Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is reviled throughout the world for his autocratic rule and denial of the most basic civil liberties. He consolidated power by dismantling secular traditions and interjecting Islamic policies into the government. His latest outrage was caught on tape as he explains to a crying 6-year-old girl that she is expected to die as a martyr and covered with a Turkish flag at her death. The video below captures Erdoğan’s Islamic extremism and his utter lack of empathy in dealing with the child.
Erdoğan was leading a rally in support of the Turkish operations in Syria when he noticed a 6-year-old girl cadet in the crowd in uniform. He had the obviously scared girl brought to the stage and then used her as a bizarre prop. He proclaimed:
“You see we have maroon berets, too. But a maroon beret does not cry. A special command, a colonel, a maroon beret… Wonderful! Her Turkish flag is in her pocket. If she becomes a martyr, [her coffin] will be covered with a flag, God willing. She is ready for everything, is not she?”
In most countries, a leader celebrating the notion of a dead little girl draped in a flag would be the end of his public service. However, Erdoğan has arrested or removed most of the independent journalists in Turkey. He is now free to engage in this type of creepy exercise.