianism all the time, every day. In government, politics, society, culture, law, philosophy, etc.

    Posted by Joshua Laudermilk | September 9, 2011, 6:07 pm
  3. @Josh: I do agree with you. The factions which currently dominates the CIA, it seems, sadly isn’t the one looking out for our interests, but rather, the Underground Reich.
    And yes, I see the Reconstructionists & Dominionists as a major part of the problem, too. In fact, here in Texas were I live, I feel they have been a major force in the attempts to further dumb down our population back down to the last century, when authoritarian, Dominionist, and even eugenicist thinking still dominated the schools in most places.

    Posted by Steven | September 10, 2011, 3:48 pm
  4. Posted by David | September 15, 2011, 8:48 am
  5. It looks like a respected Turkish journalist that was investigation a terror network charged with overthrowing Erdogan’s ‘moderate’ Islamist government is now being charged with being part of that very plot as part of Erdogan’s growing pattern of media intimidation and censorship. What a surprise:

    Turkey’s Glow Dims as Press Faces Charges
    By DAN BILEFSKY and SEBNEM ARSU
    Published: January 4, 2012

    ISTANBUL — A year ago, the journalist Nedim Sener was investigating a murky terrorist network that prosecutors maintain was plotting to overthrow Turkey’s Muslim-inspired government. Today, Mr. Sener stands accused of being part of that plot, jailed in what human rights groups call a political purge of the governing party’s critics.

    The other defendants include the editors of a staunchly secular Web site critical of the government and Ahmet Sik, a journalist who has written that an Islamic movement associated with Fethullah Gulen, a reclusive cleric living in Pennsylvania, has infiltrated Turkey’s security forces.

    At a time when Washington and Europe are praising Turkey as the model of Muslim democracy for the Arab world, Turkish human rights advocates say the crackdown is part of an ominous trend. Most worrying, they say, are fresh signs that the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is repressing freedom of the press through a mixture of intimidation, arrests and financial machinations, including the sale in 2008 of a leading newspaper and a television station to a company linked to the prime minister’s son-in-law.

    The arrests threaten to darken the image of Mr. Erdogan, who is lionized in the Middle East as a powerful regional leader who can stand up to Israel and the West. Widely credited with taming Turkey’s military and forging a religiously conservative government that marries strong economic growth with democracy and religious tolerance, he has proved prickly and thin-skinned on more than one occasion. It is that sensitivity bordering on arrogance, human rights advocates say, that contributes to his animus against the news media.

    There are now 97 members of the news media in jail in Turkey, including journalists, publishers and distributors, according to the Turkish Journalists’ Union, a figure that rights groups say exceeds the number detained in China. The government denies the figure and insists that with the exception of four cases, those arrested have all been charged with activities other than reporting.

    In court on Wednesday, a defiant Mr. Sener, looking gaunt and pale, blamed the police officials he had investigated for setting him up. “It has been 11 months that I have not been given the chance to utter a single word to defend myself,” he said, speaking to friends during a brief intermission. “I have been a victim in a revenge operation — nothing else.”

    The European Human Rights Court received nearly 9,000 complaints against Turkey for breaches of press freedom and freedom of expression in 2011, compared with 6,500 in 2009. In March, Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish writer and Nobel laureate, was fined about $3,670 for his statement in a Swiss newspaper that “we have killed 30,000 Kurds and one million Armenians.”

    Human rights advocates say they fear that with the Arab Spring lending new regional influence to Turkey, the United States and Europe are turning a blind eye to encroaching authoritarianism there. “Turkey’s democracy may be a good benchmark when compared with Egypt, Libya or Syria,” said Hakan Altinay, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “But the whole region will suffer if Turkey is allowed to disregard the values of liberal democracy.”

    Mr. Sener said he believed that he was in jail because he dared to write a book criticizing the Turkish state’s negligence in failing to prevent Mr. Dink’s murder. His defense team says the prosecution’s case rests on spurious evidence, including a file bearing his name that an independent team of computer engineers concluded had been mysteriously installed by a virus on a computer belonging to OdaTV, an antigovernment Web site. He was held for seven months without charges. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in jail.

