Sunday, July 17, 2005

Clash of civilizations comes to a store near you

Burak Turna's previous book, about a Turkish hero who destroys Washington DC with a nuclear device, was the only book to beat Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" on the bestseller list in Turkey. Of course, Turkey is a beacon of Islamic modernism, and all its close to 80 million inhabitants should be allowed to join the 15 to 20 million Muslims already in the EU. The problems we have with 20 million Muslims will disappear as soon as we get 100 million Muslims. Our leaders tell us so, so it must be true:

Turkey Shrugs Off Success of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

The current No. 1 bestseller in Turkey, ahead of "Mein Kampf," is "Metal Storm," which depicts a U.S. invasion of the country. The Turkish hero avenges his homeland by destroying Washington with a nuclear device.

Clash of civilizations comes to a store near you

Burak Turna, who has developed a large following in Turkey, hit the bookstands this month with his second political fiction, "Third World War," which is about a clash of civilizations. His first book, "Metal Storm," co-authored by Orkun Uçar, describing a Turkish-U.S. war sparked after an assault on Turkish troops in northern Iraq by U.S. forces, is a bestseller in Turkey with over 450,000 copies sold to date. It created controversy and debate on whether the two allies could clash over the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq and alarmed many Turks due to this week's verbal exchange between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers. The plot may appeal to some Turks, but it remains to be seen if "Third World War" can match its predecessor's success.

Ankara wants nothing short of full membership

Turkey's EU negotiator told MEPs Ankara wants nothing short of full membership, with Brussels and London backing the bid in the teeth of French and German opposition. Speaking in the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee on Tuesday (12 July) Ali Babacan said "No document signed between Turkey and the EU nor any other EU decision envisages any other option". Other opponents to Ankara's membership include French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who might be the next French president in 2007, according to French media.


At July 17, 2005 4:47 PM, Blogger erp said...

It would behoove the EU to get its own house in order before it invites in any more guests, and Turkey needs an attitude adjustment before it starts issuing orders to the west.

Turks needs to make up their minds whether they wish to throw in their lot with the murdering terrorists of Islam fundamentalism or they want to join the civilized countries in working toward global democracy and freedom.

Can't have it both ways. The EU should wait to learn which way they plan to turn before issuing an invitation to their party.

At October 14, 2005 2:55 PM, Blogger oskar said...

The main problem with Turkey is not that it's muslim but that it's an incredibly nationalis country (more so than Croatia, the current front runner).

In addition to fulfilling the Acquis Communautaire and human rights standards, Turkish officials and people have to change their nationalist thinking.

That an ultra-nationalist / racist author like Burak Turna is a best seller in Turkey is an example of this.


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