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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Political Islam in Europe

In a recent RTL debate, 5 Dutch politicians denied a thesis that Islam is threatening Dutch identity. On 3 March, these same politicians were scrambling to disallow Turkish officials from making political campaigning efforts in the Netherlands. The Christian Democrats, Democrats ’66, Green-Left, Labour, and the Socialist Party may not even see the connection between both.

Even the Volkskrant, usually a Dutch newspaper expressing the Labour voice, stated that these 5 politicians hardly reflect the negative sentiment of the Dutch towards Islam. The Volkskrant referred to a 2016 study showing that nearly half of the Dutch are (very) negative towards Islam.

The Turkish efforts to start campaigning in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands on behalf of their 16 April 2017 referendum to boost the President’s power has created lots of attention. The power boost includes a combined PM/President role (article 104), and a reset for the maximum presidential tenure that would allow the President to stay in power until 2029.

Germany has some 4 to 7 million Turkish immigrants. Netherlands inhabits some 400 to 500 thousand Turks. Austria has only some 100,000 Turkish immigrants. The Austrian numbers hardly warrant this Turkish effort which in itself should raise an alarm. Moreover, because the Turks plan to campaign a few days ahead of the Dutch general election of 15 March. Such a Turkish move would (intentionally) benefit the anti-Islam party of Geert Wilders and further destabilise Europe.

The Dutch government (ie, Labour and Liberals) immediately rejected the Turkish plan to start campaigning in Rotterdam or anywhere else. The mere idea that a foreign state (Turkey) would be campaigning in another state (Austria, Germany, NL) may not be illegal but is certainly preposterous. The Turkish timing (ie, 11 March) of their Dutch campaign is, at least, suspicious.

The Turkish response to the European rejections was alarming: 1) Germany must "learn how to behave" if it wanted to maintain relations, 2) it was a "systematic practice of the German deep state" to weaken Turkey, 3) "They don't want Turkey to campaign because they are working for a 'No' vote [in the referendum], because they want to undermine a powerful Turkey," 4) the cancellation is "in the truest sense of the word a fascist approach," and 5) Germany "gives lectures on democracy," but then implements double standards on freedom of speech and assembly. (eg, DW, Reuters).

The Turkish attitude reflects the core of political Islam. Any criticism on political Islam is either waived by appealing to religious tolerance or blaming Islam-phobia. Any lack of support either raises negative emotions (e.g., betrayal by an ally) and/or creates an atmosphere of blackmail (e.g., EU-Turkish refugee deal, EU membership, NATO membership).

The political Islam does not support religious tolerance (e.g., churches, synagogues) in its own countries but hides behind it when convenient. The political Islam only serves its self-interest and accepts alliances (e.g., EU, NATO, Warsaw Pact) when convenient. The political Islam is willing to publicly blackmail allies and friends and threatens to swap long-term alliances.

The political Islam is a threat to Islam as a religion, as it’s increasingly hard for anyone to separate both. The political Islam prevents any new Islamic golden age as it opposes a separation between Religion and State. Religion’s sole purpose is to facilitate Faith in a Supreme Being (e.g., Allah, God, Yahweh). The idea that Religion should govern a State is – essentially - blasphemy.

The political Islam is like a seven-headed serpent from ancient Sumerian mythology. It was slain by Ninurta, the  Sumerian  and the  Akkadian  god of law. Any country that believes in separating Religion and State should oppose the political Islam, by any legal means.