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Thursday, June 03, 2010

An Open Letter to Turkey

Dear Former Friends,

Ever since you decided to trade in the Secularism of Ataturk for the Islamism of Erdogan, you also seem to have dispensed with the ability to coexist with non-Muslims on a peaceful basis. These days all we ever seem to get from you, is video clips of your leader, Prime Minister Erdogan, barking at us like a dog that its owner carelessly let off the leash. And if you don't know that Erdogan's owner lives in Riyadh, then you don't know very much of what goes on in your own country.

But your affairs are your own affairs. And our affairs are our affairs. If you want to let a fanatic in a cheap suit destroy Turkish nationalism in the name of Islam, that's your business. But when he gets into business with terrorist organizations who attack and murder our soldiers, then it's our business. And when a country that persecutes its Kurdish, Assyrian and Armenian citizens, and sends their elected representatives to jail-- presumes to self-righteously lecture us on how to manage our affairs, it had better remember that holding a stone throwing contest in a glass house will just lead to piles of broken glass.

You say you want an international investigation into the flotilla raid? Sure. Right after we have an international investigation into that minor matter of Armenian genocide that you've been ducking for quite a while. As the new "standard bearer" in fighting for human rights, I'm sure you will agree that it's only fair that Turkey should undergo the same scrutiny it demands for other countries.

And then we can move on to the more than 10,000 political prisoners in your jails. A number that at times has topped 100,000. An independent investigation could also begin by looking into the torture and murder of political activists such as Engin Ceber. They could meet with representatives of TAYAD, the organization representing the families of prisoners. And they would no doubt be fascinated by the more than 1500 children in your prisoners who are there on "terrorism" charges. Like that 12 year old you arrested in 2008 for singing a Kurdish folk song. So by all means wrap yourselves in the banner of "Human Rights" and we'll turn it into a noose and strangle you with it.

In Israel, Arabs are a legally recognized minority. Arabic is taught in schools and used as a legally recognized language. Meanwhile Kurdish identity is all but banned in Turkey. Kurdish names, folk songs and even the Kurdish language itself has been repressed. Your regime has actually prosecuted and removed officials for simply incorporating a Kurdish phrase into a greeting. You screech self-righteously about the "Palestinian children"-- perhaps we should talk about the hundreds of Kurdish children arrested for throwing stones at protests. Arrested and charged with terrorism. Just more of the thousands of political prisoners of oppressed minorities in your prisons.

And perhaps next time your dog Erdogan gets up to bark up at us about human rights, we can stuff this in his mouth. Jenin, the Second Lebanon War and every armed encounter between Israel and Islamic terrorists over the last 20 years combined together killed fewer people, than your country did in 1997 alone. After you get through lecturing us on the use of force against Islamic terrorists, shall we discuss how many times you used jets to bomb Kurdish rebels who were lightly armed at best. Including in 2008 when you invaded sovereign Iraqi soil in order to continue your genocide of the Kurdish people.

You talk about stolen land, when your entire country is stolen land, from Cyprus to Istanbul. Your regime is a racist illegitimate entity based on the oppression of the Kurds, the Armenians, the Assyrians, the Circassians and numerous others. You went directly from being Imperialists to Fascists to Islamists, a truly dubious achievement for any nation. Your history is filled with slavery, ethnic cleansing, genocide and invasion. And that's just in the last century alone. If you had any sanity or shame, you would dig a hole, crawl into it, and hope that no one mentions words like "Minority Rights" or "Territorial Legitimacy" in your presence, instead of trying to use them as a club against a nation whose national history predates yours by thousands of years. We had kingdoms and a civilization that changed the world, back when your ancestors were still trying to decide whether to eat the sheep or rape it.

But let us get back to your precious Islamist flotilla, decorated with Turkish flags that used to be more than just red versions of the Saudi flag. That ship you filled up with Muslim Brotherhood members and Islamist radicals bound for our shores. Over in your wonderful nation of boundless freedom, reporters have been put on trial for even interviewing leaders of terrorist groups. You sentenced the head of a Kurdish party to six months in prison for calling the head of the PKK, Mr. Ocalan, instead of just Ocalan. He joins the more than 800 Kurdish politicians you imprisoned in the last year alone. And after all that you actually have the nerve to pretend to be "outraged" when Israel intercepts your flotilla full of political terrorists?

