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Few phobias run deeper in Europe than the fear and hatred of Turks. For at least six hundred years, Europe was locked in innumerable wars with first Seljuk, then Ottoman Turks. My big St Bernard is a descendant of dogs bred to attack Arab and Turkish raiders coming over Switzerland’s St Bernard Pass.

Today, by contrast, there are some 10 million ethnic Turks in Europe, most of whom came in past decades as guest laborers, prized for their hard work, honesty and reliability.

Turkey joined NATO in 1952 at a time when the US dominated the continent and Mideast. The Turkish armed forces were the second largest in NATO after the US. Joined at the hip with the US military, the Turkish generals ran the government in Ankara behind a screen of squabbling politicians. The US gave Turkey its marching orders. Turkey’s small but powerful westernized elite was delighted to follow Washington and keep Islam in Turkey handcuffed or exiled to rural areas.

This all changed in 1994 when a young, 40-year old nationalist, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, became a reformist mayor of Istanbul and began cleaning up and modernizing the decrepit metropolis. After a brief jail term for reading an ancient Islamic poem, he was released and formed the Justice and Development Party (AK) which is an Islamist Lite party dedicated to democracy guided by Muslims principals of national pride, welfare for the poor and elderly, sharing wealth, supporting fellow Muslims and urging followers to lead lives of moderation.

There was no stopping the dynamic Erdogan, who was a semi-pro footballer before his full-time political career. By 2003, he was elected prime minister by Turkey’s 81 million people and ever since has proved wildly popular with the majority of Turks. The big city westernized elites in Turkey, who deny their Muslim culture and try to pass for Europeans, bitterly oppose Erdogan and his Islamic allies.

Under Erdogan’s predecessors, the alliance of westernized elites and the military controlled the nation’s media, education, courts, diplomatic corps and big business, all with Washington’s blessing.

During the long pre-Erdogan era, Turkey’s parliamentary government was a bad joke and its finances catastrophic. Turks are great soldiers, cooks and architects, but not so good with finances. During the Ottoman days, finance was often run by Armenians, Jews and Greeks (as in Czarist Russia).

Over the past decades, Erdogan and his AK have restored Turkey’s rickety finances, boosted the economy, imposed more efficient, honest government, made peace with the restive Kurdish minority, ended feuds with neighbors, and forced the 600,000-man army back to its barracks and out of politics. The generals and secular bigwigs, who staged 16 coups since WWII, were enraged.

ORDER IT NOW

To no surprise, the elite and some generals launched yet another coup in July 2016. The coup, joined by key army and air force units, came close to killing Erdogan but was then thwarted by a massive national popular uprising that blocked the plotter’s tanks and airfields. Some 10,000 people were involved in the coup, including senior officers, academics, journalists and two other key plotters: Turkish religious cult leader Fethullah Gulen, who lived in exile in the US; and a few members of Turkey’s shadowy intelligence agency, MIT which spearheaded Turkey’s covert intervention in Syria. The coup was based at the US-run airbase at Incirlik. Most Turks believe the US was behind the coup.

Washington has long been annoyed by Erdogan’s independent-minded actions, notably in Syria and Palestine. Israel’s hard right government, now the dominant force in US foreign policy, despises Erdogan for supporting the Palestinian cause. As a result, the US intelligence services, media and Congress are bitterly anti-Erdogan. His warming relations with Russia have further annoyed the US, leading to more anti-Erdogan plots in the military. The US media keeps blasting Erdogan while totally ignoring the brutal dictatorship in Egypt, a major US-Saudi vassal state.

Hostility against Erdogan has increased since he won a landslide electoral victory this month to become Turkey’s new, powerful president. He had emerged as the most important Turkish leader and modernizer since Ataturk, who died in 1938. If Turkey only had oil, as it did pre-WWI, it would be an important world power.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Anonymous[406] • Disclaimer says:

    Today, by contrast, there are some 10 million ethnic Turks in Europe, most of whom came in past decades as guest laborers, prized for their hard work, honesty and reliability.

    And this is where I stopped reading the article. Maybe the author should ask the Germans about this hard work, honesty and reliability mirage.

    Half of Turks in Germany Do Not Work, Majority ‘Not Interested in a Job’

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/07/13/half-turks-germany-economically-inactive/

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    Turks in the 60s and 70s came to work hard, and they did. But they didn't go back, and their kids and grand kids just became bums.
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  2. “The US media keeps blasting Erdogan while totally ignoring the brutal dictatorship in Egypt, a major US-Saudi vassal state.”

    Or to more clearly connect it to the previous points in that paragraph: a major US-Israeli-Saudi vassal state.

