Top Turkish Jihad Boat Leader: “We Asked For It”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Well yes. Obviously.

One of the principle activists on the Mavi Marmara, the actor Sinan Albayrak, came out in remarks to daily Akşam after the Israel apology saying he wished the government had prevented them from trying to break Israel’s Gaza blockade in the first place.

“What is the importance of the apology? ‘We killed nine people and are sorry’ – of course it sounds ridiculous. I say this is what the state should have done. If only it had prevented this at the start. But we asked for it. We went there ourselves.”

This is what Albayrak said. Confused as his remarks appear to be, they nevertheless express a regret that cannot have gone down well in Islamist circles. Especially the bit about “We asked for it.” Some are suggesting now that those who were on the Mavi Marmara when it was raided by Israeli commandoes should bring charges against the Turkish state, seeing as a prominent personality on the ship now says it could have prevented them from trying to breach the Israeli blockade.

I don’t follow the logic of the Jihad Boaters suing the Turkish government. Maybe IHH. Israel does have a case against Turkey. But Obama pressured Israel into apologizing to Turkey… which predictably did not fix relations at all.

  • Ar'nun

    It seems as if the IDF hit this guy in the head hard enough to knock some sense into him. He seems to be repentant of his actions, and I can't disagree, they did in fact ask for it. He is also correct in saying the Turkish government should have never allowed this blatant provocation.

  • JacksonPearson

    “What is the importance of the apology? ‘We killed nine people and are sorry’ – of course it sounds ridiculous. I say this is what the state should have done. If only it had prevented this at the start. But we asked for it. We went there ourselves.”

    Shamefully, they went there armed, to provoke an incident, and to do premeditated harm.

  • Kinneddar

    How much the Turkish government knew about the planned flotilla, and how much aid it gave to the "peace activists" is debatable, but there's no doubt that the goverment was aware, and most likely gave support. In the case of the youngest of those killed on the Mavi Marmara, Furkan Dogan, an American-Turk — he was recruited by lottery from his school in Kayseri, Turkey. Although said to be non-political, he accepted his "win" and joined the Mavi Marmara. Turkish reports claim that he was shot multiple times, however, Turkey delayed the release of the autopsy findings for quite a while, which would make one wonder as to what was really going on. If the autopsy reports are to be believed, Dogan must have been quite a fighter in the thick of the struggle, which makes me wonder about his "non-political" characterization. (continued in next post)

  • Kinneddar

    (continued) I believe that this lottery for high school students was quite public, so no doubt authorities were aware of it. Should they be held responsible for Dogan's death? I believe so. No doubt Dogan played a role in his own death, but those who brainwashed him into believing that he was taking aid to starving Gazans, those who allowed him aboard, and those who allowed the ships to sail, must all bear some blame.

  • Nebula Retina

    It is sad some people never learn. Baby killing IDF at work again killing unarmed civilians. Look at the photo, what a joke, I have more sticks in my back yard and more knives in my kitchen. I guess that makes me better armed and more dangerous than they are. If a commando can't take a knife from a teenager and a stick from an elder without hurting anybody they are no better than those terrorist who train on monkey bars. It is a shame we won't ever be friends again. We will never treat you people the same. Doesn't matter which way you spin the story, Israel lost this one and a true friend…

    • Drakken

      Come at me with a knife or big stick you get shot period! I would love for some savage come at you with a knife or big stick and see how well you like it. Never bring a knife to a gun fight muslim, it never ends up well for you so happpy nahkba !

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "But Obama pressured Israel into apologizing to Turkey… which predictably did not fix relations at all."

    Apologizing to Muslims since 2009 has been so fruitful. We now have the "Arab Fall in to Fashion" as a result and who knows what other perks will come from bending over for allah.

    • TexasRedNeck

      Why does Israel continue to listen to obama ?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Why does Israel continue to listen to obama ?"

        Leverage and loyalty. They have "phantom" leftists too.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The abject "apology" was a new low for Israel's inept, spineless leaders and no one should believe otherwise. Here are some additional facts – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/20/im-an-israeli

    What is truly surprising is that Israel's Shayetet commandos – who were sent "armed" with paintballs, via DM Barak's orders…thankfully an armed commando jumped aboard – haven't sued the gov't of Israel for malfeasance, having imperiled THEIR lives! Grave dereliction of duty is surely an apt charge sheet!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/