Crowning Erdogan as the New King of Islamists

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s apology to Turkey for the deaths of its citizens during the 2010 flotilla raid misses the point. The tension with Turkey was never really about the operation. It was about making Israel bow to Turkey, crowning Prime Minister Erdogan as the new king of the Islamists.

“Israel apologized to Turkey. Dear prime minister, we are grateful that you let our country experience this pride,” says billboards that have been set up in Ankara celebrating the Israeli apology.

The actions taken by the Turkish government since Netanyahu’s apology show that its goal is submission, not reconciliation.

Erdogan is extending his time in the spotlight by demanding that Israel pay $1 million to each of the nine casualties’ families, ten times the amount Israel has offered. He isn’t yet dropping his case against the Israeli generals involved in the raid, nor is he fully restoring diplomatic ties with Israel. And he’s announced that he will visit the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in what is a thinly-concealed victory lap.

The aspirations of the Turkish government were frankly stated by Foreign Minister Davutoglu. Last May, he said, “We will manage the wave of change in the Middle East. Just as the ideal we have in our minds about Turkey, we have an ideal of a new Middle East. We will be the leader and the spokesperson of a new peaceful order, no matter what they say.”

The Turkish government has announced its intention to build a mega-mosque in Istanbul that will have the tallest minarets in the world and can “be seen from every corner of the Bosphorus.” This is a reflection of its grand vision of dominance.

Erdogan was rated as the second most influential Muslim leader of 2012, only behind Saudi King Abdullah. Despite his reputation as a “moderate,” Erdogan has said that Hamas is a “resistance” group, not a terrorist group. He has won the admiration of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who said, “Turkey’s support for the people of Syria and Palestine is unforgettable. My brother Erdogan, thank goodness God gave you so much. And you deserve it. You are also a leader in the Muslim world.”

The Turkish government isn’t “moderate” and trying to position itself to help bring peace in the Middle East. Instead, its top officials are promoting the themes against Israel’s right to exist that sustain the conflict.

Erdogan recently said that “Islamophobia” and Zionism are crimes against humanity on par with fascism and anti-Semitism. He also called Israel a “terrorist state” during the latest round of fighting with Hamas. This rhetoric isn’t as inflammatory as Iran’s pledges to wipe Israel off the map, but the point is the same. A “terrorist state” should not exist, nor does a philosophy that is equivalent to fascism.

The Turkish government has adopted the Muslim Brotherhood doctrine of “gradualism.” As the ruling AKP party is strengthened, it has more room to implement its Islamist agenda.

In July, the government proposed limits on freedom of speech for the sake of “public morality,” “national security,” “public order” and to “prevent pro-war propaganda, discriminations and hate.” Turkey is now  believed to have “more journalists in detention than any other state in the world.” Pianist Fazil Say, , a critic of Erdogan’s, was arrested for insulting “religious values.” A human rights organization defending him was charged with “denigration of the state.”

Since the AKP has taken power, the number of mosques has grown from 76,000 to 93,000, while not a single public school has been added. In the first seven years of its rule, the number of honor killings in Turkey increased by 14 times. In 2009, its rate of honor killings was five times that of Pakistan.

The increased Islamization of Turkey corresponds with increased discrimination against Christians and Jews and hostility to the U.S. and Israel. The Turkish Association of Protestant Christians complains of a “root of intolerance” resulting in anti-Christian discrimination.

A 2009 poll found that 55% of Turks do not want non-Muslims to have positions in justice or security. About 44% don’t want to be treated by Christian or Jewish doctors. About 57% are against having atheists as neighbors, while 42% feel that way about Jews and 35% about Christians. Interestingly, 54% don’t want “Shariah supporters” as their neighbors, which may be a reference to Salafists.

Nonetheless, the statistics and aforementioned facts show that the Turkish government is transitioning the country from a secular identity to an Islamist one. And Turkey is increasingly looking to export its ideology, whether it is in Syria through rebel forces or the U.S. through the Fethullah Gulen network and outreach to Native American tribes.

The political success of Erdogan is alarming. One of the best advantages the West enjoys in the ideological war is that Islamists usually lose much of their support once they gain power. The most recent entry in this pattern is the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. On the other hand, the popularity of the AKP and Erdogan has increased in Turkey since they came into power.

Israel may stand strong against Iran, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, but it caved to Turkey. The apology and the West’s reluctance to confront Turkey sends the signal that Erdogan is the leader of the region.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    But the Turkish street food is so awesome. We can't criticize them. They're just like the USA but just a little different. "Right-wing" conservatives just don't understand.

