Why is the bird we eat at Thanksgiving called Turkey is another question that had to do with how the west viewed the Muslim Ottomans and what kind of future the west had in store for them
Who can believe Erdogan except the Turks who have lost all reference and have nothing to compare him to? Since long the Turks have been subject to alienation ; alienation from their language from which they have been deprived and alienation from their eastern roots and from their religion as well. We can even speak of cultural genocide of which they were victims and draw the parallel between them and the Native Nations of North America who were ripped of their language and culture .
Before the Arab or the Palestinian , the Muslim Ottoman was enemy to the colonialist west.. The Turks had to give up their originality, and pose as secular, and assume a fake identity to be admitted to the company of the masters of this world and serve them in their attempts against Russia or the USSR as called previously.
That which was called by Ataturk an independence and autonomy was but a surrender to the western master’s wishes to have Turkey relinquish true Islam and adopt an Islam compatible with the west . What sounded as a choice Turks had made between past and modernism was rather imposed in a version of Islam compatible with secularism , the same version that the west is trying nowadays to market everywhere : An Islam not in contradiction with the West or Israel…
This process of de-Islamization had started decades ago in Turkey, and the Turkish militaries were chosen to guard this so called version of secular Islam and make sure that no one defected from it and- for decades- the Turkish army guarded this sacred secular formula in which was kept the secret of the Turkish subsistence, with great vigilance .
The close relations with Israel were definitely part of the whole deal, and Turkey was pushed to make up for the absence of Israeli /Arab- Muslim relations and make the little usurper state feel at home in this vast extended Islamic Ocean. Turkey undertook this mission with honor, establishing all kind of relations with the usurper state and all kinds of exchange at all levels especially military . The both militarist states could work wonders together and they did . Not only Turkey had become secular but it had become the major ally of the west and the major partner of Israel long before the Arabs thought of any recognition or normalization .
What is now sought by the Arab establishment has long time ago been achieved by Turkey. The Turks themselves never questioned this partnership . They psyched themselves into it, and the secular rule that was imposed on them enforced by the militaries, and the altered Islam they had acquired prevented any reaction expected from an average Muslim regarding Israel, add to this : the fear from the militaries .
Turks were bribed into accepting their situation and condition , money was given and property acquired and dreams to belong to fancy Europe were enhanced . Thus they enjoyed some leisure- compared to their neighbors- as a compensation for giving up their culture and religion .The Turks lived thus removed from their environment and nothing in the short modern history of Turkey warned of any change of this state of things .
As far as Arabs and Muslims are concerned, Turkey had fallen into oblivion . It had become quarantined. We never heard from Turks again and we were not unhappy since we had not kept the best memories of their dominance . The Turk was not to be seen anymore while we heard say of the strong relations with Israel that had started since the establishment of the usurping entity .But these were relations between Israel and someone we had long time been out of touch with , someone that had already become a stranger and an alien , we were bothered but not really concerned or directly implicated as Muslims and as Arabs .
There is no doubt that we welcomed the news about the Islamic resurrection started by PM Nejmeddine Arbakan of the Felicity Party, and we felt that it ought to be encouraged- in some way- without really knowing how because Turkey had become alien to us and we did not know how to address this change, so we just watched Islam gaining ground .
When Arbakan was ousted by Erdogan we felt something wrong happened because we trusted Arbakan, but it seemed that the Islamic option kept gaining ground –apparently- instead of losing . At the same time when Erdogan was being promoted with Uglu and Gul along with their covered respective wives that appeared with their head dress, we started being exposed to Turkish products , the first products being the Turkish TV series and Turkish Soap operas to which we were not used at all , we had to watch all and identify with the heroes and heroines and their emotional debates.
The Movie entitled: “Valley of the Wolf” where Israeli terrorism was exposed- as we were told-stirred good feelings in us . It was not until later that we knew that all this was being cooked in the back stages of the NATO, and Erdogan chosen to continue -artificially- what Arbakan had started genuinely and lure people into believing that a real change had operated in Turkey against the military junta , against Israel in favor of Islam and Arabs .
The truth is that Turkey had not changed at all , it has in fact become more determined to pursue the western agenda – be it by destroying Syria and- before that- Libya and sending thousands of thugs to a neighboring country and supplying them with weapons . Turkey has changed its speech and dress and not its intention , it is more than ever an ally to Israel and to the world order. It is rather the Arabs and Muslims who were asked to change and invited to follow the Turkish model and example and develop -like Turks- this affinity with Israel that could survive all challenges and rule out the Islam that does not compromise.