    US foreign policy and media is controlled by pro-Israel-interests. This in turn leads and controls the foreign policy and media in US-Israeli vassal states like Canada and the EU.

    As a result, brutality and human rights abuses by Israel and US client regimes like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ukraine, Colombia are largely ignored in Western mainstream coverage.

    Similar to the Turkey example, the hypocrisy and complete lack of credibility of Western media is also demonstrated in how coverage of Duterte and the Philippines drastically changed when that country started to try to follow its own sovereign interests.

    The term that Paul Craig Roberts uses to describe our mainstream media is quite fitting: presstitutes.

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    Similar to the Turkey example, the hypocrisy and complete lack of credibility of Western media is also demonstrated in how coverage of Duterte and the Philippines drastically changed when that country started to try to follow its own sovereign interests.

    The term that Paul Craig Roberts uses to describe our mainstream media is quite fitting: presstitutes.
     
    That's an interesting comment. If anyone had said 10 years ago that I'd be getting the most informative international news in English from RT (Russia Today) I wouldn't have believed them.
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  3. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Today, by contrast, there are some 10 million ethnic Turks in Europe, most of whom came in past decades as guest laborers, prized for their hard work, honesty and reliability.

    If they are son wonderful, let them stay in Turkey and work on its economy.

    As for Erdogan, he disgraced himself by working with US, Israel, and Saudis to bring down Assad in Syria. He is not to be trusted.

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  4. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Today, by contrast, there are some 10 million ethnic Turks in Europe, most of whom came in past decades as guest laborers, prized for their hard work, honesty and reliability.
     
    And this is where I stopped reading the article. Maybe the author should ask the Germans about this hard work, honesty and reliability mirage.

    Half of Turks in Germany Do Not Work, Majority ‘Not Interested in a Job’

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/07/13/half-turks-germany-economically-inactive/

    Turks in the 60s and 70s came to work hard, and they did. But they didn’t go back, and their kids and grand kids just became bums.

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  5. Realist says:

    Turkey on a Roll

    I am disappointed I thought this was a recipe.

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  6. During the Ottoman days, finance was often run by Armenians, Jews and Greeks.

    So they murdered the Armenians and expelled the Greeks, and most of the Jews fled.

    made peace with the restive Kurdish minority

    Perhaps this happened in a parallel universe. In this universe, Turkey has undertaken brutal military action against Kurds in Syria.

    To no surprise, the elite and some generals launched yet another coup in July 2016.

    A coup-like gesture occurred. Turkey’s military certainly knows how to take over the government – as it has done many times before – yet this supposed coup fell far short. The failed gesture gave Erdogan the chance to crush the Turkish Deep State. It was so convenient that many Turks suspect the orders came from Erdogan himself.

    Some 10,000 people were involved in the coup, including senior officers, academics, journalists and two other key plotters

    Thousands of academics, journalists, and judges have been sent to prison for real or imaginary allegiance to Gulen. The idea that any of them participated in a military coup is absurd.

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  7. tyrone says:

    Now run off to Ankara and collect your reward errand boy.

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    • Replies: @Zol
    Pretty much this.
    I don't dislike Turkey but this article is just embarrassing. Keep the hagiographies for actual saints.
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  8. Zol says:
    @tyrone
    Now run off to Ankara and collect your reward errand boy.

    Pretty much this.
    I don’t dislike Turkey but this article is just embarrassing. Keep the hagiographies for actual saints.

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  10. anonymous[483] • Disclaimer says:

    Washington has long been annoyed by Erdogan’s independent-minded actions, notably in Syria and Palestine. Israel’s hard right government, now the dominant force in US foreign policy, despises Erdogan for supporting the Palestinian cause.

    A pox on European imperialist scum.

    May Allah(swt) bless Erdogan with a long life, and give him the strength to make Turkey into a strong, progressive Islamic nation, away from the evil west… and thus be an inspiration for new leaders in all Muslim nations.

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    {.... progressive Islamic nation,....}

    A 'progressive' Islamic nation? It is a contradiction in terms, an oxymoron.


    {A pox on European imperialist scum.}

    A pox on UygurTürkoğlar nomad Turk scum.
    Genocidal savages.
    May God curse Erdogan, his Islamist gang, his ISIS bastards, and the rest of the savage, murderous Muslim invaders of Asia Minor.
    May the artificial, aborted creation called Türkiye break apart - as it will - and the nomad savages live in eternal misery.

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  11. Avery says:
    @anonymous

    Washington has long been annoyed by Erdogan’s independent-minded actions, notably in Syria and Palestine. Israel’s hard right government, now the dominant force in US foreign policy, despises Erdogan for supporting the Palestinian cause.
     
