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Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Turkey, Secularism and the Need for Eternal Vigilance
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by Hugh Fitzgerald (October 2009)


T
he many decades during which the systematic attempt, by Ataturk to remove Islam in Turkey from the political sphere and to limit its power to fashion society, over time managed to allow the formation of a class of Turks who, in their mental outlook are not as distant from Western man as are, say, Arabs or Pakistanis. more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2009 5:31 PM by NER
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2 Oct 2009
Alan R

 

 Note the 'dual German-Turkish' citizenship here:

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2009/10/germany-suspected-jihadist-arrested-accused-of-spreading-al-qaeda-propaganda-gathering-materials-for.html

Imagine the scale of the jihad problem if Turkey were allowed into the EU.

 



2 Oct 2009
Alan R

 

 Shoe-thowing spreads to Islamic Turkey:

             "Shoe thrown at IMF chief"

 

(BBC report and video clip)-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8285739.stm

 



1 Oct 2009
Alan R

 Yes, Hugh.

 Even though the following estimate about the thinking of the post-election German political elite in the 'Telegraph' is encouraging, it could well be a short-lived  political alliance:

"Angela Merkel's win ends Turkey's EU hopes"

http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=navclient&hl=en-GB&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLL_en-GBGB332GB332&q=daily+telegraph+turkey+german+elections

 



1 Oct 2009
Stop Turkey

I feel that the Turkish military are holding back because they realise that negotiations with the European Union are at a critical stage. Military intervention would signal the end of the EU accession process. But a prolonged accession process (even some pro-Turk European politicians are now talking about decades) simply lengthens the period in which the military will feel unable to act, and during this time the Islamification agenda may advance dangerously far.

That's why the biggest favour Europe can do for the secularists in Turkey is to give a quick "No" to their application to join the EU. Then the military will have a free hand again.

You may be interested in the results of a recent opinion poll survey that shows the true feelings of Turkey's non-secular class. I reported the results in my blog here.