Turkey no friend of the West

Last week, Pope Francis paid a visit to Turkey in what was seen as an attempt to align the Catholic church with moderate Muslims…

… In an address following the meeting, the Pope condemned the Islamic State’s (ISIS) assault on Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria…

To ensure his condemnation of ISIS was not misinterpreted, Pope Francis also denounced people “who say that all Muslims are terrorists.”

If the pontiff thought Turkey’s leader was the moderate Muslim who would reciprocate in kind, he was setting himself up for disappointment.

On the same day the pontiff met president Erdogan, the Turkish leader delivered a blistering attack on the West, claiming, “They (the West) look like friends, but they want us dead — they like seeing our children die. How long will we stand that fact?”

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet5 reported Erdogan as saying: “Believe me, they don’t like us.”

In an incendiary attack on his NATO partners, Erdogan said they “love oil, gold, diamonds, and the cheap labor force of the Islamic world.”

The Pope could have taken a less appeasing attitude by standing up to the supremacist and arrogant attitude of global Islamism that poses a threat to human civilization in many ways…