The nation of Turkey has become two nations. President Recep Erdogan, formerly the prime minister of the land, has worked to reduce democracy in Turkey and impose new religious standards that place his Muslim version as the one all should follow. He had undone over seventy years of making Turkey a secular Muslim society by insisting there is need for religion in the classroom. Erdogan has supported efforts to overthrow the regime of President Assad in Syria even though his policies simply would result in victory for Muslim fanatics. There is no question that Muslim supporters for jihad in Syria are able to cross over from the border of Turkey. Many college students in Turkey are NOT supporters of jihad nor are they backing Erdogan policies of more religion. A group of students at Istanbul University placed signs which attacked ISIS only to be attacked by Muslim jihadists.
A statement by students at Istanbul University made clear their opposition to ISIS policies. “As university students we had come together to stop the murderers with blood on their hands and the ISIS army which has murdered children and raped women.” These students were attacked by supporters of ISIS. The majority of Muslims in Turkey OPPOSE ISIS. It is time for Erdogan to listen to Muslims in his own country who are horrified at the rape and death from ISIS.