But of course we know how strongly you feel about blockades. Like the time you blockaded Armenia for Sixteen Years. Very well then. If you insist on sending vessels flying the Turkish flag to aid Hamas, perhaps we'll begin sending vessels flying the Israeli flag to aid the PKK. We're not big fans of the PKK, but since you've decided to friend Hamas, then what's good for the turkey, just might be good for the gander. We can also fill a flotilla full of senile troublemakers, phony survivors and leftist radicals-- along with a few hundred well armed "activists" who know how to use a knife. Or perhaps we won't bother with any of that. Instead for every boat flying the Turkish flag that invades our territory, we'll donate a million to the PKK. I wonder how many rocket launchers that would buy. Perhaps the next time, your air force sweeps in to bomb Kurds out of their homes, they might get a surprise or two.

And then there's the Republic of Cyprus, which has actually been helping us stop weapons smuggling. They might benefit from significantly upgraded air defenses. While the US insists on equalizing weapons sales to Turkey and Greece, we just might have something tastier to offer to one side. And the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus might actually be able to sleep soundly in their beds, instead of being intimidated by savages showing off their F-16's over their heads. The Cyprus National Guard likes our drones, just like you do. But what if they had a much better equalizer at their disposal? Being a small non-Muslim nation surrounded by much larger Muslim countries, we do have a certain fondness for the infidel underdog.

Oh I know, what you're going to say. This means war. But you might want to consider that we've fought and beaten enemies many times our size. And what exactly was the last war you won single-handedly?  And no, bombing starving Kurdish rebels from the air, or occupying Cyprus doesn't count. And how long could you fight that war, before a domestic Kurdish insurgency overthrows your little empire. If that doesn't happen, you might want to think about the big Russian bear at your back. The bear has been eyeing you for a long time now. And with your military engaged in a disastrous war for the Great Caliphate, your borders would be temptingly open. And who exactly would bail you out then?

Oh I know you've made many great news friends, such as Ahmadinejad and that nice burnoosed king in the Arabian Desert, who tells your Erdogan when to jump and how high, but if you think Iran is about to pass up Russian nukes in order to bail you out, you've got another thing coming. Meanwhile old Abdullah in the desert can't even protect himself without the US Marines. And if you think Obama would send them in to save your asses, you've got another thing coming. I'm sure if there were Russian tanks headed to Ankara, he'd make a vocal statement about it. And Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would pretend not to laugh while hanging up the phone.

There is of course the European Union. Last time Russia pulled that trick, it was Britain that bailed you out in the Crimean War. But these days Her Majesty's Empire isn't quite in the same shape it used to be. Sure Cameron, Clegg and Harman will lick Erdogan's feet. But none of them want to be the next Tony Blair either. Germany doesn't like you very much anymore. Perhaps that time when it got enmeshed in WW1 to protect your Ottoman Empire may have put them off. Or your internal campaign of subversion exploiting Germany's horde of Turkish laborers. What are you left with then? France, Italy or perhaps Austria will forget that whole pesky Gates of Vienna thing and this time ride to your rescue.

No, when Russian commandos are ripping off your wife's Burqa-- there will be no one left to save you. Not your newfound allies, or Erdogan who will take the first plane to Riyadh, with as many Lira as his sweaty hands can shove into the pockets of his cheap suit. And just think of it, as the Hagia Sophia church that you turned into a mosque, will become a church again. Istanbul will once again be Constantinople, which means a certain catchy 20's song will require a rewrite. Of course it may not happen exactly that way. But it will happen. Erdogan's plan to suppress and integrate Kurds into a Muslim Turkey will not succeed. And his antagonizing of former allies means that Turkey is exchanging friends, for enemies. Meanwhile your new friends happen to share borders with you and have territorial claims on your land. 

So when that day of reckoning comes, you will find that you have made enemies of former allies such as Israel and the US-- and that the new allies Erdogan has found for you in Iran and Syria would prefer a Russian controlled Turkey, that has no chance of ever reverting to a Kemalist government. And Erdogan's godfather in Saudi Arabia commands oil money, not troops. And while he might be willing to sink Turkey for the sake of Islam, perhaps there are Turks who value their nation, more than Islamism. If not, you can look forward to Erdogan "reforming" your country, until it has the military might of Pakistan, the literacy level of Saudi Arabia and the poverty rate of Egypt. It is of course your choice.