    • WildJew

      You are correct. Most "right-wingers" just don't get it. PM Netanyahu could use a good scholar on Islam, like Robert Spencer, to teach and advise him. The vast majority of conservative leaders need a lot of help understanding Islam. The left is lost. The right is nearly lost with very few notable exceptions and these people's views and actions according to Speaker John Boehner are "dangerous." I wonder how many right-wing conservatives understand? I wonder how much of this ethics violation investigation Boehner ordered has to do with potential wrong-doing on Michele Bachmann's part and how much of it has to do with Boehner's idea that Bachmann's views on Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into our government are "dangerous."

      • WilliamJamesWard

        I wonder if millions of tax dollars stolen for the undisclosed spending of our out of control
        government were used for prayer rugs and death rags for our population, one can only
        guess what plans the subversives in Washington are planning…………………William

  • Poupic

    Yet Barack Hussein calls Erdogan’s Turkey “a friend and Ally. It is more than a disclosure as to who Barack Hussein is.

    • Drakken

      Turkey is about to find out that our western patience is about to run out, no more NATO for Turkey.

      • defcon 4

        Turkey should've been kicked out of NATO when they invaded and annexed Cyprus then proceeded to ethnically cleanse non-muslimes.

  • Rostislav

    Can't believe that Bibi, being quite a calculating man basically, wasn't able to foresee such a development. So for me the mystery lies on the other plate of his mind: what was there exactly to overweight Israel's humiliation and the connected strategic loss? Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

    • ziontruth

      "So for me the mystery lies on the other plate of his mind: what was there exactly to overweight Israel's humiliation and the connected strategic loss?"

      Not hard to guess: Iran. Bibi truly believes that Israel needs the U.S. to save Israel from Iran. He's a shtetl Jew courting the rich landowner's favors, even while he's supposed to be leader of the sovereign Jewish State.

      These are times of great groaning induced by the inadequacy of the leadership the free world has all over.

    • mlcblog

      Sadly, I wonder, too, and remember the ovens. How was that not avoided?

  • Adam

    For Islamists apologies signify weakness and loss of face, Obama the King of Apologies probably made this a requirement for some deal with Israel.

  • Aisha22

    FATWA!!! JIHAD AGAINST ALL SAVAGES. (Savages = Sharia believers)

  • LindaRivera

    The video and photos are on the internet of the Muslim savages attacking the IDF soldiers. The Muslim attackers MUST be tried in court!

    IDF, You are my HEROES!
    My love, best wishes and undying appreciation to the IDF – Wonderful DEFENDERS of the Free World's people!

    • Drakken

      The only thing muslim savages understand and respect is the sword, and I say give it to them in spades.

  • Indioviejo

    Kemal Ataturk knew the evil enshrined in the Koran and the Sharia law, so he turned the course in Turkey towards a secular nation. Unfortunately, he forgot to eradicate Islam, and now it is back. To Erdogan Israel is an affront, but he also sees the advantage in becoming the leader of Israel's enemies. Obama sees it in the same way so it was easy for him to force Netanyahu to apologize for something he didn't do. Perhaps there is a silver lining to this dark cloud.

    • ziontruth

      "Unfortunately, he forgot to eradicate Islam, and now it is back."

      Quoted for truth.

  • LindaRivera

    Obama intensely pressured Netanyahu and a major VICTORY for totalitarian, global Islam is achieved. Every non-Muslim is betrayed! Netanyahu apologized to Turkey for IDF Defenders of the Free World defending themselves from savage Muslim attackers (it's on video). Netanyahu agreed to pay compensation!

    The terrifying message to the world's Muslims is: You have the right to attack non-Muslim innocents and if non-Muslims defend themselves, non-Muslims will have to pay compensation. ENCOURAGING Muslims to increase their attacks on non-Muslims!

    The constant BETRAYALS by Western leaders must stop! We are in URGENT need of a new, strong, ETHICAL leader to arise who will defend and protect the Free World's non-Muslims!

  • lambsev77

    I believe it was Golda Meir who said that Israel not only grieved the burying of her sons killed in battle, but grieved the burying of her enemies killed in battle by Israel. I think it no shame to be sorry for the loss of life during the 2010 flotilla raid. Likely those killed went to hell, and God is takes no pleasure in that!

    Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

    If some would stop long enough to hear from God, He, Yeshua the Messiah would speak to them and they would know His Heart and Will.

    Jeremiah 9:23-24
    23 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
    24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Very true and the leaders of the Western World glory in thier stupidity and deceptions while
      the people wait and wonder when the day of retribution will come and Islam will pay for it's
      wicked ways………………………….William

  • antisharia

    The Turks are now, and have always been, a barbarous violent people. They're good for target practice, nothing more.

