Enabling the Rise of a Monster

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Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 4.39.23 AMDuring one of the GOP debate dog and pony shows, GOP POTUS candidate John Kasich stated that Tayyip Erdogan was an excellent example of what a democratic leader in a Muslim country should be.  If he is, then why are we even dealing with people like this.  He is morphing into a terrifying and delusional dictator.  Now that the speaker of the Turkish parliament has called for an Islamic state, we know that freedom is not on the agenda.

Recently the Wall Street Journal ran a full page ad stating that the genocide of the Armenians, by the Turks, did not happen in 1915. In August of 2015, during the centenary of the genocide, the Obama White House refused to refer to it as genocide.  One simply does not upset Tayyip Erdogan.

Bloomberg
Bloomberg

When Erdogan was in the US a few weeks ago, the Secret Service went to far as to tell him our country did not prosecute journalists and protesters for speaking out against a head of state.  Erdogan’s henchmen were trying to have anyone who spoke out against him detained and treated.  The Secret Service took them out, quickly.

“…After Zaman, the newspaper Cumhuriyet remained one of the last pillars of the opposition press. In May, Cumhuriyet published video footage that showed Turkish intelligence officers ferrying trucks filled with weapons to rebel groups in Syria. There was nothing secret about this: Turkey has been one of the most aggressive and indiscriminate supporters of rebels fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad, going so far as to arm the most dangerous extremists there, including Jabhat al-Nusra, the local Al Qaeda franchise. Turkey’s long-standing policy of allowing militants to enter the country and cross into Syria is as responsible for the rise of ISIS as any other factor.

The problem for Erdoğan was that the Cumhuriyet story came out just as he was succumbing to pressure from the Obama Administration to switch his policy and join the fight against ISIS. You can imagine what a hypocrite Erdoğan felt like when the Cumhuriyet story hit the stands. In November, government agents arrested its two top editors, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, both veteran journalists, on charges of espionage. Prosecutors are demanding life sentences for the pair. Erdoğan himself is a plaintiff in the case. Last week, a judge ordered the trial closed to the public…”

We are in the process of watching the birth of and rise to power of a monster.  What’s more, like modern day Neville Chamberlines, Western leaders, NATO, the EU, and the vast majority of American politicians have no problem accommodating Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.  It matters not if he is silencing journalists, threatening Russian diplomats, or demanding Germany punish a comedian for exercising his freedom of speech by mocking him.  All that matters, apparently, is the fact that detaining a Dutch journalist is acceptable.  Columnist Ebru Umar was picked up and spent the night in custody, for calling him a dictator.  In the Netherlands, the Turkish embassy is asking all Turks in the country to report anyone who says anything against Erdogan.  Apparently he is going to be filing lawsuits against them, in countries where it is legal to criticize dictators.

“...Insulting the president is a crime in Turkey punishable by up to four years in jail, but the law had previously been invoked only rarely. Since Edogan became president in 2014, prosecutors have opened more than 1,800 cases against people for insulting him, the justice minister said last month.

Those who have faced such suits include journalists, cartoonists, academics and even school children. Erdogan has said he is open to criticism, but draws the line at insults.

Germany has decided to allow prosecutors to pursue a case against a German comedian who mocked Erdogan. This decision has angered many Germans, who see it as a sop by Chancellor Angela Merkel to an authoritarian leader….”

Turkey is a member of NATO. Erdogan wants to become a member of the EU. He is involved in the slaughter of the Kurds, and is supplying ISIS with weapons, and money.  He has demanded Europe allow visa free travel, which greenlights the free movement of Islamic militants and terrorists throughout Europe.  After all, according to Erdogen, the “EU needs Turkey more than Turkey needs the EU.”

Jonathan Turley
Jonathan Turley

Imagine now that it is apparent Turkey is going to become an Islamic state, having it as part of NATO.  Donald Trump is correct that we need to completely reevaluate our relationships within NATO.  Turkey is working with factions within the Ukraine, to create tensions with Russia.  Erdogan is demanding too many concessions from the EU, and yet, everyone seems to think there is nothing wrong with is going on in Turkey. What is it going to take to get the world to wake up and see that Turkey is the next big problem?

 

 

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