Erdoğan Under Fire After Assuring Six-Year-Old Girl That She Can Be Martyred and Covered In Turkish Flag

Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 11.22.51 PM 1.pngTurkey’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.

 

Erdoğan is infamous for his intolerance for any criticism or opposition.   We previously discussed the arrest of Mehmet Emin Altunses, 16, who allegedly committed the crime of “insulting” Erdoğan. calling people who use birth control “traitors” and saying Muslims discovered America, you are not allowed to be disrespectful or insulting in discussing Erdoğan. Then there was the prosecution of model and former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac, 26, for criticizing Erdogan for quoting a few lines from a poem called the “Master’s Poem” from weekly Turkish satirical magazine Uykusuz. Erdoğan’s totalitarian measures have earned him the nickname “Buyuk Usta” (the Big Master). Even a joking reference to Gollum and Erdoğan is enough to land you in jail today in Turkey.
So now his citizens are expected to watch scenes like this. Only Erdoğan sees a beautiful little girl and fantasize her as a dead martyr covered in the little flag in her pocket.

 

 

54 thoughts on “Erdoğan Under Fire After Assuring Six-Year-Old Girl That She Can Be Martyred and Covered In Turkish Flag

  1. I saw this video the other day, and felt really enraged at Erdogan, as well as at her parents for involving her.

    A real man protects children.

    Poor little girl.

  2. If volunteering to be a martyr is so wonderful, why doesn’t Erdogan offer his own life? Answer: Because he is a typical dictatorial coward.

  3. This is something that could take down a dictator.
    It is worse than the optics displayed in Venezuela’s dictator, who munched on a sandwich while counseling his starving nation to eat rabbits.
    Nothing can undo a leader faster than a public display of child abuse and intentionally frightening a child.

    • Venezuelans are on the same diet that all socialists eventually enter upon.

      It is a failed paradigm. Is everyone feeling fair and equal now in Venezuela? The worst of it is that the government refuses to accept its failure and receive any of the aid that is ready and willing to save men, women, and children from starvation. In 2018!

      The people had better not wait too long to depose their government and instate capitalism and democracy, or they will be too weak to do so.

  4. So disgusting! How could the parents sit while their child was forcibly kissed on the mouth by this monster! Turkey is no friend to the U.S. now. Let’s let the Middle East rot and let Russia and China fight over it.

    • That is the type of blood many in the Mideast wish to spend. That excludes the only democratic nation in the Mideast, Israel.

      Golda Meir former Prime Minister of Israel: “Peace will come when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us.”

  5. What creates oligarchy? The need to control. That is why we had a lawless President under Obama and that is why Obama’s pen and phone proclamations avoiding Congress were erased under Trump. Stalin depended on the ignorance of the masses who believed in a dream that was never realized and never will be. That dream is now instilled as a religion in some who cannot face the reality of the world.

  6. When SCOTUS deals its next blow to labor, which will be soon, it sets the stage for men like Erdogan, Putin, and Bannon (Robert and Rebekah Mercer’s “strong man”) to rule the U.S. The oligarchy will cheer the ruling and democracy will weep.

  7. “He consolidated power by dismantling secular traditions and interjecting Islamic policies into the government.”

    And it is a template other European countries with no Muslim history are following. Just ask the Swedes, Brits, and Belgians.

      • Mikey Flynn was plotting to return Erdogan’s critic, Gulen (living in Pennsylvania), to Turkey.
        That exemplifies the U.S. conservatives’ appreciation for dissent. (sarcastic comment)
        Flynn is like all Republicans. Money underlies their positions. They mask that with the creation of contorted rationalizations. And often they cherry pick historical events to fit their messaging e.g. demonizing the left as Stalinists while ALEC made the U.S. population the most incarcerated in the world. And Republicans drove down labor’s wages to poverty levels while amassing the fortunes of oligarchs.
        Current main stream Republicans praise those who resisted the first round of Nazi’s (the 3rd Reich) while criticizing Heather Heyer for provoking “good” Neo-nazi’s into violence. No lofty words from Republicans, for Ms. Heyer because it doesn’t fit the oligarchy’s propaganda.