    A pox on European imperialist scum.

    May Allah(swt) bless Erdogan with a long life, and give him the strength to make Turkey into a strong, progressive Islamic nation, away from the evil west... and thus be an inspiration for new leaders in all Muslim nations.

    {…. progressive Islamic nation,….}

    A ‘progressive’ Islamic nation? It is a contradiction in terms, an oxymoron.

    {A pox on European imperialist scum.}

    A pox on UygurTürkoğlar nomad Turk scum.
    Genocidal savages.
    May God curse Erdogan, his Islamist gang, his ISIS bastards, and the rest of the savage, murderous Muslim invaders of Asia Minor.
    May the artificial, aborted creation called Türkiye break apart – as it will – and the nomad savages live in eternal misery.

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    • Replies: @Marcus
    Margolis needs to look up the definition of 'phobia,' the irrational response to past centuries of Turkish invasions would be to welcome them with open arms now.
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  12. Marcus says:

    Erdogan is so hated by the West that both Drumpf and May treated him as a guest of honor, with the former even referring to his landgrabs in Syria and Iraq as a campaign against “Kurdish terrorism.” And yes, winning an election after jailing your opposition and barring election observers is a remarkable achievement indeed…

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  13. >>> During the Ottoman days, finance was often run by Armenians, Jews and Greeks (as in Czarist Russia).

    No, in Czarist Russia they’ve relied on the Baltic Germans.

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  14. Marcus says:
    @Avery
    {.... progressive Islamic nation,....}

    A 'progressive' Islamic nation? It is a contradiction in terms, an oxymoron.


    {A pox on European imperialist scum.}

    A pox on UygurTürkoğlar nomad Turk scum.
    Genocidal savages.
    May God curse Erdogan, his Islamist gang, his ISIS bastards, and the rest of the savage, murderous Muslim invaders of Asia Minor.
    May the artificial, aborted creation called Türkiye break apart - as it will - and the nomad savages live in eternal misery.

    Margolis needs to look up the definition of ‘phobia,’ the irrational response to past centuries of Turkish invasions would be to welcome them with open arms now.

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    Margolis's late wife was a Muslim, Albanian I believe (may she rest in peace). So his sympathy towards Muslims at large I can understand. But his infatuation with the genocidal, denialist, savage nomad Turk is beneath contempt.

    I had an email exchange with Mr. Margolis some years back, and he is quite aware of the Armenian Genocide. So it is quite bizarre that he showers praise on the same Turks who to this day not only deny their genocide of close to 4 million Christians (Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks) during 1915-1923 alone*, but continue their genocidal policies - in addition to continuing the S.O.P. of the nomad Turk of invasion and theft of others' properties. (the UygurTürkoğlar nomads swallowed up 40% of Cyprus, an EU member.....yet the spineless (Western) Europeans/EU are giving $ billions to the terrorist gangsters)

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    * the ethnic cleansing, massacres, mass-murders, looting, destroying, forcible conversion, etc, etc of the indigenous Christian peoples of Asia Minor by Asiatic nomad invaders had been going on for centuries prior to the Genocides of 1915-1923.
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  15. Pontius says:

    “Turkey On A Roll.”

    Anyone else feel Hungary?

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  16. Eagleone says:

    Wow… I use to think Margolis was intelligent and astute. This opinion piece is the biggest piece of garbage propaganda I have ever read on the Middle East and Turkey… I guess if one just emerged from decades in a cave they would believe even a paragraph of what he says here…..

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    There WAS a time when Margolis was a great writer. He used to write for the Toronto sun. I once had the greatest respect for him. NOT NOW.
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  17. Mr. Margolis, whom I presume is Jewish fails to mention the G word (Genocide). Not surprising as he conforms with the Zionist propaganda machine that discounts all holocaust but their own, all people’s suffering but their own and seem to claim the God given right to treat people like caged animals in Gaza. Not only do the Jews not acknowledge the Armenian genocide but they have the chutzpah to use a vote on the recognition in their Knesset as a tool to threaten Turkey. Further their minions that basically run the US foreign policy line up to support Turkish denial every year that it comes up on April 24th in the US government. So f–k you Eric Margolis and your support of the barbarian Turk.

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  18. Avery says:
    @Marcus
    Margolis needs to look up the definition of 'phobia,' the irrational response to past centuries of Turkish invasions would be to welcome them with open arms now.

    Margolis’s late wife was a Muslim, Albanian I believe (may she rest in peace). So his sympathy towards Muslims at large I can understand. But his infatuation with the genocidal, denialist, savage nomad Turk is beneath contempt.

