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Erdogan and Turkey

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Submitted by Gloria Stewart (United States), Oct 25, 2014 at 14:23

Erdogan had once been arrested for violating the secular nation - I believe he read a religious poem aloud in a government building. No matter - he is an Islamist and came to power to destroy the secular nature of Turkey and create an Islamic state. His jihad is more of a stealth jihad, but it is jihad none the less. He once claimed - and this is a paraphrase, albeit an accurate one - that he would ride the democracy train gladly if the last stop was an Islamic state. And the last stop will be.

Regardless of all the twisting and turning, the taqqiya, the dissembling - Turkey is now lost to the West. Another nation is in the Dar al Islam camp.

By the way, Ataturk never wanted a liberal democracy in the classic sense. He wanted a secular state as the optimum way to bring Turkey into the 20th century. He realized the malignant nature of Islam and destroyed - or tried to destroy - all traces of Islam in the public square. Did anyone see the movie The Monster who wouldn't Die? That is a perfect way to describe Islam.

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