Burak Bekdil: Erdogan’s Turkish Bazaar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) said of the Paris attacks, “The West’s hypocrisy is obvious. As Muslims, we’ve never taken part in terrorist massacres.” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (right) would like to see a rally, like Sunday’s solidarity march in Paris, to be organized against Islamophobia.

Erdogan is trying to sell a product that only finds buyers in his own country and in a few Middle Eastern capitals: self-delusion around the theme of Sunni Islam’s “perfection.”

“As Muslims, we have never taken part in terrorist massacres.” Then Erdogan, once again, reverted to his “my-tribe-is-perfect-and-only-yours-is-bad” rhetoric.

“[T]he Turkish presence was incredibly awkward. Though the Paris march honored journalists killed in the attack on the monthly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Turkey currently has more reporters in jail, 40, than any other country, even Iran and China.” — Karl Vick, Time Magazine.



  • winniec

    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu actually said, “As Muslims, we’ve never taken part in terrorist massacres.”

    And naturally, he knows nothing about the THREE MILLION Armenians, Assyrians and Greek-speaking Anatolians massacred by orders of the Ottoman government between 1875 and 1924.

    • Frau Katze

      They never happened. You’re confused. Perhaps a reeducation camp would help.

  • scooby2

    That’s like a tuna saying “as fish, we’ve never taken part in swimming”.

  • just a thought

    They look like they’re taking drugs, snorting. each other’s egos, or something.

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  • Frau Katze

    Conspiracy theories abound.

    In Turkey, though, Erdogan, Davutoglu & Co. do more damage through their political associates and the Islamic clergy. The AKP mayor of Ankara, Melih Gokcek, theorized the Paris attacks as resulting from a recent vote at the lower house of French parliament for the recognition of a Palestinian state, and France’s vote in favor of a UN Security Council resolution calling for the same recognition. Gokcek said:

    “Israel certainly doesn’t want this sentiment to expand in Europe. That’s why it is certain that Mossad is behind these kinds of incidents. Mossad enflames Islamophobia by causing such incidents.”