Category Archives: Turkey

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.

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.