David Cameron today accused critics of Turkey’s membership of the EU of playing on fears of Islam - as he pledged to ‘pave the road from Ankara to Brussels’.
In a speech in the Turkish capital the Prime Minister promised to ‘fight’ to help the Islamic state achieve its 50-year goal of EU membership. He said that, by embracing the "moderate" Muslim nation, the EU can improve relations with the rest of the Islamic world. And he hit out at those who "wilfully misunderstand Islam" in order to oppose Turkey’s membership.
Dumb Dave says that such critics "see no difference between real Islam and the distorted version of the extremists." What he ignores, however, is that neither does his new mate, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has said: "These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
‘They think the values of Islam can never be compatible with the values of other religions, societies or cultures," Dave adds. What he ignores is that neither does Erdogan, who has called the assimilation of Muslims into European societies a "crime against humanity".
The Prime Muppet - ahem...Minister - adduces in support of his backing of Turkish integration the country's "moderating influence in the Middle East". What he ignores is that Erdogan's ruling AKP party was directly involved in the sending of the warmongering hate flotilla that attempted to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza in May.
Cameron ignores many other things as well, including:
- Erdogan's antisemitism, and the general preponderance of Jew-hatred throughout the mainstream Turkish media, which I discussed here.
- Erdogan's denial of the Armenian genocide, and his threats to expel 100,000 Armenians from Turkey if the massacre is officially recognised
- Erdogan's statement in 1998, before he became Prime Minister, that "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers", which earned him a spell in prison for inciting religious hatred.
- The fact that Mein Kampf is a bestseller in Turkey
- The ongoing presecution of Christians in Turkey, sanctioned or at least ignored by Erdogan's government.
It seems that Call Me Dave is guilty of a bit of his own "willful misunderstanding" of the situation in Turkey, as he presses to have this monstrous Muslim nation and its odious leaders admitted further into the folds of Europe, where it would incubate like a cancer.
And, lest we forget, Cameron claims to be a Conservative (albeit a liberal one).