Turkey’s recent election, which further enhanced the Islamist totalitarian powers of Recep Erdogan, shows how far that nation has come from the secular society Kemal Ataturk intended.
The votes by Turks living abroad are even more telling, and should be noted:
About 1.4 million expatriate Turks voted in Turkey’s referendum to grant President Erdogan near-dictatorial powers, with three quarters of them residing in Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. These Turkish voters, living in some of Europe’s most liberal countries, overwhelming cast their ballots for Erdogan’s illiberal reforms of Turkish society…
Life in liberal Europe is not having the impact people hoped—Turks in Europe are not any less nationalistic, less authoritarian or less Islamist than their compatriots at home—rather they are more of all these things..
If assimilation is failing with long established Turks in affluent, full employment Germany, what can we expect with other communities in less prosperous European countries?
The measure squeaked by at home, with just over 51% saying “yes.” For the Turks living abroad, “Yes” had anywhere from 15 to 25% more support! That would tend to confirm the thesis that the massive wave of ‘refugees’ in the past couple of years represents an ideological vanguard of Islamism that intends to make Europe submit to it, not the other way around.
The author of the quoted piece seems puzzled that good economic conditions in Germany haven’t produced assimilation. That’s because assimilation is a primarily a cultural issue, not an economic one. In the past, Western European nations and the Anglosphere (U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc) fully expected newcomers to adopt their language, follow their laws, and to give their undivided loyalty to their new nation.
Immigrants today don’t have to cut the cord with the “old country” the way past generations did. With global communication, the ability to travel and the tendency to settle into specific ethnic enclaves in their new land, immigrants today have far less motivation to assimilate. Let’s face it: for Mexicans in the U.S., “home” is next door, you live in barrios with people like yourself, you can watch Spanish-language TV such as Univision, and even wave the Mexican flag while watching the U.S. play that country in soccer. These are not Mexican-Americans. They are Mexicans living in America. The same is true of the Turks in Europe. Even at the height of the Cold War, with Turkey a key partner in NATO, Europeans were strongly divided over whether or not to consider Turkey “European.” Its current regression to pining for the days of the Ottoman Empire should answer that question.
The West has basically allowed a substantial fifth column to develop in their midst — a development our traitorous leadership class has encouraged. While the resulting attacks rarely amount to more than a single actor at a time right now, I suspect that won’t remain the case much longer. Even the “lone wolves” usually have ideological and communication ties with the Islamist movement. At this stage of the game, Turks should be carefully watched, not welcomed in with no restrictions. It’s time to shut the doors for a while and deal with what we’ve already admitted, rather than keep the welcome mat out for anyone with a pulse.