Turkey vs. Christian Action Network

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Turkey opposed U.N. sanctions on Iran and there are reports of joint military operations between the two countries against Kurdish militants in Iraq. Erdogan has expressed his support for Hamas, saying in June, “I do not think that Hamas is a terrorist organization…They are Palestinians in resistance, fighting for their own land.” If there was any doubt as to where Turkey now stands, the National Security Council has removed the designations of Iran, Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia as threats, but has added Israel as a “major threat.” Turkey’s position is clear: Israel is now an enemy and Iran and Syria are no longer.

Tan’s indirect accusations of bigotry towards CAN is ironic when you consider that his government’s new friends—Syria, Hamas, Sudan and Iran—promote violent jihad, anti-Semitism and anti-democratic sentiment. Erdogan has accused Jewish-controlled media of justifying the targeting of innocent civilians and it is no accident that anti-Americanism has grown under his rule. As Michael Rubin writes, “Turkey has an anti-Semitism problem—and, for that matter, an anti-Americanism problem. These problems are not spontaneous, but rather a deliberate result of the religious and national incitement promoted by the government Namik Tan represents.”

Ambassador Tan has also called for engaging Hamas, saying, “For a final solution, you cannot ignore Hamas.” In a Washington Post op-ed following the flotilla incident, he defended the integrity of the “activists” involved. He said the incident “began with the killing by Israel Defense Forces of nine peace activists and the wounding of about 30, all civilians.” He described the flotilla as a “humanitarian initiative” and that Israel “is about to lose a friend.” To date, there has been no condemnation of the IHH extremists involved in the ambush of Israeli forces, which shouldn’t be surprising given the IHH’s links to the Erdogan government.

Martin Mawyer, the President of CAN, has responded with a letter asking if the Turkish government will publicly oppose the Ground Zero mosque, commit to providing no assistance to Imam Rauf’s project, and “publicly oppose the implementation of Islamic (Sharia) law in all its forms within its own country.”

Criticizing the direction the Turkish government is taking its country cannot be equated with an attack on the Turkish people. It is true that Turkey has soldiers in Afghanistan, was not involved in 9/11, and has been targeted by Al-Qaeda, but that does not excuse the Islamist agenda of the government.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    CAN says they wanted to use a flag with Islamic symbols to emphasize the connection between radical Islam’s goal of promoting Sharia-based governance and the Ground Zero mosque.

    So according to Ryan Mauro, only radical Islam’s goal as opposed to mainstream Islam’s goal is to promote Sharia-based governance and the Ground Zero mosque, even though the jihad ideology, the Islamic imperative to subjugate the world via the imposition of Sharia, couldn’t be more mainstream within Islam as it is taught and advocated by all sects within Islam and by all schools of Islamic jurisprudence in both Shi’a and Sunni Islam. Hence, Ryan Mauro and Barack Obama are in lock step and see eye to eye where Islam is concerned, as they both believe in the political correct myth that Islam is a Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists who are trying to warp and twist one of the world’s great religions. I, on the other hand, along with many other people as well understand that mainstream Islam is a theo-political totalitarian ideology that seeks to subjugate the world via the imposition of Sharia as its main goal and only poses as being a religion to infiltrate the countries it intends to subjugate and subsume.

  • tanstaafl

    Turkey has a problem with the truth. To this day, the Turkish government denies the Armenian genocide and role of Turks in this modern day jihad.

  • USMCSniper

    The core principles of Islam have the goal of converting, killing, or subjugating all non-Muslims. Non-Muslims are going to have to decide to fight for their cultures, freedoms, and values or they are going to lose them. Islam the enemy of all free societies.

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  • rtk_51

    Turkey and the lack of staying power of a secular government proves that Islam can't change, and that the people who keep talking about moderate Moslems are living in a fantasy world.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    We can anticipate Turkey's evolution from secularism to Islam, from ally to enemy, to become the model for Europe as a whole. The only difference is the timetable.