        • Linda – actually black ministers who were trying to clean up their communities made this the most incarcerated nation in the world. However, we are number 104 in gun violence. Funny about that, hunh?

        • Linda – I finally looked Heather up. You block a street sometimes you can expect to be run over. Geez, get over it. She is not a martyr, she was an idiot. Did she deserve to get run over, probably not? However, she and her cohorts assumed the risk. She thought she was immortal, she wasn’t.

          • Paul C. Schulte,…
            – You are communicating with an ignorant sloganeer determined to repeat the same talking points that reinforce her own obsessions.
            For example, the allegation that Flynn “was plotting to send Erdogan’s critic Gulen to Turkey” rests on the statements of James Woolsey.
            In a CNN interview, Woolsey said ” what I saw and heard was sort of the end of the conversation”, referring to the meeting where Flynn allegedly offered to send Gulen back to Turkey.
            “It’s not entirely clear what transpired because of
            that”.
            Woolsey goes on to say that “I felt I needed to say something to someone, but was it a clear plot to that they were going to seize him? No, Woolsey said”.
            Flynn has denied Woolsey’s allegations, and Woolsey is hedging on his accusations in this CNN interview.
            Woolsey was said to have pitched a competing plan to the Turks to discredit Gulen.
            Flynn was representing Turkish interest and collected c. $600,000 for lobbying for Turkey ( and against Gulen).
            Woolsey offered a competing plan to represent the Turkish interests for $10,000,000, and lost out to Flynn on the bid.
            There is a LOT more to be learned about Flynn and Woolsey’s contacts with the Turks.
            Moronic talking points by Linda don’t even reflect a basic knowledge of what is already known.
            There is also a lot that is unknown about Gulen, or his 120 Islamic charter schools in the U.S.
            Linda evidently opposes those charter schools if
            they’re backed by Bill Gates, but probably isn’t interested in Gulen’s charter schools.

            • Flynn admitted to the world that he is a liar, acknowledging that he deserves jail time for it. Reportedly, his son promoted the lie about a pizza restaurant and child trafficking related to an opposition presidential candidate. Manafort’s business partner, Gates, pled guilty to conspiring against the United States. Would his reason be, money? All three are examples of the power elite who have voids where others have souls- a characterization that includes all Republicans and the occasional Democrat.
              Contractor schools replacing public education is an abomination because it takes money from the kids of the middle class and poor. Whether the legal theft is committed by a domestic grifter or a foreigner changes nothing. Whether the privatizer is in the U.S. or in a continent like Africa, renders the outcome no less a travesty.

              • Flynn contests James Woosley’s version of the “Gulen to Turkey” story.
                It’s a “he said, he said” issue with comflicting accounts of whay happened at that meeting.
                I don’t remember the details of Flynn’s plea deal, but he has plead guilty to charges that don’t involve returning Gulen to Turkey.
                Mueller may have found a way to sort out the Woosley v. Flynn accounts about Gulen….since Woolsey missed most of the meeting with the Turks, he seems unsure of what was actually discussed.
                Aside from Flynn and Woosley’s involvement with the Turks, there’s the question of Gulen’s possible involvement in the attempted coup in Turkey.
                If the Turkish government presented compelling evidence to the U.S. that Gulen was involved in the coup, then he could be legally extradited to Turkey.
                Gulen is a largely unknown figure re his objectives; he has a following in Turkey, and he may be an extremist who would be even worse that Erdogan.
                The “Gulenists” may want to creat an extremist Islamic state in Turkey.
                We didn’t have a complete or realistic view of Ayatohlla Khomeine as he took power in Iran, and we don’t know what Turkey would look like if the Gulenists took power.
                The Shah of Iran was a bad guy, but what followed the Shah was even worse.
                Gulen left Turkey long before Gulen took power, so he was on the outs with a more moderate, pre-Erdogan Turkish government as well.
                So the issue goes beyond Flynn’s guilty plea deal, or his alleged discusion about returning Gulen to Turkey.
                Mueller may be able to shed more light on the Flynn-Woolsey-Gulen issue, even if Flynn isn’t criminally tied in with a “side deal” to return Gulen to Turkey.
                The “blind sheik” convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was admitted to the U.S. despite some big red flagsthat were ignored.
                There are some issues with Gulen that cause concern as well, but I hope that the intelligence community is on top of monitoring him.

                • YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN PAUL ANSWERING LINDA.

                  STOP PAYING ATTENTION TO THE TROLLS AND SPAMMERS ON HERE. THE BLIGHT OF THE BLOG. KEN IS ON THAT LIST TOO. THEY CAN F THEMSELVES.

                    • Paul C. Schulte,..
                      I was especially upset by Junior’s ” you’re no better than Paul” comment.
                      I always considered myself to be superior to you! 😄😂

                    • Tom Nash – we should all have standards. I have always felt I have no equal. 🙂

  8. Who is the worst person on Earth? Erdogan. No more need to be said. Until he is dead. Then we can exclaim. What a fukhead.

  9. Like I’ve said about other politicians that send their people to war: if President Erdoğan expects others to fight to their deaths, he’d better be prepared to go to the front lines himself. I doubt most would have the courage to do so,

    If politicians were expected to go to the front, I’m certain they wouldn’t be so eager to prosecute war that mostly kills ordinary people. Adherence to that standard would be a rare benefit of cowardice, we won’t have to die in elective wars of politicians venting their own anger.

    Nothing says coward quite like someone who expects a little girl to die on his behalf.

  10. Isn’t this same creep, from the other thread, who abused his dog and injured its colon? Just when Turkey was beginning to, once again, attract tourists and begin to recover from decades of bad press and revulsion, resulting from the airing of the film, Midnight Express, here comes another Turkish curse, and this time it is all dressed up, with slicked back hair, donned in expensive western suits and, undoubtedly, drenched in far too much cologne. . .a leader determined to place Turkey into a black hole of darkness. It’s coming, folks. It’s coming. The truth of the matter is that the Turks have always been mad barbarians, albeit, mad barbarians who have been lucky enough to live a somewhat western lifestyle in a wild part of the globe. . .a thin veneer, which served to mask and disguise an inherent and generational madness. Just ask someone with Armenian roots. . .you will get an earful with regard to the barbaric nature inherent in the Turks. . .a history most with which most are blissfully unaware.

    • My grandmother, who grew up in western Ireland, told me about what the Turks did to the Armenians. It was the first genocide of the 20 century, when the Muslim Turks starved the Christian Armenians and drove the remaining ones from their ancient homeland to die in the desert. Apparently the Irish empathized with the Armenians who were starved by the Turks as a method of ethnic cleansing, due to their own similar treatment by the Brits. The tragedy was publicized in Ireland and taught in the schools, but is largely ignored in the U.S., probably for political reasons in not wanting to alienate the Turks. If not for my Irish born grandmother, I wouldn’t even know about it.

      • The victors, the richest 0.1%, write the history, revise it or omit it. The cause of the potato famine that cost 1,000,000 Irish their lives remains illusive in U.S. history books.
        The Koch’s takeover of education (UnKochMyCampus.org) and the Walton and Bill Gates’ campaign to privatize/commercialize K-12 and universities guarantees continuation of the same. Oligarchs’ minions admitted the plot at the Philanthropy Roundtable site, “We’ve got to blow up the ed schools.”

        Only one independent book, but no newspaper columns, no magazine articles, no textbooks, … informs us that labor’s share of national income is at the lowest point in U.S. recorded history. (Gordon Lafer’s One PerCent Solution).

  11. I had to pen pals in Turkey, one is now permanently out of the country. The other is trying to get out as fast as she can. She hopes to be out within the year.

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