A few quick articles to bring everyone up to speed on the advent of the New Ottoman Empire & Sultan Erdogan’s desire to be future Such an expansion would be particularly concerning in light of the Turkish government’s recent swing toward Islamist political alliances. They have worked to significantly reinforce strategic alliances with both Iran and Syria, two of the most well-established state sponsors of terrorism globally, while significantly cooling its relationship with Israel and the United States. Despite this, the Obama administration this past January, sold the Turkish Air Force 100 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets. Turkey already manufactures it’s own F-16s.

Turkey Makes Troubling Moves

With the recent Arab spring & summer, news for Israel continues to grow worse.  Turkey the last cog in the battle of Gog & Magog to move from secular government to Islamization.  Now the news of hundreds of resignations in the military from heads of Army, Navy & Air Force have created a vacuum with which we can see the detractors calling the President of Turkey (Erdogan) push to become the next Sultan.  Many in the region long for the glory days of the Ottoman empire and recent news is troubling for the region already trembling.  A reverse coup has taken place and much of the world in numb to the ramifications on the regions build up for supremacy.  Truly all the pieces are in place for the battle of Gog & Magog.

Turkey: Military chiefs resign en masse

The chief of the Turkish armed forces, Isik Kosaner, has resigned along with the army, navy and air force heads.

BBC News – Turkey: Military chiefs resign en masse 

They were furious about the arrest of senior officers, accused of plotting, shortly before a round of military promotions.  A series of meetings between General Kosaner and PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed to resolve their differences.  Turkish President Abdullah Gul moved quickly to appoint General Necdet Ozel as the new army chief.  Gen Ozel is widely expected to be swiftly elevated to chief of the general staff in place of Gen Kosaner. Tradition dictates that only the head of the army can take over the top job.  There has been a history of tension between the secularist military and the governing AK party, with the two sides engaged in a war of words for the past two years over allegations that parts of the military had been plotting a coup.

Turkey to double the size of its army

Joel’s Trumpet (Link) – Joel Richardson (July 5, 2011)

With Prime Minister Erdogan’s Islamist AK party having seized its third landslide election victory in Turkey, many throughout the international community have been watching to see what will be next on the Turkish agenda.

Now there are strong indicators in the Turkish media that Turkey is planning on literally doubling the size of its army – this coming from the nation that already has the largest army in Middle East and the second-largest army in NATO, second only to the United States. Presently, Turkey’s army has over 500,000 troops. Its army is larger than France, Germany and England combined. And now Turkish media are reporting that they are planning on adding another 500,000 paid soldiers.

According to Egemen Bağış, a state minister and Turkey’s chief EU negotiator, the purpose of the army is to kill two birds with one stone, overcoming two of Turkey’s biggest challenges: terrorism and unemployment. This move would create half a million new jobs for Turkey while answering once and for all Turkey’s problem with Kurdish separatist terrorists in the southeast.

Bağış spoke to journalists at the Turkish ambassador’s office in Brussels. “The government is prepared to hire 500,000 people. … This structural change will also contribute to our struggle with unemployment,” he said.

Turkey’s nation defense minister, Vedci Gonul, stated that the new army is “the future of Turkey.” But he also said that the actual number of paid soldiers is yet to be determined pending a government study. According to Gonul, the creation of such a large army could take several years to complete.

A poll conducted shows that 80 percent of Turks support the idea while only 9 percent are opposed.

Despite the government’s claims that the purpose of the army would be to address terrorism, skepticism concerning such a massive force is well-deserved. First of all, creating an army this size merely to address Turkey’s terrorism problem, primarily from the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group in the southeast, would be like trying to kill an ant using a nuclear warhead. Secondly, such a move certainly will only reinforce the concerns of those who believe that Turkey has broad-ranging neo-Ottoman regional aspirations.

The silence of the Western media has been surprising. Imagine Israel announcing an expansion of its forces by 500,000 men to address its Palestinian terrorism problem. Yet the Western media has yet to comment regarding Turkey’s grandiose plans.

