Category Archives: Turkey

Turkey Is Finally Upset

Turkish President Recep Erdogan runs a tight ship in his land and increasingly decides who can speak and what they say. He has allowed his nation to become an open land for Jihadists headed in the direction of Syria. Ordinarily, he does not comment about terrorists except to complain that those opposing such people continue to insult Turkey about the so-called genocide toward Armenians a century ago. But now, Recep is really upset. “Iran is trying to dominate the region. Could this be allowed? This has begun to annoy us, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this. Iran has to change its view. It has to withdraw any forces whatever it has in Yemen as well as in Sryia.”

Turkey has a powerful armed force and it could assist in the war against terrorism. So far, it has remained on the sidelines. Perhaps, it is time for Turkey to get serious. A first step would be to halt the passage of young jihadists through its land who are headed for Syria and Iraq. Glad to have you on board, Mr. Erdogan!

We Are All Bahdir!

Once upon a time there was a country known as Turkey in which the idea of freedom of speech was regarded as the norm for all citizens. However, a man named Recep Erdogan assumed power and began to rid his nation of military officers who had continually interfered with the concept of democracy. Heck, if you fight for democracy, what better way to adhere to its principles by ending democracy? Each year Recep Erdogan has gained more and more power and now is president of this nation. Two cartoonists, Bahdir Baruter and Ozer Aydogan, drew a cartoon in which President Erdogan is seen shaking hands with someone and asking whether officials have planned to slaughter journalists.

The government won a conviction for this crime on grounds that the cartoonists were attempting to depict Erdogan as a secret homosexual and thus insulting the leader of the nation. They will go to jail for eleven months. After all, it is a well known fact that homosexuals shake hands with one another.

I wonder if there is such a law we can use against Fox News for insulting the intelligence of the American people?

The Genocide That Never Was

At least once year the government of Turkey becomes upset and is ready to send in its army against those who dare to utter the word, ARMENIAN particularly if it is followed by the word, GENOCIDE. Actually, it is against the law in Turkey to make the absurd claim there was ever a war on the part of any turkish government against its Armenian citizens. For some unknown reason during World War I about a million or so Armenians then residing in the Ottoman empire simply vanished. Let me offer some explanations as to their disappearance:

1. They were taken away in alien space ships.

2. They decided to commit mass suicide.

3. They migrated to the US and their descendants now reside in the state of California.

4. They joined the Russian army and were killed by Germans.

5. Jews somehow murdered them all.

But, there is one thing that is certain– no Turkish soldier murdered any Armenian.

Children Headed To Death

There is increasing controversy over the issue as to why many young people in European nations decide the world in which they live simply does not meet their needs for-something. Three young teen girls fled from the United Kingdom, got to Turkey, and somehow made their way across that nation to the safety of Syria where they hoped to find some meaning to their lives. There is no doubt they received assistance in England and they certainly got help in Turkey. After all, three English speaking girls had to make their way across a foreign land and get across the border into Syria. The issue that western people refuse to confront is-why do some young people who were raised in democratic societies flee to the arms of violence and hate? It is quite clear they discover in the words of hatred a missing aspect of their society.

The quest in modernity is for a sense of meaning. We provide youth with technology and money and propaganda that extols the importance of material things only to discover that some young people hunger for a sense they are doing something that transcends their material existence and provides a sense of self worth. Consumerism does not provide that emotion. So, in their ignorance, they embrace death. They hurry towards hate and fear and brutality from which they can obtain a sense of meaning. Ironically, in the age of technology, primitive thinking attracts some young people. Never forget that we are only a few hundred years from our violent ancestors.

Violence In Turkey

The nation of Turkey is engaged in a war, but the war occurs within its borders, not outside. The war is waged against women in this land. Here are some casualties from the war against women in Turkey:

68% of women lack access to a bank account which means they lack economic freedom

23% say they have been subject to violence by their husbands.

53% were beaten by dad.

52% were beaten by mom.

33% were beaten by their brother.

They inhabit a world in which honor killings still occur.

The government of President Recep Erdogan insists that women’s place is in the home.

Attacks On Turkish Women Continue

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey regards that the greatest danger confronting his nation is failure to make certain that boys and girls are praying each day whether at the mosque or in school. He has unleashed a campaign whose main focus in on ensuring that life in Turkey is like life in the Ottoman Empire. He is now insisting that children in school learn the Ottoman language. There is no doubt that one who can speak this language will find work in most nations of the world. However, the most serious aspect of his presidency is the growing number of attacks on women. Naturally, this event is not of much concern to the president of the country. Turkish women were shocked a the latest rape of a woman. Ozgecan Aslan was raped and murdered while on a mini bus which apparently did not shock President Erdogan.

