More on Turkey’s race to abandon secularism and adopt Sharia (and, of course, its attendant Jew-hatred): “Turkish PM raises misgivings with ongoing criticism,” from Agence France-Presse, April 12 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
ANKARA — With bruising criticism of Israel and defense of Iran, and onslaughts against Turkey’s military and secularists, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan has stoked questions on where he is steering his country.
During a visit to Paris last week, ErdoÄŸan branded Israel — once Turkey’s top regional ally — “the principal threat to peace” in the Middle East, and objected to fresh sanctions against Iran — a newfound friend — over its nuclear activities.
Such outbursts have become an ErdoÄŸan hallmark since Israel’s devastating war on the Gaza Strip last year, feeding doubts — both at home and abroad — on what vision he is nourishing for Turkey, NATO’s only mainly Muslim member and a candidate to join the European Union.
The rupture in ties with Israel has been accompanied by an unprecedented drive by ErdoÄŸan’s government for closer links with the Arab world, notably Syria.
Much to the bewilderment of Western allies, ErdoÄŸan has also jumped to the defense of Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, indicted for war crimes in Darfur, arguing that “no Muslim could perpetrate a genocide.”
Is ErdoÄŸan turning his back on the West?…
As the great philosopher once said to me, “Well, duh.”