Erdoğan goes full Ottoman – meets Abbas with military dress show

Actors dressed in the military costumes of 16 states founded throughout history by Turks staged a dress show as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara. (Hürriyet Photos / Rıza Özel)

Turkey’s new presidential palace witnessed a “dress show” during a welcoming ceremony for a visiting head of state for the first time on Jan. 12.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shook hands flanked by the costumed retinue, before moving on to the meeting room for bilateral talks.


Since the mid-1920s, the Presidential Seal has featured the sun, symbolizing the Republic of Turkey, as well as 16 five-pointed stars.

The stars were attributed in the official narrative of Turkey to “the 16 Great Turkish Empires” in 1969. Previously, it was accepted that they were symbols for the 16 Turkish beyliks, the principalities that emerged in Anatolia between the 13th-15th centuries, after the fall of the Seljuks…


  • Censored_often

    Is this a photo from the forthcoming season of Game of Thrones?

    • Frau Katze

      Nope, it’s for real, I promise!

  • Exile1981

    So given the list of “Turkish” empires he’s claiming decent from, he’s saying the Turks don’t own Turkey because they started in Mongolia as the Huns and immigrated. That would mean that they are the invaders and the Kurds are the rightful owners of modern Turkey.

    • Fran800

      Nope. It’s Greeks and Armenians, plus a few smaller groups.

  • DVult

    This guy has gone full Mr. Dressup. The next step will be showing up in more and more bizarre costumes like the Saudis.

    • Frau Katze

      He’s getting worse by the day.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …afterwards, there was a private performance of a special bachi-bazee-boy dancing troupe from Alfghanistain…

  • cmh

    I am glad they are finally coming out of the closet and showing their pride in who and what they are. This way it becomes much easier for non muslims to understand what is going on and how incorrect it is for muslims of any sect to be living in our neighborhoods.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Erdogan’s imperial show is more bark than bite. The Turkish military hasn’t dared intervene in Syria.

  • Minicapt

    Some of those Turks look a bit Frankish.


    • Frau Katze

      Turks look like Europeans. Although the original Turks came from the east and people speaking Turk-related languages in places like Kazakhstan look Far East Asian, the Turks don’t.

      Clearly the language was imposed by a small set of rulers on the existing population.

      You don’t need huge force to change a language. Look at how the English got all the Celts speaking English.

      • Fran800

        Throughout hundreds of years, the Turks had a harvest of Christian children, Greeks, Belgarians, Serbs. They were taken from their parents and trained as Janissaries, the most fanatical Muslim swat teams, loyal only to the Sultan. They were used to beat down any sign of restiveness from the oppressed peoples from whose ranks they had been taken
        Sadly, most Turks are Islamized Greeks.