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.

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