"The events are under control... Security forces will intervene with every possible means indiscriminately, including against women and children."
~ R. Tayyip Erdogan.
I noticed something odd about TDN on Tuesday of this week, but haven't had the chance to comment until now. On Tuesday, TDN ran three articles on anti-semitism in Turkey. Of course, they're claiming it isn't anti-semitism at all, but merely a little disagreement over Israel's approach to Hezbollah that has people protesting.
The headline of the first article reads, "Anti-Israeli wave fed by policies, not anti-Semitism." Thousands are taking to the streets almost daily to protest Israel's actions against Lebanon, we are told, but this is simply a matter of the dislike that Turks have for Israeli policies, officials pontificate. No mention is made of the Iranian army (Hezbollah) lobbing missiles and rockets into Israel because Turks don't object to that. Nor do they object to Iran's policy of annihilation of Israel.
Most of the deputies of the Ankara regime's parliament have been dropping like flies out of their Turkish-Israeli friendship club, with one former member saying that if Israel changes its policies, he may consider rejoining.
Also mentioned is the rumor that Buyukanit Pasha is a Jew.
Buried in the middle of all this nonsense, TDN tell us the real reason everyone's so touchy about being labeled anti-semitic. An influential weekly with a world-wide reach, The Economist, made some comments in its recent issue about the rising "anti-Semitic wave" in Turkey.
Better late than never, I guess.
Last year, in March, Hitler's Mein Kampf was selling like hotcakes all over Turkey. I saw it myself in a fancy grocery store in Amed, built to service the anti-semitic families of the anti-semitic TSK. Saw it in Istanbul, too. If you google the terms "mein kampf turkey," you get a bunch of returns about this news. One of the most interesting was from WorldNetDaily:
While most Turkish publishers of 'Mein Kampf' say they are merely pursuing the profit motive, others admit that anti-Semitic and anti-American feelings are fueling demand.
Sami Kilic, owner of the Emre publishing house, has sold 26,000 copies of the book from a printing of 31,000 in January. "Mostly young people" are reading it, he says.
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"This book, which does not contain a single ounce of humanity, unfortunately appears to be taken seriously in this country," political scientist Dogu Ergil recently told a newspaper interviewer. "Nazism, buried in the dustbin of history in Europe, is beginning to re-emerge in Turkey," he warned.
The WorldNetDaily article notes that Mein Kampf was selling for almost five dollars a copy, as compared to the usual fifteen dollars for most books. How much does anyone want to bet the Gray Wolves are subsidizing the publishing of the bible of fascism?
The MHP (Gray Wolves/ulkuculer), was founded by an admirer of Adolf Hitler, Alparslan Turkes. Back in the year 2000, while Europe was pitching a bitch because the Austrian government formed a coalition with an extreme right-wing, pro-Nazi party (anyone remember Jorg Haider?), Europe also granted candidate status to Turkey. At the time, the second largest political party in Turkey was the MHP, and no one in the EU batted an eyelash at that fact. The MHP had murdered thousands of people in Turkey during the 1970s, attempted to murder the Pope, and is deeply involved in the deep shit of the Deep State.
MHP is intricately connected to the Turkish-Islamic synthesis. As Alparslan Turkes himself stated (p. 14):
‘Islam is a source that keeps the nation together and provides spiritual and moral discipline. Thus, Turkish nationalism is not based on a conflict between Islam and ethnic-nationalism, rather it includes a historical [preordained], synthesis of Islamic and Turkish ethnic values.’
A second TDN article in the same vein is here.
TDN's editorialist, Yusuf Kanli gets into the act:
Do we really have such anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in Turkey? Or are we just witnessing increased public anger towards the methods of state terrorism and undeclared war that Israel has unleashed on Lebanon and the efforts by the George W. Bush administration of the United States to stall all calls for a cease-fire, thus providing more time for the Israelis to finish off what they started?
Turkish intellectuals get into the act:
In one of the most strongly worded condemnations of Israel's attacks on Lebanon and Palestine coming out of Turkey, seven of the country's leading intellectuals have united to issue a public declaration charging the leaders of Israel, the United States and Britain of "committing crimes against humanity".
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Stating that the USA, Britain and Israel were responsible for "imperialist, colonialist and aggressive policies" the declaration said its leaders had collectively committed offences ranging from mass destruction warfare to premeditated massacre, the deliberate killing of children and civilians.
By now the stench of hypocrisy should be making your eyes water.
Where were all the "officials," TDN, Yusuf Kanli, the Turkish intellectual class, and the thousands of protestors when the babykillers of the Turkish security forces were shooting Kurdish babies in Amed? Why have they not condemned the babykillers of the Turkish security forces for their slaughter of 40,000 Kurds from 1984 to 1999? Why have they forgotten that the grandfathers of the babykillers in the TSK murdered 40,000 Kurds in Dersim in 1937? Why don't they protest American arms sales to their own babykillers in the Turkish security forces? Why don't they protest that the US and EU support the babykillers of the Turkish security forces? Why have these people never sent humanitarian aid to the Kurds of Turkish-occupied Kurdistan?
Not one of these people have ever protested Turkish atrocities against Kurds. Ever. Ask yourself this: If it were Syria attacking Lebanon and killing civilians or using civilians as human shields, would we see such frenzied activity on the part of the Turkish media or citizenry? When we see Iran launch its first nuke, will we see Turkish protests? Will the Turkish media step all over itself to make a stink about it?
Don't hold your breath.
Clearly then, neither the issue of murder nor that of fascist atrocities is the concern of any of these people either. Neither TDN's protests nor those on the street have anything to do with human rights abuses or the horrors of war. Nor are these protests the result of any kind of generalized pacifist political movement.
To paraphrase Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign slogan: It's The Economist, stupid.