Category Archives: Turkey

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.

A Turkish Fairy Tale

The people of Turkey are bright, hard working and have created an enormously successful society in the Middle East. Turkey has the potential to become the most important nation in the Middle East. But, for many Turks the past hovers in their minds and it is necessary to make certain that what never happened, happened. We Americans know that once upon a time our ancestors had slaves and slavery was NOT a time of joy for those who were the slaves. A hundred years ago in Turkey, a campaign of slaughter and death was carried out by the Turkish army against Armenians who lived in their country. An estimated one million was killed, and the shame of that action lives on today. The modern shame is denying what happened in the past.

In Ankara,Gazi University has opened a competition “to remind people of the genocide committed by Armenians against Turks and to halt the claims of so-called Armenian genocide.” So, how about the following competitions?

1. We request studies by those who seek to end the hateful lies against the German people about the so-called Holocaust? It is time to get the truth out how Adolf Hitler fought to protect Jews but was murdered by those Jews!

2. We request learned documents about how Americans worked so hard to protect Indians but were thwarted by savages who murdered innocent men, women and children.

Got the point?

End Of Democracy In Turkey

About ten years ago in Turkey the Justice and Development Party won a free election and assumed power in the nation. It was led by Recep Erdogan who became the prime minister and promised a new style form of Muslim leadership. His party pushed for creation of a modern economy, and hopefully would be able to enter the European Union which would further stimulate the economy. Erdogan also promised to end efforts by Turkey’s generals and admirals who continually over threw governments they did not like. Erdogan was successful and ended rule by the Armed forces. He was successful in creating a modern economy in a Muslim society. He pushed for the end of laws that restricted the rights of Muslims in schools where females were forbidden to wear the chador in college classes. But, something happened to Erdogan along the path of modernity. He increasingly became obsessed with the wonder of POWER. His administration has put in jail more journalists than any other nation in the world. He has step by step begun the process of ending democracy within his nation.

Erdogan has become convinced that former ally, Fetullah Gulen, an imam who now resides in the United States of America and has fought for democracy in Turkey, is part of a plot to take over power in Turkey. When Turkish police uncovered evidence of corruption on the part of Erdogan and his associates, the then Prime Minister initiated prosecution of district attorneys and judges who supported police action. The editors of Zaman, among the largest circulation newspapers in Turkey are now in jail. They are charged with being agents of Gulen who seek to overthrow the government. Those who WERE CORRUPT are now free and those who initiated the corruption charges are now in prison. Bye, bye democracy in Turkey.

Trials And Fears Of Recep Erdogan

About ten years ago, Recep Erdogan took over as Prime Minister of Turkey and initiated programs that led to a soaring national growth in productivity. He effectively ended the power of Turkey’s armed forces to intervene and end civilian government when displeased by some action of an elected government. There is no doubt that Erdogan made Turkey a nation that no longer faced the prospect of generals deciding how government would function. He also ended policies that curtailed the power of Muslim religious people, policies such as denying the right of females to wear a chador while in a college classroom. There is no doubt that his policies made Turkey a safer place. HOWEVER, along with these actions Erdogan revealed an ever increasing authoritarian attitude which resulted in the arrest of more journalists than has occurred in any nation in the world.

Erdogan is now President of Turkey and he continues to push his pro-Muslim ideas in a country in which secular Muslims are not interested in having their children deal with religion while in a public school. His latest idea is to push for teaching the Ottoman language! He has also become fearful of a Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen who lives in the United States charging this man with fomenting revolution in Turkey. Actually, his followers believe in honest government, an idea which is not in accord with the Erdogan style of governance. Dozens of police officers have been arrested for seeking to uncover corruption in the government, and you can guess who are the corrupt officials!

Let’s Learn Ottoman Language!

There are times when Turkey’s President reminds me of the American Republican Party. Recep Erdogan inhabits the world of the past which he insists belongs in the present. Republicans want to return religion to schools in order to ensure that all American children understand the Earth is only 12,000 years old. And, all that talk about science is full of crap. Of course, I am not a scientist, but I feel confident in discussing science. President Recep Erdogan is determined to restore the Muslim religion to its dominant place in Turkish society even though about half the population is sort of secular in terms of their belief in religion. So, what is the first step to return Turkey to its heritage–Make Compulsory The Teaching Of The Ottoman Language In Schools! If only people could speak Ottoman, then any and all problems would disappear from his nation.

As far as Erdogan is concerned, “whether they want it or not, the Ottoman language will be learned and taught in this country. If we can do our best for religion, then sectarian conflict will end.” Spoken like a man who belongs to the Tea Party! So, if you are interested in doing business in Turkey, brush up on your Ottoman. How do we get this guy into America and have him run for President in 2016?

Turkey Charges US Acts Turkey

President Recep Erdogan was to last year the prime minister of Turkey, but decided he preferred the role of president in order to pursue his dreams of making Turkey the number one nation in the Middle East. HIs Justice and Development Party assumed power over ten years ago, and ended military rule of the nation. Of course, in pursuit of that goal he has increasingly demonstrated an authoritarian attitude and does not enjoy having anyone contradict his views regarding what is necessary. Vice President Joe Biden has flown to Turkey in an attempt to resolve issues in conflict.

1. Erdogan believes the war against Kurds is THE most important issue in the Middle East.

2. Erdogan believes that if President Bashar al-Assad was removed as head of Syria, then peace and prosperity would return to the Middle East.

3. Erdogan is not impressed with the power of ISIS which he considers a lesser threat than the Kurds.

4. Turkey is allegedly a partner in NATO, but he ignores this body in the Middle East.

5. Erdogan does not like anyone contradicting his ideas, that is why more reporters are in jail in Turkey than in any other nation.

6. Erdogan has refused to work with Greece and Cyprus about issues of oil and gas in the Mediterranean.

Joe, good luck. You will need it when with President Erdogan. He will make Mitch and John and Ted come across as reasonable folks!

Recept Erdogan Comments On History

President Recep Erodgan and his Justice and Development Party assumed power in Turkey over a decade ago. He was successful in preventing the Turkish generals from using their power to destroy democracy in Turkey. and he did usher in years of economic development. In the process he gradually destroyed the democratic society that once was part of Turkish society. His nation now holds the record for placing in prison more journalists than any other nation in the world. Hew has repeatedly bungled attempts to reach an accord with the Kurdish minority. And, he recently concluded that ISIS is less a threat than Kurds who simply wan to rule themselves, not other people.

He recently informed a meeting of people from Latin America, that based on his research it is now clear that Muslim sailors reached the continent of South America 314 years before the arrival of Columbus. He insists that Columbus saw a mosque on a hill in Cuba. Actually, the interpreter for Columbus was a Jew. Columbus thought there were Jews in China. I await the demand of Erdogan that Muslims have the right tow worship in Cuba. Tell that one to the Castro boys!