  • Pamela

    Turkey committed genocide against all of its indigenous Christians – Assyrians, Hellenes, and Armenians – and stole their land, property, and churches.

    Now Turkey complains that it is being kept out of the European Union because the latter is a Christian club. Is this gall and chutzpah or what?

    Now, Turkey is going after the Jews and Israel! Turks apparently like committing holocausts against people who are dissimilar to them. Even Alevis and Muslim Kurds are not spared.

    Turkey: "birthplace of holocausts."

    • max

      so much hatred.. i also hear turks took part in genocide against the martians thats why we cant find any, i been in turkey and i just dont understand your hatred for the turks. they shouldnt be blamed for what happened hundreds of years ago, what did we americans do to native americans? the British to numerous countries for hundreds of years?

  • ViewPoint

    Robert Spencer… "The only good Muslim is a bad Muslim… in other words, the only really good Muslim is a very bad person – and thank G-d there are many bad Muslims out there.."

    • max

      i am a muslim? so been a bad person since i was born? im sorry but you are an idiot.

  • Mike

    The nerve and inane arrogance of the Turkish government gets to be more unbearable day by day. It persecutes the 15 million Kurdish minority, mistreats as many Alewis, sleeps with Iran and Syria, pushes around Israel, denies the genocide and deportation of 1.5 million Armenians, plays footsie with Russia, and is fundamentalist (read extreme) Islam, kills Catholic priests and nuns, converts churches to bars and stables, and then comes around and calls Americans and Europeans racist.
    The first sentence every Turkish child learns at school is Ataturk's "Happy is the man who calls himself a Turk''. This racist sentence is drummed into their ears the rest of their lives from the front-page of newspapers. I guess that makes the rest of humanity unhappy, indeed. It's time the US and Israel taught this criminal state a lesson.

  • BUTSeriously

    One cannot talk of a moderate Islam – no such creature exists: there is no Fatwa for mass murderer Bin Laden 10 years after 9/11, and the Saudi Brotherhood continues causing 100s of 1000s of deaths worldwide, promoting murderous, racist doctrines and Nazi-style falsehoods about Israel and America. I guess the brave freedom fightin' Jihadists are busy elsewhere instead of cleaning up their own regime states!

  • Orhan

    The best answer to such bigotry:

  • Orhan

    This week marks the seventh anniversary of another gross attack on innocent people at the hands of Al Qaeda but it will go largely unnoticed in the United States or in Europe. On November 15th and then again on November 20th 2003 Al Qaeda detonated four car bombs in Istanbul, Turkey killing 57 people and wounding 700. Turkey is a NATO ally directly attacked by our top enemy, but how often do you hear someone say, "Remember Istanbul" when referring to Al Qaeda and the war on terror?
    The dual attacks killed mostly Muslims and shocked the Turkish Republic causing many to call the events "Turkey's September 11th." To be sure the U.S.-Turkish relationship has charted some rough waters over the last decade, but the values of the strategic alliance remain intact — values highlighted by Al Qaeda's distaste for both countries: liberty, democracy, justice, and free markets. The U.S.-Turkish relationship is not defined by Al Qaeda; but it can be important for allies to pay their respects to one another on key occasions as the U.S. will surely expect Turkey to do next September. It is equally important and respectful that we remember Turkey's own "September 11th," now.

  • perseus

    turkish goverment has secret agenda of islam, but turks do not..

    • GeorgeOfTheJungle

      Your statement is so right, and I know that from personal experience.
      I lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 4 years for a Government department. During my regular shopping sprees I met many Turkish people, and made friends with some of them. These ordinary people – many of them well educated – despised the growth of the radical islamist Government of their country, and were – everyone of them – trying so very hard to get visas to immigrate to the USA or Europe as they told me they saw the horrible path (radical islamism) on which their country was being forced.
      This is a personal observation based on meeting very friendly people. This is one of the main problems with Islam, the death cult – as a muslim you cannot criticize the cult in any way, otherwise you are dead – literally. This is also one of the many reasons why islam is NOT a religion, but a dangerous and deadly death cult.