SHAFAQNA – Love him or hate him Turkish President Recep Erdogan makes for great television. If you thought the world of politics was boring, and cold, I suggest you plug in to Erdogan’s new rant. Boy oh boy that president knows how to put his best foot forward …
Or maybe he just put his foot in it – both feet that is.
Before going any further into my analysis, I’d like to thank Mr Erdogan for the great lessons himself, and his close entourage ever so kindly imparted the world. How lucky we are to stand in the shadow of a man whose “expertise” encompasses all subject matters, and all issues. If I didn’t know any better, I would dare venture that Turkey’s president suffers in fact of a Messiah complex – thankfully such impure thoughts would never enter my subterranean brain – I am only a woman after all, and women cannot possibly ambition to equal men – let alone understand them.
And so I would ask of you my fellow men, women, and readers to please bask with me in the glorious wisdom Mr Erdogan, the great Sultan of all Turkey decided to share with us, common mortals.
How bright must it be in Mount Olympus …. How cold it is here on Earth!
Mr Erdogan had a busy week. In the span of a few days our gallant head of state managed to anger women, make a parody of Islam, and threaten a few nations of dire reprisals should they defy his will. Who said it was easy to be a dictator? I must admit that when it comes to dedication to a job well done – totalitarianism, Mr Erdogan is putting in the extra hour.
No slacking for that president … no sir!
It all began with my personal favourite: “We will multiply our descendants. They talk about population planning, birth control. No Muslim family can have such an approach,” said the Turkish president before ranting on: “Nobody can interfere in God’s work. The first duty here belongs to mothers.”
May I assume that like me your jaw hit the floor. Did Erdogan just appointed himself as God’s personal spokesperson, and demanded that the whole of Turkey “reproduce”. He just gave a whole meaning to God’s speed.
Seriously though, beyond the immediate comic effect of such a tirade, we ought to recognize the dangerous seed of ultra-nationalism, knee-deep in dangerous self-righteousness. By themselves Erdogan’s comments could be shrugged off as the ranting of a man whose views on women, society and religion are an anachronism onto themselves. But if you are to frame this narrative within Erdogan’s ethnocentric rhetoric against the Kurds, you find yourself looking at a dangerously covert call for ethnic cleansing.
Hear me out. Erdogan delivers his “go forth and multiply” speech on the wake of another – one which demonized the Kurds as “Atheists and Zoroastrians.”
In an attempt to appeal to religious sentiment and rouse Islamist fervour, Erdogan also claimed that Kurdish militants had burnt down schools and mosques stating, “They are atheists, they are Zoroastrians. Nothing will come of them. They have not and are not acting with our values,” he proclaimed.
And: The terror organisation’s [PKK] real issue isn’t with the state. It is with the belief, holy book, prayer, history and culture of the region’s people. Those supporting the organisation are more concerned with uprooting the people and tearing them away from their values than a military victory. The number of militants killed within the organisation and the innocent people killed by them is higher than those killed during operations by the state. Those who always talk of the past extrajudicial murders by the state cannot be sincere if they don’t take a stand against this. We have never shied away from facing up to mistakes, deficiencies and the truth.”
Put together ultra-nationalism and calls for a religious crusade and you have yourself another Armenia.
Could it be that Erdogan needs new arms to fight in his army? Could it be that this ambitious autocrat seeks to resurrect the great Ottoman empire on the belly of Turkish women? While we may laugh before the absurdity of his comments, we should fear what they imply.
“The first duty of a woman is to increase the country’s population,” said Erdogan.
Ok so let me summarize here – women are not equal to men, should they ever claim to stand men’s equal they would damage their psyche so badly that they would drive themselves to suicide, and their first duty is to produce heirs to the world. I think that covers it … Oh no, shoot I was going to forget how the long lost harems of the Ottoman Empire taught women how to behave like dutiful women. I clearly missed that lesson!
“The harem was a school for members of the Ottoman dynasty and an educational establishment for preparing women for life,” Emine Erdogan, Turkey’s first lady said in comments to the press in March this year.
And then the proverbial cherry on the cake: birth control amounts to treason. Not my word, but his.
Chauvinism – checked
Backwardism – checked
Idiotism – checked
Check me out thank to Mr Erdogan and Co. I’m making up new words. See, what did I tell you, a gift to mankind, that’s what the man is!
OK I grant you the section about gender equality and suicide actually came from Turkey’s Prime Minister’s mouth Ahmet Davutoglu back in December 2014 when he stressed: Women being equal to men causes suicides” You will admit though, it falls within the same rationale.
One would think that after such an intense few days the Turkish President would retire behind the golden walls of his grand palace. Nope … not that president!
That president had a few more fishes to fry before supper.
Mr Erdogan still found time in his pre-Ramadan schedule to threaten both the United States over its support of the Kurds, and then Germany over its desire to recognize the Armenian genocide. Erdogan in essence warned Germany that if it proceeds with its Armenian genocide resolution, it would hurt the bilateral ties between the two nations.
“If Germany is to be deceived by this, then bilateral diplomatic, economic, trade, political, and military ties – we are both NATO countries – will be damaged,” Erdogan told reporters.
And the infamous: “PKK, PYD, Daesh (ISIL), YPG, they are no different from each other. They are all terrorist organisations. I condemn the USA’s support for the PYD and YPG. This isn’t what they promised us. I believe in honest politics. Our friends, those who are with us in NATO should not, cannot send their soldiers to Syria with the YPG insignia.”
Let’s hope that June will be quieter …
By Catherine Shakdam – This article appeared first on RT