    I had an email exchange with Mr. Margolis some years back, and he is quite aware of the Armenian Genocide. So it is quite bizarre that he showers praise on the same Turks who to this day not only deny their genocide of close to 4 million Christians (Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks) during 1915-1923 alone*, but continue their genocidal policies – in addition to continuing the S.O.P. of the nomad Turk of invasion and theft of others’ properties. (the UygurTürkoğlar nomads swallowed up 40% of Cyprus, an EU member…..yet the spineless (Western) Europeans/EU are giving $ billions to the terrorist gangsters)

    ______________
    * the ethnic cleansing, massacres, mass-murders, looting, destroying, forcible conversion, etc, etc of the indigenous Christian peoples of Asia Minor by Asiatic nomad invaders had been going on for centuries prior to the Genocides of 1915-1923.

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    • Replies: @Marcus
    Jews generally did very well in the Ottoman lands when compared to their kinsmen in Christendom, so maybe there's some nostalgia at play for him here...
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  19. Marcus says:
    @Avery
    Margolis's late wife was a Muslim, Albanian I believe (may she rest in peace). So his sympathy towards Muslims at large I can understand. But his infatuation with the genocidal, denialist, savage nomad Turk is beneath contempt.

    I had an email exchange with Mr. Margolis some years back, and he is quite aware of the Armenian Genocide. So it is quite bizarre that he showers praise on the same Turks who to this day not only deny their genocide of close to 4 million Christians (Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks) during 1915-1923 alone*, but continue their genocidal policies - in addition to continuing the S.O.P. of the nomad Turk of invasion and theft of others' properties. (the UygurTürkoğlar nomads swallowed up 40% of Cyprus, an EU member.....yet the spineless (Western) Europeans/EU are giving $ billions to the terrorist gangsters)

    ______________
    * the ethnic cleansing, massacres, mass-murders, looting, destroying, forcible conversion, etc, etc of the indigenous Christian peoples of Asia Minor by Asiatic nomad invaders had been going on for centuries prior to the Genocides of 1915-1923.

    Jews generally did very well in the Ottoman lands when compared to their kinsmen in Christendom, so maybe there’s some nostalgia at play for him here…

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  20. anon[146] • Disclaimer says:

    A very pro-Muslim article from an openly Muslim sympathizer. Margolis makes no mention of the brutal Muslim conquest of the Balkans or the cruel Turkish habit of “Janissaries”- kidnapping 6 year old Christian children and brainwashing them to fight their own people.

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  21. anon[146] • Disclaimer says:
    @Eagleone
    Wow... I use to think Margolis was intelligent and astute. This opinion piece is the biggest piece of garbage propaganda I have ever read on the Middle East and Turkey... I guess if one just emerged from decades in a cave they would believe even a paragraph of what he says here.....

    There WAS a time when Margolis was a great writer. He used to write for the Toronto sun. I once had the greatest respect for him. NOT NOW.

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  22. Miro23 says:
    @Canadian Cents

    "The US media keeps blasting Erdogan while totally ignoring the brutal dictatorship in Egypt, a major US-Saudi vassal state."
     
    Or to more clearly connect it to the previous points in that paragraph: a major US-Israeli-Saudi vassal state.

    US foreign policy and media is controlled by pro-Israel-interests. This in turn leads and controls the foreign policy and media in US-Israeli vassal states like Canada and the EU.

    As a result, brutality and human rights abuses by Israel and US client regimes like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ukraine, Colombia are largely ignored in Western mainstream coverage.

    Similar to the Turkey example, the hypocrisy and complete lack of credibility of Western media is also demonstrated in how coverage of Duterte and the Philippines drastically changed when that country started to try to follow its own sovereign interests.

    The term that Paul Craig Roberts uses to describe our mainstream media is quite fitting: presstitutes.

    Similar to the Turkey example, the hypocrisy and complete lack of credibility of Western media is also demonstrated in how coverage of Duterte and the Philippines drastically changed when that country started to try to follow its own sovereign interests.

    The term that Paul Craig Roberts uses to describe our mainstream media is quite fitting: presstitutes.

    That’s an interesting comment. If anyone had said 10 years ago that I’d be getting the most informative international news in English from RT (Russia Today) I wouldn’t have believed them.

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  23. Taz says:
    @Anonymous

    Today, by contrast, there are some 10 million ethnic Turks in Europe, most of whom came in past decades as guest laborers, prized for their hard work, honesty and reliability.
     
    And this is where I stopped reading the article. Maybe the author should ask the Germans about this hard work, honesty and reliability mirage.

    Half of Turks in Germany Do Not Work, Majority ‘Not Interested in a Job’

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/07/13/half-turks-germany-economically-inactive/

    WTF … BRIETBART?

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