Turkish President Erdogan also wants to Establish an "Islamic State" in Turkey

by DR. SAMI ALRABAA February 10, 2016

Not only the ISIS (Daesh) terrorists are fighting to establish an Islamic state in the Middle East. Erdogan, the Turkish president has the same aim.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has always preached that the Kemalist era was a "faithlessness" one and he wanted to replace it by a "bright Islamic future"!

Before Erdogan came to power, he made the following remark: "Democracy is like a trip by train. You get off once you reached your destination!"

When Erdogan was the mayor of Istanbul, he often said that he wanted Turkish schools to be Imam hatip, i.e. first and foremost Islamic schools in terms of content and form.

Now in full power, Erdogan is not only Islamizing schools and changing them into Madrassas (Islamic religious schools) he is also submitting the whole justice system and other state services and in particualr the media under his Islamic party influence.

Those who do not follow Erdogan's dogmatic Islamic ideology are simply fired, whether they are state prosecutors, judges or journalists.

Private media providers, like the independent newspaper Hurriyet have been very often assaulted by members of Erdogan' AK party.

The popular TV presenter Ahmet Hakan was attacked in front of his home by AK party followers. They broke his nose and several rips of his. He was accused of "propagating terrirism"!

Erol Onderoglu of the international watchdog Reporters Without Borders says,"Hundred of journalists have been fired or arrested in the past five years, and we expect more every day."

Thus the Reporters Without Borders places Erdogan's Turkey on the 149 th rank as one of the worst abusers of Freedom of opinion in all kinds of media.

Erdogan and his followers also assault all those who criticise or uncover corruption and nepotism committed by Erdogan, his family members and followers.

In 2013 Erdogan himself and members of his family and AK party followers, sons of cabinet ministers and businessmen were evidentlly involved in corruption and  nepotism. Among much evidence, Erdogan's phone calls related to courruption were posted on the Internet.

To add insult to injury, all those state prosecutors and financial police, who were involved in investigating Erdogan's involvement in corruption, were later sacked. 

In sum, anyone who dare accuse Erdogan and his followers of corruption, they are dubbed as  "terrorists".

In addition, thousands of ordinary Turks have been jailed for allegedly insultung Erdogan. State prosecutors, who sympathize with Erdogan, issue tough sentences against critics of Erdogan and his party, mounting up to four years in prison. Critics of AK party believe, that this kind of sentences is intended to intimidate opponents of Erdogan and his regime, and ultimately eliminate freedom of speech.

That is the kind of state which Erdogan wants to establish in Trurkey: an authoritarian dictatorial one called Islamic state ruled by him for the rest of his life.

Erdogan uses all kinds of lies and extortion to cheat his Western allies in the European Union and NATO.

Erdogan and his regime claim that there are 2.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Independent sources dispute that.

While Erdogan and his cabinet ministers claim that Turkey provides refugees with all kinds of help, all humanitarian organizations on the ground dispute that too.

The majority of Syrian refugees work somewhere in Turkey. They are underpaid and expolited. But  somehow they manage to make ends meet, i.e. pay their accommodation and food. They do not get any help from the Turkish state as Erdogan claims.

Erdogan has so far used the refugee crisis to extort the European Union from which he has received so far over seven billion euros.

Erdogan's Islamic regime is not the only one in the region. The same regime we have in Saudi Arbia, and in the other Arab Gulf states. The Shaikhs there allege and brag that they are ruling in the name of Allah and Islam, whatever that is.

Erdogan and the Arab Shaikhs justfy their despotic und undemocratic rule by applying Islam, a Medieval religion, like all religions, held holy by its followers.

Moreover, in all these Islamic states, other religions, like Christianity and Judaism are not tolerated, absolutely. Christians in Turkey, mostly Armenians, whose ancestors, i.e. one and a half million of them,  were massacared in 1915, fear for their life when they dare go to church.

In Saudi Arabia and the other Arab Gulf states, Christianity and other religions are relentlessly forbidden.

On the other hand, the Saudis spend billions of dollars yearly on financing the construction of mosques and Madrassas (Muslim schools) around the world, including terrorsit organizations. Alone in Cologne, Germany, they finanaced the constrution of a mosque which cost over 17 million euros.

The civilzed world, after centuries of wars, has come to a civilzed conclusion, namely the rule of a secular law irrespective of whatever religion you believe in.

Civilzed people believe that religion is a private matter, but the rule of the law and constitution are a common, fair ruling reference, not religion, whatever it is. 

Erdogan and his ilk find in religion, in Islam an easy manner, a cover and mask to rule and avoid democracy.

However, sooner or later, all these regimes, in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere will disappear. Why? Ruling in the name of any religion is an uncivilized regime which logical thinking and fairness reject.

Furthermore, exactly these two regimes, the Turkish and the Saudi, while they allege that they are Islamic, all know that both are despotic and totally corrupt.

What is it now? Is Islam corrupt and therefore these regimes are also corrupt? Or are these regimes corrupt, but use Islam to cover up their corruption?

Dr. Sami Alrabaa, an ex-Muslim, is a professor of Sociology and an Arab-Muslim culture specialist. He has taught at Kuwait University, King Saud University, and Michigan State University. He also writes for the Jerusalem Post and is the author of the book: “Veiled Atrocities”, published by Prometheus, New York 2010 .

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