A people have the right to choose their destiny, for good or ill. And if you find that this letter is filled with contempt, it is a contempt fully merited by a regime that seeks to cloak its shameful betrayal of a former ally in the guise of human rights, when it brutally suppresses the rights of its own minorities. You may wish to go on dancing to the tune being played by Erdogan, to sheet music composed in Riyadh. It is a very good tune. Filled with hate, violence and religious fanaticism. That also is your choice. But know that whatever you have was bought and paid by your ancestors who understood that Turkey would either modernize out of the gutter of Islam, or it would be washed away by the colonial tide. Your power does not come from Islam, it comes from the bread crusts of civilization that fall from the table of Europe. Abandon them for the red hued madness of the Jihad, and you will not rule over an empire, but over a wasteland. If you doubt that, look to the south and to the east. Look to the desert. You came from there once. And if you throw away civilization for the fanatical madness of Islam-- you will return there again.

Sincerely Yours

A Descendant of a Subject of the Ottoman Empire

(Spanish Language Translation at REFLEXIONES SOBRE MEDIO ORIENTE Y EL MUNDO)

41 comments:

Lemon said...

Turks are only good at massacring innocent Armenians and stealing Hagia Sophia from Christians.
Oh and slave raids on Europe to the tune of millions of people.
That is their great claim to fame.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

don't forget the sheep

Lemon said...

Ugh, I don't like to think of their animal abuse though. Poor innocent creatures.
You know Knishy, I made my first fortune selling Facial Hair remover to Turkish women. Thats before you knew me.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

So facial hair remover + burqa = sheep wife?

Lemon said...

No just hormonally challenged women.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

only a DNA sample can tell the tale

Gary Aminoff said...

Wow. Kudos to you, Sultan. Or better yet, kol hakavod! You said it beautifully and articulately. I especially love this comment: "Your regime is a racist illegitimate entity based on the oppression of the Kurds, the Armenians, the Assyrians, the Circassians and numerous others. You went directly from being Imperialists to Fascists to Islamists, a truly dubious achievement for any nation. Your history is filled with slavery, ethnic cleansing, genocide and invasion. And that's just in the last century alone."

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Thank you. I think we've spent enough time on the defensive or the defensive-offensive. So now for something deliberately offensive.

Anonymous said...

you think,you are smart ?
Israel is a terrorist country and we saw it in near past,all european countraies and asia countries even usa antagonised israel terror.
these aid flotillas will go again Gaza and eventually israel will have to change their politics.
I and couple of billion people are cursing israel everyday.
you have no rights to do these attacks,you are killing humanity !

Anton said...

"Look to the desert. You came from there once."

Actually, Turks - like Finns and Hungarians - originally migrated our of Central Asia, not the deserts of the Semitic Middle East.

Anonymous said...

And the Turks have never apologised for the psychic trauma they caused to the Serbs over the centuries, the effect of which continues to this day, from not just the invasion but the repeated deliberate harvesting of male children born to Serbs. Shame Turkey, have you no shame?

Ria said...

Wow, the guy is really mad..
and he chooses his words so well.

yamit33 said...

My first girl friend on my ulpan was a girl from Turkey. No facial hair problem there. Could it be the fact she was Jewish? LOL

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It was obvious to me that the relationship with Turkey was a matter of interests in a given time.

No overriding interest no relationship, as was with France and now America. Nothing lasts forever except the Land of Israel and the Jew.

Time to make our ongoing semi secret relationship with the Kurds an open fact and massively support them in their conflict with the Turks. We always had better relations with the Kurds than with the Turks and they got oil and Kurdistan just about ripe for a million Israeli tourists to replace Turkey.

We all know their will be a break up of Iraq and they will gain independence, with our help of course. In this game of chess we have yet to make our major moves.

Marc Louis said...

Catholic bishop stabbed to death in Turkey
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10228730.stm

guess they has started taking revenge.

Anonymous said...

No way will Turkey ever be admited to the European Union either.

Well said and keep up the good work :)

Following Him said...

Sultan ... great word again, and enjoyable to read. I see you still have those few comments coming from the idiot fringe who can't see because they choose not to see.

I loved it today ... thanks.

Beema said...

brilliant - what a history lesson on Turkey and such valuable information to have and to hold and use when the opportunity presents itself. Thank you and Keep up the good work.

Crazy Daisy In Jersey said...

Brilliant. Truly brilliant!

Just keep in mind that some of us Americans (I'm going to hope MOST of us) are on Israel's side. Always have been, always will be.