    • think4yourself

      I'm a Turk that supports Jews and Israel. Am I on your murder list as well. Are you going to kill me like the little short nutcase with the funny mustache did so many innocent people? How does any human being even make comments like you do? You should be ashamed of yourself; I don't see you a true Jew. True Jews don't kill innocent people! The Jewish people as a whole are good decent people that don't speak like you do.

  • logdon

    Bibi moves in mysterious ways and he, once disgracefully snubbed by an arriviste White House usurper must know the score.

    For me, he should not have apologised but we have to realise that next week will bring another Hamas/Fatah/Hezbollah/Egyptian episode of Islamic deadly high drama and the week after, yet another, relegating this story to the realms of Arab/Turkish supremacist dreams.

    What seems to have passed under the radar is Netanyahu’s shifting of demand acceptance from Olmert’s offers of most of Samaria, Judea and East Jerusalem.

    None of that list of craven capitulation is now on the table and for that he’s saved Israel’s kosher bacon.

    And again, for that he must be respected.

    In fact Bibi's taqiyya may have meaning beyond the obvious.

    By elevating Erdogan, surely the Clown Prince's of Arabia must be seething.

    Remember, they were subject to Ottoman rule until 1918 when the Caliphate fell. They may well adopt the superficial try a little tenderness schtic but they who live by a creed established in the Seventh Century have 1400 year memories and to them 1918 is as good as yesterday.

    It could be argued that Bibi has merely thrown a bone into a hundred year dog fight.

    • Drakken

      Bibi has just projected weakness to the savages, and that is going to embolden them even more, this will not end up well.

      • logdon

        In the world of Islam we all project weakness.

        Calling it, post the killing of 3000 innocents, 'the Religion of Peace' is about as insane as it gets but who castigated Bush then?

        Read my piece again, I'm not arguing with you but when dealing with Muslims there's more than one way to skin a cat.

        Drawing them out is one such preamble.

        • Drakken

          I get your meaning and in some ways I agree with drawing them out. When Bush said islam means peace I almost fell out of my chair and I knew then and there people are in denial of the obvious and won't do anything until it lands on their doorsteps. Anyway you look at it, this is going to get rather nasty.

          • logdon

            this is going to get rather nasty.

            Of that there is no doubt.

            We are at war.

            It's not as we know it and our so called leaders will deny until they're blue in the face yet Muslims declare it incessantly and obsessively.

            I know who I believe.

          • ziontruth

            "We are at war."

            We have yet to wage it properly. Even those who recognize the threat of Islamic imperialism tend to be stuck with World War II or Cold War models of how to counter it, instead of realizing this threat is comprised mainly of invader-immigrant movements and cannot be repulsed by anything less than mass deportation of the colonizing foot-soldiers—men, women and children, all of them.

          • logdon

            I live in Britain. This is what our 'Conservative' Prime Minister has to say.

            'Many British Asians see a society that hardly inspires them to integrate. Indeed, they see aspects of modern Britain which are a threat to the values they hold dear. Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around.'

            So starting from that position of modern conservatism where do we go?

            As you may well gather his popularity is not exactly soaring. The alternative? Marxist raised Ed Miliband.

            Talk about rocks and hard places, eh?

            PS: Asian is British PC speak for Muslims.

          • ziontruth

            Your quote of Britain's P.M.: "Not for the first time, I found myself thinking that it is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the British Asian way of life, not the other way around."

            Just a few decades ago, this would be considered treason.

            Like I said, inadequate leadership everywhere. You have a prime minister who thinks the hosts should adapt to their guests, and Israel's premiere apologizes to the country that sent a flotilla to aid its sworn enemies.

            The only thing I'm wondering is when the boiling point will finally be reached. People naturally don't want to risk civil war by rising up, even against a clearly treasonous leadership, but the way those leaders keep piling up outrage after outrage will eventually bring the ship of state to hull crush depth.

            "PS: Asian is British PC speak for Muslims."

            I know. I read up on what's going on in Europe regularly, especially the Gates of Vienna blog.

          • Drakken

            There won't be massive deportation, it is way too late for that, look at the Balkan model as to what is going to happen, they will be bringing back an old pagen ritual called the funeral pyre where you will see the fires for miles.

          • defcon 4

            Have a little faith. A little can do spirit!

          • logdon
      • logdon

        This is interesting.

        On the one hand absolutely correct.

        On the other as I say, 'It could be argued that Bibi has merely thrown a bone into a hundred year dog fight.'.

        http://www.meforum.org/3479/turkey-israel-apology

        But whether who is right, one things for sure it's a case of another day, another problem with Islam.

