29th May 2012

“Turkey is a polity rooted on an Islamic ethos. The Kemalist dream of secularism has never penetrated beyond the military and a narrow stratum of the urban elite. When, not if, the dormant Islamic volcano blows, Ankara will go the way of Tehran. Turkey, like Islam itself, is not for democratising.”

Alastair Harper

4 Responses to “29th May 2012”

  1. Dan Says:

    I’ve visited Istanbul and live within sight (< 1km, anyway) of a Turkish military outpost in Cyprus. And while I'm sure that there is a lot of Islamism in Turkish civilian life, I don't see it. The Turkish military elite completely dominate their national politics. Completely. And in Istanbul it was forbidden for women to wear their headscarves in place of modernity (e.g., their universities).

  2. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    There is always going to be an undercurrent of religiosity so long as the masses of uninformed remain uninformed. Brainlessness breeds religiosity!

    You can operate rationally as an island but you are surrounded by a sea of religious nuts as a result. Far better to free up the educational resources and make that island a continent surround by a puddle of crazed religious imbeciles.

    Call it a volcano or tidal wave or even an avalanche, it’s intensity and destructive force is determined by its lack of education.

  3. Xhim Says:

    Eastern (rural) Turkey is the most islamacist. The brother-in-law of a guy I knew ran a print shop that printed Bibles. He and another Turk plus a German who worked there were murdered about 5 years ago. It made a big splash, the perps were convicted, but they had a lot of local support.

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Rock of ages: 40,000 year-old musical instruments the world’s oldest
    http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/05/rock-of-ages-40000-year-old-musical-instruments-the-worlds-oldest/

    Hmmns so tens of thousands of years before Moses some folks were playing the flute in Southern Germany?