Monday, March 14, 2005

Turkish Guides twist Gallipoli into a `holy jihad'

Unlicensed Turkish tour guides who claim the Gallipoli campaign was a "holy jihad" decided by the hand of Allah. In lectures delivered on the battlefields, the guides tell their audiences that "Muslim saints" repelled Allied artillery attacks and enemy soldiers were swallowed by a "green mist". The lectures have sparked outrage across Turkey and have prompted a court challenge to the guides' right to speak about the Gallipoli campaign. The Turkish Government ordered a crackdown on unofficial guides last year – but The Advertiser has learned senior members of the Turkish Government are now backing them.

Canakkale Tourism Association chairman Ahmet Kasikci said he had heard one guide claim the trenches at Gallipoli still resound to the chants of "Allah! Allah!" Another guide reportedly claims the Battle of the Dardanelles, ranked as Turkey's greatest naval victory, was decided by Allah himself. "He said he struck down the British ships with his fists," said Turkish newspaper publisher Murat Kiray. "Others have claimed Allied soldiers disappeared into a green mist concocted by Muslim martyrs. It is all part of a wider agenda to promote Turkey's Islamic connections and play down the role of Ataturk."


At March 15, 2005 1:35 AM, Blogger Abe said...

Well, Mohammed couldn't get Allah to produce any miracles while he (Mo) was alive. So I think we can discount the "green mist" and smiting the "British ships with his fists." Besides, isn't fire supposed to be his special weapon? :-D

At November 30, 2005 1:05 AM, Blogger Martell Isabella said...

Well just think, they want to in the European Union....miracles and all.


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