America's mad alliance and NATO as a weapon of jihad
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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Apr 6, 2009 at 16:48
In his memoirs Hans von Seeckt, a German general who in 1917 became chief of staff of the Turkish Army remarks on Turkey's understanding of her strategic alliance with Germany and her war aims as follows : ... [while] "Germany had to beat back France and England , knock out Russia and then impose her will on Greece and Bulgaria, a Turkish empire was to be built to rule anew parts of Europe, occupy Crete, the Greek islands , dominate the Black Sea and stretch out eastwards far up to the frontiers of allied Persia and Afghanistan. Thus to the Turkish mind Germany was fighting this war for the sake of Turkey's greatness". [ Seeckt 1918-1936 , On his life , Leipzig 1941 , p.99 ]
It's worth remembering the past not to be surprised by the present, particularly when dealing with a country of such a notoriously dismal, crooked and bloody past as Turkey. There are many variables in the Turkish past , but a closer consideration reveals a number of constantly recurrent and dominant values and characteristics. The most fundamental of them determines Turkish political aims and her alliances as a means to achieve them. Turkey has NEVER been faithful to any of its allies because it has always remained faithful to her supreme aim of Turkish imperialism. This attitude has deep roots and is reflected in the Turkish national and racial megalomania reinforced by Turkey's Islamic identity. Turkey's aim is domination and absolute power over her neighbouring world. It's not respect for or obeying allies, treaties , keeping promises that counts for the Turk. It's political supremacy that Turkey is after. All Turkish political history proves that.
When her imperial might was over Turkey was first protected by France and England against Russia and her own rebellious subjects. But it didn't prevent Turkey from finally allying herself with Kaiser Germany and turning against her former protectors and saviours. In 1920-1921 she found a new and very real saviour in the shape of bolshevik Russia. Lenin's gold, weapons and military advisors saved Kemal in the most critical moment in Turkish history. Since Tamerlan's day no one had stood so deeply on Anatolian soil as the Greek army in August 1921. And what was Turkey's gratitude ? She betrayed another of her saviours and turned to America for help. Dr. Pipes calls it neutrally enough 'stood tough against the Soviet Union". She played a new inexperienced power - America against the old experienced one - the USSR which had learnt the bitter lesson on Turkish 'gratefulness'.
Now Turkey's supremacist aims demand that this time the latest of her saviours be betrayed -in the name of old Islamic Ottoman ambitions. No saviour seems now to be needed. The brave and naive American who for decades assisted the impudent Turkish campaign to deny and refute the Greek and Armenian genocides and supported this oriental tyranny with all possible means receives the due wages of his Turkish infatuation. What was inavoidable, is going to happen. But what is inavoidably funny in it is the total cluelessness of America in view of the dirty trick played on it. What is more, America and the mighty NATO machinery standing behind it is willing to play on the game according to the Turkish rules !!!
It's very reassuring that Dr. Pipes no longer spreads the good news of "a million moderate Muslims on the march" in Turkey, doesn't mention the Turkish government as "starting a Muslim reformation", doesn't extol Turkish militarists as guardians of 'secularism' and doesn't follow other gross and misleading propaganda stuff concocted by the leading Turkish political counterfeiters and hoaxers. I am satisfied with his inisght into the situation he has summed up thus :
>Turkey went from being a stalwart ally to the most anti-American country in the world. <
True, I could never perceive Turkey as a "stalwart ally" of America or anyone else in the past just as little as I perceived any sign of secularism worth the name during the long Turkish march to total Islamisation (99,8%).
> Ankara joined NATO in 1951 and shortly after Turkish forces fought valiantly with the allies in Korea.<
They had also other 'valiant' battles to fight and win which are not mentioned here. Most probably the hateful anti-Greek and anti-Jewish pogroms in Constantinople in 1955 had all been designed and engineered in the Turkish General Staff. Who else can organize such a thing in a military tyranny? No doubt all the three 'valiant' coups d'etat were the work of the same forces that allegedly every time saved good 'secularism' against bad Islamism. In 1974 the same forces - armed to the teeth by the US - 'valiantly' invaded and tried to exterminate the tiny Cypriot National Guard and the Greek population. In the meantime they have helped totally Islamize Northern Cyprus. The US Navy saw to it during the 1974 Turkish invasion so that no one dared stop the Turk. And the war on the Kurds in the 80-ies and 90-ies with several thousand dead, mained and wounded, whole villages burnt to the ground also belongs here as do the recent forays into Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkish plots to assassinate US-backed Kurdish leaders.
> Turks stood tough against the Soviet Union for decades.<
What was the Soviet Union to Turkey in fact ? It was Lenin who had saved Kemal's regime. There were Soviet generals, diplomats, spies , propgandists and military men (many of them -e.g. general M. Frunze - up to the present moment honorary citizens of the Turkish Republic and portrayed in official scuptures and paintings with Kemal !!!) who helped erect the very regime that later turned against its benefactor. If Kemal had been resurrected at that time of US-Turkish anti-Soviet honeymoon, he would have been sent before a firing squad for his well-documented eulogies of bolshevism.
> Following the United States, Turkey has the second-largest number of troops in the alliance.<
Let's add that this second-largest army stands and falls with American and Israeli weapons, spare parts and ammunitions. Huge business and vested interests have developed around this 'stalwart ally" of old and the Turkish lobby - assisted by the misguided Jews - is too strong now not to do its best to leave the American public unenlightened and unalerted on the dangers of continuing the Turkish alliance. It would greatly harm their interests if the voice of common sense and reason prevailed in Washington. Destroying this Trojan horse of jihad and Panturkism within the NATO would also destroy them, their fortunes, not just that of the Turks as the Fifth Column of Global Jihad.
> With the end of the Cold War, NATO's mission changed and some saw Islamism as the new strategic enemy. Already in 1995, NATO Secretary General Willy Claes compared Islamism to the historic foe: "Fundamentalism is at least as dangerous as communism was." With the Cold War over, he added, "Islamic militancy has emerged as perhaps the single gravest threat to the NATO alliance and to Western security." <
An oriental proverb says that it is the empty drum that sounds the loudest. NATO leaders can proclaim lofty ideals and morally elevating slogans. But what do the facts about the NATO proclaim ? Isn't it this very NATO that has changed into a spearhead of jihad in the Balkans? The NATO forces created after all two Muslim jihadist states on the continent - Bosnia and Kosovo ; two outposts for wahhabi propaganda, criminality, training camps and breeding grounds for future Bin Ladens and mullah Omars. Two European Afghanistans have been created in Europe by the NATO - not by the bad Soviets or North Koreans or Chinese. Why should the NATO feel remorses now ? If it wants to persuade us of its honest apprehensions about the future, then let it undo its own dirty jihadist Bosniak-Kosovo experiment first ! Then and only then let them preach to us about dangers of "fundamentalism" and "Islamic militancy" !
Sadly enough, thinking of the NATO's recent deeds and declarations I can't resist the metaphor of some dogs scared by the ghost of rabies that they themselves have helped disseminate.
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