Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Islamic leader who is increasingly radicalizing Turkey, vowed to ‘liberate Al-Aqsa mosque’ in Israel after moving to bring back Hagia Sophia, the old Byzantine Christian Church back into a mosque on Friday.
The decision the change of the status of the ancient Hagia Sophia church, which had been transformed into a mosque in 1453 and then into a museum in 1934, was made controversially last week. It follows an increasingly religious authoritarian agenda from Ankara that has made Turkey the world’s largest jailor of journalists, seen dissidents imprisoned for “terrorism,” and witnessed increasing military invasions of Turkey’s neighboring countries. The resurrection of Hagia Sophia heralds the Liberation of the Al-Aqsa mosque, the Turkish Presidency website says. “The resurrection of Hagia Sophia is the footsteps of the will of Muslims across the world to come…the resurrection of Hagia Sophia is the reignition of the fire of hope of Muslims and all oppressed, wrong, downtrodden and exploited.”
The speech, which was in Turkish, was translated slightly differently to Arabic and English, apparently hiding part of Ankara’s full views on how it has linked Hagia Sophia to a broader agenda. In Arabic, the speech says that turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque is part of the “return of freedom to Al-Aqsa,” essentially meaning Israel should be ejected from controlling Jerusalem’s Old City where Al-Aqsa is located. Turkey’s president linked the decision to reviving Islam from Bukhara in Uzbekistan to Andalusia in Spain. This terminology, linking Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem to Hagia Sophia and Spain, is a kind of coded terminology for a broader religious agenda. In the Turkish translation, the same reference to Spain does not appear to be included in the Arabic.
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We see the radical agenda of Turkey, who seem to desire to resurrect the old Ottoman empire with Erdogan at its head.
Much of this is coming due to the ties that Turkey’s ruling AK Party has, it is part of the radical Islamic break off that started with the Muslim Brotherhood, the very group that Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and others sprang from, offshoots that have spread violence and terror around the world.
The goals are not bound by just regional interests. Many are now openly calling the part of Spain once controlled by Muslims by its Islamic name. The old Islamic push to make Islam the dominant control religion globally is very much part of the Erdogan doctrine.
This is setting up a collision with Israel, a nation Erdogan has time after time referred to as an occupying power, which needs to be done away with.
At this point has to wonder, is it time for the EU and NATO to decide that this is not in the best interest to have this increasing radical regime be part of their group?