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Erdogan: ‘I Am a Servant of Sharia’

March 19th, 2013 - 12:35 pm

The Turkish Spring

It was from the ruins of the banned parties that Erdogan, with the help of his fellow Erbakan acolyte, Abdullah Gul, constructed the AKP (the Justice and Development Party, Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi). The founders’ hard experience also induced them to adopt the pragmatic radicalism turned into an art form by the Muslim Brotherhood: softening their supremacist rhetoric while in a position of relative weakness; going the extra mile to appear unthreatening; lying about their true intentions, particularly to a credulous West that is manic to prove its Islamophilia; prioritizing the enhancement of their influence over major societal institutions; directing demagoguery at lighting-rod targets (in Turkey, Jews and Israel work well) in order to rally support; and infiltrating their political opposition, gradually defanging it from within.

As I contended in The Grand Jihad, the parallels between the Brotherhood’s modus operandi and Saul Alinksy-style ground-up radicalism – also known as “community organizing” – are palpable. They do much to explain the confederation of Islamists and Leftists against the culture of liberty. When both Brotherhood operatives and community organizers speak publicly, they emphasize semiotics over bombast, code words being a perspicacious device for winking in solidarity at one’s allies while steering clear of explicit, actionable incitement. In the AKP’s case, the choice to name itself after “Justice” speaks volumes.

Hearing the word, ordinary Westerners draw the common inference of simple “fairness” or “rectitude.” It seems aspirational, not provocative. But just as the term “social justice” in Leftist parlance connotes an entire system of statism, confiscatory taxation, and redistribution of wealth, Islamist odes to “justice” connote sharia, Islam’s legal system and totalitarian societal scheme. It is not for nothing that one of Brotherhood theorist Sayyid Qutb’s most influential tracts is entitled Social Justice in Islam – and would be equally at home at either the book-stand of an Occupy Wall Street encampment or an Arab Spring rally.

By 2002, the scene was set for a “Turkish Spring.” The multiple Kemalist parties were widely disdained, being seen as sclerotic and responsible for thoroughgoing governmental corruption. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party saw its opening. The AKP pols shrewdly packaged themselves not as implacable Islamists but as pragmatic reformers: members of a conventional, moderate, “socially conservative” movement committed to “improving” the secular framework, not tearing it asunder. Riding the demographic wave, AKP took 34 percent of the vote – nearly doubling Erbakan’s haul only seven years earlier. And thus did the purported safeguards Kemalists built into Turkey’s electoral system come back to bite the designers: with the wretched showing of the secular parties, the AKP’s mere one-third of the vote translated into a stranglehold two-thirds’ majority in Parliament.

Michael Rubin, the American Enterprise Institute scholar who has written with singular clarity on Erbakan’s Turkey, recounted the debacle in National Review. In triumph, Erdogan was sagely subdued. “We are the guardians of this secularism,” he feigned, “and our management will clearly prove that.” As is reliably the case when Erdogan bats his eyes Westward, there was an ulterior motive. Having been convicted of sedition, he was disqualified from public office. Regardless of his unquestioned control of the AKP, Erdogan was thus denied the premiership he so coveted.

So, while disarming wary onlookers with the AKP’s apparent eagerness to please, Erdogan busied himself behind the scenes, arranging to have the prime minister’s chair kept warm for him by Gul, fresh from a lengthy stint as a sharia-finance specialist in at the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia – a venerable underwriter of Islamist causes, which, during Gul’s IDB tenure, included the Islamization of Sudan.[2] With Gul’s leadership and the AKP’s stranglehold on Parliament, the law was amended so that Erdogan could run for office. He promptly prevailed in a suspect special election – as Rubin notes, “after a court conveniently threw out the results in one district.”

Now officially a member of the legislature, Erdogan became prime minister on March 14, 2003.

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Obama is more an Islamist than Erdogan ! He is an enemy of the US Constitution and it amazes me that former and current US Attorneys, FBI Agents, Military Officers, US Marshals, and other people who supposedly love their country are really only Sunshine Patriots and don't remove him from office (peacefully - for those monitoring my 1st Amendment activity) ! GOD have mercy on us all !!! FYI: US has been helping the Turks murder the Kurds for many years - including very expensive means !!
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Totalitarianism under any banner can never be democratic. Westerners do not see the dots yet- as in the case of Turkey- they only see the Potamkin edifices and think that's the way forward for muslim countries. PMK Erdogan is a very dangerous totalitarian incrementally iand overtly under the guise of islam/Sharia making Turkey an ipso facto totalitarian nation. Kurdish 'peace talks'- raids into Iraq bombing Kurds there or 'actions' in SE Turkey against Kurds under sedition-suspicion. West also made Turkey the faciliator in matters Libya-Syria. Now Jahbat al-Nusra has been helping Erdogan in seizing suspects in the Cilvegozu border gate bombing- finding Sarah Sierra's killer returning from Syria to Turkey. Jahbat al-Nusra now has the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Brigades in Latakia (cannot recall any other muslim country having Sultan Mehmet as in Ottoman Empire) PM Erdogan's downfall will come since now he is identifying himself with Sultan Mehmet. Still of the opinion that Erdogan is an opportunistic antiSemite (antiZionist/antoiIsrael) antiArmenian,antiKurd while trying to paste the haters/lackeys/MB-AQ together in order to seie total control of Turkey and environs . Your article is a timely reminder of the true face(s)of today's Turkey and real politics.
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Outside looking in as a traveler from the west, crossing into Turkey was a change from Europe.Istanbul was strict and the countryside more so.After traveling for years change is obvious.Look for Turkey's reactions to Syria and Greece for tells,they won't be foggy or complicated.That the USA and Turkey are working together is a positive.Europe's many issues are not Turkey's fault.
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