Mrs. Anna T said...

This was fluently written for sure. Kol Hakavod.

Member of the Tribe said...

not just extraordinarily written but uniquely focused on the bigger picture while the media bicker about "who started it." I have a Mosque in Manhattan (right by the former World Trade Center) for anyone who believes Erdogan's crocodile tears on behalf of the "Palestinians" or that they mean more than the crocodile tears shed by the rest of the Arabs over the "Palestinians."

Call me crazy, but if the tiny infant State of Israel could absorb the 800,000 Jewish refugees expelled from the sore losers of 1948, certainly the 24 huge oil rich Arab countries could have absorbed the same number of (mostly voluntary) refugees who thought they were clearing the path for pushing Jews into the sea.

Erdogan looks at the collapsing Europeans and (not irrationally) figures his future isn't with NATO. That's Turkey's internal affair up until he starts supplying the genocide bombers

Keli Ata said...

The writing was on the walls. Turkey has been moving from relative democracy to Islamic state.

Now the media is abuzz as to whether Obama will condemn Israel over the flotilla crisis.

The arguments on TV have basically been along the lines of--Israel is our ally and Obama being "conflicted" because he wants to dialogue with the Muslims.

Dialogue. If it were you or I, it would be called consorting with known terrorists.

I don't think Obama is conflicted at all.

Per his Audacity of Hope book:


"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."


Kol HaKavod for another great article. I don't know how you keep writing such great pieces everyday but they're truly great.

DP111 said...

Shocking Video: Footage Taken by “Peace Activists” on Flotilla Shows one of Them Stabbing an Israeli Soldier…

This is the first footage I’ve seen taken by the “innocent activists” themselves and it is by far the most damning…

http://weaselzippers.us/

Matthew said...

Dear Turkey,

Get Stuffed.

Anonymous said...

If only we lived in a world where anyone with a voice and an audience was willing to say things like this. But we don't.

Geoffrey Britain said...

Just discovered your blog the other day. Count me a fan. Outstanding post and I fully concur; the time for reasoned persuasion is long past, time to take the kid gloves off and hit em right between the eyes. Sarcastic confrontation and ridicule is the order of the day.

Andy said...

Knish...pure poetry
Unfortunately it is wasted on those islamic inbreds.
Can This gojim please copy and distribute it?

Andy said...

Here is the Israeli version of the Tiamen Square protester!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABjE_7uwA0I&feature=player_embedded

A lion!

Mirjana said...

You forgot to mention Greek genocide that happened around the same time as Armenian genocide in Turkey.
You forgot to mention Turkish involvement in the civil war in Bosnia when Alija Izetbegovic wanted to impose Sharia law on the country where Muslims are majority (and they are majority thanks to the genocide they committed against the Serbs in WWII).

Anonymous said...

well said

turkey has been hostile to many of its neighbours (and its own minorities) for a long while

i like your comments on cyprus. cyprus and israel have common strategic interests.

israel needs strategic depth as a means of tackling a surprise attack. cyprus could offer that via an alliance that would offer israeli jets the ability to be based there.

DP111 said...

What I found inexplicable is that the Israeli command made their troops land on the "peace" ship one at a time, as they abseiled down a rope. This handed all the strategic advantage to the 'peace' thugs who proceeded to beat the soldiers with metal bars, one at a time, as they landed on deck. Its a surprise that they were not all killed. How could officers allow such a thing to happen - they are supposed to be professional soldiers.

Now it can be countered that the Israeli command was expecting 'peace' activists. But this operation by the 'peace' thugs was not some thing that happened out of the blue. The operation was well known to all. Why were the Israeli security agencies unaware that the 'peace' activists were just a front for the serious 'peace' thugs on board. The whole operation by the 'peace' thugs should have been riddled by Mossad agents - that is their job.

Another thing - why was Israel insisting that the 'peace' ship dock at some Israeli port. Are they not aware that Islamic 'peace' activists have a penchant for converting commercial
airplanes, trucks, cars, and even cycles, as suicide bombs. Imagine the devastation, if the
ship was loaded with explosives, and made to explode while at an Israeli port. I mean, is the concept of turning a civilian ship, airplane or truck, something that has yet to be deployed by the Mujahideen, and is therefore a novelty, and unthinkable that anyone can do such a thing? Is the entire Western world, Israel included, lost its senses?