Such an expansion would be particularly concerning in light of the Turkish government’s recent swing toward Islamist political alliances. They have worked to significantly reinforce strategic alliances with both Iran and Syria, two of the most well-established state sponsors of terrorism globally, while significantly cooling its relationship with Israel and the United States. Despite this, the Obama administration this past January, sold the Turkish Air Force 100 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets. Turkey already manufactures it’s own F-16s.

It is also essential to once again remind ourselves of the recent accomplishments of the Islamist AK party under Prime Minister Erdogan’s leadership. In just the past several years, the AK party has edged ever closer to establishing a full-blown dictatorship, all in the name of democracy. Since 2002, they have managed to accomplish the following:

  • occupy the presidency;
  • occupy the seat of prime minister;
  • gain a large majority of seats in the parliament;
  • fill the judiciary with Islamist-leaning judges;
  • behead the top echelons of the military;
  • infiltrate the police force (over 70 percent of officers are members the Islamist Gulen movement);
  • intimidate and imprison Turkish journalists (there are more Turkish journalists in prison than any other nation in the world – more than China or Iran).

The nation’s leadership is now working toward a bill authorizing them to rewrite the Turkish Constitution, giving them far more sweeping powers over the military and judiciary.

In last month’s victory speech, Prime Minister Erdogan couldn’t have made his regional ambitions any clearer:

“Believe me, Sarajevo won today as much as Istanbul, Beirut won as much as Izmir, Damascus won as much as Ankara, Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, the West Bank, Jerusalem won as much as Diyarbakir.”

In a follow up commentary piece, J.E. Dyer, a retired U.S. Naval intelligence officer asked how the world would take it if Nicolas Sarkozy had proclaimed that a victory for him was a victory for Moscow as much as Paris, for Washington as much as Lyon, for Ankara as much as Marseilles. Dyer then very appropriately reminded us that such comments are, “imperialist at worst, absurdly arrogant at best – to speak of your electoral victories as conferring benefits on foreign humanity – especially on those once occupied by your nation in its days of empire.”

For years, several others and I have been warning of Turkey’s neo-Ottoman dreams and regional ambitions. And for just as many years, the compliant left-wing media has mocked the notion. Within the next several years, with doubling of the Turkish army, it appears as though there will be 500,000 more reasons to worry about Turkey’s regional ascension.

Another interesting quote:

Emina Ulker Tarhan is deeply concerned about Turkey’s future. A Supreme Court judge until recently, Tarhan decided to quit her prestigious job in order to enter politics and fight the current Turkish government.

 “Erdogan is not the prime minister of a democratic state. He wants to be the sultan of the Middle East,” she said. “A general who did not stand up to honor him at a certain event was thrown to jail. This is the behavior of tyrants. All tyrants are similar to each other, and all of them end up facing a similar fate.”

Erdogan’s ‘Plan B’: Downgrading Israel ties

 

YNet News (Link) (July 25, 2011)

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet on Monday reported that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is considering moving to a “Plan B” which will see relations with Israel suffer further by downgrading the level of Turkey’s diplomatic staff in Israel.

On Sunday, Erdogan said that he still expects an apology from Jerusalem. “We will wait for the Israelis’ decision a certain period. If they don’t apologize by this time we shall move to plan b,” he said.

According to Hurriyet, “Plan B” means cooling down relations with Israel. One of the most significant steps will be downgrading the level of Turkey’s embassy staff in Israel. Ankara recalled its ambassador following last year’s flotilla event. It is also possible Turkey will not approve an Israeli ambassador to replace Gaby Levy.

On Sunday, the Turkish newspaper reported that the Palmer report has ruled that IDF soldiers boarded the ship with “the intent to kill.”

According to the report, Israel is considering compensating the families of the nine people killed aboard the ship, and intends to issue a statement regretting the loss of life – regardless of Turkey’s demand for an official apology.

 

Official apology!  What about the million plus Christians that Turkey systematically denies ever happened.

The Armenian Genocide in Turkey

 

 

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