This Ongoing War..
14 January '14..
It's too easy for Westerners to skim an article mentioning a man called Melih Gökçek and to ignore what it says.
But for those prepared to drill down a little and to try to understand the non-English-language viewpoints on offer in the world of ideas, what he has been saying is worthy of urgent attention.
He's a Turkish lawyer and journalist who has held down the very influential role of mayor of Turkey's capital city Ankara (population: 4.6 million) for more than two decades, having won municipal elections in 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. For the three years before that term started, he was an elected member of the Turkish parliament. Politically, he is aligned with the ruling Justice and Development Party, the AKP, which "developed from the tradition of Islamism, but has officially abandoned this ideology in favour of "conservative democracy"" [Wikipedia]. He has more than two million Twitter followers.
Plainly no fool and by no means an underachiever. But a man of considerable malevolence. This for instance:
In early July 2014 Gökçek supported the antisemitic tweet made by Turkish singer Yıldız Tilbe: "God bless Hitler, it was even too few what he did to the Jews, he was right" and "The Jews will be destroyed by Muslims, in the name of Allah, not much time left for it be done". [Wikipedia]
He has our attention today because of this: