Thursday, 19 November 2009

Turkey being lost to the West?

The Huffington Post hosts another witless apologia for Turkey from the left-wing, this time with a dash of pseudo-American geopolitics being thrown into the mix. The byline points out that the author, Tuncay Babali, is a "Fellow at the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs" but fails to point out that he is a former Turkish diplomat.

Apparently Mr. Babali thinks that Turkey is in danger of being "lost to the West" because of we bad Europeans not letting them in. Apparently we should just tear up all the rules, throw away the standards they don't meet and let them in anyway.

I posted a comment to the article which, of course, was not approved by the Huffington censor team. So here it is reproduced here:

Europe is not "a timeless and inspirational idea". It is a place and a culture. Turkey is not part of the place or the culture. The whole idea of Turkey joining the European Union was absurd from the get-go and it's time it was killed off. It is overwhelmingly opposed by the people of Europe who know that Turkey is about as European as Iran. Despite this, thanks to American pressure, the elite is trying to force it through against the wishes of their people.

Europe's 15 million Muslims have already caused immense problems, forcing a massive retrenchment of civil liberties. That could only be aggravated by adding Turkey's vast population to the mix.

Turkey is so far from meeting the norms of a European country that it is almost incredible that its application is still on track. To cite only a few: it denies that the Armenian genocide occurs, it routinely invades EU airspace with fighter aircraft (each day), it routinely practises torture, it constantly suppresses free speech (banning YouTube etc. because of criticism of the revered dictator Ataturk); it has a leader who says things like "there is no such thing as moderate Islam" and "No Muslim could commit genocide".

You say that if Turkey is not admitted to the European Union, Turkey may be lost to the West. I say that if Turkey is admitted to the European Union, Europe may be lost to the West. It is time American governments stopped lobbying for this primitive Middle Eastern nation to be allowed into the European Union. Whatever temporary political advantage you think it will offer you is as nothing compared to the long-term disadvantages of Europe becoming Eurabia.

1 comment:

  1. Although he now seems to be back-tracking a little, a speech Van Rompuy made to the Belgian parliament in 2004 offers some encourageent:

    Van Rompuy:"Turkey will never be part of Europe"