Israel should not allow any such ship, particularly from the enemy side to come anywhere near an Israeli port. If any such ship approaches, it should be warned, and if it fails to respond to the warning, should be sunk. This much should be made clear to one and all, so no one can claim that they were unaware.

mf natch said...

wow. bravo! my sentiments exactly, though i haven't calmed down enough to string them together as deftly as you did. again, bravo!

Will said...

Hi Sultan.
Great posting,i liked the way you mentioned the Armenian Holocaust,did something similar on my blog last week.lol
But on a more serious note,i made a posting today perhaps i'm completely wrong,but could it be that the discovery of the gas deposit last year had a role in this escalation of the conflict?

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

it seems like elections in turkey and iran's rising power do

Anonymous said...

Very nice letter.

Good luck from Germany to Israel. We're with you.

muckislaf said...

Just stumbled across your site, great writing, a real tonic to wash away all that anti Jewish twisted B.S. that has been incessantly pushed at us from that unholy alliance of blinkered leftists, the gullible and their puppet-master Muhammadans.
I too found it astounding how Erdogan had the sheer effrontery to broach the subject of human rights, never mind the hypocrisy of even alluding to the so called Palestinian question with their record concerning Northern Cyprus.
It was good to read it from someone as erudite as yourself, more power to your elbow.

Thanks for that Sultan, your now my home page.

Anonymous said...

Why is this letter almost identical to the one that a certain Dr Arash Irandoost wrote?
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/SendMail.aspx?print=print&type=1&item=9530
Are you one and the same person? Just curious!!

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

that would be my letter with a different signature on the end

I presume there was some sort of misunderstanding and will be contacting A7

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

I have sent off an email to A7, we'll see where it goes from there

Abelard said...

Wonderfully written letter!!

Also, I firmly believe that soon the Austrians will - as they have already actually been doing - turn against the Turks!!

Even France may do the same - the reason they historically had Turkey as their ally, for their struggle not to be swallowed up by the "Holy Roman Empire", has disappeared (the Habsburgs aren't ruling any more anywhere!). Furthermore, the French are slowly wising up to the Arabs of Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and elsewhere. Nope, it won't be either France, Austria or Italy that will save them anything!

I wouldn't however trust the British not to attack those who want Turkey out of Europe - they're a very SLY and proud people contemptuous of everybody outside the West...

And YES to having Istanbul/Constantinople (and Edirne/Adrianople + Izmir?/Smyrna) liberated from the Muslim yoke!!! Let them be Greek territory, while the other peoples (Serbs, Bulgarians, Magyars {who also hate the Turks!!} et al) FEAST off humbled Turkey, whose mullahs and other people ought to be driven back into "the sands and steppes of Arabia" (as Peter the Great put it almost 300 years ago!!)!!!

im2sloe4u said...

To the first Anonymous posted who said "you think,you are smart ?".... and "even usa antagonised israel terror." (although I doubt you will return to this blog) :

You are dead wrong to assume that USA's loudest media, OR even our political Administration speaks for most Americans. Do not be deceived by what you hear.
I know more Americans who stand with Israel, than not.
I am not even speaking about the Jewish population here. I am not Jewish.
Yet I 'know' few people who don't support Israel. Of those, I've met none who try to study the history or current events for themselves. These are people who only feebly echo media propaganda. As for factual reasoning of their own, they have none.

In the end, it matters not how many people curse Israel every day, except that the curses will fall back on their own heads eventually.
What matters only is God's mind and plan- God Who created the world and mankind by speaking it into existence.
Unfortunately for you, all scripture has proven to be true, over time.. and scripture IS, after all, where Israel began!
Any sincere analysis must begin with the subjects' first point of reference. In this case, that makes the TRUTH about Israel very simple.

The End.

Anonymous said...

I just came across Mr. Greenfield's letter. It is excellent.

But I have two concerns.

1. Despite the ill will and war of words between Turkey and Israel, and some other problems, trade relations are still very good.
I also suspect that underneath they still are cooperating and generally getting along, such as in intelligence affairs. They still see some countries as common adversaries.
And why has Israel apologized and promised to pay damages for the flotilla affair? It just seems to me that Israel is very interested in maintaining relations with Turkey, despite the war of words. Let us look beneath the surface. That is what I am saying.

2. I am concerned that Israel may be making the same kind of mistakes with the corrupt, undemocratic (and ultimately, let's face it, anti-Semitic) Muslim country of Azerbaijan that it made with Turkey. Is this wise?

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