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Turkey Turns

by Andrew C. McCarthy

In opposing the West, its leaders think they are joining the winning side

With the “peace flotilla” effort to break Israel’s blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza, the global Islamist project — a self-acclaimed “grand jihad” to destroy the West — has achieved its greatest coup since the attacks of September 11: After 80 long years, Turkey, seat of the Ottoman Empire and the last Muslim caliphate, is back in the fold.

The United States has never been “at war with Islam,” and the jihadist claim to the contrary is nonsense. Turkey, on the other hand, really did wage a sustained, vigorous campaign against Islam. Across the Mediterranean, this purge of Allah’s deen (way of living) from public life by the modern Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Pasha (Ataturk), proved to be the last straw for a charismatic Egyptian academic named Hassan al-Banna. It spurred him, in 1928, to create the Muslim Brotherhood. Ever since, the Brotherhood has spearheaded what the Islamist movement calls its “civilizational” struggle against the West.

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