Each day in Turkey women are harassed and attacked by men who regard it as their right to fondle a woman. After all, if they decide to go out on the streets dressed in clothes that appear to be seductive, a male has a right to touch and violate a body. A twenty three year old girl was run over by her boy friend, a 13 year old girl was raped. But, let’s get back to the real problem in Turkey, not enough girls are studying the Ottoman language!

Is Silence Always Wrong?

President Recep Erdogan was on a trip to Mexico when he decided to provide America with an opportunity to receive his words of wisdom. Actually, he did make a good point by noting the silence of President Obama, Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry over the murder of three Muslims on the University of North Carolina campus. He described the silence as “telling.” Erdogan went on to blast American leaders. “If you stay silent when faced with an incident like this, and don’t make a statement, the world will stay silent towards you.” His point is well taken although I don’t think that foreign ministers in countries issue statements about murders in their nation. The President definitely should have said something, after all, he made several comments about the murder of black men.

However, when President Erdogan pontificates about silence concerning murder of the innocent, he opens up comments about his own silences.

1. He has been very silent about confronting ISIS. He refused to aid Kurd soldiers fighting them.

2. He has been very silent concerning prejudice against Kurds in his nation.

3. He is the chief of silence when it comes to the topic of genocide against Armenians during World War I.

For each statement Obama makes about human rights how about one from Erdogan

Bibi, The Great Leader

I understand that many Americans and Israelis actually believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is some sort of great leader. When he assumed power in Israel, the following was present:

1. Turkey was a close ally of Israel and their troops were engaged in joint military exercises.

2. Egypt and Israel had close relations.

3. Jordan and Israel had good relations.

4. Israel still enjoyed the respect of most European nations.

5. American diplomats worked with Israel in hope of securing peace in the Middle East.

After several years of Bibi in charge of Israel this is the reality:

1. Turkey has become an enemy of Israel and has yet to get over the murder of Turkish citizens who were bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza. I will not get into the humiliation of Turkish diplomats by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

2. Relations with Egypt are formal, not close.

3. Jordanians do not seek close relations with Israel.

4. It is impossible to name a single European nation that supports the foreign policy of Israel.

5. There are NO meaningful relations with the United States of America.

Oh, Israel has good relations with the Republican party of America.

Turkey Turns Away From Openess

Recep Erdogan is the president of Turkey after spending many years as its prime minister. He began his rise to power with the desire to transform his nation into a modern symbol of what a Muslim society could become in the Middle East. Initially, he worked with Israel and displayed sympathy and understanding of that nation. In fairness to Erdogan, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went out of its way to antagonize Turkey and even murder some of its citizens who were on a ship heading for Gaza with humanitarian supplies. Gradually, Erdogan has gathered all power in the nation. He has crushed efforts by Turkish students who dare to demand rights to participate in a democratic society. At the same time, Erdogan seeks membership in the European Union. However, his policies of increasing Muslim domination of a society in which at least forty percent are secular Muslims or those of other religions has led him to impose laws that contradict European values.

The latest Erdogan push is to impose increasing Muslim education in public schools. One family in which dad is a Christian and his wife is a Muslim now confronts a problem. Christians and Jews are excused from compulsory religious education, but Turks carry identify cards. They left blank, “religion” on the ground their son should decide at age 18 what to fill in. Now, he must take compulsory Muslim education lectures. Such is the power of Recep Erdogan.

Should Men Be Moms?

There is a health minister in Turkey who is convinced that only women should mother a child. He made clear to all those in Turkey that men should stay away from babies and behave like men. According to Mehmet Muezzingoglu “motherhood is not a career which everyone can have. It is not a career men can have. It is a career which is never disputable sand is sacred.” Turkish writer, Eli Safaki who has a career as a writer as well as feeling able to be a mom responded: “motherhood is not a career. Turkish women should decide their own paths of life.” Of course, at this very moment all over America and many nations in the world, husbands and wives are sharing the job of raising children while they also hold down jobs.

I raised two children from the ages of one and two all by myself while I held down a job teaching in a college. I do understand how women often asked me: “do you also do the cooking and wash their clothes?” Unfortunately, I could not afford a cook or butler, so it fell to me to handle these tasks in life. Men can do any job connected with raising children except that one that involves a breast.