Although it initially looked as though Britain’s new Conservative Party coalition would chart a new course in foreign policy, nothing could be further from the truth. On his first trip to Turkey, Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a speech on July 27, 2010 in which he effectively prostrated himself in front of Ankara’s Islamist government. And, for good measure, he also maligned Israel in the process — an attempt to further curry favor with the regime, which is allied with Iran, Syria, and Hamas.
Cameron essentially made the case that Britain needs Turkey and that the behavior of the Turkish government has been exemplary. Rather than framing British-Turkish relations in mutually beneficial terms, Cameron focused on the greatness of Turkey:
Which European country grew at 11% at the start of this year? Which European country will be the second fastest growing economy in the world by 2017? Which country in Europe has more young people than any of the 27 countries of the European Union? Which country in Europe is our number one manufacturer of television sets and, second only to China in the world in construction and in contracting? Tabii ki Türkiye.
Cameron described Turkey as pivotal to NATO and the West and said that its “unique position at the meeting point of East and West gives [Turkey] an unrivaled influence in helping us to get to grips with some of the greatest threats to our collective security.” Cameron conveniently ignored the fact that Turkey, under the AKP (Islamist) government lead by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has openly embraced the Muslim world and turned against the West. Cameron further appeased the Erdogan government by saying:
I ask myself this: which country, with its commitment to the international effort in Afghanistan, sends a message to the world that this is a fight not against Muslims but against terrorism? Which Muslim majority country has a long established relationship with Israel while at the same time championing the rights of Palestine? Which European country could have the greatest possible chance of persuading Iran to change its course on nuclear policy? Tabii ki Türkiye.
Just as distasteful were Cameron’s gratuitous remarks about Turkey’s membership in the European Union:
To make the case for Turkey’s membership of the EU, and to seize the huge advances I believe that we can make in our trade and in our security, there are three groups that we have to take on directly. First, there are the protectionists. They see the rise of a country like Turkey as an economic threat we must defend against, not as an opportunity to further our prosperity. Second, there are the polarized. They see the history of the world through the prism of a clash of civilizations. They think that Turkey has to choose between East and West and that choosing both is just not an option. Third, there is the prejudiced; those who willfully misunderstand Islam. They see no difference between real Islam and the distorted version peddled by the extremists. They think the problem is Islam itself and they think the values of Islam can just never be compatible with the values of other religions, societies or cultures.
The United Kingdom has, in recent decades, come close to becoming a dhimmi state – a state subjugated by Islam. Moreover, the UK has become the center of worldwide radical Islamic activities. Alas, Cameron does not recognize this reality. He disregards the fact that Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is an Islamic extremist, and that his positions reflect values that are in total contradiction to those of Kemal Araturk – the father of the Turkish Republic. Can it be that Cameron hasn’t noticed that Turkey is changing from a secular state and strategic ally of the West into an Islamist tyranny and a new strategic threat?