In Cyprus in 1974. This is reminiscent of how CAIR and others have not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating “hate crimes.” They want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.
“Retired general confesses to burning mosque to fire up public,” from Today’s Zaman, September 24 (thanks to M.):
A retired general who has recently been accused of having conducted an assassination attempt on the life of Turkey’s eighth president, Turgut Ã–zal, has inadvertently confessed that he ordered the burning of a mosque as part of psychological warfare operations in 1974.
In remarks published in the Haber TÃ¼rk daily yesterday as part of an interview with Gen. Sabri YirmibeÅŸoÄŸlu, who led the Special War Department in 1971 and also worked to mobilize civilian resistance during Turkey’s military intervention on Cyprus in 1974, said: “In Special War, certain acts of sabotage are staged and blamed on the enemy to increase public resistance. We did this on Cyprus; we even burnt down a mosque.” In response to the surprised correspondent’s incredulous look the general said, “I am giving an example,” in an attempt to clear things up. […]
The confession brings to mind the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot, allegedly drafted by a clique in the military to undermine the government. Dozens of military officers were arrested, although most were later released during the investigation into the Sledgehammer document, which includes plans to bomb the Fatih and BeyazÄ±t mosques and down a Turkish jet over the Aegean to fuel problems with Greece with the ultimate aim of discrediting the government.
When allegations regarding the Sledgehammer plan first arose after the document was leaked to the press earlier this year, then-Chief of General Staff Gen.Ä°lker BaÅŸbuÄŸ dismissed the accusations as nonsense. BaÅŸbuÄŸ said a military whose troops are known for shouting “Allah Allah” as they attack the enemy could not possibly think of burning the house of God. However, YirmibeÅŸoÄŸlu’s revelation shows that this has actually been done before.