Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned of a “clash of civilizations” following the wake of the Islamist militant attacks in Paris and he also appeared to criticize France for allowing the wife of one of the gunmen to travel via Turkey to Syria. Erdogan, a devout Sunni Muslim, has already accused the West of hypocrisy after the attacks last week in which the gunmen killed 17, including 12 at the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The three gunmen were also killed.
Speaking at a businessmen’s meeting in the capital Ankara, Erdogan said Charlie Hebdo was known for its provocative publications. “We are following with great concern the attacks against Islam hidden behind the attack on the satirical magazine in France,” said Erdogan, who has become an increasingly vocal critic of what he sees as mounting Islamaphobia in the West.
“Despite all our efforts to prevent it, the clash of civilizations thesis is being brought to life.”
He says that like it’s a bad thing. Like the hapless Tanya, Erdogan believes western concepts of free speech end where Muslim feelings begin:
Erdogan said the decision to print millions of copies of the magazine had nothing to do with freedom of expression and was instead “terrorizing the freedom of others.” A Turkish newspaper which reproduced part of the magazine is currently being investigated by prosecutors.
Kick them out of NATO until they return to the secular state founded by Ataturk . Otherwise, the Turks are just another Muslim fifth column inside the western alliance.