Wednesday, November 02, 2011 6:34 AM
Germany and Turkey are marking the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first Turkish "guest workers" as Recep "Islam Is Islam and That's it" Erdogan visits Angela Merkel in Berlin.
Is this a happy occasion?
Before answering that question, bone up on the history of Ottoman-era "satellite" colonies via Andrew Bostom, as well as the history-repeating pattern visible 20 years ago, as Bostom found, to the late German scholar of dhimmi history Karl Binswanger. Suddenly, you will know the reason that Erdogan's latest demand of Merkel -- that Turks in Germany be allowed to hold dual citizenship -- is so sinister. Will Merkel know it, too?
Almost worse is Erdogan's jarring recourse to romance to camouflage his aggression.
From Spiegel Online:
But in his Bild interview, Erdogan criticised Germany's opposition to dual citizenship and laws which oblige any Turks moving to Germany to speak good German before arrival, saying this infringed their human rights. "If a young Turkish man loves a woman in Turkey and wants to marry her, this is seen as a mistake, as Germany demands that she first learn German. But what is the language of love?" he said.
"It cannot be that the love of young people is only allowed to exist in German by decree," he added.
The language of love? Given the advent of Islamic "honor" killings in Germany -- a cultural benefit of 50 years of Turkish immigration -- this is a new low, even for Erdogan.
A Berlin street, August 2011
At The American Thinker, Bostom writes:
Karl Binswanger was a German scholar renowned for his pioneering 1977 study of the discriminatory and degrading conditions imposed upon non-Muslim "dhimmis" -- predominantly Christians -- subjugated under Ottoman Turkish sharia in the 16th century6. Binswanger describes the key role played by the creation of Muslim "satellite" colonies during the Islamization of these vanquished Christian societies6a:
Geographic integrity is shattered by implanting Islamic nuclei.; The sectarian reference point of Dhimmi communities is removed, and further sectarian pruning occurs according to Islamic standards.; The autonomy of Dhimmis is reduced to an insubstantial thing... They are driven out the moment that Islamic nuclei appear in the area.; Dhimmis' possession of their churches is granted. These are closed or razed as soon as a mosque is established in their neighborhood...Regulations in the social area...demoralize the individual: [they] are consciously instituted for their degradation.; The social environment of the Dhimmis is characterized by fear, uncertainty and degradation.
During 1990, Binswanger published three remarkably prescient essays on the (primarily Turkish) Muslim immigrant community of Germany6b. Binswanger opens his 1990 essay, "Islamic Fundamentalism in the German Federal Republic: Development, Inventory, Prospects," with this ominous illustration6c:
"We reject reform and modernization. We will keep fighting until a godly order is established!" This quotation is not from Cemalettin Kaplan, the "Khomeini of Cologne", but rather from Kadir Baran, the West German national vice-chairman of the "Idealist Associations" ["Idealistenvereine"], in other words, from a 'Grey Wolf".. [u]ntil the Autumn of 1987 the federation's ideology was purely nationalistic, chauvinistically Turkish. This is symptomatic of a development that one can observe among Turks in the Federal Republic of Germany, too, since Khomeini's victory over the Shah: Islamic fundamentalism is on the march...
He then demonstrates how the strident re-affirmation of Islamic identity within Germany's Turkish immigrant population engendered6d "an increasingly intense demonization of the culture, legal and social order of the host society: the image of Germans as enemies."
Central to this disturbing process was the inculcation of validating Islamic (i.e., Koranic) motifs which promote hostility to non-Muslims6e:
In this regard all the unions [i.e., the alphabet soup of Turkish Muslim organizations in Germany] exhibit an astounding congruence in their ideology, which ultimately is derived from the Qur'an. The centerpiece of its preaching about the distance to be maintained from the "unbelievers" consists of three verses from the Qur'an, variations on which appear in publications, addresses and on the banners of all unions, either literally or in paraphrases and allusions. The significant thing is that in all the unions these verses are always central to the discussion about models of integration. Sura 5, verse 51 of the Qur'an prescribes: "You believers! Do not take Jews and Christians as friends. They are friends with each other (but not with you). When one of you joins them, he belongs to them (and no longer to the community of believers)." "To join them" is interpreted today, however, as external adaptation to the European way of life (including New Year's celebrations) and any form of integration/assimilation. Besides this purely normative prohibition of amicable dealings with "unbelievers", two other Qur'an verses are frequently cited, which give a reason for keeping one's distance (and therefore in the case of Turkish migrant workers: self-isolation: "Jews and Christians will not be happy with you as long as you do not follow their profession of faith" (Sura 2, verse 120). "You believers! Do not take as your confidants and intimate friends people who are outside your community. They never tire of causing disorder among you, and would like affliction to befall you. Their own statements make their hatred plain enough, but the hatred and wickedness that they secretly harbor within them are much worse" (Sura 3, verse 118).
Arguably the most accomplished (and easily the most unapologetic) scholar of how the Ottoman Turks progressively imposed the sharia on non-Muslims, Binswanger became alarmed by the obvious modern parallels to that phenomenon he observed in the behaviors of their contemporary Turkish descendants in Germany. Thus, he concluded in 19906f:
A clearly hostile image of German society is developing and is being preached to more and more Turkish migrant workers. Simultaneously, however, all the umbrella groups reinforce the desire to stay permanently in the Federal Republic of Germany; this then is possible only if the resident Turkish populace walls itself off from the Germans to a great extent -- otherwise it would run into a conflict of faith. The more they reduce their contact with the Germans, the more the Turks have to set up their own system -- this explains the ever wider spectrum of union activities, whose declared goal is the "preservation of identity". Through the spread of fundamentalism the recreational clubs of the past have moved into the self-isolation of an all-encompassing "parallel society". It is a long way from the recreational clubs of the former bachelors, via the plain mosque unions when they began to bring a wife and a child later, to a closed society after politics took them under its care and the "Khomeini factor" reminded them that Islam is more than quiet prayer in your little room: namely an all-encompassing rule of life willed by God that forbids any adaptation to, any friendly or trusting relations with "infidels" on an equal footing. The expression of this change of consciousness (or new self-awareness) and of this heightened sense of worth is their self-isolation today, which for the religiously reawakened is a more authentic home than secularist Turkey. Yet this is only a transitional stage, admittedly a necessary one, in order to reach the final goal of Islamic fundamentalism: finally to create for oneself a homeland in which one can accomplish Allah's will. This is evident in the final examination of a four-year AMGT [i.e., The "National View Organization in Europe" founded by Necmettin Erbakan's National Welfare Party as an offshoot of the youth organization "Akincilar" (roughly: "Blitzkrieg warriors")] course on the Qur'an and the "right" answer to it: "Q. What day in the future would be in your opinion the holiest day?" "Answer: Our happiest day would be the day on which the Islamic State is founded and the Muslims get their Caliph again."
Much more here.