As part of our continuing coverage of the important choices facing the American electorate this fall, we want to take a look at one of the emerging problems that will surely confront the next Commander-in-Chief, whoever that may be.
Amazingly, this problem is arising thanks to the dangerous ambitions and proliferating aggressions of a purported American ally – NATO member Turkey, a country that has long suffered under the misrule of its Sharia-supremacist dictator, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in fact, as our Center for Security Policy documented two years ago, Turkey is an ally no more.
Evidence of this reality abounds and is accumulating further by the day. We ignore it at our peril.
Consider the following prime examples:
Erdogan has forthrightly declared his Islamist agenda: “Our civilization is one of conquest. Turkish conquest is not occupation or looting. It is spreading the justice of Allah.” He aspires to have that “justice” spread so widely that it creates a neo-Ottoman empire from Europe to Nigeria, from Gibraltar to Armenia and beyond. Erdogan envisions himself in the role of the Caliph, or theocratic ruler, of such a vast conquered realm.
Israel recently warned that Erdogan’s Turkey is destabilizing the Middle East. And, indeed, it is. For example, Erdoğan is making a play to be the leader of Israeli and Palestinian Muslims by, among other things, asserting his intention to restore Ottoman-style control of Jerusalem and fomenting tensions on its volatile Temple Mount.
Yossi Cohen, the head of Israel’s renowned intelligence service, the Mossad, has declared, given that 85% of the Muslim world is Sunni, Turkey’s claim to be that sect’s leader makes it more dangerous in the long run than Shiite Iran.
Armenians have long suffered at the hands of the Turks, especially during World War I when Turkey engaged in a genocidal campaign to eliminate its Armenian minority. These days, Erdogan is stirring up fresh sectarian strife between Christian Armenia and Muslim Azerbaijan with regard to their long-festering dispute over Islamist ambitions to “liberate” the Armenian-controlled region known as Nagorno-Karabakh. He has even facilitated the insertion there of battle-hardened Turkish-trained and -armed Syrian jihadists to fight against Armenia.
Under Erdogan, Turkey has become, with Qatari financing, the prime sponsor of the jihadist group known as the Muslim Brotherhood or MB. That is a problem for many reasons.
Notably, Erdoğan interfered earlier this year in the internal affairs of Libya. He sent Syrian jihadist proxies, as well as Turkish military units, to support the Brotherhood-dominated government in Tripoli amidst its ongoing civil war with Libyan factions in the country’s east supported by the anti-MB regime in Egypt.
Erdoğan has also lately resumed his pressure on another prime Muslim Brotherhood target – Europe – by trying to send there roughly another half a million Muslim refugees, mostly from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. This has set the stage for renewed turmoil on the continent, something Erdogan has also been fostering by encouraging the millions of Turks and other Muslims already there not to assimilate. This is causing acute demographic and political problems for most of the European Union, apart from its central and eastern members who have largely refused to allow in refugees.
In the interest of encouraging Chinese financial and other support in Turkey, Erdogan’s regime has until recently been strikingly silent about the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal repression of its enslaved Uyghurs, a betrayal of a Turkic minority that has prompted criticism from Muslims elsewhere.
Erdogan’s Turkey has also become problem for the United States, itself. For one thing, the Turkish military have begun buying weapons from the Russians – the principal threat to the NATO alliance. Worse yet, it has started testing how the most dangerous of such acquisitions to date, the Kremlin’s highly capable S-400 air defense system, performs against frontline F-16 fighter aircraft. This is a fundamental betrayal of trust with us and potentially will endanger our pilots and those of our real allies.
An even more serious threat, however, arises from Turkey’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood’s fifth-column activities here in the United States. In a 2008 trial of a Brotherhood-linked jihadist fundraising operation based in Texas, the federal government established that the MB’s mission is a “kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.” The Brotherhood has put into place an enormous organizational infrastructure to pursue this form of stealth jihad against us. Much of it now operates under the banner of an umbrella group known as the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, a number of whose members have pledged their support for Vice President Joe Biden’s candidacy.
These Muslims have, in turn, received promises of Mr. Biden’s support for at least some of their stated priorities, notably with respect to Muslim immigration and proselytizing in our schools. Such groups’ priorities, however, are now being made all the more blatantly radical – and toxic for our constitutional Republic rooted in freedom and the Judeo-Christian tradition – by Sharia-supremacist Turkey’s sponsorship of the Muslim Brotherhood here.
For his part, Donald Trump has had a complicated relationship with Erdogan. What it would be like in a second term given the various problems the Turkish leader is causing can only be surmised. What is clear, however, is that the Muslim Brotherhood wants a Biden presidency and so, assuredly, does Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Next up, well talk with Stephen Gregory, the publisher of a terrific newspaper, the Epoque Times, which brilliantly exposes the Chinese Communist Party’s threat our country and the rest of the Free World.