Dalci was probably falling under the spell of decadent Western influences; he was probably thinking, “Don’t wanna be a bum/You better chew gum/The pump don’t work/’Cause the vandals took the handles.”
In Turkey, it’s either political Islam or the cult of Ataturk. If they don’t clap you in the slammer for chewing gum at Ataturk’s tomb, watch out: the jihadist vandals will take the handles.
Either way, forget about that pump working.
A Let-Them-Into-the-EU Alert; will the Eurodhimmis take notice of just how far Turkey is from being a Western pluralist free society? This is the kind of thing one might expect happening in Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia, but not in Modern Multicultural Europe. From Reuters, with thanks to Looney Tunes:
ANKARA (Reuters) – An official in Turkey’s ruling party has been arrested for chewing gum while laying a wreath at a monument to the country’s revered founder Kemal Ataturk, the state Anatolian news agency said on Monday.
Veysel Dalci, head of the local branch of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Black Sea town of Fatsa, was charged with insulting Ataturk’s memory during Sunday’s ceremony marking Turkey’s National Sovereignty Day.
CNN Turk television quoted Dalci, a 38-year-old pharmacist and father of two, as saying he chewed gum to hide the smell of garlic which he had eaten the previous evening.
“After laying a wreath at the monument, I noticed I had gum in my mouth. I am very sorry,” CNN Turk quoted him as saying.
Anatolian said Dalci was arrested after a local army garrison commander complained to state prosecutors. It was not immediately clear what kind of penalty Dalci would face.