Over at the Investigative Project on Terrorism (via RaymondIbrahim.com), I discuss how Muslim Turks care about Native Americans, and American Protestants care about Muslim Palestinians, but few care about persecuted Christians:
The world’s double standards concerning which peoples qualify as oppressed and deserving of help is staggering. Two recent stories make this clear:
First, a report exposed, in the words of the Turkish Coalition of America, “Turkey”s continued interest in expanding business and cultural ties with the American Indian community” and “Turkey”s interest in building bridges to Native American communities across the U.S.” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) even introduced a bill that would give Turks special rights and privileges in Native American tribal areas, arguing that “This bill is about helping American Indians,” it is about “helping the original inhabitants of the new world, which is exactly what this legislation would do.”
The very idea that Turkey”s Islamist government is interested in “helping American Indians” is preposterous, both from a historical and contemporary point of view. In the 15th century, when Christian Europeans were discovering the Americas, Muslim Turks were conquering and killing Christians in Europe (which, of course, is why Europeans starting sailing west in the first place). If early European settlers fought and killed natives, only recently, Turkey committed a mass genocide against Armenian Christians. And while the U.S. has made many reparations to its indigenous natives, Turkey not only denies the Armenian holocaust but still abuses and persecutes its indigenous Christians.
In short, if Turkey is looking to help the marginalized and oppressed, it should start at home.
But of course Turkey is only looking to help itself; the American Indians are mere tools of infiltration. One need not elaborate on the dangers involved in thousands of Muslim Turks settling in semi-autonomous areas in America and working closely with a minority group that holds a grudge against the U.S.
Yet if one can understand Turkey”s machinations, what does one make of another recent report? Fifteen leaders from U.S. Christian denominations””mostly Protestant, including the Lutheran, Methodist, and UCC Churches””are asking Congress to reevaluate U.S. military aid to Israel, since “military aid will only serve to sustain the status quo and Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories.”
These are the same church leaders who utter nary a word concerning the rampant persecution of millions of Christians from one end of the Muslim world to the other””a persecution that makes the Palestinians” situation insignificant in comparison….