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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
My column neighbor and ex-sparring partner (if I may?) Mustafa Akyol was perfectly right in his piece “Don’t give ISIL the Islamophobia it wants,” when he wrote that the French “should not give ISIL what it wants, which is an irrational and disproportionate response”
On May 31, 2013, your columnist promised to [then] Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that “We’ll drink to your health!” Alcohol is a simple substance in “normal” parts of the world
It was quite intriguing - or maybe not - when, shortly before the Nov. 1 elections, a staunchly pro-President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan columnist for daily Yeni Akit claimed that Mr. Erdoğan would become the “new [‘ecumenical’] caliph” once he has won the executive presidential powers he much desires
Here we go again, more headlines from the Istanbul press in the year 2023, while of course the world will be watching with envy the rise and rise and rise of Turkey:
By 2019, Turkey’s Islamists will have been in power for 17 uninterrupted years.
In a rather kitsch scene reminiscent of Turkish and former Soviet bloc celebrations, thousands of locals proudly watched students, fire brigades, Red Cross workers and others parading on the main promenade of a Greek island in the northern Aegean
We can always pleasantly ignore his recent award-winning slips of the tongue, namely, that “there is a 360-degree difference between our Islam and the Islam of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ” or that “wherever there is an oppressor, we will stand by [him].”
Most useful idiots took it literally when Turkey’s then-emerging class of “reformist” (or post-modern) Islamists promised in their 2002 election manifesto that: “Our party [AKP] views law not as a means to frighten or punish but as a means to provide justice.”
When one types the words “Erdoğan + indigenous + national + aircraft” in Turkish Google, it will produce 1.38 million results.
“Super-cyber Turkey in Syberia” appeared in this column on Apr. 11, 2014 – barely a year and a half ago.
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