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‘The threat that is coming out of Turkey is similar to the threat that was coming out of Iran after the revolution’

Author: Robert Spencer
Publication: Jihad Watch.org
Date: August 31, 2020
URL:      https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/08/the-threat-that-is-coming-out-of-turkey-is-similar-to-the-threat-that-was-coming-out-of-iran-after-the-revolution

David Lepeska here provides an excellent summary piece of Turkey’s movement away from secularism and back to Islam. And while it is certainly true that “the threat that is coming out of Turkey is similar in many ways to the threat that was coming out of Iran after the revolution,” Turkey’s transition into an Islamic state has been more gradual than the Khomeini revolution. It is that gradualism that has allowed the Turkish Islamic revolution to go on in plain sight of the world while most mainstream analysts have failed to notice.

“Turkey exporting undeclared Islamic revolution,” by David Lepeska, Ahval News, August 30, 2020:

…Ghanem Nuseibeh, founding director of London-based consulting firm Cornerstone Global Associates…said the Israel-UAE agreement consolidates the division that has come to define much of the Middle East, between the Turkey-Qatar alliance on one side, which supports Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Saudi-Emirati-Egyptian-led bloc on the other, which has labelled the Brotherhood a terrorist group.

“The direction of travel we are seeing out of Turkey is moving away from normalisation and peacefulness and good relations with Israel and being open with the West,” he told Ahval in a podcast. “The direction of travel coming from moderate Arab states led by the UAE is in the opposite direction towards more peaceful coexistence.”

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), in power since 2002, has historical links to the Brotherhood and welcomed many Muslim Brotherhood members following Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s ouster of his predecessor Mohamed Morsi in mid-2013. Since then, Turkey has essentially swapped one group of Islamists, the followers of exiled Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen , who Ankara blames for orchestrating a failed 2016 coup, for another, those of the Brotherhood and its proxies.

Turkey supports Brotherhood-linked groups in Libya, in Syria, in Niger and the Palestinian territories, as well as in Europe. In a recent op-ed for the Jerusalem Post, Nuseibeh argued that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had learned from the widespread backlash to Iran’s 1979 revolution to gradually remake Turkey into an Islamic Republic rather than do so overnight….

“The threat that is coming out of Turkey is similar in many ways to the threat that was coming out of Iran after the revolution,” said Nuseibeh. “The Islamists have been gradually taking over bits and pieces of the Turkish state and are now really controlling Turkish foreign policy…Turkey seems to want to export its own undeclared revolution.”…

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