Is Turkey attempting to resurrect the Ottoman Empire

Catherine Shakdam, Editor in Chief of The Levant, just published Is Turkey attempting to resurrect the Ottoman Empire on the back of the ‘black army’?  In this interview Catherine suggests that ISIL, that ostensible “Islamic extremist” group backed by Israel and its proxies, seems to be destabilizing the precise territory that the Zionists are planning to take over to create “Greater Israel” stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates.

and looks on Ashura, a major Muslim holiday.

He writes:

Shia Muslims commemorate the slaughter of a good ruler, the Prophet’s grandson and legitimate heir Hussein, by the evil S.O.B. Yazid, by beating their chests and backs with light chains. I wouldn’t mind seeing Americans likewise beating themselves every November 22nd to commemorate the murder of a relatively good leader, JFK, by a bunch of evil SOBs including LBJ, Allan Dulles, George H.W. Bush, Cord Meyer, James Jesus Angleton, Meyer Lansky, and very likely David Ben Gurion. And I wouldn’t mind seeing Americans beating themselves with HEAVY chains every 9/11 to mourn the murder of the American dream by a bunch of neoconservative scumbags who make the Elders of Zion look like small-timers.

According to Opinion – Analysis of Crash it was not only Western pressure that impelled the Ankara government to take the reluctant step to come closer to ISIS, but recent serious rioting by Turkish Kurds, appalled by their government’s policy of isolating their fellow Kurds beyond the border, which left 35 people dead. Turkey has allowed European jihadists, including more than 500 from Britain, to pour across its borders to join ISIS.

At first neutral observers gave Erdogan the benefit of the doubt. But Turkey had become a pass-way or gate-way for many Islamic fighters from Belgium, Holland and Great-Britain. A Londoner and an inhabitant from Vilvoorde in Flemish Brabant have been recognised as the beheaders on some IS-videos.

The West could see how the Islam faith was pressed on to the people of Turkey and how the principle of secularism had become only a political fetish. It had been used as a pretext by the army to overthrow four elected governments since 1960.

The enforcement of secularism, too, had become intrusive and oppressive, going far beyond the principle of separation of religion and state to the point where it resembled the French obsession with “laïcité”. Turkish girls wondered why they could freely wear the hijab on a British campus but not at any Turkish university.

said the writer of Turkey complicit with ISIS; unfit to join EU in 2014, October 29.

There are many who think that the Turkish government would not be using terror and religious radicalism as a tool, a commodity to assert, serve and carry its goals, can be very mistaken, I think.

When we look into the past we can find many examples where leaders of group managed to indoctrinate others, with or without force. Religion very often was misused to get more power. The Roman Catholic Church does not go free, having had European nations waging a series of wars against the so-called “infidels of Islam,” looking to reconquer the “holy land.” For many Christians those men who went to war are often still considered brave man.

The Crusades, the words themselves inspire thoughts of bravery, chivalry, and the quest for glory in the name of Christianity for God himself.  {The crusades: holy war or struggle for wealth}

Many decades the Crusades, the Conquest of South and North America were presented as the solution against the heathen indigenous people. Children at school learned those war were necessary to protect the right religion.  Today we see also such people who do believe they are going for the right religion. As volunteers many from West Europe offer themselves up for the good cause. They are convinced, like many Turkish people believe, that the Islam is endangered by the West. Islam needs safeguarding according to them from the bad influences of the capitalist West.

Today our world also faces a “holy war”, which is sold to the masses. The men behind the scenes also promise the followers of their only right true religion that they will be able to gain their heaven, able to enter the paradise as a  martyr and having their people to come to live in the land of “milk and honey”.

As it now appears – or, if you will, as the United States has portrayed and even confirmed – Turkey, under the leadership of its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has manipulated and crafted radicals into a veritable army in order to manifest its longing for regional domination, by way of resurrecting the Ottoman Empire.

Foreign Correspondent of The National Piotr Zalewski remembers us that Ahmet Davutoglu, Mr Erdogan’s foreign policy adviser since 2003, who soon became foreign minister in 2009 said:

We are the new Ottomans

Mr Erdogan, like a wolf in sheep-clothes was an eager disciple and partner, to make the case for re-establishing Turkey’s bygone glory. The quiet thinker and the fiery populist often invoked Turkey’s Islamic heritage and anti-colonialist discourse.

English: Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Diyarbakir, T...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Diyarbakir, Turkey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1998 Syria was considered the enemy and the two countries were on the verge of war. Just over a decade later they were holding joint cabinet meetings. With the other Arab befriended nations relations went for the better. How more the Islamisation took place in Turkey how more friendly and good willing the neighbourhood Islamic nation were offering a free hand to Turkey.

Turkey got to know very well its place and Mr Davutoglu was not afraid to say publicly:

“Not a leaf will stir in the Middle East without Ankara hearing of it and responding,”

According to Piotr Zalewski all the leaves stirred at once, in the spring of 2011. Caught by surprise but eager to be on the right side of history and to deepen Turkey’s regional footprint, Mr Davutoglu and Mr Erdogan backed the popular uprisings in Libya, Egypt and Syria.

They broke with the entrenched leadership and embraced the Islamists, with whom they had shared a common ideological lineage. The AKP itself had been built on the ruins of an overtly Islamist party, of which Mr Erdogan had been a leading member.

says Piotr Zalewski

Certain that Syria’s Bashar Al Assad would fall like Muammar Qaddafi and Hosni Mubarak, Turkey went so far as to open its southern border to the anti-regime rebels. Rhetoric began to outpace reality.

In 2012 Mr Davutoglu said:

“Whatever we lost between 1911 and 1923, whatever lands we withdrew from, we shall once again meet our brothers in those lands between 2011 to 2023,”

and referring to the World War I era and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire:

“We shall break the mould shaped for us by Sykes-Picot,”

he said a year later.

Catherine Shakdam writes:

If a theme was to be found when discussing Turkey, both the word Ottoman and Islamic would adequately describe which directions President Erdogan has veered his country toward and more importantly which goals he wishes to achieve.

Just as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk came to symbolize the rise of Turkey as a modern republican state, President Erdogan is fast becoming a poster child for neo-imperialism.

The very existence of the Free Syrian Army has also been pinned down to Turkey, raising some questions regarding the group’s intentions, motivations and methods, as described by Aron Lund, editor of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace’s Syria in Crisis Blog in, “The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist.”

We all should be well aware of the position Turkey and President Erdogan wanted to take and how so many members of the government might be linked to terrorism. Also a lot of Turkish civilians gained quite a lot with the ongoing war in the neighbour country.

Catherine Shakdam who is a political analyst with over 7 years of experience and of which her writings have appeared in a number of publications, among which Middle East Monitor, Middle East Eye, Majalla, Foreign Policy Association, Yemen Post, and the Guardian UK warns:

As lines have been blurred between ISIS militants, the Free Syrian Army and Turkey itself, all three appear as extensions of one another, the manifestations of the same will to engineer the inception of an Islamic state whose reach will encompass the MENA region and recreate the long lost Ottoman Empire.


Please do find out more:

> Broadcast November 5th, 10-11:00 a.m. Central (1500 GMT) on, archived here.

> Ashura-JFK-9/11 and the beauty of Shia Islam

> Is Turkey attempting to resurrect the Ottoman Empire on the back of the ‘black army’?

> The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist


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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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