      • logdon

        National Review Online, The Corner
        http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2013/03/on-second

    • DVG93

      I believe there is something less obvious as well. I don't think for a split second Bibi trusts little barry or erdogen. This was a calculated and necessary nose in the air move to faciliate preparations for Syria.

      This apology isn't worth more than the stink anyone makes of it. Let another ship try to duplicate the last effort and see what happens. The only difference will be the Israelie's will be more prepared. The ship will be stopped.

      There is a regional war in the future. Nothing is going to change that. The only issue is participants and timing.

    • mlcblog

      Nice food for thought,
      from the Perpetual Optimist

  • Attila_The_hun

    Erdoğan's success partly due to Bush's stupidity and Obama's Islamic/Marxist upbringing.
    Both man promote Erdoğan from different reasons.
    a) If Bush weren't soo obsess with Islamic Democracy ( we all know that's oxymoron) Erdoğan may not be where he is today.
    b) Hussein O, not only tolerated Erdoğan's defiance against Iran sanctions, He praised him for his anti western anti Semitic anti democratic behavior.
    Unfortunately Bibi was forced by Hussein O, to act against his better judgment. I'm sure Bibi knows that he is between a rock and hard place. Like many of us He has to survive the Obama tyranny

  • LindaRivera

    Erdogan: The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…

    Why is VIOLENT War aggressor, Turkey, a member of NATO?

    End Muslim Turkey's ILLEGAL occupation of Cyprus!

    • WilliamJamesWard

      A sore point for many a year the invasion and partition of Cyprus, Turkey is now in the
      hands of fanatics under Erdogan and must be excised from NATO, however it is just
      possible NATO is so undermined by leftists thay they are a common enemy of freedom
      and dignified life…………………………William

    • think4yourself

      Are you serious? Remember not every Jew voted for Bibi; nor did every Turk vote for Erdogan. Matter of fact many Turks do not like Erdogan. His days are numbered. However, to get on here and bash the 80 million Turks living in Turkey and millions more all over the world is absurd. See with such a broad stroke of your misguided brush you are jeopardizing more resentment to your own cause and position.

  • LindaRivera

    European and British ruling elites HATE Christians and Jews. Western elites HATE God, the Bible, Judaism and Christianity. Western elites worship the same god as Muslims. Elites call their god a different name, but same god, different name. That is why they send Christians back to their Muslim countries. Western leaders WANT Christians to experience terrible suffering at the hands of Muslims.

    BARENAKEDISLAM: SWEDEN denies asylum to Iranian Christian converts who will be executed if sent back to Iran
    But they have room for an ever-increasing flood of Somali Muslim immigrants, most of whom have no skills, no money, no education, and immediately become a drain on the welfare system, not to mention the
    cause of soaring rape attacks against Swedish women…

    Christians in Iran face arrest, torture, even death. But that doesn’t seem to matter to Swedish
    immigration officials. Sweden wants to send Iranian Christian asylum seekers, who left Islam, back to Iran where they will be jailed and likely killed…

    When a Swedish Migration Board official was told that a family they deported was being tortured, the official said the family should call the police. When Sjoberg explained that they were being tortured by the police, the official hung up. http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/03/28/sweden-d

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Anti-Jewish and Anti-Christian bigotry is fountainheaded here in America by all leftist
      subversives, meaning Democrats and elitist Republicans who profess falsely to be
      of the Christian faith and are really apostates……………………William

    • trythinking4urself

      Can you please take it down a notch? It really seems as you may need some type of therapy. Oh yes, please put down the wide brush. You are sounding like a mad man that was short and had a weird mustache. Not all people are bad no matter what you think! When a handful of ants invade your home, do you go around a kill every ant you see no matter where it is? It's people like you that make the world a difficult place to live.

  • watsa46

    Pragmatism, the mother of necessity. One cannot win all battles but must win the final war. That is what matters. Islam has a long way to democracy since it refuses to accept the fundamental notion of EQUALITY.
    One wonders what they learn in sciences i.e: genetics!

  • mike

    Pray for the IDF and don't forget their snipers.

  • qsome

    my first thought was anger over the apology. my second thought was i hope Netanyahu can out manneuver all of these players. my final thought is what the h-ll is obama doing. all of these goofs that keep saying it was our policies that lead to the 9-11 attack, well the next time it may well be true if he keeps this up.

  • Guest

    I think he is the anti-Christ that the book of Revelation speaks of.

  • James

    Is it pre mature to call Erdogan Gog from the land of Magog

  • http://j33x.com/tag/al3ab/ al3ab

    The particular Turks are now, along with have invariably been, any barbarous chaotic persons. There're beneficial to targeted process, practically nothing additional.

  • Isaac

    I don’t apologize and zionism is biblical truth that Erdogan will find out soon enough.