    Now, some journalists who work for the Dogan group say there is an unwritten rule not to criticize the governing party. Mr. Erdogan, who has previously called on his supporters to boycott the Dogan group, strongly denied any political motives behind the fine.

    After Mr. Erdogan swept to power in 2002, human rights activists initially lauded him for expanding free speech. But after an unsuccessful attempt by the secular opposition to ban Mr. Erdogan’s party in 2008, critics say, Mr. Erdogan embarked on a systematic campaign to silence his opponents.

    They say the curbs on press freedom also reflect the fact that Turkey no longer feels obligated to adhere to Western norms at a time when it is playing the role of regional leader and its talks on joining the European Union are in disarray.

    Mr. Sener and Mr. Sik were defiant in March as police officers took them into custody at their homes before television cameras. “Whoever touches it gets burned!” Mr. Sik shouted, referring to the Gulen movement, whose members, analysts say, have infiltrated the highest levels of the country’s police and judiciary.

    In March, the unpublished manuscript of Mr. Sik’s book on the movement, “The Army of the Imam,” was confiscated by police officers. But the police were unable to stop its publication on the Internet, where at least 20,000 users downloaded it.

    The monitoring agency last summer called on Web sites to ban 138 words, including “animal,” “erotic” and “zoo” in English and “fat,” “blonde” and “skirt” in Turkish. It is a tribute to Turkey’s still vibrant media culture that the prohibition inspired an online competition to create the best short story out of the banned words.

    We have to track down the winning piece of that short story competition, hehe.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 4, 2012, 7:59 pm
  6. Oh my. Erdogan just ruffled some feathers with his latest proclamation about the right to an abortion. Not only is he for banning abortions but he’s also opposed to “”birth by caesarian” . Apparently they’re “unnatural”. WTF!? The “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood strikes again:

    1 June 2012 Last updated at 12:12 ET

    Turkey PM Erdogan sparks row over abortion
    By Arash Ahmadi
    BBC Monitoring

    Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described abortion as tantamount to “murder”, angering women’s rights groups and sparking an intense debate in the mainly Muslim nation.

    In line with Mr Erdogan’s comments, Turkey’s health minister proposed a change in the abortion law, which rights groups fear could lead to a total ban.

    Abortions became legal in 1983. According to 2008 figures, 10% of pregnancies in Turkey were terminated through abortion, far lower than the European average rate of 30%.

    Speaking last week at a conference on population and development, Mr Erdogan said “there is no difference between killing a baby in its mother’s stomach and killing a baby after birth”.

    “I consider abortion to be murder. No-one should have the right to allow this to happen.”

    Mr Erdogan also said he was “a prime minister that is against birth by caesarean” because “unnecessary” elective caesareans were “unnatural”.

    Mr Erdogan, who is known to advocate having large families, caused yet more anger when he compared abortion to the aerial bombardment of civilians.

    “Every abortion is like an Uludere,” he said – a reference to an incident last December in which 34 civilians were killed by the Turkish military in an air strike near the Iraqi border.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | June 5, 2012, 8:13 pm
  7. All ideological considerations aside, a new Turkic-speaking empire is unlikely of success through purely geographical reasons. The swath of former grassland from China to Turkey (the ancient Silk Road) which contains the majority of Turkic speaking people outside Turkey proper is hemmed in by ethicities and nationalities hostile to such a project, even were all to devolve into reactionary enclaves. A resurgent Kurdish separatism is surely to be awakened and strengthened by any reshuffling of regional national borders, as is likely if the Syrian conflict deteriorates into Nato-catalyzed civil war.
    This may be one of Nato’s desired endgame scenarios, as Iran’s Kurdish northwest seeks union with their counterparts in other countries. Turkey will be the victim of its own slide into racial and religious fundamentalism and Nazi-inspired agression. Simply put, to destroy Iran as a nation-state Nato will not hesitate to harm its own ally Turkey.

    Posted by Dwight | June 6, 2012, 5:27 am

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