Is Erdogan Out of Step with Turkish Public Opinion?

(Hurriyet-Turkey) Burak Bekdil - At a UN event devoted to dialogue between the West and Islam, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said, "Islamophobia ought to be considered a crime against humanity just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism." World leaders were "shocked." I am shocked at their being shocked. Let me refresh your memories: We are talking about a prime minister who is the winner of the 2010 Moammar Gaddafi Human Rights Award; a country where half the population votes for him, 65% adore his foreign policy; where only 4% have a favorable opinion of Jews, 41% believe Judaism is the most violent religion in the world, and only 9% think Arab groups had carried out 9/11. Welcome to Turkey!

2013-03-07 00:00:00

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