Turkey's Erdogan calls Zionism a 'crime against humanity'
Remember - these guys are still in NATO, even though Turkey has now gone full Islamist on us.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday described Zionism as a "crime against humanity" on par with anti-Semitism and fascism.
Speaking in Vienna at a United Nations event devoted to dialogue between the West and Islam, Erdogan decried rising racism in Europe and the fact that many Muslims "who live in countries other than their own" often face harsh discrimination.
"We should be striving to better understand the culture and beliefs of others, but instead we see that people act based on prejudice and exclude others and despise them," Erdogan said, according to a simultaneous translation provided by the UN. "And that is why it is necessary that we must consider - just like Zionism or anti-Semitism or fascism - Islamophobia as a crime against humanity."
The Turkish leader's comments, made at the official opening of the fifth UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum, drew harsh criticism from UN Watch, a Geneva-based watchdog group monitoring anti-Israel bias and human rights abuses at the organization.
"Erdogan's misuse of this global podium to incite hatred, and his resort to Ahmadinejad-style pronouncements appealing to the lowest common denominator in the Muslim world, will only strengthen the belief that his government is hewing to a confrontational stance, and fundamentally unwilling to end its four-year-old feud with Israel," UN Watch said in a statement.
The group also criticized UN chief Ban Ki-moon - "who was present on the stage yet stayed silent" - for not condemning Erdogan's remarks.
"We remind Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that his predecessor Kofi Annan recognized that the UN's 1975 Zionism-is-racism resolution was an expression of anti-Semitism, and he welcomed its repeal," the statement said.
Making opposition to political Islam a "crime against humanity" would not be surprising coming from the UN. You and I both know that any - even the slightest - criticism of Islamic countries will elicit cries of "Islamophobia" thus deligitimizing that criticism in the eyes of the gullible in the west.
Erdogan is keen on expanding Turkey's influence in the Middle East and what better way to get on everyone's good side than to trash Israel and accuse anyone who points out Islamist human rights violations as being an international criminal?
The fact that Ban-Ki Moon refused to call out Erdogan for his anti-Semetic rant probably means that sometime in the near future, the Islamists will get their wish and the UN will designate "Islamophobia" equal to racism and fascism.