Another self-evident reason why Barack Obama continues to cultivate the Turks' "friendship" - it gives him a domestic road map of his own to follow:
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement.
The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of worrying developments to come out of increasingly hardline Turkey, which is in advanced talks with the E.U. over visa-free travel for its eighty million [Muslim] citizens.
Included in the seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one of which is over 1,700 years old.
They have now effectively become state property – meaning they are run by the government – in a country with a dire human rights record where about 98% of the population is Muslim.
Okay, 77.86 million Muslim citizens, with the rest in dhimmi prison. Close enough for eggs. Just what a European Union that is already being overrun by Muslims needs. And we thought the "Syrian refugee" stream provided ample jihadist cover. Good Lord. Remember that clandestine Turkish-ISIS alliance? The E.U. might as well take down its flag and raise that of the Islamic State high above Brussels....
....because that's what's coming if Turkey is admitted to the European Union. Talk about the ultimate Trojan horse.
But there are ways in which Erdoğanoid Turkey is much more, er, traditionally Middle Eastern:
The Turkish daily Zaman, the country’s biggest newspaper, has published its first printed edition under new management, two days after the government seized the paper and removed its editor-in-chief.
Formerly an opposition newspaper critical of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his Justice and Development party (AKP), Sunday’s edition firmly toed the government line.
“In [fewer] than forty-eight hours, the new admin turned seized Zaman into a propaganda piece of the regime in Turkey,” Sevgi Akarcesme, the editor-in chief of Today’s Zaman, an English-language sister publication, tweeted.
And there's the domestic template for Donald Trump to follow! See how versatile Erdoğan is? Boy, I can't wait to see those two strongmen canoodle.
Autocratic. Authoritarian. Fascistic. The path down which Europe is inevitably headed if it refuses to purge its Islamic invaders while - if? - they still can. Turkey would simply be a belated vanguard.
But they do have the leverage in this tango. The "Syrian refugee" river flows right through Turkey, and they're the ones who own the "dam". The Euros don't want to stop the tsunami themselves? The Turks are their only other option. And they'll be happy to do so....for a price. "You don't want your Muslim population [over forty-four million already] to increase by another third over the next fifteen years? Let us in and triple it overnight. But don't worry; we wear suits".
What a deal, right?
And where does King Hussein stand on this issue? You know where. Aljahim, he still won't even publicly call out what Erdoğan's Ottoman forebears did to Armenian Christians a century ago for what it was:
For the eighth....time, Barack Obama this year will break his unambiguous 2008 campaign promise to declare that the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks in 1915 and 1916 amounted to “genocide,” a leading Armenian-American activist told Yahoo News on Thursday.
According to the U.S. Holocaust Museum, at least 664,000 and perhaps as many as 1.2 million Armenians “died in massacres, in individual killings, or as a consequence of systematic ill-treatment, exposure, starvation and disease.”
But officially designating the Ottoman Turks’ actions as “genocide” would have deeply angered Turkey, a NATO "ally" and a pivotal player in the "coalition" Obama has assembled to "wage war" on the Islamic State in neighboring Syria. Turkish governments have sharply disputed the figures of Armenian dead and categorically rejected the “genocide” label.
Aram Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, told Yahoo News shortly after a briefing from Obama aides at the White House that the president would once again stop short of using the term “genocide” in his annual statement about the tragedy.
There are reliable ways to determine the bona fides of an alliance. One of them is to speak frankly to them about areas of disagreement. Friends can disagree without being disagreeable and still remain friends. It shouldn't be all that big of a <AHEM> cross to bear for modern Turks to acknowledge that their Ottoman antecedents did horrible, terrible things and to disavow them. That would be a small price to pay for consideration of the their...European Union membership, would it not? You can't have a stable, mutually respectful relationship unless all cards are on the table and it is understood that "hitting back" flows in both directions, after all.
And yet The One refuses to say the "G" word in Caliph Erdoğan's august presence. And if POTUS (I was going to say "the American president," but caught myself in time) won't utter that golden nugget of truth, what chance is there that the EUnuchs will?
Sorry, I meant to say Al'iithad Al'uwribi. Or Avrupa Birliği. Take your pick.
Alwilayat Almuttahida is still to come.