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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wikileaks: Over two million potential terrorists in Turkey

A cable released by Wikileaks warns of over two million potential terrorists in Turkey (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
A leading Turkish national security analyst told U.S. diplomats that seven percent of Turkish citizens support “radical forms of Islam.”

He said that “even if half a percent of the population supports al-Qaeda-type terrorism in a country of 70 million [people], this would mean 350,000 potential terrorists,” Hurriyet Daily News reported quoting according Taraf newspaper, a Turkish partner of Wikileaks, which released the diplomatic cable.

The Sunni Islamic doctrine has changed so little since the Middle Ages that there is not much difference between the Taliban in Afghanistan and Turkey, the Religious Affairs Directorate’s research office director, Niyazi Kahveci, told U.S. officials during a visit on Nov. 14, 1996, according to another recently leaked cable, Hurriyet reported.

Later, as more cables revealed, U.S. diplomats have observed that Islam in Turkey is not “monolithic” and is politically divided, with both secularists and conservative Islamists trying to manipulate religion’s role in public affairs to their own ends.

A June 27, 2003, diplomatic cable released by Taraf, also claimed the country’s Religious Affairs Directorate “is suppressing Islamic beliefs that do not fit the official version.”

The Turkish version of secularism is “180 degrees opposite” of the U.S. version as it is not one embraced by the people and protected by the Constitution but “divinized” by the Constitution and forced on the people, the cable said.
What could go wrong?

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At 7:56 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Nothing to worry about, they are all on their way to Eurostan.

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Not to worry, they are all on their way to Eurostan!


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