Wikilealks US cable extract on Turkey:
Widespread belief among adherents of the Turk-Islam synthesis that Turkey’s role is to spread Islam in Europe, “to take back Andalusia and avenge the defeat at the siege of Vienna in 1683” as one participant in a recent meeting at AKP’s main think tank put it. Hat tip UK Commentators
Andalusia is Spain. They want to reverse a loss from back in 1492. Talk about bearing a grudge. Still it’s probably Bush’s fault somehow. Presumably they do not care that they themselves inhabit formally Christian lands. Their capital was once one of the great cities of Christendom. That Spain was Christian before the Muslims conquered it.
Islam in Turkey is not thought to be a force for good.
Islam as it is lived in Turkey is stultified, riddled with hypocrisy, ignorant and intolerant of other religions’ presence in Turkey, and unable to eject those who would politicize it in a radical, anti-Western way. Imams are for the most part poorly educated and all too ready to insinuate anti-Western,anti-Christian or anti-Jewish sentiments into their sermons.Exceptionally few Muslims in Turkey have the courage to challenge conventional Sunni thinking about jihad or, e.g., verses in the Repentance shura of the Koran which have for so long been used to justify violence against “infidels”. Hat tip UK Commentators
Naturally the British Conservative Party can spot a good thing when they see it:
David Cameron has promised to “fight” for Turkey’s membership of the European Union, saying he is “angry” at the slow pace of negotiations.
Some people have been taking a sojourn from history. But they are about to be dragged back kicking and screaming into its long and bloody embrace. Britain will be prepared, with its 19 ships.
Military strength goes hand in hand with economic strength. The Blair-Brown legacy is one of a dejected nation that needs to come to terms with yet another precipitous decline in its standing. A trajectory the US seems intent on following.
The Anglosphere needs to rediscover the traditional values that enabled it to become strong. Political correctness has sapped its strength. The left wing clap trap that clutters minds and distorts conceptual frameworks must be purged.
Restoring sanity to much of the West will take time. Replacing politically correct texts in schools with John Stuart Mill’s On liberty is one place to start. With the “right” on the rise around the world, how many will make such a move? Will they support liberty? Are they only really in it for the money, power and ego? Or don’t they have a clue?