Erdogan’s War on the West

In 2005, the Turkish prime minister at the time, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, became the co-chairs of a United Nations-sponsored global effort that went by the fancy name “Alliance of Civilizations.” Twelve years later, Zapatero is a retired politician, the Western world faces different flavors of Islamist-to-jihadist threats and Erdogan is at war with Western civilization.

Erdogan, who was labelled as the most virulent anti-Israeli leader in the world, once likened Israel’s operations in Gaza to Hitler’s: (“Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism.”) Recently, Erdogan said that today’s German practices — presumably Germany’s blocking Turkish politicians speaking at German rallies to support Erdogan’s upcoming referendum in Turkey — are “not different from the Nazi practices of the past.” In another speech, he complained that “Nazism is alive in the West.” For Erdogan, the Dutch are “spineless and ignoble” and “remnants of the Nazi past and fascists;” and the Netherlands, which lost more than 200,000 of its citizens during the German occupation in WWII, is a “banana republic.”

To the European Union, which Turkey theoretically aspires to join, he said: “If there are any Nazis, it is you who are the Nazis”.