Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is making more enemies than friends lately. Again, he is comparing a country to Nazi Germany.
This time, The Netherlands was his verbal victim when he called the country a “Nazi remnant” for not letting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu land in Rotterdam.
Then the Dutch officials blocked Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya from the Turkish Consulate in Rotterdam and instead the police escorted her to the German border.
Kaya and other ministers came in support of Erdogan and a referendum that would grant him more power. The Dutch canceled the rally, but Turkish protestors appear outside of the consulate over the weekend.
According to the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Erdogan has made it clear he won’t negotiate and that when they met to find a “reasonable solution,” the governments realized it was “impossible.”
Besides comparing The Netherlands to Nazi Germany, Erdogan also threaten the country.
“Holland! If you are sacrificing Turkish-Dutch relations for the sake of the elections on Wednesday, you will pay a price,” said Erdogan, reported the BBC.
Erdogan previously said that Nazism was alive and well in Germany too.
“I thought that Nazism was over in Germany, but it turns out that it is still going on,” said Erdogan after two rallies in support of the Turkish government were canceled in Germany.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “one cannot even comment on such utterances, they are not justifiable” in response to his statement.
He then also threatened Germany.
“If you don’t let me in, or if you don’t let me speak, I will make the whole world rise up” said Erdogan.
Germany, evidently has other problems on it’s hands. The country has had tremendous difficulty dealing with the influx of immigrants that entered the country while Merkel was preaching that the country needed to keep an “open-door policy.” She has since somewhat changed her tune.
Then recently a member of the country’s central bank mentioned how the immigrants were having trouble assimilating which has ignited some controversy.
“The uproar sparked by the Bundesbank’s Thilo Sarrazin, who argued Turkish and Arab immigrants were failing to integrate and swamping Germany with a higher birth rate, is one of several recent prominent disputes touching on religion and integration,” writes Reuters.
While, Merkel expressed how mosques are going to become a bigger part of German life.
“Our country is going to carry on changing, and integration is also a task for the society taking up the immigrants,” said Merkel to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily. “For years we’ve been deceiving ourselves about this. Mosques, for example, are going to be a more prominent part of our cities than they were before.”
Although Europe needs to be warier of radical Islam, Turkey’s Erdogan has gone off the deep end to allow more of these radical Muslim activities. Could Turkey be setting itself up for military coercion?
Editor’s note: This is a definite change in direction by Turkey, and it appears purposely so. This could pave the way for closer support of radical Islam, and perhaps even military ventures by the Turks in the longer run.