A Turkey With Two Heads

Somebody get an axe.

How can the European Council consider Turkey as a member of the European Union? They will even expedite the discussions regarding Turkey’s membership bid as Turkey is willing to help with the migrant crisis. Turkey is also willing to accept $6.7 billion as part of that deal. How nice of them to receive those monies.

Turkey, a NATO ally (that also kills me a little), has a friendship with Hamas that is disconcerting. Remember the Israel / Turkey flotilla incident in May 2010? Turkey was trying to defy Israel and force a breakdown of Israel’s blockade while shipping supplies to the Gaza Strip. Israel was trying to prevent weapons and other forms of aid to Hamas, the governing authority of the Gaza Strip. By the way, Hamas would like to establish an Islamic State in place of Israel. Apparently, Turkey doesn’t think that Israel has a right to defend itself. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, wanted an apology from Israel for that incident, for which he got. And yet Erdogan refused to apologize for the Armenian Genocide that began in 1915 and ended after World War I. Why do I bring that up? His reason for not apologizing to the Armenian people is why.

In November of 2009, Erdogan–then Prime Minister, now President of Turkey–said, “It is not possible for a Muslim to commit genocide.”

In 1949, Turkey was the first Muslim majority country to recognize the State of Israel. Their mutual respect and concern for the Middle East strengthened their alliance over the years…that is, until Erdogan. Both Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are driven by deep-seated religious ideology and spew poisonous anti-Israel rhetoric. They infect the hearts and minds of the people of Turkey, calling Israel such things as “more barbaric than Hitler.” In a speech on May 26, 2015, Davutoglu said, “Jerusalem eternally belongs to Muslims.” These are Turkey’s two heads: head of state is President Erdogan; head of government is Prime Minister Davutoglu.

The Turkish government believes the Palestinians should have a state of their own with Jerusalem as their capital, and yet refuses to allow the Kurds to establish a state apart from Turkey. Turkey views the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a terrorist group, yet the Kurds fight ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and rescue Yazidis and Christians, including sex slaves. Does the Turkish government believe that ISIS commits genocide? Back in December 2015, a phone retrieved from the corpse of an ISIS commander revealed direct ties to Turkish Intelligence, proving that Turkey was providing security for ISIS militants when they traveled between Turkey and Iraq.

For a member of the European Union, benefits include “free movement of people, goods, services, capital.” No passports. With Turkey’s two heads, I’m uncomfortable with that. The European Commission, in its “European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations,” states membership criteria that I think Turkey fails to meet.

“Countries wishing to join [the European Union] need to have stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities.”

Not only would the Kurds agree that Turkey fails to meet this criteria, but the less than 17,000 members of the Jewish community in Turkey may also agree. They employ tight security measures for their synagogues and schools. Also, they have a president who calls on the world’s Muslims to invade Jerusalem.

European Council President Donald Tusk should eat turkey for lunch.