Leaked American Cables Reveal Extent of Turkey’s “Ottoman Empire” TendencyLeaked American diplomatic cables, published online by Wikileaks, have revealed the full extent of the danger of letting Turkey join the European Union and have described that nation’s government as “permeated by Islamists” and having “neo-Ottoman [empire] visions.”
The Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties are all fully committed to promoting Turkish membership of the EU and promote that country as a modern Western-aligned nation — but the leaked American documents reveal a completely different side to the Turkish government.
The cables, written by US diplomats at various stations inside and outside Turkey, reveal that:
- Turkey is undependable as a partner;
- The country’s leadership in Ankara is divided and permeated by Islamists;
- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is portrayed as having little understanding of politics beyond Ankara and of having “neo-Ottoman” visions.
- A high-ranking government adviser warned in discussions, quoted by the US diplomats, that Davutoglu would use his Islamist influence on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, describing him as "exceptionally dangerous."
- According to one US document, another adviser to the ruling AK Party remarked that Turkey wanted "to take back Andalusia and avenge the defeat at the siege of Vienna in 1683."
- The US diplomats wrote that many leading figures in the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) were members of a Muslim fraternity and that Mr Erdogan had appointed Islamist bankers to influential positions. He gets his information almost exclusively from newspapers with close links to Islamists, they reported.
The Turkish Prime Minister recently announced during a trip to Saudi Arabia that visa restrictions on Middle Eastern nationals entering Turkey had been relaxed.
When he was asked at a press conference if this visa liberalisation would change should Turkey join the EU, Mr Erdogan answered with a quote from the Koran: ‘Strive for what is right, as it (by God) is commanded.”
Turkey borders Syria, Iran and Iraq, Armenia and Georgia.
In July this year, David Cameron announced that he would fight for Turkey’s admission to the EU. "Together, I want us to pave the road from Ankara to Brussels," the Tory leader was quoted as saying.
In September 2010 a national referendum took place in Turkey which resulted in a majority ‘yes’ vote favouring reforms which Mr Erdogna’s AKP to take control of the Turkish judicial system. This means that the Islamist AKP can appoint Islamic judges at its whim, mirroring the same judicial system which operates in many Middle East Islamic states.
Turkey has an estimated population of approximately 70 million and is 99 percent Muslim. If admitted to the EU, it will become that body’s first majority Muslim member state which will open the door for millions of Muslims to sweep across Western Europe and ultimately into Britain.
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