Hypocrisy and Poshlost are the religions of the West, the latter being a Russian word meaning roughly “vile low-brow taste, and self-satisfaction with one’s own vulgarity”, and in this story, the latter perfectly describes the actions of Turkish leaders.
An ally of neo-Ottoman President Erdogan, and leader of the Turkish Nationalist Movement, Develet Bahceli called upon Greeks to remember the slaughter that befell their ancestors at the hands of the Turks, and the West is hypocritical not to condemn them for it. Fort Russ quoted Develet as saying:
“The bottom of the Aegean Sea is full of their grandparents,” Bahchelli said, indicating that Mr Erdogan’s government partner is doing nothing but engaging in wretched and unethical attacks on Greece.
“All the world knows who dropped bullets of national authority, and the bottom of the sea is full of the grandparents of those who have spoken empty words. They suffered the consequences when they tried to circle Turkey. It’s not a joke, “Bahchelli said.
His reference is to the tragedy known as the Great Fire of Smyrna where up to 100,000 Greeks and Armenians were slaughtered after Turkish forces set the Greek and Armenian quarters of Smyrna, today’s Izmir, on fire. Many Greeks and Armenians died from the flames but also from drowning as they attempted to reach international ships, including American and French vessels, which were observing the developments just hundreds of meters away as the tragedy unfolded.
That statement is an excellent example of Poshlost, as there are few English words that convey what it means to speak in such vile poor taste about a genocide. The West is hypocritical, because Turkey remains a NATO ally, and yet they are permitted to speak like this with impunity. To be fair, western leaders have not been asked to comment on the statement of this Turkish “gentlemen”, and they likely would have criticized it to save face, but the fact that such an openly racist and Islamist nation masquerades as a friend to the west, a NATO member, is quite shameful.
Turkey is of course not a natural ally to the West, and has launched brutal invasions of Europe since the 15th century, traditionally seen as one of the most barbaric peoples in the world – by the opinion of medieval peoples, for the savagery they visited upon Europe.
The West first began to see Turkey as an ally as far back as the Crimean War of the 1850’s, in which England and France fought with Turkey against Russia, because they did not wish Russia to gain power in the Middle East or the Balkans at the expense of the Sublime Port (the Ottoman Empire).
Since then, with regards to Russia, Turkey has become seen as an ally of convenience by some western powers, the irony being the villainous Austro-Hungarian Empire sided with Turkey against Russia, even when the Turks famously nearly destroyed Vienna until King Sobiewski of Poland intervened centuries before.
Since the Cold War, Turkey has again become an ally of convenience, if only for their ability to restrict Russian Crimea’s access to the ocean, and indeed, that of the entire Black Sea, by controlling Constantinople and the Hellespont.
The way Turkish leaders gleefully remind Greeks of the deaths of their ancestors at Turkish hands, no different than if Germans told Jews “Hey, remember the holocaust” is indicative that this kind of racism is still tolerated. If even a minor German member of parliament would make that equally inexcusable comment, Germany would receive global condemnation, save perhaps that of Turkey, who share a certain proclivity towards genocide. The fact that Turkey does not receive such condemnation, leaves one to believe the deep state still considers them too valuable of an ally to criticize severely.
The question is then for Europeans to ask: Why do Europeans need an ally that remembers with savage jubilation, the slaughter of European peoples beneath the power of the yatagan?
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